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Qiang DUAN (Chairman at World Tourism Alliance)

Qiang DUAN

Chairman at World Tourism Alliance

Duan Qiang holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Tsinghua University, China. He was former Vice Mayor of Beijing and now Chairman of the Board of Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), one of the top tourism groups in China. BTG holds stakes in nearly 300 companies and extends its broad presence with over 1600 member companies from across the world. Shepherding one of the strongest tourism businesses in China, Dr. Duan holds considerable influence in the Chinese tourism industry and beyond. He is a NPC deputy, member of the NPC Committee of Environment Protection and Resource Conservation, and deputy to the Municipal People’s Congress of Beijing for five terms in a row. He now serves as Chairman of China Tourism Association, Vice Chairman of Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association, and Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Gino Andreettaa (CEO, Greater China of ClubMed)

Gino Andreettaa

CEO, Greater China of ClubMed

Mr. Gino Andreetta, CEO, Club Med Greater China. Gino has been a key figure in the international management, operations and strategic evolution of the Club Med brand for almost 30 years.
Born in Belgium to Italian parents, Gino graduated from the University of Liege, majoring in Finance. His first job with Club Med in 1988 was a G.O in the Mini Club at Club Med Les Ménuires in France, where he immediately discovered his passion for Club Med’s mission of creating happiness.
Gino has since travelled the world working in Club Med resorts in Croatia, Italy, Mexico and the Caribbean. He moved to Asia for the first time in 1989 at Club Med Bali, Indonesia.
After becoming Chef de Village of Club Med Santa Lucia Resort in the Caribbean in 1995, Gino was next promoted to various regional roles. He became Regional Director Operations, Turkey from 2000 to 2004, where he oversaw the operation of six Club Med resorts in the country.
His next move saw him become VP Operations & Product responsible for North America, the Caribbean and Mexico. During this time, Gino led the repositioning of Club Med in North America as an upscale brand and the corresponding renovations of Club Med resorts in Cancun, Ixtapa Pacific and Punta Cana.
After three years in North America, Gino returned to Europe, becoming VP HR G.O Worldwide at Club Med headquarters in Lyon, France. In this strategic position, he worked closely with Club Med’s Chairman & CEO, Henri Giscard d'Estaing, and global G.Os, leading the coordination and strategic development across Club Med villages worldwide.
In 2010, Gino relocated to Milan, Italy as Club Med’s General Manager for Italy and Switzerland, focusing on operations and sales. In 2012, this role expanded to include sales and marketing for Italy, Turkey, Spain and Portugal. In 2015, Gino was promoted to the role of CEO of Club Med Greater China, based in Shanghai.
“During my 30-year career with Club Med I’ve been fortunate to work on many operational and strategic projects around the world, which has helped me understand different challenges and opportunities in different regions. I’m very excited to take on this new role in China, which is at the forefront of Club Med’s future expansion plans. We’re delighted to be bringing Club Med’s happy and relaxed lifestyle to more people and destinations across China and Asia,” says Gino Andreetta, CEO of Club Med Greater China.
Gino met his wife at a Club Med resort in the Caribbean and the couple has a 13-year-old daughter. The entire family loves holidaying at Club Med resorts around the world. Says Gino: “My daughter loves the circus trapeze and meeting new friends, my wife loves the spas and fitness activities and I like sports and simply relaxing. That’s the joy of Club Med – every family member can experience their perfect holiday while discovering enriching new activities and meeting fantastic people from around the world.”

H.E. Ahcène BOUKHELFA (Ambassador of Algeria in China)


Ambassador of Algeria in China

Professional Career
1980-1983: Head of Office, West Asia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1983-1987: First Secretary, Embassy of Algeria in Teheran
1987-1988: Counsellor in charge of Economical and Trade affairs, Embassy of Algeria
in Roma
1988-1989: Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Algeria in Roma
1989-1990: Adviser of the Director of Asia and Latin America – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1990-1993: Deputy Director “South Asia”, General Department Asia Oceania - Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
1993-1997: Minister Counsellor in the Embassy of Algeria in Tunis
1997-2000: Ambassador of Algeria in Burkina Faso
2000-2004: Director in the General Department Asia Oceania - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2004-2009: Ambassador of Algeria in Argentina,
Ambassador of Algeria in Uruguay and Paraguay with residence in
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2009-2014: CES (Responsible of Studies and Synthesis) in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014-2016: Director General for Americas
2016.05-Now: Ambassador of Algeria in China
Academic activities
Associate Professor of “Communication and diplomacy” and “Diplomacy drafting” at the National School of Administration in 1992 and 1993;
Associate Professor of “Diplomatic Law” at the National School of Administration from 2000 to 2004;
Associate Professor of “Strategic and Prospective Analysis” and “Conflict management and Forward planning” and “Propaganda and foreign policy” at the National High School of Political Science in 2012 and 2013.
Officer of the National Order of Burkina Faso ( presidential decree n° 2000-476/PRES/GC October 18th 2000);
Gran Cross of Order of May of the Republic of Argentina (presidential decree n° 774 of June 13th, 2011 of the President of Republic of Argentina)

