Duan Qiang holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Tsinghua University, China. He was former Vice Mayor of Beijing and now Chairman of the Board of Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), one of the top tourism groups in China. BTG holds stakes in nearly 300 companies and extends its broad presence with over 1600 member companies from across the world. Shepherding one of the strongest tourism businesses in China, Dr. Duan holds considerable influence in the Chinese tourism industry and beyond. He is a NPC deputy, member of the NPC Committee of Environment Protection and Resource Conservation, and deputy to the Municipal People’s Congress of Beijing for five terms in a row. He now serves as Chairman of China Tourism Association, Vice Chairman of Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association, and Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
1980-1983: Head of Office, West Asia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1983-1987: First Secretary, Embassy of Algeria in Teheran
1987-1988: Counsellor in charge of Economical and Trade affairs, Embassy of Algeria
1988-1989: Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Algeria in Roma
1989-1990: Adviser of the Director of Asia and Latin America – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1990-1993: Deputy Director “South Asia”, General Department Asia Oceania - Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
1993-1997: Minister Counsellor in the Embassy of Algeria in Tunis
1997-2000: Ambassador of Algeria in Burkina Faso
2000-2004: Director in the General Department Asia Oceania - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2004-2009: Ambassador of Algeria in Argentina,
Ambassador of Algeria in Uruguay and Paraguay with residence in
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2009-2014: CES (Responsible of Studies and Synthesis) in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014-2016: Director General for Americas
2016.05-Now: Ambassador of Algeria in China
Associate Professor of “Communication and diplomacy” and “Diplomacy drafting” at the National School of Administration in 1992 and 1993;
Associate Professor of “Diplomatic Law” at the National School of Administration from 2000 to 2004;
Associate Professor of “Strategic and Prospective Analysis” and “Conflict management and Forward planning” and “Propaganda and foreign policy” at the National High School of Political Science in 2012 and 2013.
Officer of the National Order of Burkina Faso ( presidential decree n° 2000-476/PRES/GC October 18th 2000);
Gran Cross of Order of May of the Republic of Argentina (presidential decree n° 774 of June 13th, 2011 of the President of Republic of Argentina)
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries. He is the Head of Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England. In 2018 Bournemouth University was ranked 8th in the QS World University Rankings for Hospitality & Leisure Management. He is also an Executive Board Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Affiliate Members and the Editor in Chief of the most established Journal in Tourism: Tourism Review, now and SSCI Journal in its 74th volume. Dimitrios is a Founding Member and past President (2010-2014) of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT). He served as the First Vice President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (2017-2019). Professor Buhalis’ work is referenced widely, being the 3rd most cited for tourism and 1st most cited for hospitality 18th on strategy and 30th in Marketing on Google Scholar with more than 34500 citations and h-index 80. Dimitrios current research focus includes: Real Time and Nowness, Smart Tourism and Smart Hospitality, Social Media Context and Mobile Marketing (SoCoMo), Augmented Reality, Technology enhanced Experience Management and Personalisation, Reputation and Social Media Strategies, Accessibility and Special Diet (Alergens) Tourism. He is a renown international speaker and frequently delivers keynote presentations, speeches, seminars and workshops in both academic and professional conferences globally. He has close collaborations with industry, governments and international organisations worldwide. Professor Buhalis is an inspirational forward thinker that undertakes cutting edge research, develops innovations and makes a major impact to global society. For more information, books, articles and presentations see www.buhalis.com.
As division president of China, Dennis Chang oversees the Mastercard operations in mainland China market with the objectives of promoting the Mastercard brand preference and growing business with Chinese customers, existing or new, both domestically and globally.
Prior to the current role, Dennis was general manager of China, and head of Market Development Greater China. On those positions, he played a leadership role in expanding Mastercard's business into strategic areas in Greater China. His responsibilities included forging closer business alliances with strategic customers, promoting the usage and acceptance of Mastercard, and driving business development in alternative payment space (online, mobile, prepaid).
Prior to joining Mastercard in March 2012, Dennis worked with ANZ as general manager Cards SRCB, head of Credit Card Development and head of Retail Development China, where he led strategic retail franchise initiatives covering local incorporation and core banking system migration, distribution channel and product development, as well as developing and managing strategic partnership credit card business with SRCB to which ANZ is a strategic investor.
