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In Partnership with GBTA and PATA

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in partnership with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) will host their inaugural PATA & GBTA APAC Travel Summit at the new, state-of-the-art Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand from December 8-9, 2022.

The joint event in Asia will address best practices in the corporate travel, MICE and tourism spheres. The two-day educational and tradeshow event, under the theme “Getting Back to Business Travel, Tourism and MICE,” will highlight the challenges and solutions as the industry continues to take shape post pandemic including business travel best practices in procurement-oriented approaches in policy, risk management, sustainability and the future of business travel within the context of the global and Asia-Pacific region’s pandemic recovery. Targeted attendees include corporate travel managers and regional and global travel suppliers including top airlines, hotel and ground/car rental brands – as well as MICE and corporate travel decision-makers from the world’s largest travel companies and travel management companies.

The press release: https://www.pata.org/press-release/pata-and-gbta-to-host-apac-travel-summit-in-bangkok-thailand-from-december-8-9-2022

Agenda*

*subject to change

1300 – 1800

Registration

0800 – 1700

Registration Open

0930 – 1100

Main Stage

Main Stage:  Recovery and Opportunities:  The State of Business Travel, Tourism and MICE

Our co-hosts Liz Ortiguera (CEO, PATA) and Suzanne Neufang (CEO, GBTA) will share the emerging trends and opportunities as we drive towards a global travel recovery. We further explore the renewed interest in blending business and leisure travel and activities, as today’s travellers are thinking more about how they spend their time at home and on the road, and the impact on the environment and local communities.

Welcome Remarks: Ben Liao, Vice Chair, PATA and Chairman, Forte Hotel Group provides the office welcome to open our event, followed by PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera will share insights into the trends reshaping the Asia Pacific travel landscape, leveraging data from the Association’s research department as well as its members and partners; and Suzanne Neufang, GBTA CEO, shares insights on Top 5 Megatrends in business travel, layering in data from global polling GBTA has been conducting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fireside Chat: Darrell Wade, Chairman of Travalyst, Co-founder on Intrepid Travel, Executive Chair of the Intrepid Group sits down with Suzanne Neufang to discuss current situations within the industry and the specifics and opportunities within the Asia-Pacific Region.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Business Recovery will be Digital: The rapid adoption of digital technologies and digital access to services will continue to shape the new normal of Business Travel, Tourism and MICE with Bart Bellers, CEO of Xpdite Capital Partners.

Travel & The Law of Attraction: Talent is hard to come by and even harder to attract when an industry loses its luster. How do we make travel a reason people want to work for an organisation, or join the industry itself? Greg O’Neil, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Global Network, BCD Travel shares key findings from The Big Idea: a GBTA Europe workshop recently held on this existential issue – including how D&I, modern technologies, traveller well-being, and sustainability can support a fundamental shift in perception.

1100 – 1230

Tradeshow & Coffee Break

1230 – 1330

Lunch

1330 – 1415

Breakout Sessions

8 Trends Shaping Travel Management to 2030

What are the macro trends driving the future landscape of travel & meetings management? We explore eight key trends, identify variances in impact across APAC and other regions, and deep dive on the most impactful trends to affect travel & meetings management strategy and operation. Join with your peers to help develop strategies for success in the decade ahead. 

Speaker:

Paul Tilstone. Managing Partner, Festive Road
Mike Orchard, Principle Consultant, Festive Road
Kenji Soh, Director APAC Travel, Bain & Company
Tanya Pirapokin, Executive Director, FCM Thailand

Maximise Productivity, Minimise Expenses, Mitigate Impact: The Future of OBTs

This interactive session explores the most common and complex challenges our attendees face as travellers, travel managers and travel management companies in today’s environment.  Participants are invited to share and debate solutions ideal of automation throughout the lifecycle of a trip.

Speaker:

Ingrid Picard, Head of Commercial APAC, Amadeus

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1430 – 1530

Tradeshow & Coffee Break

1530 – 1700

Main Stage: Recovery with Sustainability

Climate change and efforts to improve sustainability practices continue to be relevant throughout the travel industry, particularly as travellers are making more socially conscious decisions in their travel planning. Together, let’s take a look at what’s happening today, what’s on the horizon and how we can reduce the environmental impact of travel to contribute to positive change, especially as we look towards recovery in the region.

The Sustainable Future of Asia: Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore will examine the global economic landscape and its relation to sustainability, highlighting the growth potential of the Asia Pacific region. He will then sit down with PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera to better understand its impact on travel and tourism.