Jigang Bao (Professor of the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University)

Jigang Bao

Professor of the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University

BAO Jigang, PhD, Professor of the School of Tourism Management of Sun Yat-sen University, Doctoral Tutor, Changjiang Distinguished Professor, Member of UNWTO’s Panel of Experts, Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.
He is currently Director of the Monitoring Center for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories, Member of China Tourism Reform and Development Advisory Committee, President of Tourism Education Branch of the China Tourism Association.
His main research fields are: basic theory of tourism geography, sustainable tourism development , theme parks and tourism planning.

Benjamin Chan (General Manager-China at Singapore Airlines)

Benjamin Chan

General Manager-China at Singapore Airlines

General Manager-China of Singapore Airlines

Dennis Chang (Division President, China at Mastercard)

Dennis Chang

Division President, China at Mastercard

As division president of China, Dennis Chang oversees the Mastercard operations in mainland China market with the objectives of promoting the Mastercard brand preference and growing business with Chinese customers, existing or new, both domestically and globally.
Prior to the current role, Dennis was general manager of China, and head of Market Development Greater China. On those positions, he played a leadership role in expanding Mastercard's business into strategic areas in Greater China. His responsibilities included forging closer business alliances with strategic customers, promoting the usage and acceptance of Mastercard, and driving business development in alternative payment space (online, mobile, prepaid).
Prior to joining Mastercard in March 2012, Dennis worked with ANZ as general manager Cards SRCB, head of Credit Card Development and head of Retail Development China, where he led strategic retail franchise initiatives covering local incorporation and core banking system migration, distribution channel and product development, as well as developing and managing strategic partnership credit card business with SRCB to which ANZ is a strategic investor.
Prior to ANZ, Dennis also worked with HSBC for more than 10 years, where he held various roles in trade services, commercial banking, personal banking, credit card and marketing in Hong Kong and mainland China. He was the project leader for HSBC’s China Card Center setup and a key member of the leadership team in HSBC's partnership with Bank of Shanghai and joint venture with Bank of Communications.

Kaye Chon (Dean of School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Kaye Chon

Dean of School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Kaye Chon (Ph.D., CHE, FIH) is Dean and Chair Professor and Walter Kwok Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Dean Chon previously held academic positions at the University of Houston, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Virginia Tech in the United States.

A frequent speaker at international conferences, Dean Chon has published over 200 papers in international journals and professional publications and has authored or edited ten books. One of his co-authored books, Welcome to Hospitality: An Introduction has been adopted as a textbook in more than 100 hospitality education programmes world-wide. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing and the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research.

In his university teaching that spans over 30 years, Dean Chon twice received “Teaching Excellence Award” and four times received “Research Excellence Award,” including the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Award and Howard B. Meek Award from International CHRIE, Martin Oppermann Memorial Award from the International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators (ISTTE), Michael D. Olsen Award from the University of Delaware, and Founder’s Award from Purdue University and the University of South Carolina, all for his lifetime contribution to scholarship and research in tourism/hospitality. In 2003, he received the prestigious Fred Tibbitts Associates Hospitality Humanitarian Award from Fred Tibbitts and Associates of New York for his leadership and community services in global hospitality industry development. He was twice recognised by his alma mater Georgia State University, once in 2003 as the “Most Outstanding Alumni in 30 Years”, and then in 2014 as one of the honourees of the Robinson Global Business Alumni Award. He was honoured by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) with the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Prize 2011.

