H.E. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin , Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia


Keynote Address

H.E. Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia


Welcome Remarks

Mr. Zoltan Somogyi, Executive Director, World Tourism Org. (UNWTO)


Opening Remarks

H.E. Datuk Wira Ir. Haji Idris bin Hj. Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka


Welcome Remarks

Mr. Shaun Vorster, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, South Africa

BOON OR BANE TO TOURISM: "Tourism & Mega Events"


Profile / Presentation

Mr. Yoshiaki Hompo, Former Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner      

BEYOND MASS TOURISM: "Tourism Business Beyond Profits"

Profile / Presentation

Mr. Thuji Dorji Nadik, Acting Director-General Tourism Council of Bhutan

BEYOND MASS TOURISM: "Targeting for less to get more"


Profile / Presentation

Mr. Charm Lee, CEO, Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), South Korea

INNOVATIVE MARKETING: "Korea, Surfing On The Hallyu Wave"


Profile / Presentation

Mr. Kevin Leong, General Manager, Asia Cruise Association

BOON OR BANE OF TOURISM SECTOR: Cruise Tourism (Regional Perspective)

Profile / Presentation

Mr Rob Torres, Head of Travel, Google, United States

INNOVATIVE MARKETING: New approaches in technology

Profile / Presentation

Prof Dr. Amran Hamzah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR TOURISM PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Scaling up the benefits of homestay and its variants

Profile / Presentation

Mr William Harber, Vice President of Market Development, Carnival Asia

BOON OR BANE OF TOURISM SECTOR: Cruise Tourism (Global Perspective)

Profile / Presentation

Mr. David Chapman, Director-General, World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation



Profile / Presentation

Mr. Hermes Navarro del Valle, Advisor to Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica

BEYOND MASS TOURISM: Prospering with higher yield markets


Profile / Presentation

Mr. Christopher Rodrigues CBE; Chairman of VisitBritain, United Kingdom

INNOVATIVE MARKETING: Tourism and Mega Events


Profile / Presentation

Mr. Azran Osman Rani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Air Asia X Sdn Bhd, Malaysia



Profile / Presentation

Mr. Imtiaz Muqbil, Exec. Editor, Travel Impact Newswire, Thailand (Moderator)

TOURISM BOON OR BANE : Tourism & Mega-Events, Low Cost Carriers and Cruise Tourism



Datuk Dr. Victor Wee, Former Sec-Gen, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia (Moderator)

SESSION 1: Beyond Mass Tourism


Ms Sandra Carvao, UNWTO Chief of Communications, Spain (Moderator)

SESSION 2: Innovative Marketing



Dato' Dr Ong Hong Peng, Sec-Gen., Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia (Moderator)

SESSION 3: New Directions For Tourism Product Development




Global Tourism: Game Changers and Pace Setters

Opportunity for leaders and captains of the global tourism industry to congregate and discuss the new and changing tourism trends

Explore innovative but sustainable advances that will help to spur further global tourism development and growth

Deliberate on the need to collaborate with conservation and scientific organisations in combating the impacts of tourism on cultural and natural resources

To understand, analyse and act in response to the consequences of industry "game changers" and "pace setters"

World Tourism Conferences in Malaysia

The series of World Tourism Conferences started its debut in 2007, a lapse of 25 years after its 2nd Conference in Acapulco, Mexico. The debut conference in Malaysia was held in conjunction with Malaysia's 50th Year Celebration and Visit Malaysia Year 2007.


Kuala Lumpur - 4 - 6, July 2007 -

Tourism Success Stories and Shooting Stars


Melaka - 21 - 23, Oct. - Global Tourism: Game Changers & Pace Setters

Mr Chang Hongan, Deputy Director General of Marketing and International Cooperation Department of China National Tourism Administration

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR TOURISM PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Unlocking The Potential of Domestic Tourism - The Overlooked Sector - (Presentation in Mandarin)