Thailand Tourism Forum

8th Annual Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF)

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – ‘MANAGING TOURISM– Ensuring Great Experiences and Sustainable Outcomes’

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world (Forbes, 25 September 2018). Thailand continues to soar as one of the world’s great tourism destinations and experiences for many reasons. Is Thailand on the right path and is the planning sufficient to address the many challenges of managing mass tourism? What are key variables and inputs to be managed to ensure Thailand’s tourism experience remains one of the best in the world and who should manage these? What are the shared responsibilities? How should they be measured in the short- and long-terms?

Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) 2019 will zero in on how well Thailand is ‘managing tourism’ and what business and government leaders should be focusing on as an industry for long term sustainable success. While hoteliers and hotel investors are important, what about other key stakeholders in retail, high tech-innovative tourist attractions, sports, infrastructure, regulators for safety and others. What are the success factors, how do we improve as Thailand charges down the path to become the #1 tourist destination in the world.

Come to TTF 2019 and get great insights into how managing tourism can lead to sustainable success. 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 2019 is a unique opportunity to hear hospitality leaders candidly discuss the economic impacts of these changes.


Monday, January 21, 2019


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.

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Event Schedule

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Registration and Refreshments

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

Opening Remarks – ‘Managing Tourism – Growth & Sustainability’

Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

“Importance of Retail, Entertainment & Hospitality” – Better Tourism Experiences

Charles Blocker, CEO, IC Partners

Supaluck Umpujh, Chairwoman, The Mall Group

Destination & Tourism Management – Essentials of Master Planning (City & Resort)

Robert V. R. Hecker, Managing Director, Horwath HTL

Rahul Mittal, Director, Cistri (Urbus)

Top Destinations of the World – Hotel Performance & Forward Look at Thailand

Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director – Asia Pacific, STR

Destination Marketing – Thailand & Overseas Best Cases | Private & Public Sector Roles

David Keen, CEO, QUO

Stephan Roemer, CEO, Diethelm Travel Group

‘Train Kept a Rollin’ | Thailand’s Rail System Plans & Reality

Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn, Director, Horwath HTL

A World View of Hotel Costs – Develop or Acquire? | Benchmarking Select Global Destinations & Thailand’s Hotel Transactions & Investment Sector

Nihat Ercan, Head of Investment Sales, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

“The Great Debate – Does Green Pay”
Tourism growth: mo’ money mo’ problems, or mo’ value?

Eric Ricaurte, Founder & CEO, Greenview

Prae Piromya, GM, Planning & Operation, Sustainable Dev’t Office, Central Group

“Hey Neighbor, Can I Borrow Your Waterslide”

Eric Levy, Managing Director, TSI

Clarence Tan, Managing Director SEA & Korea at InterContinental Hotels Group

CHINDIA | 1/3 of the world’s population at Thailand’s Doorstep - Same same or different?

Wimintra Jangnin, Editor in Chief, Hotel Intel

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Networking Cocktails – with compliments of InterContinental Hotel