Keynote Speakers / Panelists

  • Rungang Zhang
    Rungang Zhang Secretary General and Vice President China Tourism Association
    Mr. Rungang Zhang is Vice President and Secretary General of China Tourism Association, and president of China Tourist Hotels Association. He has extensive leadership and management experience in travel and hotel sectors. Meanwhile, Mr. Rungang Zhang has a profound understanding and unique insights in the hotel development and hotel group management. Mr. Rungang Zhang served as vice president of Beijing Capital Tourism Co., Ltd. and chairman of BTG-Jianguo Hotels & Resorts Management Co., Ltd.
    Rungang Zhang will attend:
    Jun. 07   9:40-10:05 AM Keynote: China’s Hospitality Trends Outlook 2017
  • David Sun
    David Sun General Manager BTH Hotels Group
    Mr. David Sun is General Manager of BTG Hotels and also Chairman & CEO of Homeinns Hotel Group. In Mr. David Sun’s leadership, Homeinns Hotel Group has developed from a company of merely 22 hotels to a hotel giant with more than 3,000 hotels. Homeinns Hotel Group is now one of the world’s leading hotel group. In April 2016, Mr. Sun led the merger of Homeinns Hotel Group into BTG Hotels and the delisting of Homeinns Hotel Group from NASDAQ. Homeinns Hotel Group is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of BTG Hotels.
    David Sun will attend:
    Jun. 07   10:05-10:50 AM CEO Talk: The Extension, Integration and Transformation of Accommodation
  • Johnson Chen
    Johnson Chen CEO New Century Hotels & Resorts Management Co., Ltd.
    Mr. Johnson Chen is currently CEO of New Century Hotels & Resorts and New Century Hotels & Resorts Management Co., Ltd.

    Mr. Johnson Chen has more than 20 years of experience in the hotel sector. He was formerly GM of New Century Hotel Ningbo, New Century Hotel Ninghai, New Century Hotel Taizhou, Regional GM of New Century Ningbo & GM of New Century Grand Hotel Ningbo, the Vice GM of New Century Group & GM of Zhejiang New Century Hotel Management Co., Ltd.

    Mr. Johnson Chen holds an EMBA degree from Zhejiang University. He is also an economist, engineer, inspector of the National Star Rating System for China and hotel management researcher at the institute of Zhejiang University.
    Johnson Chen will attend:
    Jun. 07   10:05-10:50 AM CEO Talk: The Extension, Integration and Transformation of Accommodation
  • Lin Wang
    Lin Wang Vice Prisident, Brand Marketing, Greater China IHG
    In her role as Vice President, Brand Marketing, Greater China, Ms. Lin Wang is responsible for all IHG hotel brands' strategy, marketing communication development and implementation, aiming to build the most preferred brands in the hotel industry in Greater China.

    Having 15 years of experience with brand marketing working with some of the most recognized and beloved global brands like Apple and Chanel, Lin has honed her expertise in this field and is acknowledged as a ‘Brand Ambassador’, designing and executing innovative brand marketing strategies.

    Lin earned her EMBA degree from the University of International Business and Economics. She also graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the same university.
    Lin Wang will attend:
    Jun. 07   11:20-11:45 AM Keynote: Improving Guest Experience through Insights on New Consumer Needs
  • Allan Cheng
    Allan Cheng Chairman & CEO Dossen International Group
    Mr. Allan Cheng is Founder, Chairman & CEO of Dossen International Group. He is a pioneer in introducing the "Select-Service" hotel concept to Chinese market. He had won various honors and awards in China’s hospitality sector, including "Top 10 Hoteliers of The Year in China" and "Leading Hoteliers of China."
    Allan Cheng will attend:
    Jun. 07   11:45-12:30 PM CEO Talk: How Can International Brands Better Serve Chinese Guests’ Needs and Experience?
  • Leo Liu
    Leo Liu President Wyndham Hotel Group China
    Leo Liu is President of Wyndham Hotel Group China. Prior to Wyndham, he was the MD of Costa Crociere S.p.A., and took several management roles for Accor Group in both France and China including MD of Accor Services, China. In 2014, Leo once took training at West Point where cultivated his leadership capabilities and incorporated its motto “Mission First, People Always” into his management concepts-- Be mission-oriented and always take your team as supports.

