Thailand Tourism Forum

7th Annual Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF)

Thailand Tourism Forum 2018 – ‘MEGACITY BANGKOK– A Tourism and Hotel Futurescape’

Bangkok is soaring as one of the world’s great tourism gateways and is setting a new course as a MEGACITY. How are tourism and hotels set to evolve given large-scale urban redevelopment, massive infrastructure projects and the evolution of ‘mini-metros’ onto the broader cityscape?

Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) 2018 will zero in on Thailand’s all-important Bangkok marketplace and take a look at what’s on the horizon. Hear speakers from some of the largest Thai conglomerates speak about plans for Bangkok’s future push into new districts and the reinvention of older CBD areas.

For hoteliers, how is the Chao Phraya River returning to a mainstream tourism market and in a broader sense how can the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) impact future demand as Bangkok develops into a three airport MEGACITY.

Come to TTF 2018 and get great insights into how unique niche areas will tap into international and domestic tourism with Khao San Road, Chinatown and the river districts all transitioning into their own hotel segments. Review the numbers and listen to expert analysis to put specific areas and tiers into perspective. Thailand’s biggest hotel event, the Thailand Tourism Forum, is the country’s report card and a dedicated event on the state of the industry. TTF 2018 is a unique opportunity to hear hospitality leaders candidly discuss the economic impacts of these changes.


Monday, January 22, 2018


InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand Ballroom, Level 4


The American Chamber of Commerce – Thailand (AMCHAM)

C9 Hotelworks Hospitality Consulting Group


Attendance is complimentary. Advance registration is required. Please go to AMCHAM for online registration, or send email to

Event Schedule

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Registration and Refreshments

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thailand Tourism Forum 2018

Opening Remarks – ‘MEGACITY BANGKOK- Bang for the Baht’

Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

“MEGACITY Bangkok” – Large Scale Projects Contribute to Better Tourism Experiences

Charles Blocker, CEO, IC Partners (Interviewer)

Apichart Chutrakul, CEO, Sansiri PCL

What is a MEGACITY and How Does Bangkok Stack Up?

Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, Director, Horwath HTL

Thailand Hotel Leaders – Chao Phraya River Hotels and Tourism – A Giant Evolves

Robert V. R. Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL (Moderator)

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotel Group, COO Minor International PCL

Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director, ICONSIAM

Jon Nielsen, Executive Director Portfolio Management, Country Group Development PCL

One Night in Bangkok Is Clearly Not Enough – City Hotel Performance Area by Area

Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director – Asia Pacific, STR

New Economy Driving Future Perceptions of Bangkok

David Keen, CEO, QUO (Moderator)

Ingo Schweder, CEO, GOCO Hospitality

Thomas Schmelter, Director of Operations - Thailand & IndoChina, IHG Group

Varangkana Artkarasatapon, SVP - Finance & Business Development, Sansiri PCL

Benchmarking Thailand’s Hotel Transactions and Investment Sector

Mike Batchelor, Managing Director, Investment Sales Asia, JLL

Developing & Financing Mega Urban Projects

Eric Levy, Managing Director, TSI (Moderator)

Dr. Natkawin Jiamchoatpatanakul, Property Fund Manager, Phatra Asset Management

Sorachon Boonsong, Senior Partner-Real Estate Practice Head, Baker & McKenzie

Vorada Jia Thangsurbkul, FEVP Investment Banking Div, Siam Commercial Bank PCL

Wirach Morakotkarn, EVP-Head of Investment Banking, CIMB Thai Bank

Sex and the City – An Urban Woman Traveler’s View

Wimintra Jangnin, Editor in Chief, Hotel Intel

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Networking Cocktails – with compliments of InterContinental Hotels