Uncover the next hospitality investment in Vietnam
8 - 9 May 2018 •
About the event
Sphere Conference partnered with Vietnam Hotel Association for the 1st time in 2017 and this partnership brought together close to 350 decision makers from 12 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Vietnam market has to offer. We had the honour of having Mr Ngo Hoai Chung, Vice Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to deliver the opening ministerial address.
The conference began on a note of optimism as Mdm Do Thi Hong Xoan, Chairwoman of Vietnam Hotel Association, shared the news that Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2016 alone and within the first 3 months of 2017, the total number of international tourism is more than 3.2 million, which represents a 29% increase compared to the same period in 2016. These numbers are made up of mostly tourist from Northeast Asia which accounts for 57% of the total numbers.
The conference program featured engaging panels such as the Overview of the hotel business operations and investment in Vietnam; Performance outlook for Vietnam – Key cities and destinations, including a look beyond RevPAR; Conversation with investment thought leaders; How will the new wave of development shape the perception of Vietnamese hospitality. Conference Chairperson – Ken Atkinson of Grant Thornton Vietnam, opened the conference with a vote of confidence that Vietnam will continue to be the hottest hospitality market in Asia.
For more information about VHBIC, please visit www.hicv.sphereconferences.com.
Uncover the next hospitality investment in the Philippines
6 - 7 June 2018 •
About the event
HICP 2017 has brought together more than 160 decision makers from 12 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Philippine market has to offer. We had the honour of having Undersecretary Alma Rita D. Jimenez of the Department of Tourism deliver the opening ministerial address.
Day 1 of the program featured engaging panels such as the on featuring the Big Guns; How to Remain Competitive to Stay Profitable; Global Hotel Residences Brands Hitting the Philippines; the Rise of Boutique Hotels in the Region; Beach Clubs and their place in the Philippines. Conference Chairperson – Cyndy Jarabata of Tajara Leisure & Hospitality – opened the conference citing, in her opinion, What’s Hot in 2017. First on her list is the emergence of new money – from various sectors like construction, FMCG, power companies, petroleum, F&B, the media – that it is no longer just about the top 10 families anymore. This certainly bodes well as new money suggests new opportunities in the sector.
Day 2 featured yet another exciting line-up of panels covering topics like Destinations, Hospitality to Accommodate the Millennial Traveler and Hotel Design Trends. Delivering the closing was Undersecretary Roberto C.O. Lim of the Department of Transportation who addressed the pertinent issue of access challenges amidst vibrant hotel and tourism development in the Philippines. He shared the government’s plans for the development of the New Manila International Airport, amongst others in several key destinations in the archipelago.
For more information about our event, please visit www.hicp.sphereconferences.com.
Where people, innovation and technologies converge to define the future of banking and payments in Myanmar
11 - 12 July 2018 •
About the event
The two-day conference in 2017 brought together more than 210 decision makers from 12 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the banking and payments sector the Myanmar market has to offer. We had the honour of having Sean Turnell, Senior Advisor to the Myanmar Government deliver the opening keynote address on Day 1, sharing his insights on the country’s banking reforms, 2 years on. The second keynote of the day was delivered by Bosky Subramanian, Head of Digital Banking Strategy and Transformation APAC of Temenos. Bosky showed the delegation the way forward as he expounded his thoughts on Digital 2025, at the same time sharing his vision.
After the keynotes, the conference continued with a SWOT analysis of Myanmar’s banking landscape – 2 years after the first foreign banks were granted the limited license to operate branches in the country. The topics then went on to blockchain, taking on the FinTechs and DFS in general. Throughout the 2 days, the topic of IT security resonated, almost as if it were a ghost – as aptly described by some of the speakers.
Day 2 centred on cards and payments. The hot topic of the day was financial inclusion and how technological advancements, coupled with consumers’ acceptance would be key enablers. Of course, the flip side of challenges were also much discussed. Fun quotes which emerged from the panel discussion included bank cards being the new dinosaurs and mobile wallets being strange. Rajeev Kumar Gupta, Program Management Specialist—inclusion Finance of United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) delivered the closing keynote of the conference. He peeked into his crystal ball and shared with the audience, pertaining to financial inclusion in Myanmar and SEA –What Lies on the Road Ahead?
