Conference Speakers

Adam M. Goldstein

Vice Chairman | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Adam Goldstein was named Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) in 2018.  Mr. Goldstein oversees the RCL’s Government and Destination Relations globally.  From 2014 to 2018, he served as President & COO and from 2007 to 2014, he was President & CEO of the Royal Caribbean International brand. Mr. Goldstein has been with RCL since 1988.

Mr. Goldstein currently serves as Chair of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a position he also held in 2015/2016. In 2017/2018, Mr. Goldstein served as Chair of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).  In 2001, he served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders.  Mr. Goldstein has also been inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of INSEAD, and on the Energy Security Leadership Council, a leadership affiliate of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington D.C.

Mr. Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University.  He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. 

Ann Sherry AO

Chairman | Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

Sarina Bratton AM

Chairman Asia Pacific | PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Building on her reputation, knowledge and expertise, in November 2013 the luxury yacht and expedition French cruise line, PONANT flagged its serious intent to expand into the Asia Pacific region when it announced the appointment of Mrs Bratton as Chairman Asia Pacific and Special Advisor to the company’s Marseilles-headquartered executive board.

Sarina Bratton pioneered luxury expedition cruising in the Asia Pacific region when she founded market-leading five-star Orion Expedition Cruises in 2004. She served as Managing Director of the company until early 2013 when she sold her remaining shares in the company.

In November 2013 the luxury yacht and expedition French cruise line, PONANT announced the appointment of Mrs Bratton as Chairman Asia Pacific and Special Advisor to the company’s Marseilles-headquartered executive board.

In her Sydney-based role, Sarina spearheads PONANT’s international development, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, as both key destinations and source markets.

Adam Armstrong

Senior Vice President | Silversea Cruises

Adam Armstrong is Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Silversea Cruises in Australia & New Zealand.  Based in Silversea’s Sydney office, Adam will lead the future growth and development of Silversea in the region, taking the ultra-luxury cruise line to the next level during an exciting period of significant growth and investment for the brand.

Originally from northern England, Adam has two decades of experience in the travel industry including commercial, product and strategy roles in the UK and Australia. Having started his career at TUI Travel and the Carnival Corporation, Adam was most recently the Associate Vice President & Managing Director for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in Australia & New Zealand. Adam spent the last decade driving the growth and success of the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands in the region – including the launch of Ovation of the Seas.

Grant Gilfillan

Chair | Australian Cruise Association and
CEO | Port Authority of NSW, Australia

Grant Gilfillan has been the Chief Executive Officer of Port Authority of NSW since July 2014, after the amalgamation of Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla port corporations. He was previously CEO of Sydney Ports Corporation (from 2008) and Newcastle Port Corporation (from 2013).

Before joining Sydney Ports Corporation in 2008, Grant worked in Africa, the Middle East and Europe (Romania) as a Senior Vice President, Managing Director and General Manager for DP World. Prior to this, he served as Director of Operations for P&O Ports, Australia and New Zealand and as Managing Director of CSX World Terminals in Australia. Prior to that Grant was a mining engineer and mine manager in the NSW Hunter Valley and the north-west of Western Australia. Grant served as President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) from April 2013 to June 2015.

Grant is a member and the current Chair of the Australia Cruise Association (ACA). In October 2018 he was appointed to the chair of Ports Australia’s Board of Directors. Grant is also a Director on the Board of Lyttelton Port Company in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ludo Campbell-Reid

Design Champion | City of Auckland

Sought out by mayors, cities and governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and international keynote speaker with over 24 years’ public & private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is an internationally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press. 

As Design Champion for Auckland, Ludo is accountable for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.  He is also the General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO), a department of multi-disciplinary design and place activation professionals charged with spearheading Auckland’s design-led renaissance.

In 2015 he was described by Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most influential Aucklanders. He is also currently Deputy Chair and Founding Trustee of Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust, an organisation which has removed more than 4.3 million litres of plastic and rubbish from Auckland’s harbour and waterways since 2002.