Anna Coren (International correspondent at CNN International)

Anna Coren

International correspondent at CNN International

Anna Coren is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN International, based at the network's Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. She joined CNN in 2008 as an anchor and has made the transition to roving international correspondent. In 2013, she was recognized for her outstanding work at the Asian Television Awards, winning "Best News Story" for her exclusive report "Afghanistan Taliban Firefight" where she came under enemy fire in Nejrab alongside U.S. special forces. This follows wins in both 2011 and 2012 at the Asian Television Awards where she won "Best News Presenter/Anchor."

Coren has been a journalist for more than 15 years reporting on location from some of the world's biggest news events, including the battle against ISIS in Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, the war in Afghanistan, the Philippines' devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan, the death of Kim Jung Il, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Thailand's worst floods in 50 years, and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

In her time at CNN, Coren has interviewed some of the world's top newsmakers, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and John Howard and Hollywood actors and activists George Clooney and Sigourney Weaver.

Coren led CNN's special programming "Eye On" series, reporting live from Mongolia, Thailand, Macedonia, South Korea and Indonesia, providing viewers with insights about the business, culture and personalities that make each country unique.

Prior to joining CNN in 2008, Coren held a variety of positions at broadcasters in Australia, most notably at the Seven Network's national current affairs program "Today Tonight." In 2006, she was the network's U.S. correspondent based in Los Angeles. Coren began her career with Australia's Nine Network as a reporter and presenter. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Australia's Charles Sturt University.

Bin Dai (President at China Tourism Academy)

Bin Dai

President at China Tourism Academy

Dai Bin, PhD. in economics, professor, and president of China Tourism Academy. He is also serving as director of the Academic Committee; expert member of Group Emergency Office of the State Council; referee of the National Tourist Hotel Star Rating Committee, academic member of "Tourism Tribune"; and editor of "China Tourism Hotel". He was promoted to full professor by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission as an exception in 2003; selected to the first “Beijing top creative talents Hundred Talents Program” in 2005; awarded with "outstanding teachers in Beijing", "national excellent teacher" in 2006 and 2007 respectively; selected as a member of "National library cadre education and training of teachers."
His research focus refers to tourism business management and tourism industrial economics. He has published more than 300 academic papers and 30 published monographs, translations and textbooks; hosted over 70 projects involving the enhancement of tourism industry development quality, China’s economic operation and development forecast, and national-wide investigation of tourist satisfaction; delivered over 800 keynote speeches.

Ahmed Eiweida (Global Lead for Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development at World Bank)

Ahmed Eiweida

Global Lead for Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development at World Bank

Ahmed Eiweida is the World Bank Global Lead for Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development. He is also Lead Urban Specialist covering East Asia & Pacific Region. He is based in the World Bank’s Singapore Urban & Infrastructure Hub Office. Ahmed has over 25-year experience in cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, urban policies, municipal finance & infrastructure, local economic development, urban upgrading and urban regeneration. He joined the World Bank in 2000 and since then worked in more than 15 countries in East Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, East Asia and Pacific Islands. Previously, he was the Program Leader of Sustainable Development in the South Caucasus Region (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan), based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He assisted the Governments of Georgia and Armenia to prepare their sustainable tourism strategies and led several World Bank-financed projects in support of regional development through strategic investments in cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and urban regeneration. He is currently leading similar initiatives in China, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as Senior Technical Advisor to GiZ, DANIDA, DFID and UNDP. He was also Manager of Aswan’s Urban Development and Land Management Unit- Ministry of Housing, Utilities and New Urban Communities, Egypt. He holds a PhD on Urban Development and an MSc. on Environmental Management from the University of Glasgow, The UK. He also holds a Pre-MSc. on Urban and Regional Development from University of Cairo, and a BSc. on Architecture and Engineering from Assuit University.

Hengshan Fan (Immediate former Deputy Secretary-General at China National Development and Reform Commission)

Hengshan Fan

Immediate former Deputy Secretary-General at China National Development and Reform Commission

