PATA Singapore Chapter, TTG Asia Media collaborate on thought leader conversation series

PATA Singapore Chapter and TTG Asia Media have jointly launched the SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series, a collection of intimate knowledge exchange events featuring thought leaders from across various fields who will discuss hot button issues surrounding and impacting the business of travel, tourism and events.

The debut edition will be a morning half-day event held on November 5, 2019 in Singapore, at the Garden Pavilion at One Farrer Hotel, with two fireside chats, each lasting an hour.

From left: Economist Corporate Network’s Andrew Staples; TripAdvisor’s Dan Penner; Airbnb’s Parin Mehta; and Oakwood’s Dean Schreiber will be taking part in the debut edition of the SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series

The first fireside chat, When global economic headwinds and geopolitics collide with tourism, will feature speaker Andrew Staples, global editorial director of the Economist Corporate Network, The Economist Intelligence Unit and moderator Robin Yap, chairman emeritus of The Travel Corporation Asia.

Staples will cast his eyes on the forward global economic, political and risk landscape and discuss how recent developments, particularly the US-China trade war, sensitivities on the Korean Peninsula and anti-government clashes in Hong Kong, will impact travel and tourism business.

The second fireside chat, The rising tide of experiential travel, will centre on the rise of experiential travel, how that is changing the way accommodation and destination experiences are marketed and sold.

Joining this session are Dean Schreiber, CEO, Oakwood, and managing director, Oakwood Asia Pacific; Parin Mehta, managing director, Airbnb Trips, Asia Pacific; and Dan Penner, senior regional manager, Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor Experiences, with Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, TTG Asia editor as the moderator.

Explaining the motivation behind the creation of the SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series, Wong Soon-Hwa, chair of PATA Singapore Chapter and Vice Chair of PATA, said: “This series is a continuation of our successful Singapore Tourism Leaders Forum in March this year. We want to maintain this high level of engagement with our industry peers, including our eight association partners: Association of Singapore Attractions, Cruise Lines International Association, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore, Orchard Road Business Association, Restaurant Association of Singapore, Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers, Singapore Hotel Association, and Singapore Retailers Association. This will allow us to realise the “Power of One”.

“SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series will be a quarterly series featuring VIP conversations, panel discussions and lively debates, focusing on topical issues and current trends. It will also be a great platform for industry networking.”

Wong will join both sessions as chair of the series to contribute to the discussions.

Darren Ng, managing director of TTG Asia Media, the co-presenter of the SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series, said: “This collaboration allows both PATA Singapore Chapter and TTG Asia Media’s award-winning editorial team to leverage their passion for and understanding of the business we are in, and reach into their extensive network of opinion leaders to co-create some of the most fascinating fireside chat opportunities for the Singapore travel and tourism and business events fraternity.”

Karen Yue, group editor, TTG Asia Media, added: “The travel and tourism and business events industries do not operate in silo, and their health is influenced by macro factors. It is therefore important and beneficial for industry players to have regular big picture conversations with thought leaders across various fields. The SG Tourism Leaders Engagement Series will provide such a platform.”

Each event will be kept to an intimate size to allow maximum interaction, with 100 to 150 attendees allowed.

Participation is free. To register for this event, please visit:

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