Seoul, Korea was the venue for WTTC’s first Asia Summit. The Asia Summit was held at the Lotte Hotel, Seoul 10-11 September 2013. This Summit of industry leaders from the private and public sectors took place in a country whose direct tourist economy grew by 10.4% in 2012, making it the 11th fastest growing tourist economy in the world, and the fastest in Asia.
This is the region which will be in the vanguard of tourism development and its growth will impact Travel & Tourism around the world as increasing numbers of Asian travellers make their mark in the global marketplace. The issues to be faced here will be those which command the attention of all the global players in the industry, as well as the political leaders of tourist economies worldwide.
The Asia Summit addressed what needs to be done to harness the enormous growth potential, in Korea and beyond, showcasing countries which are driving the industry with an enlightened approach, and drawing comparisons with positive and negative experiences in other parts of the world. It provides the opportunity for a stimulating exchange between private and public sector, and it will tackle some of the most pressing issues facing Travel & Tourism today.
The theme of the Asia Summit was‘Staying Ahead of Tomorrow’. This theme encapsulates the region’s global lead in technology development; consumer understanding across different cultures; planning ahead for infrastructure build; launching new product; and developing human capital. The Asia Summit was attended by some of the region’s most influential business leaders and decision makers, joined by speakers who talked about global trends and key issues that impact from other parts of the world.
Session 1: Asia - Powerhouse of the World Economy
Session 2: Asia: Powering global Travel & Tourism
Session 3: Korea: Huge potential. Big questions
Session 4: Removing the Barriers- Facilitating Visas
Session 5: Tourism for Tomorrow
Session 6: Growing capacity sustainably through infrastructure developments
Session 7: Trending now and tomorrow
Special Session: Wrap-Up - Experts From Beyond Our Industry
[photograph courtesy: KTO]
SHIN Dong-Bin Chairman, Lotte Group
Dr Michael Frenzel Chairman of the Supervisory Board, TUI Deutschland GmbH. and TUIfly GmbH
H.E. CHUNG Hong-Won Prime Minister, Republic of Korea
Doug Anderson President & CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Professor Ian Goldin Director Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
H.E. Ramon Jimenez Secretary of Tourism, Government of Philippines
H.E. Mari Elka Pangestu Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia
H. E. YOO Jinryong Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
Patrick Andres Vice-President & Regional Managing Director for Asia- Pacific, Travelport
Robert Bailey President & CEO, Abacus International Pte Ltd
Ted J Balestreri Chairman &CEO , Cannery Row Company
David Brett President Asia Pacific, Amadeus IT Group
Abid Butt Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Thea Chiesa Director, Head of Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries, World Economic Forum
CHOI Byung-il President & CEO, Korea Economic Research Institute
Martin Craigs Chief Executive Officer, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)
Ricco De Blank Chief Executive Officer, SHKP Hotels
DU Jiang Vice Chairman, China National Tourism Administration
Mario Ferreira Chief Executive Officer, Douro Azul
Simon Fiquet Head of Global Travel Accounts APAC, Google
Pier Luigi Foschi Chairman & CEO, Carnival Asia and Chairman of the Board, Costa Crociere SPA
Dhiren Fonseca Chief Commercial Officer, Expedia, Inc.
Angela Gittens Director General, ACI World
Peter Greenberg Travel Editor, CBS News
Peter Harbison Executive Chairman and Founder, CAPA - Centre for Aviation
Mark Israel Chief Executive Officer, Value Retail Management China
Ross Jackson Regional Head of Cross Border Business (APCEMEA), Visa
Christophe Jouan Chief Executive Officer, Future Foundation
JEON Yong-Joo Chief Executive Officer, IHQ
JUNG Chang-su President & CEO, Incheon International Airport Corporation
Professor CHON Kaye Kye-Sung Dean and Chair Professor, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Geoffrey J W Kent Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Abercrombie & Kent
KIM Bong-gi Chief Executive Officer, Incheon Medical Tourism Foundation
Professor. LEE Youn Taek Professor, Division of Tourism, Hanyang University
Joy Lehman Global Sustainability Manager, The Hertz Corporation
Alan MacCharles Lead Partner, Commercial Strategy and Research, Deloitte
Madhavan Menon Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) LTD.
FAN Min Co-Founder, Vice Chairman of the Board and President, Ctrip.com International
James Mueller Vice President - Atlantic and Pacific Sales, United Airlines
Masaru Onishi Chairman, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Deepak Ohri Chief Executive Officer, lebua Hotels & Resorts Co, Ltd
PARK Juhum Chief Executive Officer, Dabeeo Co.
PARK Kwang-moo President, KCTI (Korea Culture & Tourism Institute)
PARK Sanghwan President & CEO, Hana Tour
Marcio Favilla L. de Paula Executive Director, Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, World Tourism Organiztion (UNWTO)
Christopher Rodrigues CBE Chairman, Visit Britain
Nick Ross Broadcaster and Journalist
Jeffrey C. Rutledge Chairman & CEO, Travel Guard Worldwide, Inc.
Adam Sacks Founder and President, Tourism Economics, An Oxford Economics Company
David Scowsill President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council
Satoshi Seino Chairman and Director, East Japan Railway Company
SIM Taeho Partner, A.T. Kearney
John Slosar Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
Jan Smits InterContinental Hotels Group, Chief Executive AMEA
Hiromi Tagawa JTB Corp, President & CEO
Brett Tollman The Travel Corporation, President & Chief Executive
Arnie Weissman TravelWeekly, Editor in Chief
Takanobu Yamamoto Rakuten Travel Inc., President
Sean Lim Television Anchor, Arirang