MILE Tourism Event

The purpose of MILE is to provide students with the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from the Tourism, Events & Hospitality Industry to gain a greater understanding of the industries' expectations and potential career paths and opportunities. The main purpose of the event is to create a networking environment and encourage a meaningful two-way exchange between graduating students and exhibitors. 

MILE Program:

5:30pm - MILE Pre-event Industry Networking Function (UQ Staff & Exhibitors) 

6:15pm - MILE Commences (UQ Students) 

6:30pm - Welcome from Associate Professor David Solnet

6:35pm - Keynote address from Leanne Coddington, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism and Events Queensland

6.50pm - MILE Exhibition & Networking (UQ Students) 

8:15pm - MILE to Conclude 

ACCOR Hotels

Accor Hotels are far more than a worldwide leader. We are more than 180,000 women and men who share something unique. Each and every day we host the world. We care for millions of people. We are all moved by curiosity. We love blending cultures. We are proud of our differences. Yes, we lead the way, but we want to go further. With audacity, with imagination, with passion. Feel Welcome in more than 3,700 hotels in 92 countries.

Represented by: 

  • Tricia Cornelius
  • Racheal Smith

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Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, was made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. The 105-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet, where you can get up close to animals including koalas, wombats and kangaroos! Check out giraffes, rhinos, zebras, cheetahs and our new meerkats at the African Savannah, and majestic tigers and red pandas in South-East Asia. See free-roaming ring-tailed lemurs, giant Aldabra tortoises, colourful macaws and more on Bindi's Island! Watch a saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors show, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Represented by

  • Gaynor Grimshaw

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Brisbane Marketing

As Brisbane's economic development board, Brisbane Marketing creates and cultivates opportunities to promote the city, attract investment, generate jobs and grow our economy. As the city's Regional Tourism Organisation and Convention Bureau, Brisbane Marketing drives the visitor economy and positions the destination as a world leader for business events and a place where visitors can immerse themselves in Australia's quintessential experiences. With a warm, sub-tropical climate year round, vibrant inner-city urban villages and $7 billion of infrastructure underway, it is time to discover why Brisbane is one of Australia's fastest growing leisure and business destinations. 

Represented by:

  • Tamara Bogdan
  • Daniel Savoff

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Cuisine on Cue

As a leader in the industry, our Brisbane catering company provides professional staff who are committed to delivering the freshest local and seasonal cuisine to your event. Our team of experts have experience providing catering for offices, weddings, private events and more. 

We are renowned for our consistency in unsurpassed customer service and the attention to detail we bring to every event, regardless of the size, catering style or budget. 

Leave the details to us; Cuisine on Cue offers full event planning including organising event equipment, staffing, event theming and venue hire, for events & catering in Brisbane and wider South-East Queensland. Pay your guests the ultimate compliment and contact us today and let Cuisine on Cue manage all your catering needs. 

Represented by

  • Caitlin Crosbie
  • Paloma Dexter

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DITID - Young Tourism Leaders

The Young Tourism Leaders Program provides influential and inspiring role models to encourage young people to consider a career in tourism. Young Tourism Leaders are inspiring young people who've found success in the industry, have a wealth of knowledge, advice and experience and are keen to share the stories of their career journey. They assist students in gaining an understanding of diversity of careers in tourism and the various pathways young people can follow to build a successful, exciting and long-term career.

The Young Tourism Leaders Program is an initiative of the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development (DITID) and the Commonwealth Games, supported by the Department of Education. 

Represented by

  • Abbey Blanchfield 
  • Nick Ellis
  • Sean Langford
  • Ilse Maritz
  • Cyrus Sarkari
  • Chris Stokoe
  • Sean Langford
  • Elizabeth Shannon

Find out more about Young Tourism Leaders

Emporium Hotels

A stunning new chapter for Australia’s most awarded boutique luxury hotel brand. Located on Grey Street, in Brisbane's premier lifestyle precinct, Emporium Hotel South Bank sets a new standard of opulent style and award-winning service. Features include 143 sumptuously appointed suites, a range of premium food and beverage options, rooftop bar and 23m infinity edge pool with sweeping views of the river and city skyline. A selection of sophisticated, state-of-the-art event and meeting spaces are also available for intimate to gala style receptions or corporate conferences and gatherings. 

Represented by

  • Natalie Hardy
  • Rachel Litzow
  • Nick Piva

Find out more about Emporium Hotels

Expedia Group

Expedia Group is the world's travel platform, with the power to bring the world within reach for millions of people. Our extensive brand portfolio includes some of the world's most trusted online travel brands, powered by the most knowledgeable, passionate and creative people in our business. 

