Future of Tourism

May 27, 2013

world handsBy 2020 the average Australian will take 10 holidays, of various lengths and destinations, per year; Australian will welcome 8,162,000 visitors to our shores and will farewell 11,222,000 Australians traveling abroad, all adding up to a tourism industry that will be worth $113.8 billion to us in 7 years time (up from $101.8 billion in 2012 / 2013).

This vital sector will welcome increasing visitors into Australia from middle-class China (worth $6.9 billion in 2020) and India (worth $1.9 billion in 2020) as well as continue to be one of the worlds premier tourist destinations, but behind these statistics is a deeper tourism tale of an industry that is restructuring and re-purposing itself to the needs of tomorrow travelers.

120 years ago when cars started to become an everyday item, we grew a local road bound tourism industry. As aviation became accessible to more and more people we added overseas trips to our travel diet, for the young this meant a gap year back to mother England and for the retired the Women’s Weekly coach tour of Europe, now if t means we see the world as our own backyard ripe for to explore.

Tourism has continued to evolve in Australia and in this week’s segment David Dowsett of ABC Wide Bay and I chat about where tourism is headed in the future.

We looked at who’s traveling and where the various forms of travel including cars, trains, planes, space and cars that fly and how we will go about finding and booking tomorrow’s great holidays.

We also explored emerging specialty tourism sectors including medical tourism, ancestry travel, sustainable tourism and others and how to find local people to act as your tour guide taking you on bespoke local tours as seen through the eyes of locals and the technology that will turn us into locals by providing real time insights, information and translations.

As always we end our segment with a look further down the tourism road to see how virtual travel and holodeck like experiences are set to burst onto the holiday market as virtual travel begins to take off in the not too distant future.

Have a listen now and let me know your thoughts of the future on tourism.

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Are we part of each others future? – I’m looking to hire or collaborate

May 17, 2013

help wantedThe world is evolving and so am I.

I am looking to build on my successes and reputation as a Business Futurist (www.BusinessFuturist.com) to expand my foresight and innovation keynotes, workshops and consulting offerings and to do it I need to employ or collaborate with fresh eyes and new thinking.

I’m not fixed on the job titles of the person I may employ, or the sorts of companies or associations that I may collaborate with, but we’ll know there’s possibility and synergy when we speak.

The skill sets that I need are in three main areas:

Firstly, someone to find and secure new opportunities across traditional and digital world’s

Secondly, someone who I can co-create or collaborate with who already has synergistic or complementary services, workshops, and consulting offerings, or works with similar clients and wants to extend their horizons;

Thirdly, the wild card – anyone who sees an opportunity where a Business Futurist can add value to what they already have, offer or want to achieve.

This open call is exactly that. There are endless opportunities and possibilities in tomorrow’s brave new world and I’d love to explore them with other like-minded innovative entrepreneurial practitioners.

Whether my wish list is fulfilled by one person or a band of a few or many. Whether you become a joint venture partner; full or part time employee; receive a commission; work remotely, or whatever other work or engagement arrangements you’d prefer is all up for discussion.

The most important thing is to start the conversation, so:

with your thoughts on how we might profitably and innovatively take each other into the future.


Let there be Fireworks

May 13, 2013

what do you doInnovation is no longer a destination it’s a journey – it’s such an overused and over-hyped cliché, but it’s one that gets many people to understand that we can no longer innovate solely at annual or semi annual business retreats, strategy meetings, when things have gone wrong or when the whim takes you, but rather that innovation is a constant, minute by minute, living breathing thing that must be integral to every business person and owner.

So having got that off my chest, one of the questions I get asked most often is: “How do you innovate?”.

In this month’s webinar I started a three-part journey taking the audience through my innovation program, a tried and tested program I’ve rolled out to 1,000’s of clients and audiences around the globe.

Part 1 is the non romantic and ever so important phase of getting to know yourself and what you stand for because the one thing I’ve learned over and over again is that there is absolutely no use going out and getting shiny new toys and innovations, if you haven’t got your internals working properly.

We start off with a look at what innovation is; what has caused it to speed up; the illusion that time and space are disappearing and why the best place to find innovation is where digital and physical meet.

We then traveled on to look at the roadblocks to innovation and how you overcome them including silos, fears and boxes (you’ll just have to listen to work it out), before going down the road of how to ensure innovation is always up for discussion, top of mind and drives everyone’s thinking.

My final tip in Part 1 was the question I always ask of my new clients staff and why asking that question late last year, to one client’s workforce of 900 people, brought $10.4 million worth of bottom line improvements, product extensions and fresh new thinking.

