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With travel and tourism very much in crisis, at we wanted to bring you another of our highly successful no spin, no sales pitches…only the facts and expert opinion webinars…with Australia and the region’s top hotel and accommodation experts and opinion formers to give you their expert view of the real picture of what they think “What Might the Future of Hotels and Accommodation Look Like” during and after COVID-19, which I am sure will not only be revealing, but also enlightening and re-evaluating for the future of your travel and tourism business.

If  you would like to check out our recent excellent “What Might the Future of Aviation Look Like” during and after COVID-19 webinar, all you need to do is CLICK HERE.

Our “What Might the Future of Hotels and Accommodation Look Like” during and after COViD-19 is without any question a webinar you cannot afford to miss as you will get professional, honest, unbiased, non-spin, specialist views and insights about our panellists views of  “What Might the Future of Hotels and Accommodation Look Like” during and after COViD-19, and please check out our panellists below…with maybe more to come.

Firstly though, register NOW for our “What Might the Future of Hotels and Accommodation Look Like” during and after COVID-19 Webinar on Thursday 29 October @1.00pm, by clicking below.

CLICK HERE – remember places are limited so make sure you register now!

Our stellar group of industry leading panellists looking at hotels and accommodation during and after COVID-19, include:-

Anna Guillan AM, Consultant, Kerzner International Holdings Limited

Anna Guillan AM

Anna has enjoyed longstanding senior management career in hotel sales and marketing, with companies such as InterContinental, Hayman Island and Voyages Hotels & Resort and for the last seven years, with Kerzner International, a global owner and operator of ultra-luxury resorts including the One&Only and Atlantis brands. Anna is a passionate advocate of the Australian tourism industry serving six years each on the boards of Tourism Australia (including Deputy Chair); Tourism & Events Queensland; and Vice Chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council, being acknowledged with its Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award.


Craig Hooley – Chief Operating Officer for Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand

Craig Hooley

With over two decades of extensive industry experience working with some of the globe’s most prestigious leading hotel and hospitality brands, Craig Hooley is Minor Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand, which has a portfolio of over 60 properties under its Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites and Avani Hotels & Resorts brands. Craig guides the brand’s strategic direction, delivering day-to-day management of operations with overseeing sales, marketing, all revenue focused strategies and activities, as well as crafting bespoke forward growth plans for the hotelier, and providing leadership across various corporate factions to convey continued business excellence.  He has previously served in senior roles with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group and Mirvac.


Robert DawsonArea Vice President PacificHyatt Hotels & Resorts

Robert Dawson

Robert was appointed to his current role in December 2009 as General Manager, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Area Vice President, overseeing the operations of Hyatt Pacific Hotels and related functions.

Prior to taking up his appointment in Melbourne he has held senior management roles with Hyatt in Perth,

Johannesburg, Singapore & London managing a range of properties within the Hyatt brand



Ruwan Peiris, Head of Operations – Australasia, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Ruwan Peiris

As IHG’s Head of Operations for Australasia, Ruwan Peiris is responsible for the operations and performance of 47 IHG hotels in Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the South Pacific, operating under the InterContinental, voco,

Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.  He is highly respected as a hospitality professional with more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, having worked with Nikko Hotels International, Rydges, Hilton, Marriott, Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and Accor, before joining IHG in 2015.



Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels.

Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the entrepreneur, founder and visionary behind Ovolo Hotels in Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali, with since first entering the real estate market in 2002 and subsequently expanding into the hotel industry in 2010 with Ovolo, he has continued to expand and challenge industry conventions, bringing on a new approach aimed at the modern traveler.

Since then, Ovolo Hotels has grown into a diversified international group with a collection of eleven designer properties under multiple brands and plans to keep growing. It’s all these little personalized touches that Girish has wished for during a lifetime of travel, that make the Ovolo brand standout amongst a legion of hospitality brands.




Karan Kaul Vice President Business Development Absolute Hotel Services and Business Development Team Leader, Absolute Design Services.

Karan Kaul

Reporting directly to the Founder and CEO of both firms, Jonathan Wigley, Karan leads and motivated the team in all regions to achieve group targets across the hotel, design, and golf product portfolios.

The AHS Group is headquartered in Bangkok and has over 110 hotels open and under development in 12 countries, with brands offered including Vienna House, Eastin, U Hotels and Travelodge Asia.  Over 15 years his key professional achievements have been within world-class hospitality groups including Six Senses, Onyx, Langham and Kempinski. Karan holds a bachelor’s degree from EHL in Switzerland.


Graham PerryManaging DirectorBest Western Hotels & Resorts Australasia

Graham is a seasoned senior executive working across the travel, tourism, media and hospitality sectors, with after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Hotel, Catering and Tourism Management from Surrey University.

Graham Perry

He spent his formative years with Utell International where he rose to the position of Managing Director, EMEA, with his passion for hospitality continuing with Disneyland Paris as Director of Sales Distribution. Moving to Australia in 1995, Graham spent 5 years as Chief Executive Officer, Traveland and he was appointed CEO, See Australia in 1999 with responsibility for growing domestic tourism.

Since then Graham has also worked as Managing Director Classifieds at Fairfax Digital and CEO Inland NSW Tourism and in May 2018, he was appointed Managing Director, BWH Group, Australasia, a new entity formed following the acquisition of World Hotels in March 2019 with responsibility for World Hotels, Best Western and Sure Stay.


Paul McGrath, CEO YHA Australia

Paul was recently appointed as CEO of YHA Australia , with tack record as an exceptional leader with a 25-year track record

Paul McGrath

in leadership roles in the airline, travel and tourism sectors. leading high performing teams to deliver operational excellence, including in senior roles with The Travel Corporation. 

He is responsible for the implementation of the YHA Strategic Plan, along with oversight of a network of 69 unique YHAs across Australia; a base of 400,000 members; over 350 employees, and annual turnover of AUD $46M.



AJ Shantiratnam, Principal Client Partner for APAC at Tripadvisor

AJ Shantiratnam is Principal Client Partner for Tripadvisor, based in Australia. AJ manages advertising business relationships

AJ Shantiratnam,

with hotel chains and OTAs in Australia and Asia.

With a blend of experience working for large Global OTA and hotel chains, AJ has over 10 years’ experience in the travel and hospitality industry which he capitalises with his passion for data and business analysis.

AJ has previously worked for, Frasers Hospitality and the luxurious Jetwing Hotels leading account management,

e-commerce performance and Sales. AJ loves exploring culinary experiences in different countries which he lavishly shares on his social media handles.



Belinda Morris – Head of Hotel Distribution, Business Travel – APAC – Amadeus IT Pacific

With over 10 years’ experience in both supply and demand of the hotel industry and expertise in payment and technology, Belinda has a proven track-record of generating new business through strategic negotiation while establishing and growing new and existing relationships with key decision makers.

Belinda is currently Head of Hotel Distribution, Business Travel – APAC for Amadeus IT Pacific, where she is responsible for the commercial strategy for the Amadeus portfolio of products and services for hotels. She works closely with APAC Business Travel customers (TMC’s) to provide ongoing support and education on the hotel industry whilst constantly reviewing and improving processes when developing hotel programs.

Belinda joined Amadeus from The Lido Group, a leader in Corporate and Government hotel programs where she held the role of Director of Sales, prior to joining Lido, she held various roles in both global and local sales for Pan Pacific Hotels Group and Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Ron de Wit Managing Director of AHS Advisory.

Initially working in hotels and resorts, restaurants, clubs, catering and foodservice operations Ron has over 35 years of

Ron de Wit

experience in the hospitality industry in Australia and the South Pacific and over the last 25 years as a consultant initially with leading professional services firms, and since 2003 as Managing Director of his specialist hospitality real estate and consulting company:

AHS Advisory, which is a specialist hospitality real estate and consulting company providing a range of advisory services related to the planning, development, ownership, and management of hotels, resorts, and mixed-use tourism properties.

Ron’s consulting skills are based on a deep understanding of the dynamics of tourism accommodation properties and businesses, as well as a detailed knowledge of operational issues and business management aspects related to the clubs and catering sectors of the hospitality industry with his core areas of expertise including research and analysis of market trends, market feasibility studies, financial viability evaluations, hotel business operational reviews, acquisition due diligence assessments, operator search and selection programs, industry best practice research and benchmark surveys, and asset management business performance reviews. 


Markland Blaiklock, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Centara Hotels and Resorts

Mr. Markland Blaiklock is the Deputy CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts (Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited). He is responsible for steering the continued expansion of Centara.

Blaiklock is a Canadian national educated in the United Kingdom and France. He has over 35 years of experience in hotel finance, operations, management, and strategic planning. His career began with Hilton International in France and progressed with Le Meridien hotels in Montreal, New York, Houston, San Francisco and Vancouver. In 1990 he came to Asia where he managed several Shangri-La’s properties and served in senior executive positions for Raffles in Singapore and Accor for their Asia Pacific region.

Besides driving Centara’s ambitious growth strategies in Southeast Asia, China, the Indian Ocean and Middle East, Blaiklock’s operational experience will be put to work leading the improvement of Centara’s technical platforms and systems, ensuring the company’s core infrastructure supports its vision for global expansion.

Blaiklock’s extensive experience in all phases of hospitality management, his understanding of Asia and other international markets, and his familiarity with Centara, suit him ideally for this important next phase of the company’s growth



Wimintra J Raj, Founder and Editor in Chief of

Wimintra J Raj


Wimintra J Raj is the founder and editor in chief of, the leading, regional, B2B2C, online, intelligence publication for hoteliers, hotel owners, hotel investors and other hotel-industry related professionals, with having also recently acquired

Wimintra also known as “Gam” is a political science graduate, who fell in love with hotels and when she isn’t writing, she is speaking at industry events.  She has a proven track record of building up and running a successful online industry specific magazine and she has established herself as a known figure amongst hotel personalities throughout Asia, developing relationships between and target demographics including hoteliers, investors and suppliers.

Moderator: John Alwyn-Jones

John Alwyn-Jones is one of Australia and the region’s most recognised, well-known, highly experienced and leading travel industry personalities and also travel journalists and presenters.  He is also an aviation specialist, with John Global Travel Media’s aviation editor and undertaking other editorial and partnership activities and of course as a webinar host.

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