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Multi-Chambers/PKF Hotel&Tourism Evening Panel Discussion, 5:30pm

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Date & Time: 18-Jun-2018 17:30 Members Only  
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Member Cost: THB 400.00

Our SponsorBCCT, in conjunction with PKF Thailand, cordially invites you to our annual glimpse of practical innovations in the Hotel and Tourism Industry. Supported by AMCHAM, AustCham, CanCham, EABC, NTCC, NZTCC, STCC and SATCC, our international speakers from the industry’s leading companies will look at “Insights and quick wins from the forefront of innovation in hospitality”.

There is a deluge of information about new concepts and technical innovation in the Hotel and Tourism Industry. While it is said that by 2022 it will be possible to book a hotel stay in space at the Aurora Station (for a cool $10m you can see 16 sunsets a day and marvel at where your drinking water comes from as you flush the toilet), most hotel investors, operators and clients are seeking solutions and new ideas for more basic issues they face today, especially when they feel restricted by legacy systems and even legacy staff.

So what will be unique about this session is our focus on what innovation will bring in future but also what the most practical innovations are today that can be used as quick wins with the greatest benefit to both the industry and their customers. Our international speakers will help us scythe through the range of the latest innovations in hospitality concepts, booking, devices, online customer behaviour and even traditional back-end systems and help us focus on the practical quick wins. 

Topic: Insights and quick wins from the forefront of innovation in hospitality

Hermione Joye – Industry Head, APAC Travel, Google
Michael Widmann – Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts 
Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn - Director, Market Management, Expedia Group
Chetan Patel - Onyx Hospitality Group, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & E-Commerce
Moderator: Andrew McBean – CEO, PKF Holdings

5.30 - 7.00 pm  registration and networking 
7.00 - 9.00 pm  Talk begins with open Q & A
9.00 - 9.30 pm  Panel discussion for any final questions 
9.30 pm            Group photo and close 

About our speakers:

Hermione Joye – Industry Head, APAC Travel, Google. Hermione is a Google leader with 15 years’ experience in sales, marketing, strategy and business development in the technology & travel sector. 
Hermione leads the APAC Travel team for Google’s Large Customer Sales business, working with leading online travel agents, airlines & hotel chains to develop digital business strategy & products for Asian consumers.  Prior to this, Hermione worked in Google's Sydney office managing major Retail clients.
Hermione has a degree in Economics & Social Sciences from Sydney University and was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year (2009) by the Woollahra Municipality.

Michael Widmann – Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts. Michael joined PKF Munich in 1990 during which time he built up the hospitality consulting practice. In 2003, he moved to Vienna, where he established PKF hotelexperts. Besides managing a team of about 50 consultants and associates in nine locations, Michael provides strategic advice to clients in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sector. In addition to studying economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, Michael completed an executive education curriculum at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, New York. He gained hands-on operational experience working as a dishwasher, housekeeper, waiter and receptionist at various hotels. He also partook in a management trainee programme at with Mandarin Oriental in Singapore and Bangkok, and also worked at the Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich, at Stouffer Hotels and Resorts in Seattle and at Claridge’s in London.
As Chairman of PKF International’s Hospitality Consulting Committee, Michael coordinates PKF’s global hospitality, tourism & leisure consulting activities. He is the co-founder of the AlpAdria & Eastern Europe Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. Michael sits on the Advisory Board of the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and the MODUL University Vienna, where he is also a lecturer. He translated the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry into German and (co-)authored various books and publications for the hospitality sector.

Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn - Director, Market Management, Expedia Group. Having been with Expedia for the past 10 years, Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn has a wealth of experience and deep insight in the Thai and Laos market. Currently serving as Director, Market Management at Expedia Lodging Partner Services, Pimpawee leads a dedicated team who are tasked with educating hoteliers on the concept of revenue management and maximising exposure for hotel partners across Expedia’s 200+ travel booking sites. 
Pimpawee joined Expedia as Market Manager, increasingly building her long-term relationships with Expedia hotel partners and stakeholders. She rapidly took on a greater role as she was promoted to Senior Market Manager and consequently Regional Manager over the space of 4 years, where she leads the organization through communication strategies and market insights, fostering an agile work environment, as well as identifying and coaching talent.
Previously, Pimpawee held roles in Agoda Company Pte Ltd/ Agoda Services Co.,Ltd., as well as recruitment agency PA Balanz Executive Search Co.,Ltd.
Pimpawee holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Thammasat University, before also obtaining a MBA, majoring in International Business, from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok.

Chetan Patel, Onyx Hospitality Group, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & E-Commerce. Chetan has in-depth experience across a broad spectrum of online marketing and communications platforms. During a career of more than 16 years, he has garnered an excellent understanding of the ever-changing Internet travel landscape and is able to skillfully incorporate the latest developments into current business practices at ONYX Hospitality Group. Chetan currently heads the E-Commerce department at ONYX managing all aspects of the organisation's online initiatives from SEO to digital marketing, web development, OTA relationship management, social media, loyalty CRM and partnership marketing.

Cost: Baht 400 for members of BCCT and participating chambers. Baht 600 for non-members. Price includes drinks and finger food. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins accepted. E-vouchers are accepted for advance booking only. Please state "e-voucher" in the comment box of the online booking. 

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