Prior to ANZ, Dennis also worked with HSBC for more than 10 years, where he held various roles in trade services, commercial banking, personal banking, credit card and marketing in Hong Kong and mainland China. He was the project leader for HSBC’s China Card Center setup and a key member of the leadership team in HSBC's partnership with Bank of Shanghai and joint venture with Bank of Communications.
Anna Coren is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN International, based at the network's Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. She joined CNN in 2008 as an anchor and has made the transition to roving international correspondent. In 2013, she was recognized for her outstanding work at the Asian Television Awards, winning "Best News Story" for her exclusive report "Afghanistan Taliban Firefight" where she came under enemy fire in Nejrab alongside U.S. special forces. This follows wins in both 2011 and 2012 at the Asian Television Awards where she won "Best News Presenter/Anchor."
Coren has been a journalist for more than 15 years reporting on location from some of the world's biggest news events, including the battle against ISIS in Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, the war in Afghanistan, the Philippines' devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan, the death of Kim Jung Il, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Thailand's worst floods in 50 years, and the North Korean nuclear crisis.
In her time at CNN, Coren has interviewed some of the world's top newsmakers, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and John Howard and Hollywood actors and activists George Clooney and Sigourney Weaver.
Coren led CNN's special programming "Eye On" series, reporting live from Mongolia, Thailand, Macedonia, South Korea and Indonesia, providing viewers with insights about the business, culture and personalities that make each country unique.
Prior to joining CNN in 2008, Coren held a variety of positions at broadcasters in Australia, most notably at the Seven Network's national current affairs program "Today Tonight." In 2006, she was the network's U.S. correspondent based in Los Angeles. Coren began her career with Australia's Nine Network as a reporter and presenter. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Australia's Charles Sturt University.
Dai Bin, PhD. in economics, professor, and president of China Tourism Academy. He is also serving as director of the Academic Committee; expert member of Group Emergency Office of the State Council; referee of the National Tourist Hotel Star Rating Committee, academic member of "Tourism Tribune"; and editor of "China Tourism Hotel". He was promoted to full professor by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission as an exception in 2003; selected to the first “Beijing top creative talents Hundred Talents Program” in 2005; awarded with "outstanding teachers in Beijing", "national excellent teacher" in 2006 and 2007 respectively; selected as a member of "National library cadre education and training of teachers."
His research focus refers to tourism business management and tourism industrial economics. He has published more than 300 academic papers and 30 published monographs, translations and textbooks; hosted over 70 projects involving the enhancement of tourism industry development quality, China’s economic operation and development forecast, and national-wide investigation of tourist satisfaction; delivered over 800 keynote speeches.
Nigel David is Executive Vice President, Asia & Middle East, for WTTC where he has worked for 7 years. Nigel graduated from Birmingham University in 1982 with a degree in International Studies.
He followed that with a postgraduate degree in Tourism and Marketing at Surrey University in 1983. His career has spanned over 35 years in the travel and tourism industry during which he has held a wide range of leadership roles for both large multi-national organisations as well as smaller start-up companies. His last role was 5 years as Chief Executive of eviivo culminating in the sale of eviivo to Investcorp Technology Partners.
Prior to eviivo Nigel worked for Thomas Cook Group where he was Managing Director. In his earlier career Nigel worked 14 years for TUI in a range of Managing Director roles.
Ahmed Eiweida is the World Bank Global Lead for Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. He is also Lead Urban Specialist covering East Asia & Pacific Region. He is based in the World Bank’s Singapore Urban & Infrastructure Hub Office. Ahmed has over 25-year experience in cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, urban policies, municipal finance & infrastructure, local economic development, urban upgrading and urban regeneration. He joined the World Bank in 2000 and since then worked in more than 15 countries in East Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, East Asia and Pacific Islands. Previously, he was the Program Leader of Sustainable Development in the South Caucasus Region (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan), based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He assisted the Governments of Georgia and Armenia to prepare their sustainable tourism strategies and led several World Bank-financed projects in support of regional development through strategic investments in cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and urban regeneration. He is currently leading similar initiatives in China, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Technical Advisor to GiZ, DANIDA, DFID and UNDP. He was also Manager of Aswan’s Urban Development and Land Management Unit- Ministry of Housing, Utilities and New Urban Communities, Egypt. He holds a PhD on Urban Development and an MSc. on Environmental Management from the University of Glasgow, The UK. He also holds a Pre-MSc. on Urban and Regional Development from University of Cairo, and a BSc. on Architecture and Engineering from Assuit University.
