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Bill Barnett

Managing Director C9 Hotelworks

With over 30 years' industry experience in Asia, Managing Director Bill Barnett's brings passion and widely respected expertise to his craft of consulting in the hospitality real estate space.

Prior to founding C9 Hotelworks in 2003, he held executive roles with prominent international hotel management companies and publicly listed organizations in both key and emerging markets.

Strategically based in Thailand, Bill has held senior roles including Deputy Managing Director of the publicly listed destination resort Laguna Phuket, where he was instrumental in establishing a branded hotel managed residential property division into a prominent real estate operation. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer – Asia Pacific for Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in Singapore, where his responsibility covered 43 operating and hotel assets. As an executive with Century International Hotels in Hong Kong, he played a key role in the expansion of the chain for nine years, through Vice President positions in operations, development and asset management.

Delivering a proven track record in asset management, Bill has acted in ownership representation for leading hotels including properties under Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Regent, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental and ACCOR. He attended executive education courses at Cornell University School of Hospitality Management and is currently a member of ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants) and was awarded a prestigious PATA Gold Award in 2007 for Marketing.

Bill shares his finger-on-the-industry-pulse through lively presentations at key industry conferences in the Asia Pacific region, and regularly contributes to publications including Property Report and the leading tourism and property based newspaper the Phuket Gazette. Additionally he has appeared on CNBC, BBC and CNN.

New report cautions short to medium-term stress on supply demand fundamentals.

Looking into the numbers this year, total hotel supply in the market is 48,000 keys which is creating a powerful