Strategic insights from globally renowned destination marketers as Sri Lanka revives as the best place for travel.
Join the discussion with the whos who in travel and media with Richard Quest - CNN Correspondent and Host of Quest Means Business, Anita Mendiratta, Special Advisor to the Secretary General - UNWTO, Puneet Chhatwal, CEO and Managing Director, Taj Hotels, TATA Group, any many more distinguished speakers and panelists.
This September, the Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit explores the topic Challenges and Growth in the Face of Crisis discussing insights and strategies that can be integral in overcoming challenges to the hospitality and tourism industries of a travel destination.
The highlight of this years summit is the exclusive discussion with Richard Quest, CNN's foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business, followed by a host of globally renowned destination marketers who will address the conference under a myriad of topics that will shed light under the above theme.
As hospitality brands around the world deal with the threat of natural disasters, terror attacks, political instability, outbreaks of diseases and other factors that can have a detrimental effect on tourism growth and stability, it has become vital to pioneer an effort to equip brands and destination marketers with the know-how, strategies and protocols that they need to manage different crises and overcome them. This years forum will draw on the insights of top global experts who have first-hand experience in driving sustainable growth, in the most challenging times.
Special Discussion with:
CNN Correspondent and Host of Quest Means Business
Quest is CNN's foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team. Quest Means Business destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. Guests of the show have included world leaders such as David Cameron and Petr Necas of the Czech Republic; the biggest names in banking such as Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank; European policy makers including IMF boss Christine Lagarde, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and some of the most influential names in corporate America including DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
Special Advisor to the Secretary General, UNWTO
Topic: Rising Above - Emerging Stronger Through Crisis
Mendiratta has mastered the art of breaking through conflict and help governments and businesses extract their much-needed skillsets to overcome crisis related obstacles. Her experience and contribution in managing crisis response and recovery after social unrest, terror attacks and natural disasters, uniquely qualifies her to speak on this forum.
Partner, Twenty31 Consulting Inc.
Facing A Crisis; Best Practices and Trends from Other Destinations Bali, Egypt and India
As one of the partners at Twenty31 Consulting, Martin has helped the future of tourism, by navigating tourism leaders to create unique competitive positions and develop strategic blueprint to leverage strategy and technology for competitive economic advantage. A destination development specialist with over 18 years of international experience, he is an expert in the design and execution of primary research to identify innovations in economic development, brand positioning and reputation strategy.
CEO and Managing Director, Taj Hotels, TATA Group
Building a Revival Marketing Plan for All Sectors
Chhatwal is a global professional with over three decades of leadership experience at highly acclaimed hotel groups in Europe and North America. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG, Deutsche Hospitality. He was also the Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.
Sr. Regional Communications & Marketing Consultant Southeast Asia Euromonitor International
Vesta is driving Euromonitor Internationals brand and marketing initiatives across Southeast Asia leveraging on the companys research and insight on local consumer trends, industry progress and retail developments across various fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) groups with focus on hospitality and tourism. She has more than 10 years experience in communications and public relations. Vesta is used to engage with media, business influencers and policymakers.
Panel Discussion on Future Investment in Tourism in Sri Lanka
CEO Minor Hotel Group and COO Minor International
Dilip has taken a proactive approach in the overall leadership and strategic direction, most especially of Minor Hotels, which has seen continued sustained growth over the last few years. Prior to joining Minor, he worked for Orient Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises.
Chairman, John Keells Holdings
Simulataneously to becoming the Chairman of John Keells Holdings, Krishan is a Director of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sri Lanka. He is a former Chairman of Nations Trust Bank and the Colombo Stock Exchange. Krishan started his career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets. He joined JKH in 2002. Krishan holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.
Chairman, Jetwing Hotels
A leading figure in the travel industry who is prominently placed amongst the 50 most powerful women of business in Sri Lanka, Shiromal is the inspiring personality behind Jetwing Hotels. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), and also has an MBA from (the University of Colombo). A dynamic presence in the corporate arena, she is the former Vice-President of the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL) and the former President of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) the foremost representative body for tour operators in Sri Lanka.
Founder and CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers
He has extensive experience with digital and content development and marketing working within DMOs, the private sector and as a consultant. After working in both the public and private sector developing destination websites and online marketing campaigns, he formed E-Tourism Frontiers taking a practical, business driven approach to developing practical tourism strategies and public private partnerships around the world. He founded and managed the DATA project with TripAdvisor which creates regional forums for DMOs to share analytical data and discuss digital best practice
Vice President, Insight Forwardkeys
Travel Trends and Airline Survey Studies
Olivier initially established a reputation for attracting tourism and business investment to Amsterdam by judicious use of market research and compelling presentation. Latterly, as Amsterdam became increasingly popular, his data-driven approach was at the heart of successful initiatives to balance the demands of visitors, residents and businesses. He has an ability to present data in a meaningful and lucid way. He has a track record of bringing data to life and connect it into actions to drive decisions and support strategies.
Endorsed by UNWTO
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