Certified Management Accountant，EMBA of China Europe International Business School，Vice president of Meituan & General Manager of Domestic Vacation Department
Ge Lei, the executive general manager of Beijing CYTS linkage PR Consulting Co. Ltd，a research fellow of National Image Research Center of Tsinghua University, a guest professor of Tourism College of Beijing Union University, and the executive secretary of the China Ice and Snow tourism Promotion Alliance.
Henri Giscard d’Estaing is Chairman and CEO of Club Med and son of former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. He was elected congressman of Loir-et-Cher province at the age of 22, the youngest at that time. He used to work at Danone and Evian before joining Club Med in 1997 as deputy manager for finance, development and international relations. He succeeded the resigned Philip Brinon as General Manager in 2001 and became Chairman and CEO in 2005.
Ms. Pansy Ho is the chairman of Global Tourism Economy Research Centre (GTERC) and the Vice-Chairman & Secretary-General of Global Tourism Economy Forum. She is also the Group Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Shun Tak Holdings Limited, a leading Hong Kong listed conglomerate with core businesses in the transportation, property, hospitality and investment sectors. In addition, Ms. Ho serves as the Co-Chairperson and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, and Director of Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau, SA.
Over the years, Ms. Ho actively contributes to the promotion of tourism development on a global scale. She is Executive Committee Member of World Travel & Tourism Council and Vice President of China Chamber of Tourism of All-China Federation of Industries and Commerce (“ACFIC”). In 2011, she founded the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, organizer of the annual international event -- Global Tourism Economy Forum, and co-publishes an annual research report on Asia Tourism Trends with the World Tourism Organization. Ms. Ho was appointed the first official PATA Foundation Ambassador in 2013, and UNWTO Tourism Ambassador in 2018.
Founder of Lvmama, Chairman of Joyu Group
Tom Jenkins is the CEO of the European Tourism Association (ETOA), whose purpose is to promote a fair business environment for European tourism. ETOA represents over 1,200 tour operators and suppliers from over 50 countries, who deliver more than €12 billion of business annually within Europe.
Under Tom’s stewardship, ETOA’s scope of activity has broadened considerably; he has built close relationships with numerous legislators and other trade bodies at European, national and local levels. He regularly lobbies on our members’ behalf on our core legislative issues of visas, destination engagement, taxation and the Package Travel Directive.
He has been responsible for championing tourist access to historic cities, for initiating a Europe-wide coach safety code and for leading a campaign that successfully blocked changes to EU VAT legislation that would have jeopardised 5,000 tourism jobs in Europe.
Tom is often called upon by a variety of media including BBC TV, GMTV, CNN, CNBC & Radios 4 & 5, where he is vocal on topics such as visa facilitation, capacity management, the sharing economy and Brexit.
Before taking the reins at ETOA, Tom held a number of management positions at American Express, ultimately being responsible for the company’s inbound leisure travel for scheduled tours, independent vacations and customised itineraries. There, he launched a fully integrated computerised booking system, developed the first interactive digital brochure and managed a corps of 350 tour managers operating throughout Europe.
Prior to joining American Express he spent 5 years as a tour guide working for American Express and Thomas Cook. Tom graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English & History. Following this, he helped start Galleries Magazine and embarked on two years post-graduate research at London University’s Courtauld Institute. He is married with two grown-up children.
Secretary-General of Boao Forum for Asia, Member of Standing Committee and Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee
Hubei Culture &Tourism Investment Group Co.,Ltd.
Khun Mingkwan, currently Aseanta President, has been elected as New Aseanta President during2019 - 2021. As well as, she is President of the federation of Asean travel associations (FATA )during 2018 - 2019. Also, she is the Managing Director of IMAGE D'ASIE & ASIA HOLIDAYS Dеѕtіnаtіоn Маnаgеmеnt Соmрапу Ltd.,
Khun Mink joined Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) as a Board of Directors since 2000.
