[VIDEO] Tourism Summit 2019

May 11, 2019 at 20:11

With more than 7,600 islands, the Philippines is blessed with abundant resources that can be transformed into various creative business models that would lead to a more progressive and sustainable island tourism industry. This May 2, 2019, Go Negosyo, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines and the Department of Tourism brings you the biggest summit on tourism and entrepreneurship, the TOURISM SUMMIT 2019!

Source: https://youtu.be/F_L3nup0I2I


Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat at the Tourism Summit 2019

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat shares why sustainable tourism is at the core of the Department of Tourism. Watch her full speech here during the Tourism Summit 2019 last May 2, 2019.

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Forum 1: Opening Up Land, Sea and Sky for Global Tourism

Speakers include

  • Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corporation;
  • Jaime Bautista, President and COO, Philippine Airlines;
  • Alexander Lao, President and CEO, Cebgo, Inc.;
  • Regina Lopez, Chairman and Founder, ILOVE (Investments in Loving Organizations for Village Economies) Foundation; and
  • Arin Jira, Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council and
  • Usec. Benito Bengzon Jr., Undersecretary for Tourism and Development Planning, Department of Tourism.


  1. Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert, Senior Adviser, SGV & Co. and Former Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs
  2. Dato’ Steve Cheah, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
  3. Brian Cu, President, Grab Philippines

Moderator: Karen Davila, Broadcast Journalist and News Anchor, ABS CBN Corp.

Source: https://youtu.be/D28pLgh5DHU


Forum 2: Discovering the Different Island Beats

The second forum entitled Discovering the Different Island Beats presented panelists such as Edgar Saavedra, Chairman and CEO, Megawide Construction Corporation; Marie Venus Tan, COO, Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines; Gov. Jose Chaves Alvarez, Provincial Governor of Palawan; Pocholo Paragas, COO, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA); George Barcelon, Chair of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Council Member of ASEAN BAC Philippines; and Dato’ Mohmed Razip Hasan, Deputy Director General (Promotions), Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.

Forum interveners were Josef Alec Geradilla, General Manager, Tralulu and Karina Rosa Tiopes, Regional Director, Regional Office VIII.

The forum was moderated by Issa Litton.

Source: https://youtu.be/RHV1XNTKgt4


Forum 3: Where Tourists Stay

Forum 3: Where Tourists Stay featured panelists such as Oudet Souvannavong, Chair, ASEAN-BAC Laos; Arthur Lopez, President, Philippine Hotel Owners Association and Owner, AML Hotel Consultancy; Kemariah Duraman, Owner, Kunyit 7 Lodge; U Thet Lwin Toh, Chairman, Myanmar Travel Association; Rafael Dionisio, Co-Founder, Circle Hostel and MAD Travel; and Jami (Tran Viet Thang) Trek, Founder, ASIO Travel Group and Xper. Alfred Lay, VP – Hotels & Leisure Consulting, GCI Hospitality, Robert John R. Horrigan, VP Hotel Department, Hotel Restaurant Association of the Philippines, and Tran Xuan Moi, Co-founder, Songhan Incubation served as the forum interveners.

The forum is moderated by Sam YG.

Source: https://youtu.be/y549iiqM2oc


Forum 4: So Much to Do, So Much to See, So We Make Time

Forum 4: So Much to Do, So Much to See, So We Make Time. Panelists were Jay Montonn Jira, Co-founder, Wonderfruit; Cesar Mario Mamon, Chairman and President, Enchanted Kingdom Inc.; Aileen Clemente, Chairman and President, Rajah Travel Corp.; Chenda Clais, Owner and CEO, Terres Rouges Collection; Inthy Deuansavanh, CEO, Green Discovery; Shu Tan, Founder & Director, The Sapa O’Chau Project; and Rex Victor Puentespina, Managing Director, Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp.

The forum was moderated by Kim Atienza.


  1. Hubert d’Aboville, President and Co-Founder, Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2011 – 2018, Member, Tourism Congress of the Philippines, President & Founder, Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc.
  2. Chef Claudio Suarez Tayag, Owner and Executive Chef, Bale Dutung and Downtown Café
  3. Chal Lontoc, CEO, Jeron Travel and Tours

Source: https://youtu.be/BQ6fj4KmD_Y


Forum 5 | Learn from the Experts: Lessons in Keeping Up the Business

Learn from Samie Lim, Director of Tourism, Retail and Franchise of PCCI, Dr. Victoria “Vicki” Belo, President and Medical Director, Belo Medical Group; Maria Margarita Moran-Floirendo, Chairman, Cultural Center of the Philippines; Jose Mari Del Rosario, President and Chief Executive, Phinma Microtel Hotels; Anangga Roosdiono, Chair, ASEAN BAC Indonesia; and Chef Margarita “Gaita” Fores, CEO and President, Cibo as they discuss lessons in keeping up the business.

The forum was moderated by Atty. Mike Toledo.


  1. Pacita Juan, Founder of ECHOStore
  2. Dr. Hooshmand Palany, Chairman, ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Healthcare Working Group
  3. Neelesh Bhatia, Center Director, Singapore Polytechnic Innovation Office

Source: https://youtu.be/4fN6EqO3798


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