More additions to the Pub Leaders Summit have been made, as the early bird savings will soon draw to a close.

With two months to go until the Pub Leaders Summit, speaker announcements for the program continue, with big names in the industry joining the program. Those include Elliot Solomon, CEO of Solotel, who will discuss live music and entertainment, which is a big focus for the pub group.

Also joining the program is Brad Jenkins, head of leisure for Lewis Land Group, which owns The Belvedere and Komo Hotels in Queensland, as well as large-format pubs The Fiddler and Camden Valley Inn in greater Sydney. Jenkins will be joining two panels on the day, including the gaming and wagering panel, as well as a session on the current economic landscape.

Joel Cronan, GM of Operations for Redcape, will be discussing staffing strategy; while Scott Assender, operations specialist for Kickon Group will be discussing one of his main focuses within the industry: the customer experience.

Big picture thinking will also be touched upon in presentations made on the day, with James Phillips from CGA drawing on the company’s local and global on-premise data to gauge what trends operators should be paying attention to in their venues. Chris Loukakis, head of strategy for Example, will look at the big cultural shifts happening globally, and what that may men for hospitality.

“The program is really shaping up to offer a wide range of experiences and expertise on some really pressing topics that are affecting the industry right now, so we think there will be a lot of great content for attendees to draw upon and get inspired by,” stated Australian Hotelier managing editor Vanessa Cavasinni.

Inspiration can also be found at the Pub Leaders Summit showcase, that will run all day throughout the conference, with exhibits, information and advice from sponsors, including Gold sponsors JLL, Entain Venues, Fever Tree and Better Beer.

Additional sessions

Besides the full day of content, two additional sessions are also available to pub operators attending the Pub Leaders Summit. Platinum sponsor, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), will host the Breakfast Masterclass. This additional session, with limited availability, will see Tobias Hoogewerff – VP Sales Licensed Australia for Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, present a 45-minute masterclass on Market Insights & Business Intelligence.

CCEP has invested heavily in building business capability to utilise extensive & unique forms of data and insights collected across Supermarkets, Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), Convenience/Petroleum & of course Licensed On & Off Premise. In this masterclass CCEP will provide attendees with a taste of current insights on changing consumer trends relevant to hospitality, beverage category performance and demonstrate how data can be used to make smarter decisions and grow your profits.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners will also be hosting the networking drinks at the end of the conference, from 4:30-6pm.

For the first time, the Pub Leaders Summit will also include a second day of programming – the Pub Leaders Summit half-day study tour. For an additional cost, pub operators can join the study tour, which will visit three hotels in the greater Brisbane area. The first two pubs on the tour have been announced, with visits planned to The Belvedere at Woody Point for a sneak peek of massive renovations that have been underway since 2022; as well as a visit to The Brook Hotel, just reopened this week after a $31m renovation by ALH Hotels. The third pub to be visited will be announced shortly.

View the full program and purchase tickets to the Pub Leaders Summit here. Early bird ticket prices end on 1 June, so get in quick and save $100 per ticket!

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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