    Leo graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, France and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
    Leo Liu will attend:
    Jun. 07   10:05-10:50 AM CEO Talk: The Extension, Integration and Transformation of Accommodation
  • Peng Huang
    Peng Huang Director & Executive Deputy General Manager HK CTS Hotels Co., Ltd.
    Mr. Peng Huang is Director & Executive Deputy General Manager of HK CTS Hotels Co., Ltd. and he presides over the work of the company. With nearly 30 years working experience in hospitality, Mr. Peng Huang has strong background and rich experience in marketing and hotel management.

    In 2001, Mr. Peng Huang joined Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Group. He served successively as Marketing Director, Hotel Resident Manager, General Manager etc. Prior to these roles, he has been worked in Holiday Inn Beijing Lido, China World Hotel by Shangri-La, CITS Express Business Travel.

    After joining HK CTS Hotel Co., Ltd., Mr. Peng Huang is committed to enhancing the brand awareness, upgrading the operation and management capabilities and building the world class national hotel brand.
    Peng Huang will attend:
    Jun. 07   11:45-12:30 PM CEO Talk: How Can International Brands Better Serve Chinese Guests’ Needs and Experience?
  • Sarah Chen
    Sarah Chen Vice President, Sales & Marketing Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
    Ms. Sarah Chen has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality sales & marketing field in Asia. She has been the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts since 2004 in Hong Kong and Shanghai with responsibilities in hotels' opening and Sales & Marketing strategies and initiatives. After moving to Shanghai, Sarah's main responsibility and focus is to develop domestic and outbound business from China which is the largest strategic market for the Shangri-La group. Her other key responsibilities also include developing and optimizing China sales distribution channels and online B2B collaboration, partnership promotions and China high-end luxury travel market.
    Sarah Chen will attend:
    Jun. 08   2:00-2:45 PM CEO Talk: Explore Cooperation Formats between Hotels and Distribution Channels
  • Shenghong Gan
    Shenghong Gan CEO Narada Boutique Hotel
    Mr. Shenghong Gan is CEO of Narada Boutique Hotel. With over 20 years of wealth experience in the hotel industry, he has served as general manager and director of different departments at several high-star hotels. Prior to joining Narada Hotel Group, he worked at New Century Hotels & Resorts.

    Mr. Shenghong Gan is a Director of the China Tourism and Hotel Association and was a guest lecturer to the advanced training courses at Tsinghua University, including the Tourism Real Estate & Hotel Management Training Course and the General Managers Training Course.
    Shenghong Gan will attend:
    Jun. 07   3:10-3:35 PM Keynote: New Boutique Hotels and Cultural Tourism Towns
  • Gloria Wang
    Gloria Wang President Hampton by Hilton China
    Ms. Gloria Wang is vice president of Plateno Group and president of Hampton by Hilton China.

    Ms. Gloria Wang joined 7 Days Group Holdings Limited (now Plateno Group) in 2006 and She has served as the head of supervisor in Shenzhen and Beijing with 7 Days Inn, the Operation Director in 7 Days headquarter and the vice president of Hampton by Hilton China.

    Ms. Gloria Wang holds an MBA degree from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.
    Gloria Wang will attend:
    Jun. 07   11:45-12:30 PM CEO Talk: How Can International Brands Better Serve Chinese Guests’ Needs and Experience?
  • Nong Xia
    Nong Xia President & CEO HNA-PV
    Mr. Nong Xia, President and CEO of HNA-PV, has 17 years of experiences as a hospitality executive. Before he joined HNA-PV, Mr. Xia was the senior VP of Starwood Acquisition & Development, Greater China. Prior to that, he had led the Real Estate & Development as senior VP in Hyatt for 15 years. He is a pioneer in the field of hospitality with numerous awards received. His financial experiences acquired from Nomura Securities also benefits him a lot. Mr. Xia graduated from Keio University and holds an MBA degree in The University of Chicago.
    Nong Xia will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Olivia Chen
    Olivia Chen VP Digital & Marketing of Great China Club Med
    Ms. Olivia Chen joined Club Med in 2010 and now serves as VP Digital & Marketing of Greater China. She leads the team to drive the company’s digitalization by identifying, creating and delivering growth which in turn delivers on the vision of making Club Med essential to consumers in enjoying vacation all over the world.

    Olivia Chen had more than 15 years of working experience in different multinational companies. Before joining Club Med, she had worked for L'Oreal China, L'Oreal Paris headquarter and Suntory.