Fan Hengshan, graduated from the Wuhan University and Renmin University of China with his Ph. D in economics, is a renowned regional economist, senior economist, professor, and doctoral supervisor. Throughout his career life Fan had held a number of senior positions in the public sector in China, such as the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Comprehensive Planning and Pilot Projects at the National Economic System Reform Commission, the Director-General of the Coordination Department at the Office of Economic System Reform of the State Council, the Director-General of the Comprehensive Economic System Reform Department (and later, of the Regional Economic Department) at the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the National Development and Reform Commission. He also served as Deputy Director of the State Office for Promoting the Rise of the Central Region.
Professor Fan Hengshan has been engaged in theoretical and Policy Research on economic development and Reform for a long time. He had participated in the drafting of many documents of the Central Plenary Session and the Central Economic Work Conference, as well as many reports on the work of the Chinese government issued by the State Council. Fan was responsible for the research and formulation of numerous important documents and plans for development and reform, and is considered as part of China’s top-level think tank.
Professor Fan Hengshan is wide in scopes of academic research and very accomplished in many fields. He is an adjunct professor at many famous universities in China, such as the Peking University, Renmin University, Wuhan University, and Communication University. He is the author, translator and editor-in-chief for more than 30 monographs and hundreds of academic articles. Some of his works are recognized by major awards such as the China National Book Awards. He has been employed as an economic adviser to many provinces and municipalities in China and was invited to hold honorary positions in some academic organizations. His academic accomplishments are recorded in the World Who's Who, Biography of Famous Chinese Contemporary Economists, Summary of Theoretical Contributions of 100 Chinese Economists and Confession of a New Generation of Chinese Thinkers.
Professor Fan Hengshan is one of the main designers of China's regional development and reform. He was responsible for the research and formulation of some 100 major regional development strategies, policy documents and implementation plans in China. As the mastermind and planner for a number of state-level New Areas and major strategic platforms, He put forward a series of important regional development theories and policies. Fan is also one of the founders of the 50-member Forum on China's Regional Economy and a member of the Forum’s working group, the honorary president of the China Association of Regional Sciences, and a consultant to the China Society of Regional Economics

Yan Gao (Vice President at Meituan)

Yan Gao

Vice President at Meituan

Certified Management Accountant,EMBA of China Europe International Business School,Vice president of Meituan & General Manager of Domestic Vacation Department

Lei Ge (Executive General Manager at Beijing CYTS linkage PR Consulting Co. Ltd)

Lei Ge

Executive General Manager at Beijing CYTS linkage PR Consulting Co. Ltd

Ge Lei, the executive general manager of Beijing CYTS linkage PR Consulting Co. Ltd,a research fellow of National Image Research Center of Tsinghua University, a guest professor of Tourism College of Beijing Union University, and the executive secretary of the China Ice and Snow tourism Promotion Alliance.

Yafei He (Secretary General at International Mountain Tourism Alliance)

Yafei He

Secretary General at International Mountain Tourism Alliance

He Yafei, was born in 1955. He holds a postgraduate degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and studied at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He served as Counselor of the Perma-nent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, Deputy Director of the Department of Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Minister-Counselor and Minister at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America, Director of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, MFA, Assistant Foreign Minister, Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland, and Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.

Xinjian Li (Dean of School of Tourism Management at Beijing International Studies University)

Xinjian Li

Dean of School of Tourism Management at Beijing International Studies University

Dean of School of Tourism Management, Beijing International Studies University

Jungang Liu (President, General Manager at Hubei Culture &Tourism  Investment Group Co.,Ltd.)

Jungang Liu

President, General Manager at Hubei Culture &Tourism Investment Group Co.,Ltd.

Hubei Culture &Tourism Investment Group Co.,Ltd.

Thao Nguyen (Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Asia Pacific at Airbnb)

Thao Nguyen

Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Asia Pacific at Airbnb

Thao Nguyen is Airbnb’s Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Asia Pacific, developing partnerships that advance the company's role in promoting economic inclusion, women’s empowerment, and sustainability. This includes leading Airbnb's work with tourism authorities and destination marketing organizations, private sector partners, and international development organizations.

Thao began her career as a U.S. diplomat with the State Department and was most recently posted at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Thao received her bachelor's degree in International Relations and Chinese Literature from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and her master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Frank Püttmann (Head of Public Policy at TUI Group)

Frank Püttmann

Head of Public Policy at TUI Group

Frank Püttmann is the Head of Public Policy in TUI Group and part of Group Corporate & External Affairs. He also heads the Group’s Berlin Corporate Office. With his team, he manages TUI’s corporate public policies, the Group’s industry association memberships and engages with the embassies and representatives of TUI’s global destination partners in the German Capital. Since working for the Group, Frank has been very active to develop the innovative corporate digital public policy strategy for TUI as a tourism industry market leader:

Frank has been with the TUI Group since 2014. Before joining TUI he worked for the largest European Airline Group Deutsche Lufthansa AG as their Head of Group Communications Asia Pacific. Frank lived with his family in Singapore from 2008 to 2014. He gained international experience as an expert in the travel industry and in public affairs. Frank Püttmann holds a master’s degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Datuk Hamzah Rahmat (Executive Director of Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations)

