15-17 June 2020     Bangkok

Bangkok 2019 Theater Sessions

This is Asia’s Arival

An overview of the key trends and issues shaping The Best Part of Travel in Asia and what’s ahead for creators and sellers of tours, activities and attractions.


Ask Me Anything: Klook

Klook has in just a few short years grown to become a leading online travel agency (OTA) for tours and activities across Asia. Now, with a $500 million war chest, they have big plans for global expansion. In this in-depth interview, get the inside scoop on one of the most talked-about companies in online travel. Learn where Klook is headed, and what it means for your tour, activity or attraction business.



Using Tech to Go Direct and Improve Visitor Access

Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. With surging visitor volumes and growth from OTAs and resellers, the Van Gogh Museum re-engineered their strategy – and their tech – to better distribute visitor volumes during the day and right-size their distribution mix. Here’s their story.


Curating Local Culinary Experiences

“Local Experiences” are the latest buzzword, but what are they really? What does local authenticity really mean? And how do we infuse it into a traveler experience? Isn’t a tour or an activity a local experience? Here, Hong Kong-based culinary entrepreneur Cecilia Leung shares her insights on creating authentic local experiences through food, and how you can too.


Roundtable: DMOs & the State of In-Destination in Asia

Destination marketing organizations (DMOs) play a pivotal role in driving tourism and advancing the interests of local tours, activities and attractions. This session assembles leaders from some of Asia’s most important tourism bodies to discuss key trends in travel across Asia, the role of DMOs in driving sustainable tourism growth, and how operators of tours, activities and attractions can best work with local and national tourism authorities to advance our industry.


What Your Customers Want: Asia

Traveler wants and expectations are changing faster than ever. This presentation, featuring exclusive research from Arival and its partners, explores trends across Asian, U.S. and European travelers visiting Asia, and examines what experiences they want, how they plan and book and what operators need to know to win them over.


Are Asia’s Super Apps Defining Our Future?

From WeChat and Go-Jek to Grab, LINE, Meituan and more, Asia’s rising Super Apps are just about everywhere. Theyare offering pretty much everything and are challenging every sector of both online and offline commerce. How will they change the way your customers plan and book things to do? Walking us through the state of Super Apps and what they mean to creators and sellers of tours, activities and attractions is one of the region’s long-standing experts in digital travel, Brett Henry.


Asia & the Multi-Attraction Pass

The flexible, use-as-you-go multi-attraction pass has been on the rise around the world. But is this pass optimized for operators in the Asia Pacific region? This presentation walks through the basics of the multi-attraction pass, and explores whether it is the right choice for your business.


How to Use Data to Improve Your Tours

Most tour and activity operators start with passion and follow their instinct and expertise to design great guest experiences. Tomorrow’s operators will use data analysis and careful customer observations to design experiences of the future. In this talk, GetYourGuide’s lead for Southeast Asia walks us through their data-driven journey to custom design a tour product with a partner in Indonesia, and provides insights on how every experience creator can use science as well as art to serve their guests.


Roundtable: Winning the Chinese Outbound Traveler

It’s the world’s largest outbound travel market, and for many destinations and operators across Asia, it’s an enormously important source of travelers. But the booking behaviors and presentations of China’s rapidly growing traveler population continue to change. This session explores the key trends and shifts underway in the Chinese travel market, and what it means to operators of tours, activities and attractions across Asia Pacific.


Building the Social Enterprise, One Lady Biker at a Time

From full-time student and part-time tour guide to full-time-plus as entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of I Love Asia Tour Lien Nguyen is on a mission to empower women across Vietnam and beyond to step up, and out, as tour guides and independent entrepreneurs in their own right.


Roundtable: The Big Picture: Investment, Innovation & the Future of In-Destination in Asia

Let’s face it: The In-destination industry has been the hottest sector of travel over the past few years. Venture capital keeps pouring in, M&A is accelerating, technology is (finally) taking hold and operators across the region and around the world are investing in tech. Where does this all lead? Will OTAs own the day? Do operators have a voice? What will these changes mean to creators and sellers across the region? A leading venture investor, a corporate strategist and a startup CEO who’s seen it all explain the present and chart the future for The Best Part of Travel.


