Speaker


MALRAJ KIRIELLA Zipevent

MALRAJ KIRIELLA

FORMER DIRECTOR GENERAL

Mr.Kiriella is a multi-disciplinary expert having over thirty two years of professional work experience in travel and tourism industry by working in both public and private sectors in Sri Lanka. He has worked in different capacities in senior management level positions in national tourism administration, in the areas of research and planning, tourism destination management, marketing and promotions, compliance and standardization, international relations and sustainable development. He held positions as the Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (2015- 2018) and also as the Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (2010- 2011). Furthermore he worked as the Director Research and International Relations, Director Standards and Quality Assurance and Director Marketing of the National Tourism Organization of Sri Lanka. He was instrumental in executing innovative techniques to build up the general tourism product with a specific end goal to draw in perceiving travelers to Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Sri Lanka Tourism, he worked at Sri Lankan Airlines.

MEKONG TOURISM FORUM – TRANSFORMING TRAVEL


27 June 2018 | 16:00 - 18:30 | NAKHON PHANOM UNIVERSITY - SRIKOTRABOON CONFERENCE CENTER (3RD FLOOR)

On Wednesday afternoon, discussions ranging from Buddhist Tourism to Responsible Tourism focus on the potential of transforming travel and people’s lives. 16:00 16:10 Emcee – Opening Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link Consulting 16:10 16:30 Transforming Travel Keynote Mr. Jeremy Smith – Author, “Transforming Travel” 16:30 16:55 A Day in a Buddhist Temple Malao StudiosThe Buddhist Circuits of Southeast AsiaMr. Lim Kooi Fong – Founder, BuddhistTravel.com 16:55 17:30 Panel: Buddhist Tourism in the Mekong Region Moderator: Mr. Imtiaz Muqbil, Editor – Travel Impact Newswire Panelists: Mr. Lim Kooi Fong – Founder, BuddhistTravel.com Mr. Malraj Kiriella – Former CEO, Sri Lanka Tourism Dr. Kanokrot Phalakornkul – Editor, 5000s Magazine Mr. Somchai Vitdamrong – Governor, Nakhon Phanom Provincial Government 17:30 17:45 Child Welfare in Tourism Guide Mr. James Sutherland – Communications Manager, Friends International 17:45 18:00 Mekong Trends Report on Responsible Tourism Mr. Jens Thraenhart – Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office 18:00 18:30 Panel: Experience Mekong Collection Showcases Moderator: Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil – Professor, Mahidol University International College Panelists: Ms. Momoko Ikeuchi – Sales Manager, Phare Circus (Cambodia) Mr. Somsak Boonkam – CEO & Founder, LocalAlike (Thailand) Ms. Phitsamai Sipaza – Assistant Manager, Ock Pop Tok Living Arts Center (Laos) Ms. Yin Myo Su – CEO & Founder, Inle Heritage (Myanmar) Mr. Zhu Jinsheng (Jason) – Deputy Party Secretary, Guilin Tourism University (Representing: Longji Rice Terraces, Guangxi, PR China) Closing Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link Consulting