The 2nd edition of Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place on 7 and 8 February 2017, at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. THINC Sri Lanka aims to be the region’s premier event for the hospitality and tourism industry.

Sri Lanka has been increasingly gaining significance in the global hospitality market as a key emerging destination in South Asia and tourism in the nation presents multiple opportunities that regional and global investors, owners, operators, lenders, developers, and other industry players can capitalize on over the next few years.

THINC Sri Lanka will emphasize on the country’s strong tourism potential by showcasing its growth and investment opportunities, while also addressing some of the critical challenges in the region. The event aims to attract more global attention to Sri Lanka while creating unparalleled value for all industry stakeholders with business interests in the country.

The conference will give stakeholders a chance to hear from industry leaders and representatives of major hotel brands; network with developers, investors, lenders, and government officials; and engage the many challenges and opportunities of region’s lodging landscape.

The inaugural conference in 2016 brought together close to 175 industry stakeholders, business leaders and key decision-makers from across 14 nations.

THINC Sri Lanka 2017’s notable speakers include: Abbas Esufally, Group Director, Hemas Holdings & Chairman, Serendib Hotels; Binod Chaudhary, Chairman, CG Corp Global; Dharshan Munidasa, Restaurateur and CEO, Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi; Dilip Puri, Guidance Lead – South Asia, Marriott International; Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer, Minor Hotel Group; COO, Minor International; Duminda Ariyasinghe, Director General, Board of Investment (BOI) Sri Lanka; Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Jetwing Hotels; Kapil Chopra, President, The Oberoi Group; Krishan Balendra, President Leisure, John Keells Holdings; Niladri Mukhopadhyay, Managing Director Asian Special Situations Group, Goldman Sachs; Peter Henley, President and CEO, Onyx Hospitality Group; PM Withana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA); Sanjeev Gardiner, Group Chairman, The Galle Face Hotel Group; Shantha de Silva, Head – South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group; Shaun Mann, Tourism Development Specialist, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group; Tilak Selviah, Director and COO Leisure Sector, Browns Investments PLC (A LOLC Group Company), and Thilan Wijesinghe, Chairman and CEO, TW Corp.

The conference is organized by leading hotel conference organizer HVS. The company organizes the NYU Hospitality Conference in New York, and annual conferences in China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean.