Leading global tour operator Collette will host a travel forum at Crystalbrook Flynn Resort, Cairns from 18-20 May 2022, with key players in the Australian tourism industry set to discuss plans to bounce back from what has been an incredibly challenging two and a half years for the industry globally.

The theme of the conference is “bounce back and inspire”, focussing on the future and exciting opportunities in the market.

Collette’s CEO, Dan Sullivan, will be in attendance, flying all the way from Rhode Island, USA. Other attendees include some of Australia’s top travel players including Fiona Dalton, General Manager, Virtuoso and Brett Dann, Managing Director, Hunter Travel. Guests at the Gala Dinner include Hon Michael Healy, MP Cairns & Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Olympic Gold medalist Steven Bradbury, OAM.

Sullivan said, “We are optimistic that the overseas demand for tourism into Australia is on the way up, in particular from the Canadian and US markets. Collette will resume its Australia and New Zealand tour offerings from September 2022, with dates already booked through to mid-2023 for new tours such as Australia and New Zealand Uncovered.

“We are excited to be hosting this travel forum with our industry partners to share inspiring stories and look at opportunities for growth to and from Australia in the future.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Collette has run over 1,500 departures, managing the numerous changes in travel restrictions that were in place at the time. Collette’s commitment to prioritising full refunds over travel credits has seen the company refund over AUD $250 million to happy customers worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. This commitment to customer satisfaction is also evidenced by an average 2 minute wait time when contacting Collette’s Reservations Call Centre in Sydney.