Paul Yeo

Industry Relations Manager | Tourism New Zealand

Paul is part of the New Zealand and Government Relations team for Tourism New Zealand and is based in Wellington. This team is responsible for TNZ’s Destination Readiness strategic area of focus with Paul being responsible for Industry Relations engagement with key stakeholders. He is also responsible for quality partnerships including managing the i-SITE Network, our official national visitor information network that has over 80 locations across New Zealand.

Paul was previously Chief Executive of the Inbound Tour Operators Council (ITOC) and the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) and has also run Regional Tourism Organisations in Marlborough and Lake Taupo.

Susan Bonner

Vice-President | Royal Caribbean Cruises, Australia & New Zealand

Susan Bonner was appointed VP and Managing Director of the Australian and New Zealand operations of Royal Caribbean International in June 2018. Bonner leads a team of 70 employees and oversees all commercial and operational activities in Australia and New Zealand for the company’s three cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.

Bonner has been with Royal Caribbean International since 2008. Prior to her current position as VP and Managing Director, Bonner was the Vice President of Revenue Management and Onboard Revenue for modern luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises.

Bonner has over 15 years of experience in the cruise industry, including numerous leadership roles. She previously led the revenue management and onboard revenue performance of sister brand Royal Caribbean during the line’s major introduction of the widely acclaimed ship Quantum of the Seas in 2014. She was also involved in the introduction of the brand’s industry-changing Solstice Class ships and revitalisation of its Millennium class.

Scott Tasker

General Manager – Aeronautical Commercial | Auckland Airport

Scott Tasker leads Auckland Airport’s aeronautical commercial team, focusing on sustainably growing our airline capacity, improving route connectivity and increasing passenger volumes. Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has held a number of roles in airline sales, marketing and management with Emirates and Lufthansa.

Prior to joining Auckland Airport, Scott held leadership positions in the travel insurance industry with Cover-More Travel Insurance and the Healix Assistance Group. He joined Auckland Airport in February 2015.

Stuart Allison

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific | Princess Cruises

Stuart Allison is Senior Vice President Asia Pacific for Princess Cruises, with oversight for the brand’s operations across Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. With 20 years cruise industry experience, he’s led commercial functions across a number of Carnival Corporation brands. Since relocating from the UK to Australia in 2003, Stuart has played an integral role in driving demand for cruising in this region; from the development of new home ports beyond Sydney, to world cruises sailing round-trip from Australia.

Matt Stenton

Senior Project Manager | ATEED

Matt Stenton is one of Auckland’s leading Youth Entrepreneurship activators, working across multiple Entrepreneurial programmes, sitting on various steering groups and boards for Entrepreneurship/Businesses. He has mentored a large number of youth, from starting up their businesses to judging multiple competitions.

Matt is known for his extensive networks and international tourism connections. In late 2017 he founded Identity Consulting Ltd who work with government, start-ups and consult on youth initiatives including recently leading the team in Auckland out of the Auckland Chamber of Business, who is responsible for ‘The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’ working with over 1500 Students from 58 schools in the Auckland region.

Matt is now the Senior Project Manager for GoWithTourism at Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), a platform that is genuinely changing the way people not only join the tourism industry but also perceive it.

Gillian Millar

Senior Vice-President | Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia

Gillian is Senior Vice President Operations for Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia. Appointed to the role in April 2017 she is the first female leader to have held a strategic role for New Zealand’s largest hotel operator.

An experienced hospitality professional across a variety of senior roles over the past 20 years, Gillian has been with Accor since 2012 initially as Area General Manager of Operations for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and then more recently Vice President Operations, West Australia. In her current role Gillian is responsible for managing Accor’s hotel interests in the region. This comprises 53 hotels and over 6700 rooms across 14 brands with a portfolio ranging from the audacious SO/, the luxury of Sofitel through to the ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget economy brands as well as Pullman, MGallery, Peppers, The Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mantra, Mercure and BreakFree brands.

