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MasterCard and Zagat Survey to Host First Global Hospitality Forum in Asia Pacific

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 10 November 2004

MasterCard is to host the Global Hospitality Forum in Shanghai in collaboration with Zagat Survey on 10 November. MasterCard has brought together some of the most respected industry experts to discuss trends and issues facing the industry.

Delegates at the forum have the opportunity to hear expert insights on issues, such as the impact of the consumption driven growth in Asia/Pacific and what matters to consumers and affluent travelers. The forum includes three discussion panels that will share best practices in the hospitality industry that address how to face challenges and harness opportunities in the context of the current economic condition.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Zagat Survey to help the hospitality industry grow their businesses, said Stuart McDonald, senior vice president, Regional Business Development, Asia/Pacific, MasterCard International. "This three-year collaboration enables MasterCard to share knowledge and foster business-building opportunities within the hospitality industry while bringing value to our cardholders.

"Shanghai's hospitality industry has experienced a remarkable revolution in the last several years," said Nina Zagat, Co-founder, Co-chair, Zagat Survey. "We are delighted to partner with a global payment leader like MasterCard to honor Shanghai's outstanding dining and travel achievements."

Speakers for the event include:

- Nina Zagat, Co-founder, Co-chair, Zagat Survey
- Stuart MacDonald, senior vice president, Regional Business Development, Asia/Pacific, MasterCard International
- Natalie Lockwood, vice president, Marketing, Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, MasterCard International
- Tom Wallace, Editor in Chief, Conde Nast Traveler

The list of panelists includes:

- Symon Bridle, Vice President Operations, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
- Bruce McKenzie, Regional Vice President Operations, InterContinental Hotel Group
- Michael Sagild, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts
- Qian Jin, Area Director, Starwood China, Shanghai
- Thomas Connolly, General Manager, Jean Georges 
- Michelle Garnaut, owner, M on the Bund

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