The inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in November in Colombo will be an influential gathering for the region focusing on challenges and opportunities in the hotel and tourism industries, the organizers said. The Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will take place from November 27 to 29, 2016, at the Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hot topics are likely to include land ownership, impediments  to raising finance and shortage of talent.

“A masterclass in how to build a tourism destination will be given by the chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Gerald Lawless, whose stellar career in Dubai enables him to share many valuable insights,” the organizers said.

“The former Jumeirah CEO, now head of tourism and hospitality at Dubai Holding, has played a key role in the country’s phenomenal growth for nearly two decades. His experiences will have many lessons for the Asia region, now one of the fastest growing destinations in the world.”

The event, which includes three days of expert opinion, consists of speeches by leading insiders, a chance to hear political leaders’ views first-hand, and opportunities to network with prominent entrepreneurs.

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