Conference Agenda

Conference and Exhibition Day 1
15 May 2017

08:30

Registration & Pre-event refreshment

09:00

Welcome Speech by Conference Organiser

Patricia Cheong, General Manager, Sphere Conferences

09:05

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Opening Remarks

U Tint Thwin, Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

09:20 Opening Remarks by Myanmar Tourism Federation

U Yan Win, 
Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Federation

09:25

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kevin Wallace, 
Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

                          INVESTMENT

09:30

Hotel Investment 2017 update

An insight into the improved investment laws.

U Aung Naing Oo, Director General, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration

10:00

Speed Networking  & AM Refreshment

11:00

Industry Performance and Outlook

Bernard Kee
, Regional Manager, South East Asia, STR

11:30

Owners’ and Operators’ panel - The homework before building a new hotel or resort

U Win Aung, CEO, Amata Hotel Group
U Than Htut,
Executive Director, Eden Hotels & Resorts
U Tin Aung Myint
, Joint Secretary, Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association

Moderator: Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

                          OPERATIONS

12:10

Figures don’t lie, so how are hoteliers managing their hotels?

2016 is the new Record Year for hotels’ opening in Yangon where existing hotels expanded their operations and new hotels were developed. With the increase in the supplies of rooms, how are the hoteliers managing the competition?

Daw Hlaing Hlaing Winn, Group General Manager, Amazing Hotels and Resorts
Jean Marc Poli, General Manager, PARKROYAL Yangon
Patrick Pekuert, General Manager, Savoy Hotel Yangon

Moderator: Bernard Kee, Regional Manager, South East Asia, STR

12:40

Luncheon Showcase

Neo Cheng Yi, Business Development Manager, LG Electronics

13:00

Networking Luncheon

14:30

Tourism growth versus skilled labour capability: How else can Myanmar manage HR?

The tourism industry is growing at a promising rate but is the labour force developing fast enough to manage the tourism demand so that Myanmar will not lose its charm?

U Zarni Htwe, Managing Director, Adventyre Myanmar Incentive Travel Company
U Khin Maung Lwin,
Vice Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Human Resources

ChoCho Mar, Traning Manager, Hotel Training Initiative (HTI), Swisscontact

Moderator: 
Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Advisor, Director (Retired) Consultant/Expert, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

15:00

Digital Transformation to Enhancing Hotel Guest Experience

In today’s digital era, organisations have to constantly deal with waves of digital disruption crashing in from every direction, especially in an increasingly competitive market like Vietnam. The Vietnam Hospitality industry is no exception. Hotels have no choice but to embrace change and digitally transform their organisations to become more agile and stay competitive. 

Narasimha Murthy, Technology Vertical Consultant, APAC, Alcatel-lucent Enterprise

15:30

PM Refreshment

                          TOURISM

16:00

Golf Tourism – How can Myanmar capitalize on Golfing?

As golf travellers are exploring more destinations for their golf holidays, how can Myanmar capitalize on this niche segment? What does Myanmar have to overcome to be on the list of “Popular Golf Destinations”? (competition from Thailand, resistance from government, infrastructure)

Phyoe Wai Yar Zar, Myanmar Tourism Federation
Ray Htet Doe,
Member, Yangon Golf Club and Burma Golf Club

Moderator: Win Zaw, Managing Director, GolfAsian

16:30

Exploring Myanmar further – Where else is interesting in Myanmar from investment and tourism standpoint?

Daw Kyi Kyi Aye, Senior Advisor, Director (Retired) Consultant/Expert, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
U Aung Htun, Managing Director, Myanmar Investments International
Daw May Myat Mon Win, Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Marketing

Moderator: Kevin Wallance, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

17:00

Myanmar Green Season – What is it all about?

Daw Su Su Tin, Vice Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Marketing

17:20

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Kevin Wallance, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

17:25

End of Conference Day

17: 30

Networking Cocktail Reception

Updated as of 11 May 2017