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Mr. Neale Herridge, Group GM ATS Pacific, Australia and New Zealand

Mr. Julio Jiménez, Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Spain

Mrs. Kristiina Hietasaari, Senior Director, Visit Finland

Neale Herridge
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Neale is one of Australia's most experienced Travel Industry executives. ATS Pacific is one of the regions largest Inbound Operators that with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

ATS Pacific is the specialty Inbound division of the larger Publicly Listed Helloworld Group  and in his role as General Manager - Neale has contact with clients from all over the world, major airlines, and over 6000 supplier partners in the region. ATS Pacific liaises with Government on border policy and all other matters that affect the industry during this challenging time.

Julio Jiménez

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Julio Jiménez is an executive advisor at the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Spain. He has coordinated the design of the Tourism Sector Modernization and Competitiveness Plan linked to the Next Generation EU funds as well as also different tourism recovery programs in response of the COVID-19 crisis. He has also worked in the Ministry for interregional cooperation in Spain, as well as in the European Parliament. He is a senior civil servant at the Spanish Public Administration and he has also practiced as public attorney.

Kristiina Hietasaari
Kristiina Hietasaari, Visit Finland

Kristiina Hietasaari was appointed as Senior Director of Visit Finland in January this year. She has worked in the tourism industry for ten years, first at the Finnish Tourist Board (MEK) and then at Visit Finland as the Director of Travel Business Development being responsible for the development and co-operation of the Finnish tourism industry. Visit Finland is responsible for promoting travel from abroad to Finland. Main functions include marketing and communications activities in international markets to boost Finland’s image of an attractive and interesting travel destination. The mission is also to support and increase international business of Finnish tourism companies and regional tourism organizations throughout Finland. Visit Finland implements the national tourism strategy in Finland under the guidance of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and is part of Business Finland, a government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion.