Opening Forum

  • Asia - A Moving Picture

    Economic and Technological Projections of Asia’s Global Ascendance.

    This year’s Opening Forum harnesses the data around Asia’s most important economies, mapping the vital zones of influence for travel strategists. Already the world’s largest travel market, in globalization’s next phase, Asia’s trillions of dollars in savings will increasingly reshape global financial flows. Singapore will become ever more an Asian melting pot and a microcosm of the world’s economic, demographic, technological, and cultural trends, and, as world population growth slows, global consumption growth (the demand that fuels the world’s economic expansion) will depend heavily on how much each individual spends. Knowing which consumers are likely to be spending robustly, where they are, and what products and services they prefer to buy becomes even more important for companies, policy makers and investors.

  • Chinese Luxury Travellers: Leading the World Now

    The Belt & Road Initiative is setting up China to become a global power over the next generation. Expect the number of sophisticated Chinese luxury travellers to rise accordingly. Today, the average millionaire has travelled to ten countries, and is going to 3 countries a year. Rupert Hoogewerf will talk about the trends driving the continued double digit growth behind Chinese luxury travellers, and opportunities for hoteliers and travel agents globally.

    Rupert Hoogewerf, a 47 year old Brit, is Chairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report Inc., a Shanghai-based research, media and investment platform. Hurun Report is best known for its annual China Rich List, its high-quality events and market research. Rupert’s contribution to the understanding of wealth in China has earned him multiple awards, notably Neweekly magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year, the Magnolia Award in 2009, the Shanghai government’s highest honour bestowed upon foreigners, and the All-China Women’s Federation’s highest annual award for its promotion of women in business in 2010.

    Hurun Report has been a research and media partner of ILTM Asia since its beginning 11 years ago.

  • Asia Connects to the World

    For decades Asia has been a destination for flows of capital and tourists, but now it is a world-leading source for both as well. As the image of Asia rapidly diversifies, industry leaders need to understand the trends shaping each of Asia's major sub-regions, including China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and beyond. What are the economic realities across Asia, and what will be the major dynamics as they increasingly connect to the world? How can the travel industry foster these crucial arteries of connectivity at a time when political populism and geopolitical uncertainties threaten to disrupt vital global flows?

    Dr. Parag Khanna is Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality Pte Ltd, a boutique strategic advisory firm, and Senior Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.


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