Sustainability in Hospitality: As the world pursues a shift to net-zero, the impact of travel is part of every company’s value chain footprint that will need to be addressed. This session will explore the key sustainability commitments and frameworks that have arisen to support this, as well as the practical tools and resources available to travel companies today to help reduce their footprint and drive change, with Eric Ricaurte, Founder and CEO of Greenview.

Return on Sustainability: The sustainability landscape is an ever-changing one, made more complex by the prevailing macroeconomic environment. As the impact of climate change is felt more than ever, and key stakeholders are galvanised to double down on their climate action efforts, there is a need to design a strategy that integrates purposeful sustainability goals with financial objectives. This session shares about how a greater impetus for corporates to go green does not necessarily equate to a case of being at odds with financial returns with Siew Kim Beh, Chief Financial & Sustainability Officer, CapitaLand Investment and Managing Director – Japan, Korean, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myn at The Ascott Limited.

Recovery with Sustainability: Our speakers are joined by travel industry experts including Sanghamitra Bose, VP and GM, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand, American Express Global Business Travel for a moderated discussion by Andrea Giuricin, CEO, TRA consulting SL on turning ideas into action.

Trends and Insights into Aviation:  The aviation industry is a critical component to the sustainable and resilient recovery of the tourism industry. This session will examine the current trends and insights in aviation and the route to recovery with sustainability with Jeffrey Goh, CEO, Star Alliance

1730

Welcome Dinner

 Join us for an enchanting Thai cultural demonstration and cocktails as we wrap up our day, followed by a plated traditional Thai meal and performance of Khon, Muay Thai and more.

Made possible by the Tourism Authority of Thailand

0800 – 1700

Registration Open

0800 – 0900

Buyer Only Breakfast

Travel Buyers are invited to join us for breakfast and discussion on the evolution of business travel programmes.  GBTA will provide a brief overview of best practices in recovery of the US and European markets and facilitate the conversation with attendees on the Asia-Pacific perspective.

0930 – 1030

Main Stage

Main Stage:  Challenges and Opportunities in Duty of Care

Customer support and duty of care are paramount, and threats are not always foreseen or visible.  The past two years have been a stark reminder of the need to be flexible, patient and ensure your crisis response plans are maintained and tested regularly. Travel buyers and suppliers will gain an understanding of the travel risk management guidelines and explore real-life scenarios as we discuss ISO31030, along with how a corporate travel policy impacts the travellers’ wellbeing.

Get to Know ISO31030: Lee Whiteing, Commercial Director, Global Secure Accreditation provides an overview of the ISO credentials and how they impact travel for both buyer and suppliers.

Travel Risk Management: Moderated by Liz Ortiguera, CEO, PATA, this panel discusses some of visible and invisible risks in travel, and best practices to protect travelers and companies alike:

Richard Hancock, APAC Director, Crisis24
Bertrand Saillet, Managing Director, Asia, FCM Travel

Trends in Blended Travel: Dylan Wilkinson, General Manager International & Global Partnerships – nib travel at nib Group shares data, trends and impacts of blended travel.

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1030 – 1115

Tradeshow & Coffee Break

1115 – 1200

Breakout Sessions

Breaking Down the Buzzwords: Understand Sustainable Travel & Avoid Pitfalls
Travel is often one of the most significant contributors to a company’s footprint. As travel leaders adapt to the growing demands to make sustainable choices, understanding the real impact of your sustainability initiatives is critical. During this interactive session, we’ll debunk seven sustainability buzzwords to help you gain a deeper understanding of these concepts and explore how they can be useful to your travel programme.

Speakers: 
Ben Wedlock, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Asia Pacific,   BCD Travel
Milena Jankovic, Director of Strategic Sales APAC, Enterprise Holdings
Chandrashekhar Vispute, Regional Travel Manager and Immigrations, Amdocs Development Center India, LLP

Made Possible by:

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Human Capital Development: Addressing the Staffing Gap
As travel and tourism roars back to life, and in some markets surpassing pre-pandemic levels, the biggest challenge facing many in the sector is meeting staffing demands to fully capitalise on the recovery boom. In this session, we speak to industry experts that will share best practice ideas and help us narrow the talent gap.

Speakers:
Andrew Chan, Founder and CEO, ACI HR Solutions
Dr. Praweena Kasai, Vice Rector, Academic Affairs, Dusit Thani College
Chirodeep Chakraborty, Regional Director of Sales – Asia, Minor Hotels
Paul Pruangkarn, Chief of Staff, PATA

1215 – 1330

Lunch

1330 – 1415

Breakout Sessions

Why Your Programme Isn’t Sustainable:  Ever wondered Why Your Program Isn’t Sustainable?  This team of veterans across travel ecosystem will unravel the 3-steps process to make your travel program sustainable, and why it’s important to embark on that journey now!  Learn how to identify the right technology and bring collaboration with partners across relevant industries to drive the right traveller behaviours as well as establish baselines and tracking for business travel emissions (near real time) while balancing costs.  A GBTA APAC Sustainability Committee session.

Speakers:
Dr. Carl Jones, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, SAP Concur
John Timson, Vice President – Sustainability and Safety, SE Asia,   Japan and   Korea, Accor
Andy Winchester, Asia Pacific Travel Manager, Bloomberg LP
Sandeep Shastri, Senior Director Southeast Asia, Sabre Asia Pacific   Pte Ltd.

Brought to you by the GBTA APAC Sustainability Task Force

2023 Travel Forecast: What lies ahead for travel programmes in Asia Pacific? The recovery of global travel is well under way, as many countries around the world have lifted travel restrictions. A slingshot rebound in demand, coupled with various supply-side challenges, has caused global travel prices to rise sharply.  Meanwhile, other megatrends including sustainability, employee wellbeing, and digitalisation, continue to change the way we travel or business.  What does this mean for travel in 2023 and beyond?

Speakers:
Wayne Koh, Head of Global Sales, Asia Pacific, CWT
Ingrid Picard, Head of Commercial Resellers and Corporations, Amadeus
Kieran Tempest, Senior Manager, APAC Operations Travel & Meetings, Global Procurement, GSK
Suzanne Neufang, CEO, Global Business Travel Association

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1415 – 1500

Tradeshow & Coffee Break

1500 – 1630

Main Stage: The Future of Travel

What does the future hold for travel? We’ll dive into the data to see what the future holds, and discuss the emerging opportunities and what that means for planners, travellers, and business travel managers.

The Future of Blended Travel: with Liz Ortiguera, CEO, PATA

Silver Linings – New, Emerging Opportunities in Travel: From new MICE destinations to digital nomad visas and remote work policies, what are the new opportunities as the industry emerges from the pandemic, and how can the industry capitalise on them? During this fireside chat, we will hear what one destination is doing to leverage these new opportunities.

Speakers: 
Rizki Handayani, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Product (Events), Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia
Paul Pruangkarn, Chief of Staff, PATA

Forecasting the Future of Travel: Understanding the data is essential to understanding the future of the industry. In this session, let’s dive into the data and see what the future holds.

Moderator:
Andrew Chan, Founder and CEO, ACI HR Solutions

Panelists:
Melissa Gan, Chief Commercial Officer APAC, WorldHotels / BWH Hotel Group
Fenady Uriarte, Business Development Manager, Southeast Asia, STR
Sandeep Shastri, Senior Director Southeast Asia, Sabre Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Registration

BuyerBuyer registrant$499 – Register Here
Conference MemberSupplier Member of PATA/GBTA registrant$799 – Register Here
Conference Non-MemberSupplier Non-Member of PATA/GBTA registrant$999 – Register Here
Exhibitor MemberSupplier Member of PATA/GBTA with booth and 1 registrant$2,799 – Register Here
Exhibitor Non-MemberSupplier Non-Member of PATA/GBTA with booth and 1 registrant$3,299 – Register Here
All delegate types include 12 months of GBTA membership per individual registrant

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Cancellation policy

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or GBTA  must be notified in writing of any cancellation at [email protected] A cancellation fee of 50% of the total amount payable will be applicable for written cancellations received by PATA on or before November 7, 2022. 

Substitution Policy

• An attendee may transfer his/her registration to another eligible party if he/she is unable to attend.

• All substitution requests must be made in writing to GBTA at [email protected] and handled on the backend of the registration system.

• The substitute is responsible for any and all financial arrangements between the original registrant and the substitute.

Location

Venue

Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC)
Bankok, Thailand

Air Discount

PATA-GBTA APAC Travel Summit Delegates can book their flights at a preferred rate with Thai Airways.

To get a discount code, please contact [email protected] 

Hotel

Modena By Fraser Bangkok – Book Hotel
0.6 kilometers from venue

Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok- Book Hotel
1.7 kilometers from venue

Carlton Hotel Bangkok SukhumvitBook Hotel
1.9 kilometers from venue

SO/ BangkokBook Hotel
2.5 kilometers from venue

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Exhibit at PATA-GBTA APAC Travel Summit

PATA-GBTA APAC Travel Summit is coming to Bangkok this year for the first time. This is a unique event for business travel and meetings management professionals to gather, innovate and learn about the region’s return to travel and new products and services.

