Asia Tourism Investment Conference in November
The Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference.
The time and venue:
November 27 – 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Media sponsors for the event:
Lanka Business Online.
Main Topics to be discussed:
• Land ownership.
• Impediments to raising finance.
• Shortage of talent.
The main lecture:
Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Gerald Lawless will deliver a lecture on “A masterclass in how to build a tourism destination”.
As the head of tourism and hospitality at Dubai Holding, he has played a key role in the country’s phenomenal growth for nearly 2 decades.
His experiences will have many lessons Asia, now one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world.
This event will be an influential gathering for Asia focusing on challenges and opportunities in the hotel and tourism industries.
The event agenda:
• 3 days of expert opinions.
• Speeches by leading insiders.
• A chance to hear political leaders’ views first-hand.
• Opportunities to network with prominent entrepreneurs.
The Sri Lankan government wants to engage in open dialogue with the private sector to develop the booming tourism sector further, in order to generate more employment opportunities and achieve the economic goals of a middle income country by 2030.
Hence, the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena will be acting as the patron of The Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference to raise the morale of the industry which will also receive the fullest support of the Prime Minister and Tourism Minister too.
The topic of overcoming the industry challenges in emerging markets will be discussed by:
• Krishan Balendra, president, Leisure Group, John Keells Holdings.
• Peter Henley, President and CEO, Onyx Hospitality Group.
The investments in the industry will be taken up next by Jesper Palmqvist, area director Asia Pacific, STR.
He will provide a comprehensive update on top-line hotel performance in Sri Lanka and analyse competitive Asian markets.
Then a panel of leading investors will give their views on of how destinations can become more attractive to international backers.
For the unity government looking to build the island’s tourism economy as the nuber one forex earner, this session will provide some hard truths and will help identify the changes needed to be made on existing local laws and policies.
To improve collaboration between the private and public sectors, 3 Sri Lankan ministers, including the finance minister, as well as various high-ranking government officials will dish-out the government’s stance on policy on infrastructure and the creation of an investment-friendly culture in the paradise island.
Case-studies and interactive sessions:
• Dusit Thani’s latest beachfront development in Sri Lanka.
• Examples of effective hotel management agreements.
• Roundtables and networking receptions to swap expertise and develop new alliances.
• The bankers’ perspective.
• Project management and legal aspects of new developments.
Tourism is the top national performer in terms of forex generation and the unity government is taking all the right steps to promote this boom-industry to its fullest capacity.
OSL as the leading funding promoter to Sri Lanka now invites potential overseas parties to seek our matchmaking expertise to launch your hospitality brand in the paradise island.
Feel free to consult the biz-friendly OSL Team now to learn more.
Visit www.asia-conference.com for the full programme.
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