Asia-Pacific CHRIE Federation

Postscript to the 14th APacCHRIE Conference

By Pichaya Noranitiphadungkarn, Conference Chair; Ma. Christina G. Aquino is Immediate Past President of Asia Pacific CHRIE Federation and Exec. Director at Lyceum of the Philippines University

With great anticipation of the second week of May, the 14th APacCHRIE Conference took place at Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel. This year the conference was hosted by Dusit Thani College (DTC), the first time the college hosted such a big and very important event. It attracted around 420 delegates from 30 countries, including Asia, Oceana, Europe, America and the Middle East. The organizing team, with all their effort, resulted in very good attendance, making the conference a very successful one.

Though the actual conference was only two and a half days, the pre-conference activities occupied the entire week. The program started with pre-conference workshops from our sponsors: STR Global for Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, HOTS Simulation by Russell Partnership Technology, and Building a 7 Star City by Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management sponsored by Jumeirah Group. Another pre-conference event was the Dean and Director’s forum – sponsored by Hosco,that got very good feedback and response from over 40 participants.

The formal conference started with the opening ceremony led by Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul – Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand, as key note speaker. The day run by various honored speakers and panelists such as our Keynote speakers: Professor Kaye Chon – Founder of APacCHRIE, Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun – Group CEO of Dusit International, and Mr. Bernhard Bohnenberger – President of Six Sense Hotels and Resorts Spas. The day officially ended with two concurrent workshops: Meet the Journal Editor and Case study writing and use for educational purpose.

The conference closing ceremony was held on Friday 13th. Special awards were given to Mr. Tomas F. Espino Rodríguez and Dr. Pei-Chun Lai for winning the Conference Best Paper Award. The closing ceremony and Gala dinner was sponsored by the Platinum sponsors: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Dusit International, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Thai Airways.

The conference officially ended on Tuesday 17th, when we had the post conference workshop on Certification in Hotel Business Acumen by REDglobal.

Truly, the hard work of the organizing committee from DTC was well rewarded with the very positive feedback from the delegates. Indeed, it was a great success. Looking forward to seeing our members, and friends in Bali for the 15th APacCHRIE Conference.

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Ma Christina Aquino is Immediate Past President of the Asia Pacific CHRIE Federation. Email Christina.