Exhibit and give your organization the best opportunity to connect in person with the region’s influential business travel community. Generate new leads and expand existing customer relationships at this inaugural Summit.

Having a presence on the Expo floor gives your organization:

  • Access to key networking during the dedicated expo floor time (no other sessions can occur during this time)
  • A set location for current clients and prospects to know where to find you
  • Access to all sessions and events during the conference

Interested? Contact our exhibit/sponsorship team with any questions about exhibiting.

Why Exhibit?

To view floor plan please contact Melanie [email protected]

Suzanne Neufang

CEO
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

Liz Ortiguera

CEO
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Lee Whiteing

Commercial Director
Global Secure Accreditation

Richard Hancock

APAC Director
Crisis24

Darrell Wade

Co-founder & Chairman
Intrepid Travel

Eric Ricaurte

Founder & CEO
Greenview

Paul Tilstone

Managing Partner
Festive Road
  

Mike Orchard

Principle Consultant
Festive Road

 

Wayne Koh

Head of Global Sales, Asia Pacific
CWT

Bertrand Saillet

Managing Director, Asia
FCM Travel

Sandeep Shastri

Senior Director Southeast Asia
Sabre Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

John Timson

Vice President
Sustainability and Safety
SE Asia, Japan and Korea
Accor

Dr Carl Jones

Managing Director, Southeast Asia
SAP Concur

Jeffrey Goh

CEO, Star Alliance

Siew Kim Beh

CFSO / Managing Director, CapitaLand Investment, Lodging / The Ascott Limited

Sanghamitra Bose

Vice President & General Manager Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand
AmexGBT

Ingrid Picard

Head of Commercial Resellers and Corporations,
Amadeus

Andy Winchester

Asia Pacific Travel Manager
Bloomberg LP

Ben Wedlock

Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Asia Pacific, BCD Travel

Andrew Chan 

CEO, ACI
HR Solutions


Bart Bellers

CEO, Xpdite Capital Partners

Gregory O’Neil

President, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Global Network, BCD Travel

Chirodeep Chakraborty

Regional Director of Sales – Asia, Minor Hotels

Kieran Tempest

Senior Manager, APAC Operations, Travel & Meetings Global Procurement, GSK

Kishore Mahbubani

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Melissa Gan

Chief Commercial Officer APAC, WorldHotels / BWH Hotel Group

Milena Jankovic

Director of Strategic Sales APAC, Enterprise Holdings

Chandrashekhar Vispute

Regional Travel Manager and Immigrations, Amdocs Development Center India, LLP

Ben Liao

Vice Chair, PATA / Chairman, Forte Hotel Group

Kenji Soh

Director, APAC Travel, Bain & Company

Fenady Uriarte

Business Development Southeast Asia, STR

Dr. Praweena Kasai

Vice Rector, Student Affairs, Dusit Thani College

Rizki Handayani

Deputy Minister for Tourism and Product (Events), Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia

Paul Pruangkarn

Chief of Staff, PATA

Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya

President, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau

Andrea Giuricin

CEO, TRA Consulting

Tanya Pirapokin

Executive Director, FCM Thailand

Dylan Wilkinson

General Manager – International & Partnerships, nib travel / World Nomads

8 Trends Shaping Travel Management to 2030

What are the macro trends driving the future landscape of travel & meetings management?

We explore eight key trends, identify variances in impact across APAC and other regions, and deep dive on the most impactful trends to affect travel & meetings management strategy and operation. Join with your peers to help develop strategies for success in the decade ahead.

Why Your Travel Program Isn’t Sustainable

Ever wondered Why Your Program Isn’t Sustainable?  This team of veterans across travel ecosystem will unravel the 3-steps process to make your travel program sustainable, and why it’s important to embark on that journey now!  Learn how to identify the right technology and bring collaboration with partners across relevant industries to drive the right traveller behaviours as well as establish baselines and tracking for business travel emissions (near real time) while balancing costs.

2023 Travel Forecast: What lies ahead for corporate travel programs in Asia Pacific?

The recovery of global business travel is well underway, as many countries around the world lifted travel restrictions. A slingshot rebound in demand, coupled with various supply-side challenges, has caused global travel prices to rise sharply. Meanwhile, other megatrends including sustainability, employee wellbeing, and digitalization, continue to change the way we travel for business. What does this mean for your travel program in 2023 and beyond? Join this interactive session to find out!

PATA & GBTA APAC Travel Summit 2022