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6 th Annual Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF)

November 18, 2016 Destination Thailand / Mekong No Comments Email Email

Despite global challenges Thailand tourism has demonstrated continued growth as tourism numbers are set to push past the 30 million ceiling. Increased airlift and expanded infrastructure in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai all serve as strong enablers for growth.

Change and adaptability continue to be strong traits which serve Thailand’s tourism markets well even in the face of rising supply. Still, the tourism and hotel sector is facing increasing volatility in the face of a growing dependence on disrupters including the mass market, currency fluctuations, and flattening global economic growth. Can Thailand change and adapt for a better and long-term growth trajectory?

Come to TTF 2017 and gain a clear picture of how Thailand’s tourism is set for a solid 2017. Thailand’s biggest hotel event, the Thailand Tourism Forum is the country’s report card and a dedicated event on the state of the industry. This is a unique opportunity to hear from hospitality leaders and experts to candidly discuss the economic impacts of these changes.TTF is a forum to take a closer look at the numbers, to evaluate risk and to learn more about important new trends on how tourism performs across all the Thai destinations

Date                   Monday, January 23th, 2017

Venue               InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand Grand Ballroom, Level 4

Organizers     American Chamber of Commerce – Thailand (AMCHAM) C9 Hotelworks Hospitality Consulting Group

Registration  Attendance is complimentary. Advanced registration is required.

Please go to for on-line registration, or send email to or telephone (+66) 02-254-1041, ext. 212.

Event Schedule

3:00pm to 4:00pm       Registration and Refreshments

4:00pm to 6:00pm       Thailand Tourism Forum 2016

Opening Remarks – ‘Changing Faces, Places and Business Models’ Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks “NextGen” – How will the next generation reshape Thai hospitality? Vorasit ‘Wan’ Issara, Managing Director, Sri panwa, Charn Issara Group Gavin Vongkusolkit, Founder & MD, Heritage Estates Co., Ltd. Charles Blocker, CEO, IC Partners (Interviewer)

Thailand Hotel Leaders –The Undiscovered Country Robert V. R. Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL (Moderator) Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO, Dusit International Leanne Harwood, VP Operations South East Asia Korea, InterContinental Hotels Group Peter Henley, President & CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group Patrick Basset, COO, Accor Hotels Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia

Hotel Market Update – Bangkok & Other Thai Destinations By The Numbers Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director – Asia Pacific, STR

The Power of Thai Regional Destination Brands Come of Age David Keen, CEO, QUO (Moderator) Wichit Na-Ranong, Owner & Managing Director, The Slate Phuket Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor – International Marketing Strategy, TAT Mark Simmons, Marketing Advisor, Phuket Hotels Association

Benchmarking Thailand’s Hotel Transactions and Investment Sector Nihat Ercan, EVP, Investment Sales Asia, JLL

Industry Trends – How to Position Your Group for Profit Eric Levy, Managing Director, TSI (Moderator) Katerina Giannouka, VP – Development APAC & China, Rosewood Hotel Group Choo Leng Goh, GM, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel Leanne Hucker, Director Sales & Marketing, The Siam, Bangkok Chittimas Ketvoravit, Managing Director, D.K. Lam Properties Vorada Jia Thangsurbkul, FEVP Investment Banking Div, Siam Commercial Bank Plc.

10 Things You Want To Know About Thai Millennial Travelers Wimintra Jangnin – Editor in Chief – Hotel Intel

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

6:00pm to 7:00pm     Networking Cocktails – with compliments of InterContinental Hotels

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