Hotel CEOs to Share Insight at Upcoming HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference

CHICAGO (August 16, 2019) – CEOs from three regional hotel chains will speak at the upcoming HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference being held on 16-18 September at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.


The 2019 HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference will span across three days offering plenty of educational sessions, networking and business development opportunities with local, regional and global industry decision makers.

Timothy Hansing is the CEO of Red Planet Hotels Limited. Prior to founding Red Planet, Hansing was Senior Vice President Acquisitions of Kingdom Hotel Investments from 2002-2009. From 1999-2002, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, and prior to that was Director, Real Estate & Hospitality Service Group, Middle East & Africa of Arthur Andersen from 1996-1999. Previous roles also included Senior Consultant at Pannell Kerr Forster Associates in London and various operational roles at Whitbread Hotel Group, Thistle Hotels, Fairmont, and Forte.

Blaiklock Markland is the Deputy CEO of Centara Hotels & Resorts (Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited). He is responsible for steering the continued expansion of Centara. Markland is a Canadian national educated in the United Kingdom and France. He has over 35 years of experience in hotel finance, operations, management, and strategic planning. His career began with Hilton International in France and progressed with Le Meridien hotels in North America. In 1990 he came to Asia where he managed several Shangri-La properties and served in senior executive positions with Raffles in Singapore and Sofitel for their Asia-Pacific region.

Suphajee Suthumpun serves as the Group CEO of Dusit Thani Public Company Limited. Fully embracing Dusit International’s founding vision to promote Thai hospitality to the world, and passionate about having a positive impact on her native country as a whole, Suthumpun is focused on strengthening Dusit International’s foundations for sustainable and profitable growth while also developing hospitality leaders of the future.

At Dusit, Suthumpun has formulated a long-term strategy for sustainable and profitable growth which includes doubling the number of hotel rooms in operation, balancing the company’s portfolio to generate half of its hotel business outside of Thailand, and diversifying the company’s lines of business with strategic investments in hospitality-related industries and by developing new, innovative business models.

In addition to inspirational hotel CEOs, a number of other industry experts will join the speaker line-up to discuss trending hospitality technology topics at the 2019 HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference.

Conference registration is open to any full-time employee of a company who owns, manages or franchises a hotel. For all other industry participants, HTNG membership is required. Technology providers, consultants and others who are not HTNG members should check with HTNG’s Membership Department to ensure eligibility.

Registration and more information on the 2019 HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference can be found here.

About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG’s members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG’s Board of Governors, consisting of 22 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit

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