Datuk Hamzah Rahmat

Executive Director of Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations

Hamzah started his career with Singapore Airlines in 1979 and obtained the IATA/UFTAA Diploma in 1981. He then spent 4 years as the Regional Sales Manager for Saudi Arabian Airlines – managing Saudi’s regional Hajj operation which includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.
He started Gasi Travel Group in Malaysia in 1986. Currently, Hamzah is a Director of Flight Centre Travel Group, Malaysia and Buffalo Tours, Malaysia.
With almost 40 years in the travel industry and extensive involvement in MATTA as an Executive Council member holding various portfolios such as Vice President Education & Training, Vice President Outbound, Vice President Research & Technology and Honorary Secretary General since 2000, Hamzah has forged a wide-reaching industry-wide network and is particularly known by many senior travel industry players and stakeholders in the region.
From June 2013 to July 2017 he was the President of MATTA (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) and currently serves the association as its Immediate Past President providing continuity in many areas particularly in MATTA’s Capacity Building initiatives.
From 2014 to 2016 he served as the Secretary General of FATA (Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations) and since 2016, as the President of FATA until recently, 31st July 2018. Also, a Board Member at WTAAA (World Travel Agents Associations Alliance), representing FATA.
Hamzah is currently the Executive Director of Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations ( FATA ).

Gongzheng Ren (General Manager at Shaanxi Tourism Group Co., Ltd.)

Gongzheng Ren

General Manager at Shaanxi Tourism Group Co., Ltd.

General Manager of Shaanxi Tourism Group Co., Ltd.

Caroline Scarles (Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at University of Surrey)

Caroline Scarles

Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at University of Surrey

Caroline is currently Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. Her key research interests lie in the areas of critical tourism, with particular focus on the role of the visual and technology in tourism. Bringing together her work on the visual, mobile technology and digital solutions in the visitor experience, Caroline's current research is exploring the development of next generation paper solutions for travel and tourism. Her recent work has also focused on enriching the visitor experience through augmented reality and image recognition technology in arts and heritage. Caroline also conducts research in the area of sustainability through work on the socio-cultural impacts of tourism on communities and pro-environmental behaviour change.
Caroline is lead editor of the journal, Tourist Studies, and resource editor for Annals of Tourism Research. She holds several national and international appointments, including: executive committee member for BEST EN and the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, international advisor for the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group for the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, a founding member of the International Network for Visual Studies in Organisations (inVISIO) and is a non-executive Director for Visit Surrey.

David Solnet (Associate Professor at University of Queensland)

David Solnet

Associate Professor at University of Queensland

David Solnet, Ph.D, leads the tourism discipline group in the UQ Business School in Brisbane, Australia. He comes from a restaurant background, with over 18 years of experience including senior management roles in the USA and Australia. He is recognized internationally for his research, teaching and consulting, all focused on managing and leading service organizations, with particular emphasis on managing the employee-customer interface. His current research focuses on the future of service work and the changing relationships between organisations and employees. He has published around 40 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, and his work consistently appears in top journals such as the Journal of Service Management and Annals of Tourism Research and the International Journal of Hospitality Management. He is also coauthor of the textbook, “Service Management Principles in Hospitality and Tourism” with Professor Jay Kandampully from Ohio State University in the USA.

Bo Su (President at Macrolink Culturaltainment Development Co.,Ltd.)

Bo Su

President at Macrolink Culturaltainment Development Co.,Ltd.

Member of Chinese Communist Party with post-graduate education. At present Su Bo takes the position of Vice President of China Tourism Association, Vice Chairman, president of Macrolink Culturaltainment, Chairman of HONG KONG New Silk Road Culture and Tourism. Mr Su has received the awards of “New Leading characters in China’s Real Estate Industry”, “Leadership Characters of Real Estate Industry”, “Influential Characters in Beijing’s Real Estate Industry”, “Contribution Character in China’s Real Estate Industry”, and other awards.