    Olivia Chen graduated from the Moscow State University in Russia.
    Olivia Chen will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Elton Sun
    Elton Sun Corporate Executive Vice President HUAZHU Hotels Group
    Mr. Elton Sun is Corporate Executive Vice President and CEO for Upscale Brands of HUAZHU Hotels Group. Mr. Elton Sun is a seasoned veteran in the hospitality industry, with over 25 years of experiences working with both multi-star hotels and multi-national management companies in the fields of brand management, operations, market development, international merger and acquisition and more. Elton is responsible for developing overall strategies for four award-winning brands of HUAZHU Hotels Group and overseeing their day-to-day management, including Mercure, Novotel, Grand Mercure and JOYA.

    Before this, Elton worked as General Manager for eight years at HK CTS Metropark Hotel Group, where he led the team and successfully designed and launched Metropark Hotel. The brand now owns and manages close to 150 multi-star hotels in Hong Kong, Macao, mainland China and around the world. Elton also led the company’s initiative in 2015 to acquire over 50 hotels and hotel management companies in Britain, which also turned out to be a great success. Elton holds a Master’s Degree in Hotel Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.
    Elton Sun will attend:
    Jun. 07   11:45-12:30 PM CEO Talk: How Can International Brands Better Serve Chinese Guests’ Needs and Experience?
  • Michael Zhu
    Michael Zhu SVP HUAZHU Hotels Group
    Mr. Michael Zhu is the SVP of HUAZHU Hotels Group. He had worked as c-level or middle-level management at Jinjiang, Wanda, Jinling, Starwood, etc., as well as VP of a consulting company and college teacher, with 20 years of experience in IT-based business innovations.

    Mr. Zhu holds a bachelor degree from Beijing Institute of Technology and a MBA degree from Nanjing University.
  • William Tang
    William Tang Deputy General Manager Hengda Hotels & Resorts
    Mr. William Tang is Deputy General Manager of Hengda Hotels & Resorts. He is also Certified Hotel Administrator of AH&LA and member of The National Hotel Rating Committee and Vice Secretary-General of Union International Des Concierges D'hotels in Greater China. With over 20 years of hotel working experience, Mr. Tang is experienced in hotel management concept and practical strategy. Mr. Tang graduated from Beijing International Studies University.
    William Tang will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Maria Sun
    Maria Sun COO Ctrip
    Ms. Maria Sun is Chief Operating Officer of Ctrip and CEO of the Accommodation Business Group of Ctrip.

    Ms. Maria Sun started her career in various management roles for the JinJiang Hotel Group. In 2000, she started at Ctrip where she was director of the Customer Service Center and implemented a comprehensive quality management system. In 2006 Ms. Sun was promoted to Vice President, then Senior Vice President in 2011. In 2012 she transferred to the Accommodation Business Unit, where she now serves as Executive Vice President and CEO. In late 2016 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Ctrip, while still maintaining her role as CEO of the Accommodation Business Group.

    She received her undergraduate degree from JiaoTong University (Shanghai) and her MBA from China Europe International Business School (Shanghai).
    Maria Sun will attend:
    Jun. 08   2:00-2:45 PM CEO Talk: Explore Cooperation Formats between Hotels and Distribution Channels
  • Kevin Guo
    Kevin Guo General Manager of Accommodation Business Unit Meituan Dianping
    Mr. Kevin Guo currently serves as Vice President of Meituan Dianping Group and General Manager of Meituan Dianping’s Accommodation Business Unit. Mr. Guo has served as vice president of China Hotel Association since December 2016.
    Kevin Guo will attend:
    Jun. 08   2:00-2:45 PM CEO Talk: Explore Cooperation Formats between Hotels and Distribution Channels
  • Michael Chen
    Michael Chen Executive President Mangrove Tree Resort World
    Mr. Michael Chen is Executive President of Mangrove Tree Resort World Operations Management Limited.

    Michael started his career as a surgeon at People's Hospital in Jiangsu province. In 1994, Michael joined Nanjing Jinling Hotel as Assistant F&B Manager. He then served as Banquet Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing of Jinling Hotel Co Ltd, General Manager of Sales, Directors, Vice President of Jinling Hotel Management Company. After that, Michael served as Vice President of China WALLINK Group and President of Smart Hotels Group, Vice President of Chinese Jinmao (Group) Co. Ltd., Executive Vice President of Shanghai Zensure Capital.