Our travellers, our teams and our partners are our priority because we recognise the importance of what we do. Travel makes people better, makes the world better, but it can be complicated and frustrating. Our role is to overcome these challenges, to make travel more accessible - that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work, and to provide them with the tools to do so. 

Represented by: 

  • Tori Atman
  • Duncan Matheso
  • Alex Moxey

Find out more about Expedia Group

Flight Centre

Flight Centre Travel Group is one of the world's largest travel agency groups with more than 2,500 leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses in 13 countries and 18,500 employees worldwide. After starting with one shop more than 30 years ago, we have enjoyed remarkable ongoing growth, booking $17 billion worth of travel globally last financial year. In Australia alone, Flight Centre Travel Group issued 6.5 million tickets this year, or 12 tickets every minute. Our rapidly expanding network now extends throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, providing travellers with a complete service.

Represented by:

  • Courtnay Sapieja
  • Alex Hahn
  • Lauren Symons

Find out more about Flight Centre

Hilton Brisbane

A vision of contemporary design and unpretentious luxury, Hilton Brisbane is the city’s most innovative five-star hotel. Superbly located in the heart of the city, towering over the iconic Queen Street Mall, Hilton Brisbane features state-of-the-art facilities ranging from modern accommodations, award-winning dining, and 2500sqm of purposefully designed space for meetings and events. Whether it’s for business or leisure, when you stay with Hilton Brisbane you’ll be at the heart of a vibrant metropolis with all the choice and excitement of a big city, and the unpretentious charm of a small hotel.

Represented by

  • Selin Erginbas
  • Hayley Mauger
  • Alicia Albury

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Howard Smith Wharves

Opening in late 2018, Howard Smith Wharves will soon be Brisbane's newest entertainment and lifestyle destination. Celebrating the site's unique position beneath the Story Bridge, it's city and river views add yet another cultural dimension to our lively inner city. We're bringing life back to the river - a reimagined green space dancing on the edge of the concrete jungle, the bright lights a beautiful backdrop for our vibrant new world. 

Howard Smith Wharves will be home to an expansive brewery, abundant green spaces and picnic areas, two unique indoor event spaces, a brand-new boutique hotel, overwater bar and a line-up of riverside restaurants. 

Represented by

  • Scott Bayne
  • Lance Burrows
  • Sally Pulford

Find out more about Howard Smith Wharves

Loud Events

From intimate to epic, LOUD is constantly reinventing ways for people to learn, develop, network, honour, reward, unite, engage, collaborate, showcase, reflect and make a difference.

We build enduring partnerships and harness the best talent to deliver unforgettable events in Australia as well as internationally. As one of the country's driving forces in event and conference management, we deliver over 100 events a year and offer complete event solutions for our partners. 

With our unique brand of creativity, quality and value, we are constantly strengthening our reputation for exceeding expectations and we thrive on the challenges our clients set for us. 

Company Directors along with Senior Event staff have well established and respected reputations in the industry for designing and producing some of Queensland's most iconic events including opening the Legacy Way, Botanical Gardens, Lady Cilento Hospital, Prince Williams tour and many more. 

Established in Brisbane in 2003, we have no desire to open more than our one office, or take on unmanageable amounts of work. We carefully monitor workload to ensure that we can be fully committed and available to client requirements, and that ALL staff are involved with our client's event in order to maintain quality control and seamless transition should the unexpected happen. 

Represented by: 

  • Katie Tompkins

Find out more about Loud Events

Marriott Brisbane

Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,500 properties in 127 countries and territories. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by family leadership for 90 years, the company is now globally recognised today as a top employer. In line with our multi-million dollar refurbishment, Brisbane Marriott is looking for vibrant, dedicated, guest focused professionals to join our team. Together, J.Willard and Alice Marriott created something that changed their future - and maybe yours. A great career has always been a great adventure. Now it's your turn. 

Represented by

  • Arelle Fowke
  • Sarah Miller

Find out more about Marriott Brisbane

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is a not-for-profit, private sector, membership-based organisation representing the interests of Queensland’s tourism and hospitality industry.

QTIC works in partnership with government agencies and industry bodies at a local, state and national level. QTIC’s membership comprises more than 3000 regional members (individual and corporate) alongside 13 Regional Tourism Organisation and 18 industry sector associations. QTIC’s efforts are aimed at helping the strong tourism industry drive sustainable business and product development, stimulate business attraction and investment, develop workforce skills and support tourism jobs and business. 

