CNN's Richard Quest to interview Ranil on tourism developments

CINNAMON 'Future of Tourism Summit'


Richard Quest, famed CNN international correspondent, business editor and host of 'Quest Means Business' leading this year’s exclusive line up of speakers at the Future of Tourism Summit (FOT 2019), is scheduled to have an interview with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. on the future of tourism (local and global).

This will take place as Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts hosts the highly anticipated third edition of the Future of Tourism Summit on 23rd of September 2019 (today), at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

Other star speakers include Anita Mendiratta – Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UNWTO, who will kick-off the summit with her keynote address on her topic ‘Rising Above - Emerging Stronger through Crisis’.  Puneet Chhatwal - Managing Director and CEO of Taj Hotels - TATA Group, will share his own experiences and initiatives through his topic ‘Rcovering from a Crisis and rebuilding the brand’.

Exploring topics under the timely theme Challenges and Growth in Crisis, this year’s summit has attracted some of the world’s top destination experts led by Richard Quest.

Endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), FOT 2019 will focus on sensitive topics that will bring to light the recovery and rebuilding efforts of an industry such as tourism that contributes substantially to the economic growth of many countries around the world. With the specialist knowledge of the participating global experts and local industry leaders, the Summit will address a myriad of topics under the theme, discussing insights and sustainable strategies that can be integral in overcoming challenges faced by the hospitality and tourism industry of a travel destination such as Sri Lanka.

"We first launched the Future of Tourism Summit to focus on innovative industry initiatives that powered the rise of Sri Lanka as one of the world’s major tourist destinations," Dileep Mudadeniya, Vice President John Keells Holdings, Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and CEO Cinnamon Life Mall commented. "In continuing our innovative approach, we are taking the opportunity of fully utilizing the Summit as a global platform to discuss timely topics, and spearhead sustainable growth across the local tourism industry with insights, understanding and innovative tools, supported by a global network of industry leaders."

Mudadeniya will be joined by both Puneet Chhatwal and Anita Mendiratta with Kishu Gomes, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, during FOT 2019 for a panel discussion on ‘Building a recovery marketing plan for all sectors’ moderated by Damian Cook, CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers, who is also scheduled to speak at the event on ‘Priority actions, partners and channels when connecting with resilient markets.’

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