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september, 2019

12sep6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedBuilding Big Ideas - Discover your Inner EntrepreneurProfessional Development Series6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 555 La Trobe St


Event Details

Ever been curious about how to start your own business? Do you have a great idea but don’t know how to get it off the ground? Come and learn from people who started their own tourism ventures about how they turned an idea into a great business.


Jessica Gilchrist – Pink Boots Hire 

Jess has used her experience to turn events into moments, transformed a conservative chocolate tour business into a thriving Melbourne experience and is now making her mark in a ‘non traditional’ male dominated industry in access machinery, through Pink Boots Hire. Diagnosed with cervical cancer and having to confront her own mortality at such a young age has not only made her stronger, but determined to give back too through business.




Michelle Gatzoubaros – 2aspire2

Michelle Gatzoubaros is Founder of 2aspire2, a hospitality coaching and consultations agency committed to delivering expert consultations, 1:1 coaching and workshops that elevate brand awareness, sales and create high performance teams with confidence, influence and presence.

With 20+ years experience in the Australian Accommodation Industry representing leading hotel brands and independent Boutique and Lifestyle hotels, Michelle’s purpose is to empower and motivate her clients to achieve sustainable and profitable business and establish industry thought-leaders.

Michelle is also co-founder of new start up business The Guest Room that provides an Interior Room & Brand Restyling service for boutique Hotels and Motels wanting to refresh their rooms & revive their brand.


John O’Sullivan – Walks101

John got his start in the travel industry a decade ago after he forgot to return home after a gap year abroad. For nearly a decade, John has given tours on busses, boats, ferries, and foot in 28 countries in Europe, the USA and now Australia. He’s worked with companies such as Busabout, Sail Croatia, Expat Explore, Intrepid and Sandemans New Europe. 

In 2017, John started Walks 101 with the mission to bring the popular European concept of the “Free Walking Tour” to Australia. In just two years it has grown into one of Melbourne’s largest operators, and is preparing for expansion to other Aussie capital cities. 

John will share the story of how he built his business, give insights into how to start a travel company, and answer questions from the audience.



Kathryn Farrell & Melissa Tuliranata Co-founder Trashbags on Tour

Kat & Mel’s working life has crossed paths more than once.
Both working in the tourism, travel and events industries they have connected, through their workplaces, their love of travelling, and learning from different walks of life.
The creation of Trash Bags On Tour was born in a day when they shared their hobby of picking up rubbish along the beach, and the desire to spread awareness to a greater audience of what’s happening to our marine life.
Within 1 month they ran their first environmental educational tourism event to the Great Ocean Road and since have successfully ran community days, corporate social responsibility days, youth programs and tours and are so excited for what the future will bring and what message they can share.

They believe that from little things, big things grow and the story of how they came to be where they are today shows this perfectly.




(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


William Angliss Institute

555 La Trobe St


Young Tourism Level 3, 150 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000