Kent Sun (Chief Development Officer, Greater China at IHG)

Kent Sun

Chief Development Officer, Greater China at IHG

Kent Sun is Chief Development Officer of IHG Greater China. Leading the
development team, he is responsible for strategic planning, managing development
initiatives and improving performance.
Kent joined IHG Greater China in 2004 and has served as leader of IHG Greater China
development team since 2009. Under his leadership, the team has been exploring new
avenues for growth and strengthening IHG’s brands across the region. His
achievement in developing strategic partnership with key owners is the solid
foundation of IHG’s leading position in China’s hotel industry.
Kent has contributed not only to the introduction of new brands to Greater China, but
also to the rapid growth of Holiday Inn Express brand in the region. Kent also played
a key role in designing and developing HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts, the world’s first
upscale hotel brand tailored for Chinese consumers by IHG.
As a veteran of hotel industry, Kent has about 30 years of experience in development
and operations. Kent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Tourism Management from
Xi’an Jiaotong University and an MBA from the University of Hong Kong.

Wu Sun (Vice President at China Lodging Group Limited)

Wu Sun

Vice President at China Lodging Group Limited

Vice President of China Lodging Group Limited

Jianping Wang (President at Narada Hotel Group:)

Jianping Wang

President at Narada Hotel Group:

Jianping Wang, was graduated from Zhejiang Gongshang University. He is the CEO of Narada Hotel Group, the president of Zhejiang Hotel Industry Association, and the vice president of China Tourist and Hotels Industry Association. Besides, he is also the main drafter of the 2010 edition of hotel star standard, the expert of the national hotel expert steering committee, the national hotel star inspector and the part-time professor of the school of management in Zhejiang University.
Jianping Wang, the head of industry management department of Tourist Administration in Zhejiang Province, was occupied in the study and management of hotel industry for many years.
Wang was appointed to be the president of Narada Hotel Group, aiming at building up a hotel group with Chinese (oriental) characters, features of the times and a unique branding style. From establishing platform operation system, working out a Narada branding development strategy, to forming the content of Narada branding, advancing the establishment of Narada branding image, and founding Narada resorts that satisfy the needs for quality lifestyle of Chinese, Wang has officially been putting Narada into the fast lane of collectivization development. At present, Narada is among the world's top 60 hotel groups. Narada resort has become one of the best resort brand in China.

Jayson Westbury (CEO / Vice Chairman of Australian Federation of Travel Agents / WTA)

Jayson Westbury

CEO / Vice Chairman of Australian Federation of Travel Agents / WTA

Jayson Westbury is CEO of Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), a MBA of Australian School of Business and has 25 years of managerial experience in the tourism and hotel industry. He has been acting as executive director of AFTA since 2009, was former head and is still a Board director of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA), an international organization with about 56 member states from across the world. He is also on several taskforces and working groups under the federal government of Australia, contributing to the formulation and improvement of tourism policies in Australia and the rest of the world. He was awarded an Australian Tourism Champions Award in 2003 and a further recognition as an Australian National Tourism Legend in 2009 and 2011 from Tourism Training Australia.

Weihang Xi (Vice President at Ctrip Group)

Weihang Xi

Vice President at Ctrip Group

Weihang Xi obtained hi8s bachelor degree in journalism from People’s Public Security University of China, master degree in journalism from Renmin University of China, and he also has a PhD in literature. Xi works as Vice President of Ctrip Group and Chief Government Affairs Officer now.

Work experiences:

1987: joined Beijing Daily and worked as economics journalist, editor and editor at general editorial department, chief editor of economics news center at Beijing Evening News.

1999: established Canadian Chinese weekly paper Eastern Times

2000: established first major provincial news site:

2004: worked as deputy director at Beijing Municipal Government Information Office, deputy director at Beijing Cyberspace Administration Commission and general manager of Beijing Publishing Group

May, 2010: chief editor at Beijing Radio Corporation

April 2013-July 2016: Executive Vice President and later President at Beijing Radio Corporation

May 2018-Now: Vice President of Ctrip Group, Chief Government Affairs Officer

Nong Xia (President & CEO of HNA PV Tourism Co., Ltd.)

Nong Xia

President & CEO of HNA PV Tourism Co., Ltd.

