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Thai tourism minister to open investment conference

The conference will be held in Bangkok

It has been announced that Somsak Pureesrisak, Thailand’s minister of tourism, is to deliver the opening address at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference in Bangkok on 15 May.

The two day event, which is due to be held at the Dusit Thani, is the fifth of its kind and is expected to attract major hospitality executives from around the world.

Pureesrisak, the outgoing governor of Suphan Buri in central Thailand, has stated he wants to make Thailand a safer place for foreign tourists and that large investment in the industry is otherwise “useless”.

The Thai government has previously said it is targeting THB2 trillion in tourism revenue by 2015 – a target which it wants to meet through sustainable tourism.

After Pureesrisak gives his opening remarks, Chanin Donavanik, one of the most renowned players in Thailand’s luxury hospitality indsutry, will take to the stage to give his thoughts.

Donavanik is currently managing director and chief executive officer of Dusit International, and will talk on: ‘Seizing Opportunities in the Most Desirable Hotel Investment Markets, an Owner’s Perspective.’

Conference delegates also will include Charles Blocker of IC Partners Limited; Deepak Ohri, CEO of Lebua Hotels and Resorts; Daniel Wakeling, vice president, mergers & acquisitions for Kingdom Hotel Investments; Alessandro Fiascaris, a principal in Blackstone’s Real Estate group; Steve Carroll, national director asset management at LaSalle Investment Management; Gerald Yong, chief investment officer for The Ascott Limited; and Mohd K. Rafin, chief corporate officer of Park Hotel Group.

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