8:30 – 10 a.m.
Room: IAAPA Theater
Start your morning with industry professionals and leaders from throughout the Asia Pacific region and around the world. Attendees will be able to connect with owners and corporate executives from facilities and suppliers. Enjoy a compelling keynote presentation that will provide insight on emerging trends and new developments affecting the industry.
- Su Zhi Gang, Chairman, Chimelong Group
Su Zhi Gang grown and raised up in a peasant’s family in Guangzhou, he has experienced a poverty-stricken life at his early life. In the late 1970s when China opened up to the outside world, Su moved to the city as a migrant peasant worker. While working different jobs, he has gradually learned from multiple management and business models. Through years of hard work, he has prepared adequate money as well as experience for his own startup business.
In 1989, Su opened Xiangjiang Restaurant and shortly put it on the map. With the mounting experience and profits in catering business, Su started to run his first hotel, Xiangjiang Hotel in 1994 in Panyu, Guangzhou. It was designed as a three-star hotel and boasted over 100 guest rooms and more than 40 private dining rooms, which has become one of the largest restaurants in Guangzhou back then. In the 1990s, the majority of zoos in China were state owned as they were low-profit in general. However, Su decided to build a Safari Park. It was because the experience of raising livestock and poultry in his early adolescence that had generated a deep affection for animals. In 1997, Chimelong Safari Park was opened to public, which marked Su’s first step entering into the theme park industry. In 2000, Chimelong Hotel was opened to public. The animal-themed hotel enables the customers to overlook the snow tigers and all kinds of birds when stepping out upon the balcony. Opened on April 12, 2006, Chimelong Paradise offers a host of fun rides, stunt theater, parades, eco-leisure, specialty restaurants, theme stores and integrated services. Chimelong Water Park was opened in 2007, which only took one year from design to opening. Su combined a variety of entertainment elements with advanced technology of water rides, stunt show, media, lighting and special effects all together to give an attractive tourist destination to Chinese customers in hot summer.
With the economic radiation of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, China Pilot Free Trade Zone-Hengqin New Area of Zhuhai features an unrivalled geographic privilege. Together with his management team and engineers, Su blazed a new trail and built an extraordinary marine theme park and the largest ocean theme hotel in China. In 2014, Chimelong Marine Tourist Resort in Zhuhai was opened. The marine theme park Ocean Kingdom received over 10.8 million visitors in 2018 and the whole resort received over 16 million arrivals in 2018.
The success of the Chimelong Group gave credit to over 20,000 employees from all around the world. Up until now, Chimelong has worked closely with international vendors and consultants from over 50 different countries and regions. With the joint effort, Chimelong has become one of the most well-known and leading tourism groups in the world.
IAAPA Certification: 1.5 credit hours.
Note(s): Must be 18 or older to attend. Separate ticket and Expo badge required to attend.
Cost: US $89/ MOP $720 IAAPA Members; US$ 119/ MOP $960 Nonmembers. Tickets should be purchased in advance as space is limited and may sell out. Expo registration is also required.
Interpretation Provided: Yes, speaker will be speaking Chinese.