Sphere Conferences, the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), today launched the 3rd annual Myanmar Hospitality and Tourism Conference (MHTC 2015) according to a media release from the organisers on 10 June.
Supported by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, and jointly-organised by Sphere Conferences and the Myanmar Tourism Federation, MHTC 2015 is the country’s only dedicated conference for the hospitality professionals in the Asia Pacific region. It was held from 9 to 10 June at the Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
More than 200 hospitality professionals from 15 countries gathered to discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities in Myanmar’s booming hospitality and tourism sector. The discussions entailed a wide range of topics ranging from investment climate and macro-economic issues affecting the hospitality sector, to owner-operator relationship, enhancing customer experience and tackling HR challenges.
Government organisations and non-government associations that were present included Lux Dev, GIZ, Myanmar Tourism Federation, Myanmar Hotelier Association, Myanmar Tourism Marketing and Union of Myanmar Travel Association. Private companies from Myanmar and the region included Amazing Group, Amara Hotel, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Dusit International, Home Box Office, Hotel @ Tharabar Gate, Kempinski Hotel, Myat Min Group, MasterCard Asia, Melia Hotels International, Novotel Yangon Max, Review Pro, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Savills, Sedona Hotel Yangon, Sule Shangri-La, Summit Parkview Hotel, Tangram Hotels and more.
The conference started with a special session with some key visionaries in the hospitality sector sharing their perspectives on navigating through Myanmar’s dynamic hospitality market. Participants at the keynote panel were leaders from key FDI hotels in Myanmar. Following the panel discussion, Curtis S. Chin, former US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank shared his views on the economic sustainability of frontier markets such as Myanmar. After the talk, a panel discussion was held between local hotel owners and international operators to discuss “the pursuit of the ideal operator.”