Hospitality Investment Conference Philippines 2017


A New Era

16 - 17 February 2017  

Manila, Philippines

Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in the Philippines

About the event

Returning to Manila in February 2017, there seems to be much for the HICP attendees to cheer about. International visitor arrivals to the Philippines have recorded just over 4 million for the January-to-August-2016 period – this is the first time arrivals to the archipelago have reached the 4 million mark within 8 months and the figure is up about 12.6% from the same period last year. 2015 also saw the Philippines record an unprecedented 5.36 million visitors to the country. Although the numbers still do not appear to be anywhere close to the Aquino administration’s target of 10 million international arrivals by 2016, the outlook certainly is optimistic for the sector.

The Duterte administration, in its bid to attract more foreign investment into the country, has vowed to relax economic restrictions and make it easier to do business in the Philippines. President Duterte has also said he’d accelerate infrastructure spending, build more access roads to tourism gateways, as well as provide inter-island transport links – all pointing towards a more equitable distribution of tourist traffic across the archipelago, as communicated by Usec. Bengzon at the 2016 event, quoting Mactan-Cebu, Kalibo, Clark and Davao.

What will this mean for the local hospitality sector? How can the owners, developers, investors, operators, designers, hospitality technology solution providers, legal and consultancy honchos – existing players and newcomers alike – complement the existing landscape on the 7,107 islands?

Together with our esteemed partners and sponsors, we look forward to hosting you at the event again, and getting these questions answered.

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Vietnam Hotel Business & Investment Conference 2017


Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in Vietnam

25 April 2017  

HCMC, Vietnam

About the event

The two-day conference in 2016 brought together close to 140 decision makers from 11 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Vietnamese market has to offer. We had the honour of having Dr. Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) deliver the opening keynote address on Conference Day 1.

Grant Thornton (Vietnam) opened Conference Day 1 with the key findings from its hot-off-the-press Vietnam Hotel Survey 2016, sharing that there was an 11.3% decrease in average Room rates, while the average occupancy rose 1.2%. RevPAR decreased by 15.1% for the 4-star hotels on the one hand, whilst increasing 4.3% for the 5-star hotels on the other. STR also presented an optimistic outlook for development in Vietnam, anticipating growth in both RevPAR and supply.

The rest of Day 1 featured engaging presentations by the likes of VinaCapital and Christina’s, as well as focused panels on investment; branding & designing; HMA negotiation and owner-managed vs. the chains for hotel operation.

Conference Day 2 highlighted what’s new in Vietnam, going forward. The spotlight was cast on economy hotels; Vietnam’s burgeoning gaming sector; destinations; as well as up-and-coming golf courses and hospitality complexes in the country. Recurring mentions throughout the course of the 2 days are 1) Phu Quoc as an emerging destination, outside of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and 2) the pervasiveness of the millennial traveller and how the industry as a whole, is evolving alongside this generation of guests.

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Hospitality Investment Conference Indonesia 2017


Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in Indonesia

4 - 5 May 2017  

Jakarta, Indonesia

About the event

The 2016 conference brought together more than 170 decision makers from 10 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Indonesian market has to offer. We had the honour of having Bapak Hiramsyah Sambudhy Thaib, Team Leader of Acceleration for the Development of Priority Tourism Destination of the Ministry of Tourism deliver the keynote ministerial address on behalf of the Tourism Minister on Conference Day 2. The day 1 conference saw many meaningful discussions surrounding topics like the development outlook; designing; hotel brands; hotel openings; leisure & welness and ESG trends. The second day of the conference was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, with a focus on new destinations in Indonesia.

With content that is relevant to the hospitality investment landscape in the Indonesia, HICI 2017 will continue to enable dialogues amongst hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors, bankers, architects, suppliers, accountants and more by providing a 2-day networking and business matching platform to further facilitate hospitality investment in the region. We hereby extend a warm welcome for you to join us once again, in Jakarta, from 4 - 5 May 2017 – see you there!

