The Cinnamon Travel Bloggers conference proved to be an invaluable opportunity for key decision makers of Sri Lanka’s hospitality and travel industry to gain key insights into the future of their businesses and network with 60 of the best travel bloggers.

Take a look at our eminent panel of Speakers

Dr. Mathew McDougall
Founder/CEO, Digital Jungle

Dr. Mathew McDougall has 23 years of working in the Internet technology and digital marketing sector. He boasts over 11 years working experience in China and spent the balance of his career working in Australia, UK, US and Japan. He is a renowned expert in digital marketing, branding & strategy as well as eCommerce; especially in the context of China. Recognized for his published books, articles and frequent speaking engagements, as well as his prestigious consulting and teaching programs. Dr. McDougall thrives in entrepreneurial environments, where fast-paced change and continually evolving technology is the norm.

He has foundered a number of companies; such as SinoTech Group (in China). A social media technology business started in 2007 that secured VC funding to develop a range of Chinese/Western social monitoring and digital technologies. Then, he founded a cross-cultural digital marketing Agency (in China) called, Digital Jungle.

Digital Jungle commenced in January, 2011 and provides Western companies with Chinese language digital marketing services targeting Chinese living in China or abroad. Currently, DIgital Jungle has offices in China (Beijing & Shanghai), Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Jens Threnhart
Founder, Digital Innovation Asia (DIA)
Co-Founder, Dragon Trail & China Travel Trends
Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)

Jens Thraenhart was appointed by the tourism ministries of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and China (Yunnan and Guanxi) to head the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) as its Executive Director. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is an inter-governmental body to promote the Mekong region as a single tourism destination, and foster responsible tourism development in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Jens Thraenhart is founder & president of Digital Innovation Asia (DIA). In 2009, he co-founded China Travel Trends, as well as award-winning China digital marketing and social media agency Dragon Trail, and has led marketing and Internet strategy teams with the Canadian Tourism Commission and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. He has consulted for many global companies, including recently Prestige Cruise Holdings (now Norwegian Cruise Lines), Swire Hotels, Dusit International, Shinta Mani Hotel Cambodia, and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Educated at Cornell University with a Masters of Management in Hospitality, Mr. Thraenhart was recognized as one of the travel industry’s top 100 rising stars by Travel Agent Magazine in 2003, was listed as one of HSMAI’s 25 Most Extraordinary Sales and Marketing Minds in Hospitality and Travel in 2004 and 2005, and named as one of the Top 20 Extraordinary Minds in European Travel and Hospitality in 2014. A UNWTO Affiliate Member, and past Chair of PATA China, he founded the Annual China Responsible Tourism Forum & Awards in 2011.

Henry Barchet
Travel Podcast Producer & Travel Journalist, Audiotravels

Henry Barchet has been working as a radio journalist and radio show host on Germany’s second largest radio network SWR since 1989. In 1997 he founded the audio agency B & B Medien ( together with his brother. Initially, the sole focus was the production of audio press kits for destinations (e.g. South Africa, Macau, Queensland, Taiwan) and tourism companies (e.g. Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND, Lufthansa, Disneyland Resort Paris) but the production of travel podcasts was added to the portfolio in 2007. Encouraged by the success, Henry Barchet launched his own travel podcasting platform "Audiotravels" in 2011. ( Since then the "Audiotravels" has become one of Germany’s most successful travel podcast with more than 200.000 downloaded episodes. The unique audio podcast with original soundbites, music and voices from around the world is also streamed as additional content for newspapers and magazines. Henry Barchet is also the producer of the official "Visit Orlando" – Podcast and several podcasts for touristic destinations. Henry Barchet studied geography at the universities of Mannheim and Göttingen. Before joining the SWR radio network he worked for several Radio and TV stations in Germany.

Sarah Polger
Senior Producer,
National Geographic Travel

Sarah Polger is a Senior Producer with National Geographic Travel. As a senior team lead, Sarah crafts the digital storytelling experiences for Nat Geo Travel, with a focus on photography, video, and cross-platform content strategy. Follow Sarah on Instagram and Twitter at @sarahpolger.

Vijesh Yoganthan
Director of Sales - Asian Region, Revinate

Vijesh Yoganathan is currently responsible for Revinate's Business Development in Asia, focusing on Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri-Lanka and the Maldives. Prior to Revinate, she specialised in Distribution and Online Marketing within the hospitality industry, advising hotels on their overall digital strategy during her time at TravelClick. As well as being responsible for marketing and driving revenue through all electronic channels at HPL Hotels & Resorts and Park Hotel Group.

Joy Ghosh
Regional Vice President - India & Subcontinent,
TravelClick Inc.

Joy Ghosh is the Regional Vice President –India and Subcontinent for TravelClick.

With more than 20 years of experience, Joy has worked in Hospitality Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management and Distribution.

His hospitality experience includes assignments in Hyatt, Leela, Accor and Oberoi Hotels.

In the last 6 years he has been with TravelClick, Joy has overseen TravelClick’s business development across the region for Business Intelligence, Distribution and Digital Media businesses for large global and regional brands and numerous independent hotels.

Apart from consulting hotels in key cities and resort locations in the subcontinent, Joy is a speaker in industry events focusing on trends and opportunities in the hotel industry.

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