Speaker


GOPINATH PARAYIL Zipevent

GOPINATH PARAYIL

CEO & FOUNDER

Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) is the founder and Chief Executive of The Blue Yonder. Gopi set up Nila Foundation in Kerala during 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river civilization. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation, he came up with the idea of The Blue Yonder (TBY), which is now one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in the world. In 2009 December Outlook Business Magazine has featured Gopi amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India. An official Responsible Tourism Partner for ITB Berlin and ITB Asia, The Blue Yonder has won multiple international awards and recognitions for their responsible tourism initiatives including Conde Nast Traveler World Saver´s Awards, First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM and Conde Nast Traveler´s ´8 Great Trips that give back to communities´ among others. Gopi co-founded Responsible Tourism Networking that brings together Responsible Tourism practioners from around the world during larger trade shows like ITB Berlin and WTM. He is the ´Ideator´ at The Blue Yonder Associates, the consulting arm of The Blue Yonder group based out of Berlin, Germany and Bangalore in India. He is currently working on a food security project in Kerala supported through Sustainable Tourism. The Blue Yonder was recently chosen by India´s first Biennale in Kochi as its official tour partner and won the prestigious TODO! 2012 awards for Socially Responsible Tourism at ITB Berlin.

MEKONG MINI MOVIE FESTIVAL – 1ST ASIA FILM & DESTINATION CONFERENCE


26 June 2018 | 13:30 - 18:00 | NAKHON PHANOM UNIVERSITY - SRIKOTRABOON CONFERENCE CENTER (3RD FLOOR)

Film has inspired millions to visit destinations. Learn from experts about the power of movie productions to user-generated videos and how they can be integrated into destination marketing. FILM CONFERENCE START TIME END TIME TOPIC 13:30 13:40 Emcee Joe Cummings – Editor, Talisman Media 13:40 13:50 Opening H.E. Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra – Permanent Secretary, Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports 13:50 14:05 Promoting Destinations via Film Mr. Jens Thraenhart – Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office 14:05 14:25 Power of Visual Storytelling – Part 1 Mr. Rob Holmes – CEO, GLP Films (USA) 14:25 14:55 Competing for Movie Productions Ms. Sirinart Theenanondh – Chief of Film Business Promotion, Thailand Department of Tourism 14:55 15:15 Promoting Thailand via Visual Storytelling Ms. Titiporn Manenate – Director International Advertising, Tourism Authority of Thailand 15:15 15:35 Case Study: Hangover 2 – Lebua Hotel Bangkok Mr. Deepak Ohri – CEO, Lebua Hotels & Resorts 15:35 15:45 BREAK 15:45 16:05 Power of Visual Storytelling – Part 2 Mr. Vincent Sung – Journalist 16:05 16:25 Promoting Responsible Tourism via Visual Storytelling Mr.Gopinath Parayil – CEO & Founder – The Blue Yonder (India) 16:25 16:45 Video Bloggers promoting Destinations Mr. Polkrit Thomya – Producer, Hey ASEAN! 16:45 17:10 BREAK 17:10 17:30 Leveraging User-generated video content Mr. Gerrit Kruger – Managing Director, Chameleon Strategies 17:30 17:50 Promoting the Mekong Region via Visual Storytelling Mr. Jens Thraenhart – Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office 17:50 18:00 Closing Mr. Joe Cummings – Editor, Talisman Media