Mr. Nong Xia is a well-respected leader in hospitality industry. Prior to joining HNA PV Tourism, Nong Xia built a dynamic career as he held integral roles over the past 17 years in multinational hotel companies including Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he served as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for Greater China, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation as Senior Vice President of Real Estate & Development. He has orchestrated numerous award winning hotel development deals including the landmark Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel & Residence, Andaz Shanghai and Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort & Spa. His contribution was recognized with numerous plenty awards, including “Best Hotel Development Executive of Asia”, “World Hotel Top 10 Influential Figures” and “Top 10 Hoteliers of the Year”. Apart from his expertise in hotel development. Nong Xia also has his unique insight in building world-class hotel brand and managing hospitality operation. These visions have their root in his experienced education and profession background. Nong Xia has a B.A. in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan as well as an M.B.A degree from the Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. And before entering the hospitality industry, Nong Xia has gained valuable experiences in the financial industry by serving the top security company, Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Nong Xia realizes that apart from cities and shopping malls, the next generation of China should have access to a more natural environment as well. With this vision in mind, he has devoted himself to build the No.1 family vocation brand in Asia with his expert team where families can share a soothing vocation with nature.

Dunde (Donald) YU (CEO of Tuniu Corporation)

Dunde (Donald) YU

CEO of Tuniu Corporation

Mr. YU Dunde is the co-founder of Tuniu Corporation and has served as chief executive officer since the inception. Prior to founding Tuniu, Mr. Yu was the chief technology officer of in 2006, where he helped become a leading Chinese childcare website. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Yu served as the Technical Director of Mr. Yu received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southeast University in China in 2003.

In view of his contribution to the online travel industry in China, Mr. Yu was well recognized by the public and he received lots of awards over the past few years, such as the 2014 Chinese Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award, the 2014 China Tourism Influential Figures Top 10, the Jiangsu Province Outstanding Youth Top 10, etc.

Xuyang Yan (Executive Dean at Chinese Academy of Social Science)

Xuyang Yan

Executive Dean at Chinese Academy of Social Science

Professor of Economics , Executive Dean,,
Tourism College, Beijing Union University.
1984—1988, Fudan University, Bachelor of Mathematic, 1988—1991, Chinese Renmin University, Master of Economics, 1991—1994, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Ph.D of Economics.
1995—2016 Beijing Technology and Business University,
2016.7— Beijing Union University.
Teaching and Research Fields
Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, and Tourism Economics.
Editor In Chief: Tourism Tribune.

Ruihua Yang (Deputy Director General of State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China)

Ruihua Yang

Deputy Director General of State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China

Yang Ruihua, Deputy Director General of the Department of Development Guidance, the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development

Hui Zhang (Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University)

Hui Zhang

Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University

Zhang Hui, the professor and doctoral supervisor in Beijing Jiaotong university, was born in 1957. Zhang is one of an expert who enjoys special allowance of the State Council of China. He is the Shaanxi province Sanqin Scholar Professor, the deputy director of the Committee of Experts of World Tourism Cities Federation and the vice president of Beijing Tourism Association. Zhang has been engaged in the research about the macro theory of tourism economy and the tourism industry for a long time, and he has presided several fund projects, including The China Social Science Foundation Project and The Humanities and Social Science Foundation of China's Ministry of Education. He has published many professional books like Tourism Economics and papers in various newspapers and magazines like Guangming Daily (Theoretical Edition) and Tourism Tribune, and he also gets the honorary title of Chinese Reform Figures in the New Century.

Jingdong Zhang (Chairman at Guoao  Holding  Group  Co.,  Ltd)

Jingdong Zhang

Chairman at Guoao Holding Group Co., Ltd
Rungang Zhang (Secretary-General at China Tourism Association)

Rungang Zhang

Secretary-General at China Tourism Association

Secretary-General of China Tourism Association

Chengjun Zheng (Vice President at Zuzuche)

Chengjun Zheng

Vice President at Zuzuche

Mr. ZHENG Chengjun, Vice President of Zuzuche, researcher at Asia-Pacific E-commerce Institute, has been dedicated in facilitating the development of self-drive tourism as well as driving safety. He strives to obtain global recognition on China’s driving license to make road trips available for Chinese tourists worldwide. Mr. Zheng has received a letter of appreciation from then New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in 2016 for his efforts in promoting driving safety in New Zealand. He was invited by the United Nations for a conference at UNECE in Geneva on international driving, where he spoke for China’s self-drive tourism industry and proposed feasible policies. Mr. Zheng has formerly served in other renowned IT companies, including Alipay and UBER China.

Lingqiang Zhou (Director of Department of Tourism Management at Zhejiang University)

Lingqiang Zhou

Director of Department of Tourism Management at Zhejiang University


Meixiang Zhou (Senior social development specialist at World Bank)

Meixiang Zhou

Senior social development specialist at World Bank

Senior social development specialist of World Bank