The highly anticipated third edition of the Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit was held in 2019, exploring topics under the timely theme, Challenges and Growth in Crisis. Facilitating the resurgence of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry at an accelerated pace, the event attracted 400 industrial participants. The event was presided by Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the world’s top destination experts, helmed by CNN’s foremost business correspondent Richard Quest. Other speakers included Anita Mendiratta – Special Advior to the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Ashish Hemrajani – CEO & Founder of BookMyShow and Derek Jones – CEO, KUONI UK.


Richard Quest

Richard Quest

CNN Correspondent and Host of Quest Means Business

Anita Mendiratta

Anita Mendiratta

Special Advisor to the Secretary General, UNWTO

Topic: Rising Above – Emerging Stronger Through Crisis


Damian Cook

Damian Cook

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of

E-Tourism Frontiers

Puneet Chhatwal

CEO and Managing Director, Taj Hotels, TATA Group

Building a Revival Marketing Plan for All Sectors

Ashish Hemrajani

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder


Vesta Ratkeviciute

Marketing Consultant – Euromonitor International

Sr. Regional Communications & Marketing Consultant – Southeast Asia Euromonitor International

Dillip Rajakariar

CEO Minor Hotel Group and COO Minor International

Malik Fernando

Managing Director – Resplendent Ceylon

Krishan Balendra

Chairman, John Keells Holdings

Shiromal Cooray

Chairman, Jetwing Hotels

Murtaza Jafferjee

CEO – JB Securities

Michael Yam

CEO and Managing director – Impetus Alliance

Vidhi Godiawala

Business Development Manager, Central & South Asia, STR

Sarah Mathews

Head of Destination Marketing APAC, TripAdvisor

Derek Jones

CEO DER Touristik UK.

Vickum Nawagamuwage

Founder and CEO, Santani Resort and Spa