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PBEC CEO Michael Walsh to speak at the SCMP South East Asia Virtual Conference on 25-26 February

PBEC CEO Michael Walsh will join high-ranking government officials, corporate chiefs and well-known entrepreneurs from China and Southeast Asia On February 25-26th. This two-day virtual conference will discuss issues including – China’s 14th five-year plan, US-China economic decoupling, maritime diplomacy, business travel and tourism, strategies to reopening economies, women & youth issues, digital health and much more.

The conference is free to to register for PBEC members. Link to register:

Panel: Taking flight: What does it take to revive business travel and tourism
Session details: 12:30pm – 1:10pm (Day One- Feb 25)

While they were once a major contributor to the global economy, the business travel and tourism industry has been upended by the pandemic. This resulted in many cancelled flights, empty hotel rooms, cancelled meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) and millions of lost jobs in 2020. With lockdown restrictions, travel bans and quarantines in place, many countries in Southeast Asia are focusing on attracting local tourists to maintain economic stability.

  • When will travelling be possible again and will business travellers need a digital immunity passport to travel?
  • Should Covid-19 vaccination be mandatory for foreign business travellers to board international flights?
  • How will airports and hotels re-build confidence in travellers? How will touchless technology, robots and facial recognition systems help shape the business travel and tourism experience post-covid?
  • What can Southeast Asian countries learn from China’s travel recovery?
  • What travel regulations will help kick start recovery, support travel and tourism related SMEs and ensure a healthier travel and tourism sector in the long term?


  • Simone Puorto, Founder, CEO, and Futurist, Travel Singularity, France
  • Michael Walsh, CEO PBEC – Pacific Basin Economic Council, Hong Kong
  • Moderator: Danny Lee, Specialist Reporter, Aviation, South China Morning Post

Other Speakers confirmed to attend can be seen here:


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