Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tourism
|Virtual and physical attendance are available.
For physical attendees, please register in advance to reserve your seat.
For virtual attendees, please register to receive the Zoom link.
Before Covid-19, Vietnam experienced a boom in both inbound and domestic tourism. Notably, according to the World Bank, Vietnam was capturing greater share not only of developing Southeast Asia but also of the broader East Asian region. Correlated with this boom, many new businesses, from world-class resorts to innovative technology startups, have arisen here.However, Covid-19 has hit the tourism industry hard and a lot of travel & hospitality companies have been struggling to survive. AmCham’s Innovation in Tourism event aims to stimulate discussion on regional challenges & opportunities for the industry and share stories from exciting Vietnam-based entrepreneurs.
|4:45 PM||Check-in for virtual guests|
|5:00 PM||Welcome remarks by Craig Douglas, co-chair of AmCham’s Tourism & Hospitality Committee, Chief Operating Officer, The Grand Ho Tram Resort & Casino|
|5:05 PM||Regional update on tourism industry and innovation by Victor Chua, Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital (virtual)|
|5:30 PM||“Lightning” presentations by:
– Hang Ly, Co-founder & COO of Triphunter
|5:50 PM||Panel discussion with the presenters, moderated by Ken Atkinson, Grant Thornton Vietnam, Founder and Senior Board Adviser, Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board, Vice Chairman|
AmCham Members: VND 400,000
Non-members: VND 550,000
AmCham Members: VND 200,000
Non-members: VND 300,000
|Reservations/cancellations must made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.|
Founding & Managing Partner
Victor is the Founding & Managing Partner of Vynn Capital. He was formally the Vice President of Investments for Gobi Partners and managed two Southeast Asia focused early stage funds. Some of his notable investments include Carsome (Malaysia), Triip.me (Vietnam) and Travelio (Indonesia). Prior to that he was with the largest venture capital fund of Malaysia, MAVCAP and was involved with direct and indirect investments. His earlier days were with Willis Towers Watson, advising corporate, pension and sovereign wealth funds on investment strategies. He was an honoree of the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 in 2017, Chairman of the Malaysia Venture Capital Association (MVCA) as well as a CFA charterholder and a Mensa member.
Vice Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association
Co-founder and CEO of Triip Pte. Ltd
Hai Ho is a high-impact entrepreneur who currently heads a travel tech company, Triip. He leverages his 13 years of experience in high-growth firms where he was involved in introducing cutting-edge tech solutions that include payment gateway products, wearable hardware, community and e-book apps, to position Triip as a leading blockchain travel ecosystem for sustainable travel. With its tech-centric expertise and incentive-driven, decentralised systems that lower travel and client acquisition costs, Triip continues to disrupt a travel market that today is worth USD8 trillion.Backed by knowledge on start-up creation and a profound understanding of the global travel industry, Hai Ho advances a sustainability-driven business philosophy while also creating a niche in the market with Triip’s blockchain-based solution. In four years, the company has created jobs for locals in 100 countries and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Forbes.
COO & Co-founder
Hang Ly is the COO & co-founder at TripHunter, an application that helps tourists to self-schedule smart and convenient travel. With TripHunter, customers can find information about their destinations, book airline tickets, hotels, and tours/activities online. Prior to founding TripHunter, Hang was CEO at Tech Apollo, a tech company providing outsourcing services to startups and enterprises in Vietnam and other countries.
Founder & CEO
Hieu Le is founder & CEO at TaleCity, a travel tech and media startup aiming to reinvent the modern travel experience for millennials via its travel companion app. He is a serial entrepreneur, having previously co-founded Trust Circle (fintech startup; acquired by Oriente in 2017) and Caterva (social network data analysis; acquired by Facebook in 2013).. In between, he worked at Facebook, leading International Search Growth & Search Ranking initiatives. Hieu received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and his BS in Computer Science at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology where he was an AmCham Scholar.
Founder and Senior Board Adviser
Grant Thornton Vietnam
Ken Atkinson is Founder and Senior Board Adviser at Grant Thornton Vietnam, one of the world’s top multinational companies that provide independent assurance, tax, and advisory services. He is also a member of the board of British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV), an accredited British Chamber of Commerce operating in Vietnam. Prior to Grant Thornton, Ken worked in banking and financial services across Finnland, Hong Kong and England.