Myanmar Banking & Payments Conference 2017


where people, innovation and technologies converge to define the future of banking and payments in Myanmar

24 - 25 July 2017  

Yangon, Myanmar

About the event

Rising customer expectations, rapid technological changes and a more competitive playing field are some of the very real challenges retail banks face today, across markets. In this day and age, consumers around the world are quickly converting to digital banking services and Myanmar, despite being a late bloomer, is no exception.

With digitisation comes concerns from product development to security, to human capital management. Like the banks and financial institutions globally, the BFSI community in Myanmar are getting ready to embrace all things digital.

What does Digital 2025 look like in Myanmar, with its unique landscape of local and foreign banks, nascent infrastructure and 54 million population – more than 75% of which is unbanked? The 5th edition of the Myanmar Banking & Payments Conference 2017 is the choice platform where the regional and local banking and technology professionals convene to network and share on the latest opportunities presented by the sector. This is where you will get your answers.

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Indochina Aviation Conference 2017


Greater Heights

23 - 24 August 2017  

Bangkok, Thailand

About the event

Organised by Sphere Conferences, this inaugural event will be launched in Thailand with the aim grow Indochina to be the next aviation hub in South East Asia. With Thailand leading the way, the rest of the Indochina region – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam – have developed long-term plans to develop the respective markets.

As the only civil aviation conference dedicated to the Indochina region, IAC 2017 will convene over 200 attendees from airport operators, regulators, senior level airlines and key stakeholders to strategies, plan and capitalise on this booming aviation market. IAC 2017 will lbe the platform for these key people to debate and discuss on potential growth plans for Indochina’s airlines and airports as it is poised to enter a major period of progress.

Join us at IAC 2017 to catch up with the industry leaders and peers to prepare yourself for the next development opportunities in the Indochina region!

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Hospitality Investment Conference Philippines 2018


Uncover the next hospitality investment in the Philippines

31 Jan - 1 Feb 2018  

Manila, Philippines

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.

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Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia 2018


Uncover the next hospitality investment in Indonesia

25 - 26 April 2018  

Jakarta, Indonesia

About the event

The two-day conference 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.

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Vietnam Hotel Business and Investment Conference 2018


Uncover the next hospitality investment in Vietnam

8 - 9 May 2018  

HCMC, Vietnam

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.

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Hospitality Investment Conference Indian Ocean


Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in the Indian Ocean


Malé, Maldives

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.

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