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Travel, tourism, and trade – You can't have one without the other!
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Level 2, Presidential Ballroom
Pullman King George Square
Crn Ann St and Roma St
Brisbane CBD
Category:  Business Briefing
Travel, tourism, and trade – You can't have one without the other!

Join us as our panel delves into the many aspects of travel, tourism, and trade with the USA. How has technology changed these industries; what is the Queensland brand and how does it compare to other destinations; why is the relationship between the US and Australia so important; and so much more! This event will also act as our nod to the 4th of July.

Come and experience a little bit of Americana with us and plan to stay after for post-luncheon 4th of July drinks!

Our panel of experts:

• Leanne Coddington, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)
• Virginia Greville, Chief Executive Officer, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ)
• Quentin Long, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Australian Traveller Media
• Emma McDonald, Manager - Tourism Major Project Facilitation, Austrade

Panel discussion facilitated by Kristin Devitt, Managing Director, KDPR

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Leanne Coddington is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ). TEQ is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and its lead marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency with a vision of “Inspiring the world to experience the best address on earth”. Leanne brings broad industry knowledge to the role with more than 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry.

Leanne was previously Group Executive Destinations, overseeing TEQ’s partnerships with Queensland’s regional tourism organisations and industry. This included leading a range of key areas for the business such as destination and experience development, industry innovation and aviation attraction.

Leanne’s broad industry experience extends to senior executive responsibilities with the Hyatt Hotel Group, in both Canberra and Melbourne, during the 1980s and 1990s. With a degree in Business (Hospitality Management) from the University of Queensland, Leanne has considerable operational experience in the hospitality industry. She is an Adjunct Professor at UQ Business School, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and is a graduate with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

@Coddo @teqld

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Virginia Greville joined TIQ in January 2017 and brings with her a wealth of international trade and diplomatic experience. In her most recent position she served as Australia’s Ambassador to Spain, Andorra and Equatorial Guinea. She has also been Australia’s Ambassador to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Ms Greville was previously Director of the NSW State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During that period, she was seconded as Chief of Staff to the Trade Minister for several months.

She has significant experience in supporting, dealing and negotiating with a range of governments, international markets and industries. This included a position as Australia’s Chief Negotiator on the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) while concurrently Assistant Secretary, Market Development, Business Liaison and Regional Trade Policy Branch and Deputy Chief Negotiator on FTA negotiations with the Gulf States. Previously, Ms Greville had also been Lead Agriculture Negotiator for the China Free Trade Agreement and Assistant Secretary in the FTA unit.

Overseas, Ms Greville served as Minister Counsellor Agriculture at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. She returned to Australia as a senior agriculture negotiator for the Australia-US FTA and then, as Assistant Secretary of the DFAT Trade Commitments Branch, she was responsible for its ratification and implementation.


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Quentin Long cofounded Australia’s largest travel media company, Australian Travel-ler Media in 2005. The company’s founding product, Australian Traveller magazine quickly became the best selling travel magazine in the country. Known for its editorial independence, savvy reporting and supreme photography, Long quickly became a sought after media commentator on travel.

From 2006 he has held weekly radio segments across the country and regular TV ap-pearances commentating on issues and destinations for news and lifestyle programs. He currently has a regular segment on TV with CH9’s Today Show Extra program and is seen on Ch9’s A Current Affair and News programs. He also is a weekly guest on several state wide ABC radio programs, a fortnightly guest on ABC 702 and a monthly specialist for Sydney’s 2GB.

In 2012 he launched International Traveller, which went on to eclipse sister title Aus-tralian Traveller as the best selling travel magazine in the country. The company also publishes a number of ipad apps and custom magazines.

@Qtravels @IntTravellerMag @AustTraveller |

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Emma McDonald is an expert in foreign direct investment, project feasibility and development, policy and planning across several industries, most recently in tourism. She has over 20 years' experience with the private sector and with state and commonwealth governments in project delivery, program management, public affairs, major project facilitation, indigenous affairs and regulatory reform.

Currently an employee of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Emma manages a national team which specialises in tourism investment, policy and deregulation. She also designed and implemented a national tourism major project facilitation service, which works with state and territory governments to help proponents of major tourism projects navigate and streamline government approvals. Prior to joining Austrade her recent roles included working on energy projects in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism; the roll out of remote indigenous housing in the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; and managing public affairs and undertaking asset sales in the Department of Finance.

Emma has formal qualifications in town planning and recently participated in the Global Leadership Practices Program at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), Shanghai. She brings a client-focused and commercial perspective to her work as well as a thorough working knowledge of how governments can change policy settings to support a thriving tourism sector. She enjoys working with investors, state and local governments, institutions and representatives to help deliver outstanding tourism infrastructure that will help grow the industry.


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Kristin Devitt is Managing Director of KDPR and has forged a successful career spanning more than 20 years as a highly effective communications strategist. With a background in broadcast journalism including time spent as a journalist and presenter with the Ten Network, Kristin has established her credibility on the media map.

Building on her media expertise, Kristin founded KD Public Relations in 2003, attracting a loyal client base and gaining a reputation for delivering powerful communications strategies across a variety of sectors. With a wealth of experience in delivering tangible communications results, Kristin is sought after by private, public and not-for-profit organisations, and is highly skilled in reputation management and crisis communications.


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For more information, contact the AmCham QLD office on 07 3220 2478 or email

@AmChamAU #AmChamQLD
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