    Michael graduated from Nanjing Medical University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in Medicine. He graduated from Hong Kong Poly Tech University in 2004 with a master's degree in Hotel Management. In 1999, he was sponsored by the National Scholarship Management Committee, to study at the Tourism and Hotel Management Department of Purdue University as a visiting scholar, majoring in Hotel Management, Marketing and Applied Research of Brand Management.
    Michael Chen will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Ethan Zhu
    Ethan Zhu Chief Commercial Officer, China TripAdvisor
    Ethan Zhu joined TripAdvisor in 2011 and is Chief Commercial Officer, leading strategy, partnerships and performance Ads for China. He is based in the company’s Beijing office.

    Prior to joining in TripAdvisor, Ethan was Business Development Director at PixelMedia, where he accumulated a rich experience in the digital online industry. In this role, he led the web and design agency’s business in North China and built up its AdNetwork platform across the Mainland to the company’s profit. In the earlier part of his career, Ethan also spent time in project management at China’s largest web portals Sina and Sohu .

    Ethan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
    Ethan Zhu will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Ingrid Yin
    Ingrid Yin Assistant President Jinling Hotels & Resorts Corporation
    Ms. Ingrid Yin serves as Assistant President of Jinling Hotels & Resorts Corporation. Ms. Ingrid Yin is now responsible for the development of Jinling Hotels & Resorts Corporation’s domestic & international position and strategy, Sales & Marketing, IT construction and Digital Revolution Project. With more than 18 years of rich experience in Jinling Hotels & Resorts, CITS and Intercontinental Group, Ingrid shows her extraordinary insights and leadership in hotel group’s Sales & Marketing promotion and IT construction comprehensively.

    Ms. Ingrid Yin has rich working experience in international hotel operation as well as local hotel group management. The hospitality career brings Ingrid full of extraordinary insights and leadership in hotel group’s Sales & Marketing promotion and IT construction.

    Ms. Ingrid Yin had studied at South East University and holds a Master Degree of Science in Hotel & Tourism Management in Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
    Ingrid Yin will attend:
    Jun. 08   2:00-2:45 PM CEO Talk: Explore Cooperation Formats between Hotels and Distribution Channels
  • Eric Lu
    Eric Lu General Manager Spring Investment
    Mr. Eric Lu, General Manager of Spring Investment and President of Spring Investment Japan, had been an executive of JinJiang Hotel, HengShan Hotel, St Noah Hotel and Lvmama Tourism. He had a good performance of leading local hotel brands to exceed international brands of the same level. Mr. Eric Lu has a unique understanding and many vivid cases on building hotel brands, marketing, catering production, innovation and transformation. Now he is devoting to explore new management models and practice on the alliance of airlines and hotels direct sales.
  • Jesper Palmqvist
    Jesper Palmqvist Area Director, Asia Pacific STR
    Mr. Jesper Palmqvist is the Area Director Asia Pacific for STR and is based in Singapore. He has twenty years of experience in hospitality, online travel and IT through various verticals in regional European IT start-ups and hotel chains, as well as global companies such as Orbitz Worldwide, Wyndham Hotel Group and Groupon. As a strong supporter of big data facilitation, Mr. Jesper Palmqvist works to increase the engagement in hospitality data intelligence and clarify the decision making for hospitality, research and investment companies in APAC.
    Jesper Palmqvist will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:00-2:25 PM Keynote: APAC and China——Major Markets Performance and Challenges
  • Xiaojun Lin
    Xiaojun Lin CEO JointWisdom
    Mr. Xiaojun Lin is CEO of JointWisdom. In 2011, he founded BrandWisdom.com, which pioneered big data application service in Chinese hotel industry. He also managed M&A of BrandWisdom.com and CSHIS to set up JointWisdom. He is in charge of strategic planning and overall operations.

    Mr. Xiaojun Lin holds a PhD in natural language processing from the Peking University, specializing in natural language processing and the data mining technology for many years as a key technical leader to undertake various national and provincial research projects.
    Xiaojun Lin will attend:
    Jun. 08   2:45-3:10 PM Keynote
  • Joseph Xia
    Joseph Xia Founder & CEO Yearth Group
    Mr. Joseph Xia is Founder & CEO of Yearth Group. Mr. Joseph Xia co-founded Yearth in 2017. Yearth is the next-generation hospitality alliance that empowers independent hotels and small chains through technology and shared resources. By leveraging its loyalty program and digital marketing platform, Yearth can help alliance partner hotels increase direct bookings through a centralized channel, meanwhile allowing each hotel to retain its distinctive characteristics.

