The annual YHA Ltd Managers’ Conference will take place from 8-9th May 2013 in Sydney.
Speakers at the conference include the Head of Distribution from Hostelbookers.com, Paul Hastings-Gayle; the CEO of YHA China, Yin Chen, and CEO of Destination New South Wales, Sandra Chipchase.
The event is YHA’s premier meeting of hostel managers and staff from its network of 64 youth hostels in the ACT, NSW, NT, Queensland and Victoria. During the two-day conference, delegates will attend talks and workshops led by leading tourism industry representatives.
YHA is enjoying substantial growth in Australia in visitation from mainland China, and has themed the conference “Catching the tail of the Dragon”.
China is Australia’s fastest growing tourism market; in 2012, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Australia increased by 17 percent to over 600,000; overtaking Britain for the first time, and making Chinese tourists now second only to those from New Zealand. The Conference will consider the significant change in the market mix, in targeting more guests from Asian countries.