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Do you want to build and grow your tourism career? Tourism Hub will provide inspiration and education that will empower you to take your business to a whole new level. Each week, your host, Desi Karatzias, will share proven strategies in social media, tourism, and leadership with special guest entrepreneurs and industry movers and shakers. Subscribe now and let your tourism excellence begin today.

031 Exploring Travelpreneurship with Lauren Bath in the Age of the Gig Economy

In this episode,  Lauren Bath is a legend for many reasons. Deemed “Australia’s first professional Instagrammer” by national media, Lauren Bath pioneered the Australian influencer industry.

Firstly, she has an impressive client list, having worked with global destination marketing bodies including Tourism Australia, Switzerland Tourism, Tourism South Africa,

030 Lessons in Collaboration From the Most Important Transnational Tourism Route of The 21st Century

Nikolaos Gkolfinopoulos holds a Master’s Degree in International Sustainable Tourism Management from Monash University Australia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Nikolaos has been working for UNWTO since 2016 and currently holds the position of Silk Road Project Specialists within the Technical

029 Building Psychological Wellbeing

In this episode, we meet Mel Neil, an Australian positive psychology practitioner, consultant, founder and CEO of Mind Insurance, exploring how to build your psychological wellbeing and cultivating a landscape for flourishing.

Through her desire to empower and facilitate the success of individuals, organisations and communities Mel has a

028 Do’s and Don’ts of Influencer Marketing for Tourism

In this episode, hear from Instagram influencer Shirin Jamaly about the growing changes of Instagram and helpful strategies centred around what makes a great influencer marketing campaign and how to work with and reach out to influencers for successful Instagram collaborations.

Key Learnings and A-HA Moments from Shirin:

027 Financial Intelligence and Keeping the Lights on for Tourism, Events and Entertainment Business

In this episode join Despina Karatzias for a conversation about Financial Intelligence and Keeping the Lights on for Tourism, Events and Entertainment Business ie the good, bad and the unique opportunities facing the tourism industry with Amit Aggarwal from SAPTAX.

Key Learnings and A-HA Moments from Amit:

026 Digital Digest – Making a Comeback

Digital Digest – Making a Comeback
How you can help carry the load, with Young Tourism Network

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Show hosted by Despina Karatzias and brought to you by Tourism Hub in association with Institute Of Excellence.

025 Tourism in Distress, The Good, Bad, and the Unique Opportunities Ahead

In this episode join Despina Karatzias for a conversation about Tourism in Distress, The Good, Bad, and the Unique Opportunities Ahead ie the good, bad and the unique opportunities facing the tourism industry with Simon Westaway from Australian Tourism Industry Council.



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024 Hidden Secrets to the Business of Tourism, Leadership and Stepping Up

Meet Fiona Sweetman who not only leads a pretty fab business and team, at Hidden Secrets Tours, she sits on a number of boards, social collectives, educational programs and now council of her city of Melbourne.

Tune in to hear how Fiona got started, what change she wants to

023 Transform Your Small Business to a Smart Tourism Business

How to successfully transform your small business to a smart tourism business with Liz Ward, CEO https://TourismTribe.com and https://Navii.com.au

Key learnings:

To become the digital expert for small businesses in the tourism industry
Businesses can take action today:

Look at your core assets (cyber

022 How New Zealand Tour Operator, Take it Easy Tours has Thrived Through COVID



In this episode join Despina Karatzias for a conversation about How New Zealand Tour Operator, Take it Easy Tours has Thrived Through COVID ie the good, bad and the unique opportunities facing the tourism industry with Take It Easy Tours NZ

Key learnings:

Learning to

021 Managing Your Mental Health and Motivation (with Dr Nasrin Parsianie)



In this episode join Despina Karatzias for a conversation about Managing Your Mental Health and Motivation with Dr Nasrin Parsianie the good, bad and the unique opportunities facing the tourism industry with Dr Nasrin Parsian from Dr Nas Inner Wellness.

Key learnings:

PhD in Self

020 Pursuing Passion Projects with Purpose



In this episode join Despina Karatzias for a conversation about Pursuing Passion Projects with Purpose ie the good, bad and the unique opportunities facing the tourism industry with Kiff and Paterson (Global Ballooning), and Tania (mycause).

Key Learnings:

Tourism Australia, Visit Victoria, and Melbourne City

019 Smart Tourism Marketing Systems to Grow Your Business (with Fabienne Wintle)

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We speak with Fabienne Wintle, CIO of Tourism Tribe.
Tourism Tribe is a super-simple, super-smart website that has been created to help tourism businesses who aren’t digital geeks get the most

018 Making the Most of Losing Clients due to COVID (with Nayaz Noor)

We speak with inbound tour operator Nayaz Noor from 39 Degrees South about how he is making the most of losing 100% of his clients due to COVID19.