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Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2017


Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism Conference 2017

15 May 2017  

Yangon, Myanmar

About the event

Being the only investment and discussion platform focusing on the hospitality and tourism sector in Myanmar, the two day conference in 2016 brought together close to 180 hospitality and tourism professionals and investors from 9 different countries with the same goal of understanding the investment and development opportunities that Myanmar has to offer. Gracing the event as guests-of-honours were U Tint Thwin, Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, U Aung Naing Oo, Director General, Directorate of Investment & Company Administration, U Yan Win, Chairman, Myanmar Tourism Federation and former Union Minister, H.E. U Htay Aung.

On Day 1, the conference saw many networking activities and lively discussions surrounding topics such as the leaders’ perspectives of Myanmar in the next 5 years, contract negotiation between owners and operators, discovering the potential of destinations within Myanmar and the various market segments that the industry had to offer. Delegates were also treated to an exclusive networking cocktail session to end the day on a positive note. On Day 2, industry leaders shared insights into the operational aspects of the industry which included infusing Myanmar’s heritage into the architecture of hotels, sustainable hotel business models and an interactive discussion on hotel prices, moving forward.

In 2017, MHTC will be returning for the fifth edition. Sphere Conferences will continue to expand HICV and MHTC to include the regional markets of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand in the new platform – Hospitality Investment Conference CLMVT 2017. 

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Myanmar Banking & Payments Conference 2017


where people, innovation and technologies converge to define the future of banking and payments in Myanmar

24 - 25 July 2017  

Yangon, Myanmar

About the event

The two-day conference in 2016 has brought together close to 250 decision makers from 9 different countries with a common goal of understanding the gaps and opportunities in the evolving Myanmar banking sector. We had the honour of having H.E. U Win Thaw, Director General, Central Bank of Myanmar to grace the event as our guest-of-honour.

The event kick-started with a lively Opening Panel with senior-level participants from the local banks. Panelists shared their perspectives including the rise of fintech/ electronic banking in Myanmar, regulatory challenges, and plans for further capital market development. Moderated by Nikkei Asian Review, panelists included AGD Bank, AYA Bank, CB Bank, KBZ Bank and Yoma Bank. The panelists debated and addressed crucial questions posed by the delegates, including the exponential rise of foreign banks and the evolving role of the government. The panel also discussed on short and long term goals, the next phase forward, and how local banks can promote financial inclusion in their policies and lending practices.

The second day of the conference shed light on Basel II standards, and risk and compliance - buzzwords and topics which are increasingly gaining traction with the local bankers. Subject matter experts sharing their expertise included Citi, Interpol, Security Bank Corporation, and State Bank of India.

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Hospitality Investment Conference Indian Ocean 2017


Uncovering your next hospitality investment opportunity in the Indian Subcontinent region

16 - 17 August 2017  

Malé, Maldives

About the event

The two-day conference in 2016 brought together over 100 decision makers from 11 different countries with the same goal of understanding what opportunities in the hospitality sector the Indian Ocean (IO) markets have to offer. We had the honour of having the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka; the Hon. John Amaratunga,Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs of Sri Lanka and H.E. Hussain Lirar, Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Maldives grace the event as guests-of-honour.

The conference began with the Hon. John Amaratunga and H.E. Hussain Lirar delivering their ministerial keynote speeches. David Keen, CEO of QUO then engaged the 3 guests-of-honour in a half-hour interview session centring on arrivals, investment positions, access and infrastructural developments in the markets of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The conference then went around the IO in the next 80 minutes, commencing with STR’s story-telling through the trends and figures. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) went on to present the present and future of tourism in Sri Lanka, before a panel comprising representatives from HIMA Holdings, Jetwing Hotels, theMaldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and Hotelier Maldives concluded the 80-min session with a discussion on operating within the unique IO. The second day of the conference featured panels discussing asset value creation and what are keeping owners up at night, as well as the impact of the millennials and disruptors on the hospitality sector in the IO. The Chairman of The Rainforest Ecolodge also shared best practices that were employed in the development of the project within the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Returning next year, HICIO 2017 aims to facilitate dialogues amongst hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors and architects at the two-day event.

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