Head on to this month’s webinar (47 minutes)and as always let me know your thoughts and questions:

and be sure to reserve your spot for next month’s FREE webinar – Monday 17th June @ 1.00 p.m. AEST Part 2 – where we’ll take a look at the tools, tricks and the “meat and bones” of looking for and capturing innovation – see you then.


Are you a fireplace or fireworks innovator? FREE May webinar invitation

May 7, 2013

Reserve your webinar spot now for Monday 13th May @ 1.00 p.m. (AEST)

Fireplace or fireworks – which describes your business and innovation thinking?

fireplaceFireplaces are comforting, once lit mostly self-sufficient; provide light, warmth and the possibility for cooking as well as offering a central mesmerizing place to stare down at and poke into.

Is this really what you want from your business? To constantly tend and feed a fireplace that absorbs you, entices you, continues to demand you stand vigilant over it at all times and forces you to rebuild it back to its former glory, every time it starts to wane or diminish.

fireworksToday’s businesses, and those that will succeed into the future, are more like fireworks, agile; scanning the sky and looking ahead; constantly predicting, changing and adapting to the environment; exponentially growing and collaboratively building towards a strategized crescendo always knowing that there is another fireworks display just over the horizon.

In the last 3 months I have worked with and surveyed thousands of CEO’s in Australia and New Zealand and found that 84% of them admit that their business, products and practices are fireplaces that haven’t substantially changed in the last 3 years with a further 89% conceding that they would like to be firework businesses, but don’t know how and where to begin.

So for all my fellow firework business owners I’ve dedicated the next three months of FREE webinars to guiding you through the how, why, where, when and who of firework business innovation.

Next Monday 13th May at 1.00 p.m. AEST we’ll start our hands-on journey together through the first of three phases of innovation and I’ll show you, give you examples of and share my tools with you as we explore how to:

1. grow a self-sustaining innovation culture and forward thinking business

2. know and harness your own unique innovation DNA

3. exploit the innovation that already exists around you

4. ask for and get innovation happening around you

5. get others to do your innovating for you, and

6. learn the only question you’ll ever need to ask to profitably kick start your innovation

RESERVE your spot NOW

I’ve developed, tried and perfected my unique secret-sauce blended innovation and foresight process over the last 32 years with solopreneuers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations, governments and fellow innovators around the globe and it continues to evolve and to always achieve incredible and profitable innovation and foresight results.

One of these extraordinary projects happened late last year where I embedded the foundations and seeds of an innovation culture across a client’s 900 plus employees; empowered and educated them into the purpose, imperative and methods of innovation; built transparent innovation capture processes and then set the employees free to evolve the company into what they believed it should become.

Within four months they had added $10.4 million of new thinking, products, services and changed work practices and we have only begun to stare into the sky and watch the fireworks go off.

Stop getting lukewarm by the dwindling fire and start getting exhilarated by the infinite possibilities of the fireworks, join me next Monday and let’s start innovating your sky.

RESERVE your spot NOW

Last month we had a record crowd online, so please join our ever growing tribe of Webinar Wisdom Warriors.

All you need is an inquisitive mind, a passionate desire to know what’s over the horizon and a computer screen.

click here to reserve your FREE place on Monday 13th May 2013 at 1.00 p.m. (AEST)


The third industrial revolution has begun

May 6, 2013

third-industrial-revolutionWhen we sit on the cusp of a new method of production, one that moves us beyond the production line and returns us to a bygone era of artisans, bespoke, custom-made innovation and production, then it becomes necessary to re-frame the way we think about the way we create, own, distribute and have.

In this weeks’ on-air chat with David Dowsett of ABC radio we turned our attention to the recent announcement by St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne that within 5 years they would begin trialling 3D printing of human body organs and that within 10 years printing of human spare parts may become “normal”.

This technology has been on the rise for a number of decades but technology, culture and medical advancements are all conspiring to make this the time that science fiction starts to turn into science fact.

3D printers will, over the next decade, evolve to print cars, homes and buildings, food, clothes, furniture and so much more as we begin to “manufacture” items in situ in real-time at our shops, factory’s, hospitals, homes and wherever we need to produce or have an “object”.

The world of innovation, manufacturing, global citizen equity and the ability to “have” will all be challenged as we see industry’s emerge, industry’s disappear and billionaires created in this brave new world.

Have a listen to the live recording and then let me know your thoughts on the new world of 3D printing: