Big shots attend investment conference


COLOMBO, 18 October 2016: Political and business leaders are lined up for Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference due to be held in Sri Lanka, this November.

The inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference is set to be one of the region’s most influential gatherings focusing on challenges and opportunities facing the hotel and tourism industries.

inside no 11Hot topics are likely to include land ownership, impediments to raising finance and shortage of talent.

A demonstration of the Sri Lankan government’s willingness to engage in open dialogue with the private sector will be evident in the opening reception in Colombo hosted by the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, the conference patron.

In addition, th Prime Minister and Tourism Minister will participate actively as the conference gets under way the following day.

A primer on how build a tourism destination will be presented by the chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Gerald Lawless.

The former Jumeirah CEO, now head of tourism and hospitality at Dubai Holding, has played a key role in the country’s phenomenal growth for nearly two decades.

Tips and observations on how to overcome some of the toughest challenges of operating in emerging markets will be discussed by Krishan Balendra, president, Leisure Group, John Keells Holdings and Peter Henley, President and CEO, Onyx Hospitality Group.

Jesper Palmqvist, area director Asia Pacific, STR, will give an update on top-line hotel performance in Sri Lanka and competitive Asian markets.

As a major key to success is improving collaboration between the private and public sectors, three Sri Lankan ministers, including the Finance Minister, as well as various high-ranking government officials will provide the latest thinking on official policy on infrastructure and creating an investment-friendly environment.

All this will be backed up by case studies of successful projects – including Dusit Thani’s latest beachfront development in Sri Lanka – as well as examples of effective hotel management agreements.

The Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will take place, 27 to 29 November at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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