GSTC at Economist Impact’s 4th annual Technology for Change Asia

The 4th annual Technology for Change Asia event by Economist Impact convened over 450 attendees from different fields related to technology, innovation, investment, science, and business in Hong Kong for a two-day conference on February 27th and 28th. Guided by moderators from The Economist Group, 50 distinguished speakers explored cutting-edge technological advancements and their effects on businesses, communities, and economies.

GSTC CEO, Randy Durband was present at the event and participated in the panel discussion titled “Travel tech: what novel solutions will help boost returns from tourism?” moderated by Elizabeth Mackie, Senior Manager, New Globalization of the Economist Impact, along with colleagues:

  • Amitabh Sarkar, Vice-president and head of Asia-Pacific, Tata Communications
  • Caecilia Chu, Co-founder and chief executive, YouTrip
  • Daniel Koo, Vice-president, digital, Shangri-La Group
  • Ricky Leung, Executive director, engineering and technology, Airport Authority Hong Kong

Discussions revolved around the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and hospitality sectors. Participants deliberated on necessary actions to boost tourism and its contributions to local economies. They explored innovative technological solutions that could restore profitability to the hospitality and travel industries. Furthermore, they examined digital and operational technologies that hold potential for investment and could catalyze a rebound in these sectors.

The conference concluded successfully, with attendees departing enriched with new insights and perspectives on technological advancements. The discussions and presentations provided a comprehensive overview of current trends and challenges across various industries. This event underscored the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving forward economic and societal progress.