She was a former President of Association of Thai Tourism Marketing (A TTM), Thailand since 2012-15. And she was joined as a MICE Committee board of Thailand Incentive convention Association(TICA) since 2007-8. As well as be a PR Committee Board at Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA)during 2005-2006.
Khun Mink hold BA from Haute etude international University, Paris, France, Mini MBA, Thammasat University, Bangkok and She had a mini course training in Hawaii, USA, in the field of tourism sustainable sponsor by APO (Thailand Productivity Institute) and graduated from Primary and high school in Queens high school (Rajini Bon).
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Dr. QIU, Hanqin is the Distinguished Professor at Nankai University, the Dean of College of Tourism and Service Management and the Director of Digital Learning Research and Development Center. She is also the Vice-President of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Hong Kong Association, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism and the consultant on Education Administration to the Sun Yat-sen University.
Her research interests focus on the analysis of tourism demand, consumer behavior, the inbound and outbound tourism in China, the tourism development and policy issues in Asia Pacific and tourism education innovations, etc. She has published more than 80 refereed journal article in major international refereed journals. She has served as guest editor for International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Journal of Vacation Marketing on Special Issues for China Hotel and Tourism Development. She was also the regional editor for International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
In 2016, Professor Qiu and her team founded the World’s FIRST Micro-Master’s Credentials in International Hotel Management collaborated with the edX platform, which was created by MIT and Harvard University. The program received recognitions more than 40,000 online learners from over 175 countries within less than two years.
In 2018, Professor Qiu and her team founded the “Micro-Credential” MOOCS system in Tourism Management of Nankai University and explore a new model of higher education in the digital era.
General Manager of Shaanxi Tourism Group Co., Ltd.
Christopher Rodrigues is Chairman of Openwork (January 2014) and Chairman of the Port of London Authority (January 2016).
Christopher was Chairman of the British Council from 2016 – 2019; Chairman of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association from 2013 – 2019; Chairman of VisitBritain from 2007 – 2017; Chairman of International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership from 2007 – 2015. He was a Council member of the National Trust from 1997 – 2004, and again from 2010 – 2012, then a Trustee from 2012 – 2016. He was on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) from 2007 – 2016 and became a WTTC Ambassador in May 2018.
Earlier in his career he was:
- MD Travel, Amex UK & USSR (1983-88)
- MD, then CEO, Thomas Cook (1988-95)
- President & CEO, Visa Inc (2004-06)
Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University (MA) and the Harvard Business School (MBA, Baker Scholar). He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Surrey (DUniv) in April 2013. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.
Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.
Member of Chinese Communist Party with post-graduate education. At present Su Bo takes the position of Vice President of China Tourism Association, Vice Chairman, president of Macrolink Culturaltainment, Chairman of HONG KONG New Silk Road Culture and Tourism. Mr Su has received the awards of “New Leading characters in China’s Real Estate Industry”, “Leadership Characters of Real Estate Industry”, “Influential Characters in Beijing’s Real Estate Industry”, “Contribution Character in China’s Real Estate Industry”, and other awards.
Kent Sun is Chief Development Officer of IHG Greater China. Leading the
development team, he is responsible for strategic planning, managing development
initiatives and improving performance.
Kent joined IHG Greater China in 2004 and has served as leader of IHG Greater China
development team since 2009. Under his leadership, the team has been exploring new
avenues for growth and strengthening IHG’s brands across the region. His
achievement in developing strategic partnership with key owners is the solid
foundation of IHG’s leading position in China’s hotel industry.
Kent has contributed not only to the introduction of new brands to Greater China, but
also to the rapid growth of Holiday Inn Express brand in the region. Kent also played
a key role in designing and developing HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts, the world’s first
upscale hotel brand tailored for Chinese consumers by IHG.
As a veteran of hotel industry, Kent has about 30 years of experience in development
and operations. Kent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Tourism Management from
Xi’an Jiaotong University and an MBA from the University of Hong Kong.
Jianping Wang, was graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University. He is the CEO of Narada Hotel Group, the president of Zhejiang Hotel Industry Association, and the vice president of China Tourist and Hotels Industry Association. Besides, he is also the main drafter of the 2010 edition of hotel star standard, the expert of the national hotel expert steering committee, the national hotel star inspector and the part-time professor of the school of management in Zhejiang University.