John Smith

Cruise Project Manager | ATEED

Over the last decade John has brought his extensive project development skills and experience to advise and assist Auckland Council, Panuku and ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development) in the development of the cruise industry in Auckland.

Projects include the completion of the Queens Wharf cruise terminal, the publication of the Auckland Cruise Action Plan, adoption of the strategy for the dedicated cruise terminal on Captain Cook Wharf and consent for the Mooring Dolphins on Queens Wharf.

Andrew Ritchie

Director | Ritchies Transport

Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in the passenger transport industry. He was appointed as a Director in 1997, responsible for all operational matters and plays an important role in monitoring all company contracts and maintaining Key Customer relationships.

Andrew is responsible for Ritchies urban bus services in Whangarei, Auckland, Rotorua, Blenheim, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Queenstown. Under Andrew’s leadership, the company has grown significantly and taken a more active role as an urban and school bus service provider. He was responsible for securing and successfully managing the Northern Express service under contract to Auckland Transport. This is considered to be the most successful public passenger service in New Zealand achieving patronage of over one million passengers within two years.

Andrew has worked in all aspects of the business from workshops, operations, driving tours and urban services and then into senior management. He is a Board Member of a number of companies, including Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd, Stray Ltd, Kirra Tours Ltd, InterCity Group Ltd and Bus and Coach Association of NZ Inc.

Craig Harris

Managing Director | ISS-McKay Shipping

Craig joined merchant ships as a cadet officer at 16 years of age and became a Captain at 26, serving on both cargo and passenger ships.  He moved ashore aged 31 and was the start-up CEO of New Zealand’s first joint union and commercial joint venture stevedoring companies at six ports throughout the country.

Craig joined ISS-Mckay Shipping Ltd to manage cargo vessels in the South Pacific before moving on as start-up CEO of Tasman Express Line, operating container vessels and this served to break up the trans-Tasman duopoly. He rejoined ISS-Mckay Shipping as Managing Director and his involvement with cruise commenced in 1993, where he was the founding Chairman of Cruise New Zealand (now the New Zealand Cruise Association) until 2014.

Craig was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit from the government in 2015 for his services to Cruise. He is currently the managing director of New Zealand and Pacific Island marine related companies and cruise agencies.

Captain Nikolaos Antalis

Associate Vice President Marine & Safety | Royal Caribbean International Asia-Pacific

Captain Nikolaos Antalis is from Greece and joined Royal Caribbean International in 1996. He is a seasoned mariner having sailed all around the world. He has successfully served as Master on board many vessel classes of the Royal Caribbean International fleet and has commanded several first time international deployments.

He has also experience in new building and start up operations, commanding the take out Royal Caribbean International cruise ship “Serenade of the Seas” in 2003.

Captain Antalis obtained his Master Mariner License in 1994 and prior to joining Royal Caribbean International he worked as Staff Captain/Safety Officer on Royal Cruise Line and Regency Cruises as well as a Chief Officer/ Deck Officer on several types of cargo ships including general cargo and bulk carriers with worldwide itineraries.

In 2008 he moved shoreside and accepted the position of Port Captain in Royal Caribbean headquarters in Miami.

Paul Mifsud

Director, Port Operations | Carnival Australia

Paul leads the Port Operations department in Sydney. Part of the Holland America Group he is responsible for the P&O, Princess, Holland America & Seabourn Fleets in the areas of Port Operations and Passenger Logistics covering Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. This includes operations at all ports and anchorages, continued monitoring and evaluation of existing ports and anchorages; development of new cruising ports, destination development through improved infrastructure, passenger logistics for embarkation and disembarkation, environmental and safety compliance for port operations and government relations.

Paul joined Carnival Australia in 2005 having previously spent 12 years in the Port Agency trade dealing with a variety of vessels and cargo operations which included cruise ships. Paul has seen Carnival Australia’s local operation grow from a single ship which peaked at 17 of the HA Group ship in the region during last summer cruise season.