A Wharton School of Business Alumni, (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Nayaz has over 35 years of experience in the travel &

017 ISOlation INSPOration (with Sarah Seddon and Heidi Victoria)

There are incredible humans doing incredible things and I can’t wait to ignite their excellence and share them with you!
Season 2 of @tourismhub podcast kicks off with these two Victorian leading ladies Sarah Seddon (Sabre Collective) and Heidi Victoria AND you have front row seats to watch the podcast

016 The Values of Artelia Jewellery (with Maria Ulas)

We have a chat with Maria Ulas from Artelia Jewellery.

Artelia is a jewellery house founded by our passion for unique, personal and exceptional quality jewellery. Our background in manufacturing means that we have generations of experience in making the highest quality Melbourne engagement ring and other pieces, designed to last

015 The Global Ballooning Experience (with Kiff Saunders)

We chat with Kiff Saunders from Global Ballooning.  This conversation was recorded in early 2020 as COVID19 started take its grip on the tourism industry, and the rest of the world

It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to give someone the experience of a lifetime over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.

014 MacKenzie Quarters (with Rhianwen Seiter)

We chat with Rhianwen Seiter from MacKenzie Quarters.
MacKenzie Quarters is your entertainment quarter, creating space for people to connect, socialise, laugh and celebrate in the heart of Bendigo.
Located in central Bendigo in the heart of The Arts Precinct, MacKenzie Quarters has been lovingly restored to embrace its 141 year old

013 Gold Mine Bendigo (Evonne Oxenham)

We chat with Evonne Oxenham from Gold Mine Bendigo.

The key to Central Deborah Gold Mine’s success as a tourist destination has always been the passion of our staff and tour guides, which include some of the grandchildren and relatives of the original Central Deborah miners. They literally bring Bendigo

012 Bendigo Tramways (with Daniel Rutherfurd)

We chat with Daniel Rutherfurd from Bendigo Tramways.

You can find more information on the Bendigo Tramways website.
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011 Christmas All Year (with Amanda Ralph)

We speak with Amanda Ralph from Country Heart and Home based in Bright.

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Tourism Hub is a weekly podcast dedicated to you and your Tourism Excellence.

If you want to help ignite the tourism

010 Building Industry Greatness (with Lakshmi Cashmore)

Welcome to Tourism Hub Podcast Episode 10! Thrilled to present the first interview part of the RACV Victoria Tourism Awards Winners Series brought to you by Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).

In November 2017, the Victorian Tourism Awards gala night at Crown Palladium celebrated 30 categories of winning tourism businesses

009 Celebrating a Legendary Career in Visitor Services (with Elizabeth Curtain)

“Love what you do, who you work with, and the region you are promoting – what a happy life!” was one of many gold nuggets in this exclusive podcast with Elizabeth Curtain. I had the pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth just before her final day of a 24-year career managing the

008 How to Build a Business and Look After You (with Jo Surkitt)

In this episode, ‘How to Build a Business and Look After You’ with Jo Surkitt I explore with the Victorian-based wellness expert why she left a successful career in travel to start her own business.  Jo has studied a vast range of Professional development specialities and natural therapies and has

007 Interview with an Experience Maker from Peninsula Hot Springs (with Charles Davidson)

 

Peninsula Hot Springs is an award winning Victorian attraction located 90 minutes from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.

I say attraction yet the hot springs have become a destination unto themselves.

Over the years I have visited

006 Hashtag 101 for Tourism

In this Hashtag 101 for Tourism episode, I delve into the topic of #Hashtags and the importance of using hashtags strategically in your tourism business. 

005 Visitors, Values and VTIC (with Adrian Byrt)

In this episode, I chat to Adrian Byrt, Relationship Consultant & Events at Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Victoria’s peak leadership organisation.

004 Confessions of a Start Up: Launching a New Website and Business
003 Going Pro with Your Smart Phone Photography (with Mike James)

In this episode, I had the pleasure of capturing first time meeting over a coffee with Mike James, founder of Better Mobile Photos.

002 Transitioning from CEO of ATDW to Chief Entrepreneur of TourismTribe.com (with Liz Ward)

An absolute pleasure to invite my first guest, Liz Ward (@lizward_oz) to the Tourism Hub Podcast. A game changer in adopting innovative technologies in the tourism industry Liz led the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) business during its start-up phase in 1999-2001 and then as CEO from August 2004 until

001 Why start a tourism inspired podcast?

In this very first episode of Tourism Hub I share with you my big why of starting a podcast dedicated to the industry of experiences and making memories. As an avid listener to many business, social media and entrepreneur inspired podcasts around the world I am very excited to bring

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