Ask Me Anything: AirAsia Activities

Asia’s iconic low-cost carrier has been methodically, if not so quietly, plotting to win big in tours, activities and attractions. In this interview, we sit down with AirAsia.com COO to discuss the carrier’s plans for the Best Part of Travel.


Roundtable: There’s No Such Thing as Asia

Unless somehow Korean, Thai, Indonesian and Australian travelers all started traveling, behaving and spending the exact same way, it’s clear there’s no single Asian market. This essential roundtable assembles leading online travel agencies (OTAs) of tours, activities and attractions to discuss the diverse trends shaping varied travel markets and traveler segments from across the region.


Responsible Tourism as Company Culture & Habit

Raj Gyawali, Founding Director of the leading Nepal tour operator socialtours (and Asia’s first Travelife-certified brand), speaks to building a company culture with responsible practices baked into day-to-day operations. He shares how every tour and attraction operator can embed sustainable habits into the daily routine of its staff, tours and the experience of their customers.


Preserving Cultures, Sustaining Locals and Making Profits

Most online travel startups dream of big funding rounds, big profits and even bigger exits. This startup thinks about preserving Thailand’s diverse culture and supporting local communities. Achi Thamparipattra, CEO and Chief of Fun of HiveSters, sold us on her vision. In this talk, you’ll find out why.


Understanding the Muslim Traveler

Representing some $150 billion in spend from nearly 200 million travelers across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and beyond, the Muslim traveler marketplace is large and rapidly growing. But the needs and expectations of the segment are distinct. This session will walk through the essentials of this important market, and cover how operators of tours, activities and attractions can best serve this traveler group.


Why This Online Brand Delivers Offline Experiences

Most think of online travel agencies (OTAs) as simply online resellers of other operators’ products. But Taiwan-based KKDay is not your typical OTA. They are getting into customer delivery with KKDay branded experiences. In this talk, the company’s regional executive director explains why, how, and what it means for tour and activity operators.


Roundtable: Tours, Attractions or Experiences? An Industry Flux

You’ve heard it many times: Travelers don’t want the same old group tours. Rather, they want authentic experiences served by locals and powered by mobile platforms that make everything accessible in an instant. But must traditional tour and attraction operators completely reinvent their product offerings? This session assembles leaders in both traditional tours and modern styled experiences to help you understand how to adapt to meet travelers’ changing expectations, from searching to booking to experiencing.


The Power of Passion (Plus Some Hawker Chicken & Rice)

How in the world does an Israeli journalist arrive in Singapore and within a few short years develop one of the most talked-about food tours that’s featured by the Singapore Tourism Board? In this talk, Karni Tomer shares her passion, purpose and hunger for the street food of her adopted country and how it propelled her business forward.


Inside the Indian Traveler

It’s one of the fastest growing travel markets and India’s travelers are hungry for tour and activity experiences across Asia. This research presentation walks through the essentials of the Indian market, and explores how it’s growing, the unique values of Indian travelers and what operators need to know to win them over.


The Guts of Growth

Most tour and activity operators start their business with a passion. But once that passion turns into profit, every entrepreneur
faces the same questions: What’s next? How do we grow? More tours? New destinations? And how do create processes and build the right team to make it all happen? In this talk, Hello! Tours founder Laura Blackhall shares her journey to answer these tough questions and build her company into a multi-destination operation.


Roundtable: Operator Talk

No aspect of the travel industry is facing more challenges and change than tour operating. New technology and shifting traveler demands are compelling tour companies to change what they offer and how they offer it. This session brings leading operators from across the region to have their say on the big challenges and trends shaping their decisions today and tomorrow.


The View from Google

From search and shop to serving and booking, the global search giant has big plans for the in-destination industry. In this talk, Google’s head of travel partnerships for APAC gives the Google view on The Best Part of Travel, and what that means for operators of tours, activities and attractions.


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