Conference Agenda


25 April 2017, Tuesday



Keynote Plenary


Organisers’ Welcome Remarks

Statement of reasons, Introduction of Delegates


Dinh Manh Thang, Vice Chairperson, Vietnam Hotel Association

Introduced by Patricia Cheong, General Manager, Sphere Conferences


Opening Keynote

The Vietnam Market Update: Where is Vietnam heading?


Ngo Hoai Chung, Vice Chairman, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism


Welcome Address

Reviewing Vietnam’s accommodation facility business and investment opportunities – A Perspective by Vietnam Hotel Association


Do Thi Hong Xoan, Chairwoman, Vietnam Hotel Association


Welcome Message by Sphere Conferences


Chua Wee Phong, Chairman, Sphere Conferences


Message by Food and Hotel Vietnam


Tee Boon Teong, Representative, Food and Hotel Vietnam


Conference Chairperson’s Opening Remarks &

Panel Discussion: Overview of Hotel Business Operations and Investment in Vietnam


Moderator: Ken Atkinson, Executive Chairman, Grant Thornton Vietnam

Duong Thuy Dung (Ms), Director, National  Business Line Leader, CBRE (Vietnam) Co., Ltd

Tony Chisholm, Southern Regional Director and GM, Pullman Saigon

Jens Reichert, VP Development, Asia Pacific, Mövenpick  Hotels and Resorts

Viet Tran Hung, General Director, Saigon Tourist Holding Company


A  Performance Outlook for Vietnam - key cities and destinations, including a look beyond RevPAR


Fenady Uriarte, Business Development Manager, Southeast Asia, STR


In Conversation with Investment Thought Leaders:

Vietnam’s hotel and resort market looks optimistic in 2017. Will it see sustained or even accelerated growth this year? Is Vietnam a land of opportunities or challenges?


Moderator: Adam Bury, Senior Vice President, Investment Sales Asia, Hotels & Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle

Kevin Wallace, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

Dao Nguyen, Managing Partner, DN Legal

Charles Blocker, Co-Founder and CEO, IC Partners Ltd

Craig Douglas, Executive Vice President, Head of Asset Management, Lodgis Hospitality Holdings


AM Refreshments

The Business of Operating a Hotel in Vietnam


Panel Discussion

How will the new wave of development shape the perception of Vietnamese Hospitality?


Moderator: David Keen, Chief Executive Officer, Quo Global

Robbyn Carter, Associate, Hirsch Bedner Associates Pte Ltd

Scott Gorsuch, Principal, Leisure Design Group Co Ltd

Marielle Genet, Founder, Life Style Connected JSC, Interior Design


Digital transformation to enhance hotel guest experience


Derrick Lee, Vice President Global and Vertical Accounts, Alcatel Lucent Enterprise


Experience of investing in hotel equipment in Vietnam


Huynh Cong Sinh, Chairman, Vietnam Sourcing & Purchasing Club


Presentation Showcase by Everon and An Du Autohaus


Duong Tam Tam, Sales Director, Everpia JSC Branch

Representative, An Du Autohaus


Networking Luncheon

Markets, Segments and Trends


Hospitality Human Capital Development Strategies for Vietnam


Paulina Ngo, Chief Executive Officer, EHG Company


Panel Discussion

Chain vs Independent: Which way to go for Vietnam?


Moderator: Rudolf Hever, Director of Hotels, Asia Pacific, Savills Asia Pacific

Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Founder and Managing Director, Akaryn Hotel Group 

Craig Douglas, Executive Vice President, Head of Asset Management, Lodgis Hospitality Holdings

John Gardner, General Director, Chains Caravelle Hotel Joint Venture Limited

Ryan Chen, Director of Development, Asia Pacific, Dusit International

Michael Hoeknudsen, GM, InterContinental Asiana Saigon & Regional GM, Vietnam & Cambodia, Intercontinental Hotel Group


Panel Discussion

Economy Hotels: Rise of the Economy Hotels for the Millennials – How is Vietnam catching up on with this trend?


Moderator: Jules Kay, Chief Operations Officer, Delivering Asia Communications

Erick Herlangga, Vice President Business & Development South East Asia, Louvre Hotel Group

Martinelly, Assistant Vice President, Plateno Group

Dany Bolduc, Vice President & General Manager, Revinate

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Mrs), General Manager, Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

Jaggi Nadig, Senior Vice President, CEO Office, Silver Needle Hospitality Group


Conference Chairperson’s Closing Remarks


Ken Atkinson, Executive Chairman, Grant Thornton Vietnam

Do Thi Hong Xoan, Chairwoman, Vietnam Hotel Association


Technology Showcase by LG Electronics


Le Bao Linh, Head of Sales, LG Electronics Vietnam


End of Conference and Afternoon Refreshments


Updated as at 21 April 2017