Jianping Wang, the head of industry management department of Tourist Administration in Zhejiang Province, was occupied in the study and management of hotel industry for many years.
Wang was appointed to be the president of Narada Hotel Group, aiming at building up a hotel group with Chinese (oriental) characters, features of the times and a unique branding style. From establishing platform operation system, working out a Narada branding development strategy, to forming the content of Narada branding, advancing the establishment of Narada branding image, and founding Narada resorts that satisfy the needs for quality lifestyle of Chinese, Wang has officially been putting Narada into the fast lane of collectivization development. At present, Narada is among the world's top 60 hotel groups. Narada resort has become one of the best resort brand in China.
Mr. Joseph Wang joined Traveldaily.cn as the Chief Commercial Officer in Sept.2014.Prior to that, he was the Senior Director of Hotel Business Unit Qunar.com from 2009, focusing on Hotel Direct Sales.
He used to work for China Mobile 12580 as the Director of Hotel Business, focusing on hotel supplier partnership management and customer service. From 1999 to 2007, Joseph worked at eLong.com, in charge of hotel market management.
Mr. Joseph Jing was invited by several universities as visiting professor and tutor, also invited by ITB Berlin, Chinese Tourism Hotel Association, Jinjiang Hotels, BTG Hotels, Wanda Hotel & Resorts, HotelBeds, Booking.com, China Meetings Industry Alliance and several Digital Marketing Industry Forums and Organizations as VIP speaker.
Jayson Westbury is CEO of Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), a MBA of Australian School of Business and has 25 years of managerial experience in the tourism and hotel industry. He has been acting as executive director of AFTA since 2009, was former head and is still a Board director of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA), an international organization with about 56 member states from across the world. He is also on several taskforces and working groups under the federal government of Australia, contributing to the formulation and improvement of tourism policies in Australia and the rest of the world. He was awarded an Australian Tourism Champions Award in 2003 and a further recognition as an Australian National Tourism Legend in 2009 and 2011 from Tourism Training Australia.
Weihang Xi obtained hi8s bachelor degree in journalism from People’s Public Security University of China, master degree in journalism from Renmin University of China, and he also has a PhD in literature. Xi works as Vice President of Ctrip Group and Chief Government Affairs Officer now.
1987: joined Beijing Daily and worked as economics journalist, editor and editor at general editorial department, chief editor of economics news center at Beijing Evening News.
1999: established Canadian Chinese weekly paper Eastern Times
2000: established first major provincial news site: Qianlong.com
2004: worked as deputy director at Beijing Municipal Government Information Office, deputy director at Beijing Cyberspace Administration Commission and general manager of Beijing Publishing Group
May, 2010: chief editor at Beijing Radio Corporation
April 2013-July 2016: Executive Vice President and later President at Beijing Radio Corporation
May 2018-Now: Vice President of Ctrip Group, Chief Government Affairs Officer
Kevin Zhang is the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the Argyle Hotel Group (NYSE: GHG), and one of the key members serving on the Tourism, Trade and Investment Advisory Counsel (TTIPAC) under the Minister of Trade and Investment, Australia.
1999 Associate Professor at Wuhan Textile Engineering University
1997 Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia
1997 – 2002 Chief Editor and General Manager of Chinese Times News Group
2002 – 2004 Co-founded the AHG and worked as CEO of Australian Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (AITH)
2005 – 2018 CEO of Greater China Region for AHG
2019 - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AHG
Under Kevin’s leadership, AHG grew to include 9 hotel brands, and 141 properties throughout Asia Pacific with a total of 23,020 keys. AHG expended its hotel projects into 101 Chinese cities, with asset under management of ~40 billion RMB. The “Argyle” trademark is valued at 1.423 billion RMB.
In January of 2019, AHG formed strategic alliance with GreenTree Hospitality Group, to become a public listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GHG)
Honors & Awards:
Top 10 Foreign-owned Hotel Group in China
Top 60 Hotel Groups Globally
The Westpac Special Recognition Awards for Large Enterprises 2014
Winner of ACBA Award for Excellence in the Services Category 2013 – 2016
Winner of NSW Premier Export Award 2017
Australian Premier Export Award 2017