Organisations present at the event included ANZ Bank, AGD Bank, Asia Yangon Bank, AYA Bank, A-Bank, Bangkok Bank, CB Bank, Construction and Housing Development Bank, Farmers Development Bank, Global Treasure Bank, IFC, KBZ Bank, LOLC Myanmar Micro-Finance, Maybank, Mizuho Financial Group, Myanmar Apex Bank, Myanmar Agriculture & Development Bank, Myanmar Citizens Bank, Myanmar Investment and Commercial Bank, Myanmar Orietnal Bank, Myanmar Tourism Bank, Myawaddy Bank, OCBC Bank, Ongo Myanmar, SBI Yangon, True Money Myanmar, Tun Commercial Bank, United Amara Bank, Visa Myanmar, Wave Money, Yadanabon Bank, Yoma Bank and more. The conference saw abundant networking opportunities – both choreographed, as well as spontaneous stints – throughout the course of the 2 days.
To find out more about MBFC, visit our website at www.mbfc.sphereconferences.com
Uncover the next hospitality investment in Indonesia
1 - 2 August 2018 •
About the event
The two-day conference in 2017 brought together close to 150 decision makers from major cities in Asia with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Indonesian market has to offer. We had the honour of having Bapak Hiramsyah S. Thaib of the Ministry of Tourism deliver the keynote ministerial address on Day 1, casting the spotlight on the government’s 10 New Balis: Tanjung Kelayang; Tanjung Lesung; Kepulauan Seribu & Kota Tua; Borobudur; Bromo – Tengger – Semeru; Mandalika; Labuan Bajo; Wakatobi and Morotai.
The 2017 program featured engaging new panels such as What Comes Next for Hotel Residences after Condotels; Chefs, Cocktails & Cuisine – What’s Trending in Indonesia; the Ministry’s 10 New Balis; How the Millennials have Reshaped Work and Travel; Virtual “Hotel Operators” and the Rise of Alternative Reservation Systems; as well as How to Develop, Retain and Be Hospitable People? Conference Chairpersons – Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks and Matt Gebbie of Horwath HTL – hosted Day 1, enriching the day with their valuable experience and insights. Day 2 Chairperson – Ibu Yoke Darmawan of Darmawan & Associates – invigorated the day, peppering it with millennial-centred talking points.
Organisations present at the event included AccorHotels, AR Hospitality, Artotel Indonesia, Artyzen Hospitality Group, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Centara International Management, Clyde & Co. Clasis, Far East Hospitality, Hilton International, Jakarta Hotel Association, Louvre Hotels Group, NTB Capital, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, PHRI, Plateno Hotel Group, PT. Banten West Java, PT. Aero Hotel Management, PT. Dua Cahaya Anugrah, PT.Sanbe Karya Persada and more. The conference saw abundant networking opportunities – both choreographed, as well as spontaneous stints – throughout the course of the 2 days.
For more information, please visit www.hici.sphereconferences.com.
Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in the Indian Ocean
About the event
The two-day conference in 2016 brought together over 100 decision makers from 11 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Indian Ocean (IO) markets have to offer. We had the honour of having the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka; the Hon. John Amaratunga,Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka and H.E. Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Maldives grace the event as guests-of-honour.
The conference began with the Hon. John Amaratunga and H.E. Hussain Lirar delivering their ministerial keynote speeches. David Keen, CEO of QUO then engaged the 3 guests-of-honour in a half-hour interview session centring on arrivals, investment positions, access and infrastructural developments in the markets of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The conference then went around the IO in the next 80 minutes, commencing with STR’s story-telling through the trends and figures. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) went on to present the present and future of tourism in Sri Lanka, before a panel comprising representatives from HIMA Holdings, Jetwing Hotels, theMaldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Hotelier Maldives concluded the 80-min session with a discussion on operating within the unique IO. The second day of the conference featured panels discussing asset value creation and what are keeping owners up at night, as well as the impact of the millennials and disruptors on the hospitality sector in the IO. The Chairman of The Rainforest Ecolodge also shared best practices that were employed in the development of the project within the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Returning in 2018, HICIO aims to facilitate dialogues amongst hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors and architects at the two-day event.
To find out more, please visit www.hicio.sphereconferences.com.