    Mr. Joseph Xia has extensive experience in the hospitality and airline industry. In 2000, Mr. Joseph Xia joined Air China and accumulated his experience in the areas of ground operation, sales, revenue management, etc. In 2006, Mr. Joseph Xia joined Jin Jiang Inns as Revenue Management Manager and Deputy Director of Sales & Marketing, taking charge of revenue management, call center, frequent flyer program and sales, etc. Mr. Joseph Xia joined Shanghai Jin Jiang International E-Commerce Co., Ltd. as Vice President in Nov., 2010. He was is in charge of Sales & Marketing, internet product, BI and Big Data.

    Mr. Joseph Xia holds a Bachelor degree from Civil Aviation University of China and an MBA degree from Fudan University School of Management. Mr. Joseph Xia is also a Visiting Lecturer of Travel & Tourism Department at Fudan University.
    Joseph Xia will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:25-3:10 PM Executive Roundtable: From Hotel Marketing to Destination Marketing
  • Christine Liu
    Christine Liu Country Manager, Greater China STR
    As the Country Manager of STR, Ms. Christine Liu leads a team in Greater China, working with the head of Revenue Management and Sales & Marketing of International Chain hotels and Chinese Domestic Hotel groups, expanding the revenue management and benchmarking understanding in this industry, provides clients - including hotel operators, developers, financiers, analysts and suppliers to the hotel industry - access to hotel research with regular and custom reports.

    Ms. Christine Liu graduated from Hospitality Management School, holds the Bachelor degree of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Revenue Management Diploma of e-Cornell – School of Hotel Administration. Ms. Christine Liu started her career from Shangri-La hotels, worked in the front line with rich F&B and Front Office experience. Then she moved from hotel operations to hotel partners, expanded the Greater China market and firmed up the leading position in this region successfully for all the multi-national companies she worked for – interTouch, EasyRMS and TSA Training Services.
    Christine Liu will attend:
    Jun. 07   2:00-2:25 PM Keynote: APAC and China——Major Markets Performance and Challenges
  • Charlie Li
    Charlie Li CEO TravelDaily
    Mr. Charlie Li is the founding investor of TravelDaily.cn, China′s leading online publisher and event organizer focusing on distribution, marketing and technology developments in the travel and tourism industry. Prior to his role leading TravelDaily.cn, Mr. Charlie Li was the General Manager of E-Commerce Co., Ltd., China Southern Airlines for more than three years.

    Mr. Charlie Li has over 20 years of experience in China′s airline and online travel industry. Prior to joining China Southern Airlines, he worked for eLong as the Senior Director of the Air Partner Service Group where he led product development and maintained key supplier relationship with major Chinese and international airlines. Mr. Charlie Li holds a BA degree from Shandong University, China and an Aviation MBA from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
    Charlie Li will attend:
    Jun. 07   10:05-10:50 AM CEO Talk: The Extension, Integration and Transformation of Accommodation
  • Joseph Wang
    Joseph Wang Chief Commercial Officer TravelDaily
    Mr. Joseph Wang joined TravelDaily.cn as the Chief Commercial Officer in Sept, 2014. Prior to that, he was the Senior Director of Hotel Business Unit Qunar.com from 2009, focusing on Hotel Direct Sales. He used to work for China Mobile 12580 as the Director of Hotel Business, focusing on hotel supplier partnership management and customer service. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Joseph Wang worked at eLong.com, in charge of hotel market management. Mr. Joseph Wang was invited by several universities as visiting professor and tutor, also invited by Chinese Tourism Hotel Association, China Meetings Industry Alliance and several other industry organizations as VIP speaker.
    Joseph Wang will attend:
    Jun. 07   9:30-9:40 AM Opening Remarks: Reshaping The Future of Guest Experience Jun. 07   11:45-12:30 PM CEO Talk: How Can International Brands Better Serve Chinese Guests’ Needs and Experience?

Workshop

Note:

1) Chinese - English simultaneous interpretation would be available on site.

2) All conference information (including program, speakers, etc.) is subject to change without notice.

Copyright © 2017 TravelDaily Inc.