Round Tables

  • Trav Talk ME

    The new normal: What the Future looks like for the hotel and tourism industry

    A discussion on the new normal which will be the outcome post Covid-19 lockdown. The various strategies and measures taken by tourism boards and hotels in ensuring regulations and standards to be implemented


    Nia Niscaya – Deputy Minister for Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia

    EVP, Consumer Travel of Seera Group

    Paul Wilson - Executive Vice President – Commercial – Cross Hotels and Resorts


    How Technology can Empower the Inbound and Outbound Travel Industry in China

    Mansoor Mohamed - SA Tourism’s Hub Head for the Asia Pacific

    Kevin He- Consular of World Tourism Cities Federation(WTCF)

    Sophie Lu, CMO Navi Travel Technology

    Saxon Booth - Dragon Trail Interactive, BD Director

    Breaking Travel News

    Future of Corporate Travel

    As the Middle Eastern hospitality community emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole leads an expert panel to examine the impact of the outbreak on the business travel market. While some changes are already apparent – including a renewed focus on hygiene, and demand for smaller, more regional gatherings – other trends will take longer to emerge. What role will technology play in replacing face-to-face meetings in the future? How will hotels, airlines and tour operators have to adapt to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow's business traveller? Join us to find out more.


    Amanda Frasier, Executive Vice President, Standards and Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide 

    Raki Phillips, Chief Executive, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 

    Guy Hutchinson, Chief Executive, Rotana Hotels

    Destinations of the World News (DOWN)

    The Changing Face of Luxury Family

    Travel In a world where personal space and wellbeing peace of mind have become paramount, what impact will it have on luxury family travel? We’ll look closer at the changing habits of HNWI travellers and how they holiday en famille, discussing their revised needs and requirements post Covid-19, from new preferential destinations and accommodations, to the factors shaping the decision-making process.


    Sherin Francis, CEO, Seychelles Tourism

    Michael Marshall, COO, Minor Hotels

    Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO, Jetex

    TTN Middle East

    Latest travel updates, projections and upcoming trends and focus on near-, mid- and long-term travel prospects.

    Just like you, we love, live and breathe travel, and while we may be stuck ‘couch surfing’ at the moment, we cannot wait to get back on a plane. To this end, we got together three key destinations and three travel agent partners to get the latest travel updates, projections and upcoming trends and focus on near-, mid- and long-term travel prospects.


    Tricia Warwick, Director Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA), Visit Britain

    Matthias Albrecht, Director GCC, Switzerland Tourism

    Dr Trust Lin, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau

    Nasir Jamal Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Al Naboodah Travel & Tourism

    Ramsumesh R Menon, Chief Executive Officer, Go Gosaibi Travel

    Muzzammil AHussain, Executive Vice President – Consumer Travel, Seera Group

    TTN Middle East

    Challenges faced today by the travel providers and agencies.

    TTN brings together some of the region’s leading travel providers and agencies to discuss the challenges they face today, including mounting cancellations, the absence of mandatory travel insurance in the region and the need to constantly adapt and learn. Join us as travel agents and designers share their insights on uber luxury itineraries, the immediate future of cruising, the perceived success of adventure tourism and what lies ahead for corporate travellers.


    VK Balaji, chief strategy officer, TBOHolidays

    Adnan Gilitwala, director, Dadabhai Travel

    Maggie Bootsman, GM UAE, Travel Counsellors

    Ashok Kumar, managing director, Cruise Master

    Emily Williams, B2C Head of Retail & Product, dnata Travel

    Trav Talk ME

    Middle East: The New Asian Source Market

    Strategy 2020 and 2021 to explore UAE and Middle East as a source market. Ideally, all these destinations would want the first wave of tourism to come from the middle east and not Europe so how are they changing their market strategy and how will they want to enter the GCC market. What makes this market extremely lucrative and how these destinations will strategise their budgets for UAE.


    Daks Gonzales, Head, for the Middle East Market, Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT)

    Nandini Lahe-Thapa, Senior Director, Nepal Tourism Board

    Beverly Au Yong, Area Director (Middle East) International Group, Singapore Tourism board

    The Caviar Spoon Rebelle

    Collaborative Tourism Practices to Advance Tourism Marketing

    A Roundtable that brings figures from across the tourism industry together to discuss how collaboration will be the key to success in the post Covid landscape. As leaders in their respective fields, each speaker will discuss how embracing new models of marketing collaboration can help the industry bounce back and create experiences that guests, visitors and the industry will relish.


    Haitham Mattar – Advisor to Ministry of Tourism in Saudi Arabia

    Dave Singleton – Partner of Socius Group

    Kat Moore – Founder of Spa Connectors

    Sarah Hedley Hymers – Daily Telegraph Travel Editor

    Aaron McGrath General Manager at Six Senses Zighy Bay

    Suzanne Rosnowski – CEO of Relevance International

    Insight Out Consultancy – DMCC

    Middle East Domestic Travel Prospects

    As life after the pandemic slowly returns to its new normal, the return of domestic and regional travel may be the first sign of recovery, especially if international travel remains tight and quarantine restrictions are still in place.

    In our first report in “life after the pandemic” series, where we captured the sentiment of travel customers in the Middle East, we found that travelling “closer to home” will define leisure travel, at least for the near term. But in what form or shape will that be? And what are the drivers of the travel recovery?

    This is our second report in the series, which was fielded in May and co-sponsord by Amadeus. We explored the opinions of 1784 leisure travellers from across the Middle East and asked them about their holiday plans, aspirations and preferences with regards to domestic and regional travel.


    China Performance Update

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