Agenda

Agenda 2

Day 1
24 August 2016, Wednesday

8.30AM

Registration

Opening Plenary

9.30AM

Ministerial Keynotes & Opening Ceremony

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka

Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development & Christian Religious Affairs , Sri Lanka

H.E. Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Maldives

9.55AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

David Keen, CEO, QUO

10.00AM

Dialogue with the Ministers

Interviewer: David Keen, CEO, QUO

10.30AM

Speed Networking & AM Refreshments

Around the Indian Ocean in 80 Minutes

11.10AM

The IO as a region – Story-telling through the trends and figures

Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director, Asia Pacific, STR

Jasmita Banga, Business Development Manager, STR

11.30AM

Sri Lanka: the present and future of tourism

Malraj B. Kiriella, Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

11.45AM

Operating in the unique IO – What is the biggest draw…and drawback?

Hassan Maniku, Director, HIMA Holdings

Jerome Auvity, Director Operations, Jetwing Hotels Ltd.

Abdulla Ghiyas, President, Maldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour  Operators (MATATO)

Moderator:

Mohamed Mamduh, Managing Editor, Hotelier Maldives

12.30PM

Networking Luncheon

Investment Climate, Development Trends & Opportunities

2PM

Investment trends in Sri Lanka & the Maldives – and their relevance to the IO markets  

Tilak Selviah, Director / Chief Operating Officer - Leisure Sector, Browns Investments PLC

Liang Thow Ming, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd.

Malinga Arsakularatne, Managing Director, Leisure, Travel & Aviation Group, Hemas Holdings

Mohamed Khaleel, Chief Operating Officer, Reollo Investments

Malik Fernando, Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon

Moderator:

Thilan Wijesinghe, Director, Ceylon Tea Trails

2.50 PM

Save, spend or splurge? – Hot and trending segments in the IO

Suparat Chirathivat, VP Business Development, Head of Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts

Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Dream Hotel Group

Manesh Fernando, General Manager, Hilton Colombo

Moderator:

Prema Cooray, Chairman, The Rainforest Ecolodge

3.35PM

PM Refreshments

4.10PM

Marrying the wellness and travel dollars to tap the US$ 500 billion potential of the wellness economy

Nicholas Clayton, CEO, Capella Hotel Group, Asia

Vickum Nawagamuwage, Founder & CEO, Santani

Shantha Kurumbalapitiya, Director – Commercial, Serendib Leisure Management Ltd.

Moderator:

Ingo Schweder, Managing Director, Horwath HTL Health & Wellness

4.55PM

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

David Keen, CEO, QUO

Day 2
25 August 2016, Thursday

8.30AM

Registration

Operations

9.30AM

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kevin B Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions

9.35AM

Asset value creation to keep the books in the black – What keep owners up at night?

Presantha Jayamaha, Executive Chairman, Best Western Elyon Hotels

Adam Saleem, Managing Director, Crown Company Pvt. Ltd.

Charles Wang, Regional Head of Advisory Services, IDeaS Revenue Solutions

Michael Chin, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific, ReviewPro

Moderator:

Kevin B Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions

10.25AM

AM Refreshments

11.00AM

The Millennials & the Disruptors – Where is hospitality headed in the IO?

Dr. Hussain Sunny Umar, Director, Business Development, Maldives Getaways

Vickum Nawagamuwage, Founder & CEO, Santani

Abhinav Sinha, Chief Operating Officer, OYO

Harbans Singh, Managing Director, UbiQ Global Solutions

Moderator:

Angelo Kotuwegedera, CEO, Hospitality.lk

11.45AM

Incorporating best practices to remain true to ESG commitments – Difficult, expensive but necessary?

Prema Cooray, Chairman, The Rainforest Ecolodge

12.00PM

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Kevin B Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions

12.05PM

Networking Luncheon