Business News from Sri Lanka: The FOT 2019 summit this year will feature an exclusive line-up of speakers and in-depth talks with top marketers in the destination and experts in the travel industry.
The summit will kick off with a special discussion with Richard Quest (CNN Correspondent and host of Quest Means Business), with his understanding of the future of tourism locally and worldwide, followed by the keynote speaker of FOT 2019, Anita Mendiratta (Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, UNWTO), who will explore her topic’ Rising Above-Emerging Stronger Through Crisis.
‘ The summit will be held with Puneet Chhatwal (Managing Director and CEO of Taj Hotels, TATA Group) and Dileep Mudadeniya (Vice President John Keells Group, Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and CEO Cinnamon Life Mall), who will be moderated by Damian Cook (CEO, E-Tourism Frontiers).
The summit will also include Michael Yam (CEO and Managing Director of Impetus Alliance), Vesta Ratkeviciute (Sr. Regional Communications & Marketing Consultant –Southeast Asia Euromonitor International), Ashish Hemrajani (Founder and CEO of Book My Show) and Zubin Karkaria (CEO of Kuoni), who will share their ideas and industry knowledge in managing unforeseen problems and rebuilding buses.
The group discussion will concentrate on best practices in hospitality, implementing a winning destination campaign and a marketing rehabilitation plan with regard to Kenya, Bali and Taj Hotels case studies.
A panel of Dillip Rajakarier (CEO Minor Hotel Group), Malik Fernando (Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon), Krishan Balendra (Chairman, John Keells Holdings) and Shiromal Cooray (Chairman, Jetwing Hotels) who will be moderated by Murtaza Jafferjee (CEO, JB Securities) will hold a discussion forum for investors.
Commenting on the 2019 FOT Summit, Dileep Mudadeniya, Vice President John Keells Holdings, Head of Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and CEO Cinnamon Life Mall said, “Developing a powerful recovery approach, enhancing our capacity to tackle and efficiently solve a crisis and bringing all the vibrancy and diversity that our country has to give to the globe as a destination This event will provide industry experts and company enthusiasts with the instruments, advice, perspectives and knowledge they need to take our tourism industry forward, taking sustainability into consideration.
“We are a resilient nation and a country capable of uniting and uniting to bring about beneficial change. Supporting Sri Lanka in the worldwide sector has been a strong reminder of how well-loved our nation and our individuals are, and we are well-positioned to increase and build up.
“Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts celebrated its first ever’ Future of Tourism ‘ Summit in 2015 to celebrate’ World Tourism Day’ and featured worldwide professionals exploring future tourism trends. With 13 world-renowned speakers addressing the meeting and 400 employees present, FOT 2017 focused on the theme of’ Technology, Innovation and Authenticity.’