Speaker


IMTIAZ MUQBIL Zipevent

IMTIAZ MUQBIL

EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Imtiaz Muqbil is one of the longest serving travel-trade journalists in the Asia Pacific. He is currently the Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire. Imtiaz’s career started in Kuwait with local English-language newspapers Kuwait Times, Arab Times and Daily News. Simultaneously, he did freelance work as a stringer for Middle East Economic Digest, Reuters, Newsweek, McGraw-Hill World News, and PetroMoney Report (a Financial Times newsletter). Imtiaz moved to Bangkok in November 1978, and joined the Bangkok Post. He has covered Asia-Pacific travel & tourism industry full-time for Travel Trade Gazette Asia since 1981. Imtiaz has worked as Thailand Bureau Chief and Chief Correspondent, TTG Asia, PATA Travel News and associated publications. Edited Issues & Trends, the monthly publication of the Strategic Intelligence Centre, PATA. He wrote a weekly column, “Travel Monitor”, in the Bangkok Post. He has covered dozens of travel industry summits, annual general meetings and conferences. Imtiaz has been awarded the PATA award for “Outstanding Reporting on the travel industry” in 1997 and the PATA Journalism award for coverage of the tsunami disaster in 2005. Imtiaz is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi and conversant to various levels in Thai and some Arabic.

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