QTIC also operates and hosts the annual Queensland Tourism Awards.

Represented by:

  • Ruqaiyah Buksh
  • Natasha Montesalvo
  • Kathryn Moody 

Find out more about QLD Tourism Industry Council


Located at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Riverlife has over 13 years of experience delivering fun things to do in our river city! Test your skills on the Brisbane River with Riverlife’s kayaking tours or keep your feet dry with our abseiling and rock climbing adventures on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Riverlife is also a top-notch functions & events centre! From Public Events such as NYE and Cinco De Mayo, to corporate team building and weddings, Riverlife has it all!

Represented by

  • Mark Newman
  • Anna Vitikainen 

Find out more about Riverlife

RNA - The Royal National Agriculture and Industrial Association of Queensland

The RNA runs the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), Queensland's largest event, the event showcases its unique tradition and heritage by bringing the city and country together for a once a year get-together. The Brisbane Showgrounds is a venue business which hosts more than 300 events each year, including music festivals, lifestyle exhibitions and sporting matches and is home to the state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre.

Our Vision
To provide a vibrant destination with leading educational and event facilities and activities that capture the hearts and minds of all Queenslanders, from the country to the city.

Our Mission
To celebrate and champion the essential role agriculture plays in the everyday lives of Queenslanders.

Represented by

  • Alison Elliott
  • Barbara Perrott

Find out more about RNA

Spicers Retreats

Spicers Retreats boasts a collection of spectacular, award winning properties set in multiple locations throughout South East Queensland and New South Wales.

Our luxury retreats are notorious for providing an unforgettable experience complete with gourmet cuisine, attentive service and refined comfort.

Represented by

  • Ellie Lloyd
  • Vicki Nagle
  • Olivia Sambell 

Find out more about Spicers Retreats

The Student Affairs, Student Experience Team - The University of Queensland

The Student Affairs, Student Experience Team commenced in October 2018 with a mission to make the campus come to life.  The team has delivered Welcome and Induction , Market Day , UQ theatre Fest , UQ NAIDOC Festival and arrange of other curated experiences across campus. The team has a strong partnership approach and works in collaboration with all areas of the university including clubs and societies, UQ Sport, UQ Art Museum and external partners.

We are a team of six with a range of experiences including education in tourism, hospitality, marketing and communications, design and a range of experiences in large scale event design, delivery and review as well as organic- grass roots campaigns that build community.

The team focuses on activations and experiences that support UQ students to feel connected, celebrated, supported and most importantly happy as they follow their academic passions.

Represented by

  • Courtney Lennon
  • Mey Orchard
  • Sybilla Wilson

Find out more about The Student Affairs, Student Experience Team

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort is only a 75-minute cruise from Brisbane. The resort is the perfect holiday destination for guests seeking an understated yet unique adventure, educational or nature based experience - right on Brisbane’s doorstep. Protected and treasured, this is nature’s theme park where amazing natural encounters are part of every experience. With many tours and activities on offer, Tangalooma is the jewel of Moreton Bay. We have over 9 styles of accommodation and can host up to 300 people for a conference or event. The star attraction at the resort is the unique activity of hand feeding a pod of wild dolphins!

Represented by

  • John Mouzourakis
  • Hannah Wigan
  • Vera Zhou

Find out more about Tangalooma Island Resort

Tourism & Events Queensland

Tourism and Events Queensland is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and the state's lead marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency. In partnership with government, regional tourism organisations, industry and commercial stakeholders, we aim to build Queensland's tourism and events industry to foster innovation, drive industry growth and boost visitor expenditure.

With our vision of ‘inspiring the world to experience the best address on Earth’, Queensland, we are a consumer-led experience-focused and destination-delivered organisation that connects people and places like never before through innovation and collaboration with the tourism and events industry.

Represented by

  • Liana Jones
  • Teagan Thompson
  • Laurel Rigoni 

Find out more about Tourism and Events Queensland

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is part of a big family, the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Group has become one of the most highly respected global brand names.

Since the establishment of its first company, Virgin has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people, in 30 countries.

The Virgin Group believes in making a difference and stands for the principles of value for money, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge.

Virgin Australia shares these values and are determined to become the airline of choice for corporate and leisure travellers alike.

Represented by

  • Karen Balfe
  • Adam Humphries
  • Anthony Wong

Find out more about Virgin Australia