Travel Leaders To Meet In Bangkok
Opportunity for industry professionals and students to meet industry elite at conference and networking event
Craig Fong, Director of Marketing & Sales of Möevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, a founding Board of Directors member for HSMAI Asia Pacific and the event organizer for the Thai event, said “We are delighted to work with WIT, the leading media platform in the travel distribution and marketing area, to bring Asia Connect Thailand and WIT*e to Bangkok.
“The sales and marketing arena for travel and hospitality is becoming ever more complex, with several new channels opening up. This requires hoteliers to keep abreast of new trends and issues, in order to understand the challenges and capture the opportunities.”
Yeoh Siew Hoon, the producer of WIT–Web In Travel said, “We seized this opportunity to bring WIT*e to Thailand from Singapore, because we are firm believers in grooming tomorrow’s Asian tourism leaders. If travel and tourism students are mentored by industry professionals, they will to continue to be inspired to remain in the industry. All a young person needs is for someone to give them a chance.”
“Industry professionals who attend WIT*e, as evidenced at previous events held in Singapore, are equally inspired by the enthusiasm of the young. WIT*e is about connecting future leaders with industry professionals so that both can learn from each other,” Yeoh continued.
The one-day Asia Connect conference and WIT*e networking event will be held at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. Asia Connect will run from 9am to 5pm while WIT*e will start from 6pm at the same venue, the Vimarnsuriya Room.
Asia Connect will kick off with a high-level travel leaders panel, moderated by Yeoh Siew Hoon. Taking part in the discussion will be Laurent Kuenzle, Managing Director, Asian Trails, Tassapon Bijleveld, CEO, Thai AirAsia, Morris Sim, Co-Founder & CEO, Circos Brand Karma, Jennifer Cronin, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Dusit International and Grahame Tate, Managing Director, IDeaS.
Other topics on the agenda include….
- Market Trends: Mid-Year “Temperature Check” by Jonas Orgen, Area Director – Asia, STR Global and Kris Lim, Associate Director – Strategic Intelligence Centre, PATA
- Future of Brands on the Internet by Jinn Powprapai, Managing Director of McCann Erickson
- Strategies and Tactics to Optimize GDS Hotel Distribution by Brett Henry, Vice President – Marketing, Abacus International
- Positioning Thailand as a “Preferred” MICE Destination by Akapol Sorasuchart, President Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
At WIT*e, the same travel leaders featured in Asia Connect’s opening panel will share their career stories and advice with travel and tourism students and young talent.
In addition, Alex Lombardi, Regional APAC HR Director, of Amadeus which maintains regional its headquarters in Bangkok, will share his insights on their organizations’ latest global recruitment practices, along with new skills that are an advantage in an industry that’s increasingly being driven by technology. Amadeus has 219 offices worldwide and employs a total of 8,999 people.
To register for the event, please visit http://guest.cvent.com/d/4dqfcx/4W.
Illka Gobius for HSMAI Asia
Phone: +65 6728 3820