Sanya - Forever Tropical Paradise



Set against a backdrop of blue sea and lush greenery, Sanya is one of world’s unique biodiversity hot spots; possessing primeval woodlands among its monsoon forests, and scenic blue skies and sandy coastline that stretch on for miles. Famous for its inviting water and year round balmy climate, there is plenty to do in this charming, resort city. From sailing to surfing, or teeing off with a round of golf, or enjoying the cuisine in one of the many restaurants dotted along the bustling boardwalk - there is something for everyone.

At this exclusive event come and experience a multi-sensory journey of Sanya. From their local delights to a resort experience all in one room.

Sanya, your seaside sanctuary.

Forever Tropical Paradise is produced by CNBC Catalyst™, the branded content and commercial production unit of CNBC International.

Mark Laudi

Ex-CNBC Anchor

Mark Laudi is an award-winning radio and television presenter, and entrepreneur. During his seven-year career at CNBC Asia Pacific, he held almost every position in the newsroom. Behind the camera he was Producer and Australia Editor, and in front of the camera he was Stock Reporter, Anchor and Field Reporter. At age 28, Mark launched CNBC Australia in Sydney as Bureau Chief.

Mark is a sought-after moderator, chairman or emcee for financial and business events, ranging from corporate offsite meetings to client forums to large business conferences. He is also a speaker on financial media and conducts media & presentation skills MasterClasses for senior executives of large number of multinationals across various industries.

Jonathan Hardy

Vice President Sales
Adara Asia

With 20 years of experience in the region, Jonathan is recognized for his knowledge and background in the Asian media industry. Jonathan currently leads sales strategy and operations in Asia Pacific for ADARA, the leader in leveraging global travel data to drive future business performance. Prior to joining ADARA, Jonathan served as Microsoft’s sales strategy lead in Asia, where he was responsible for developing multi-channel advertising sales strategies across several platforms and applications. Before his tenure with Microsoft, Jonathan was based in Hong Kong, where he founded the regional sales agency, Energy Media Networks. Additionally, he served as managing director at Dow Jones International Marketing Services where he led regional sales and marketing teams for The Wall Street Journal and

Jonathan Neal

Chairman & CEO
AAE Travel Pte Ltd

Jonathan Neal is the Chief Executive Officer of AAE Travel, a joint venture between the Expedia group and AirAsia, and is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the Brand Expedia Asia Group and AirAsiaGo brands in more that fifteen travel booking sites in the region. Prior to being named chief executive officer, he served as the chief financial officer of the company, where he was responsible for all aspects of finance as well as corporate strategy and business analytics.

Neal brings with him a wealth of experience in the Global Online Travel. He joined Expedia in 2003, based in London where he supported Expedia’s early European businesses. He then progressed in his career to take on an active role in Expedia’s Asia Pacific market entre and expansion strategy, and was a key contributor in driving the business growth in the Asia region. Neal moved to Asia in 2007, where he spent three years supporting the Asia Pacific business from Beijing and Hong Kong. He then moved back to the Global Headquarters in Bellevue in 2009, to help build out the Expedia Global Marketing function, before relocating to Singapore in 2013 to lead the joint venture Finance team.

Neal holds a Mechanical Engineering degree (with Honors) from the University of Nottingham, and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Francis Loi

Head of Commercial
JetStar Asia

Zhang Lixun

Sanya Tourism Quality Supervision Bureau


Registration & Welcome Reception


Opening Speech


Panel Discussion - The Rise of Tourism in China


Networking Lunch


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