About The South East Asia Travel Show

Launched in January 2020, The South East Asia Travel Show maps out the shifting tourism landscapes of the 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

South East Asia’s travel sector is thriving. It topped the UNWTO’s 2019 World Tourism Barometer for tourist arrivals vs. 2018, with a 7.8% increase. Almost 140 million visitors travelled to the 10 countries of South East Asia in 2019, nearly double the 70.5 million in 2010.

Each episode of the show analyses the emerging influences on inbound, outbound, domestic and intra-ASEAN tourism. We assess influential regional markets, such as China, India, Korea and Japan, and discuss the key issues for travel providers, airlines, hotels, investors – and travellers.

Alongside the regular discussion podcasts, we’ll produce special themed editions, plus interviews with tourism innovators and business and leisure travellers.

🎙️ About The Creators 🎧

Hannah Pearson

Hannah Pearson

From the UK, Hannah is an Oxford University alumni who specialises in the Muslim and South East Asian tourism industry, based in Kuala Lumpur.

She arrived in Malaysia in 2012 and has since immersed herself thoroughly into the South East Asian travel industry through both B2C and B2B roles. She started by building up FIT outbound travel at one of the largest travel agencies in Malaysia, before founding her own travel startup. Her startup was subsequently acquired by Malaysian travel technology company, GoQuo, and in 2018 she launched her own boutique consulting and sales representation company, Pear Anderson, where she is now Director.

Over the past 8 years, Hannah has criss-crossed South East Asia, and gained a deep, first-hand insight into the trends developing in the region, as well as a passion for the potential of both the South East Asian and Muslim travel sectors.

At Pear Anderson, her past and present clients include a variety of travel organisations, from NTOs to attractions and tour operators, with the likes of Visit Britain, the Catalan Tourist Board, London Designer Outlet, Go West and Pilatus-Bahnen. She performs both consulting on the South East Asian and Muslim travel markets, as well as sales representation roles.

Hannah has authored reports on the economic impact of Muslim travel and has spoken on numerous occasions at prestigious travel conferences, such as the Federation of ASEAN Travel Agents, and ITB Asia. Her reports have been cited in publications such as Forbes Middle East, Web in Travel and Travel Weekly Asia.

Links: Pear Anderson | Linkedin

Gary Bowerman

Gary Bowerman

British-born, Gary was previously a researcher for Rough Guides in Central America, Editorial Director for a travel publisher in London and a Consultant for the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) in Washington DC.

After moving to Shanghai in 2004, he became Editor of Shanghai Business Review, was Shanghai Editor for Luxe Guides and Zagat, and a columnist for CNN Traveller. He also contributed to Business Traveler, Condé Nast Traveller, Forbes Travel Guide and Travel Weekly.

Gary is Co-Founder and Director of Check-in Asia, a travel content, marketing and market research agency with bases in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur. His clients include ASTA, JNTO, OAG, The Peninsula Hotels, Kimpton Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, Mintel, EyeforTravel and DKSH.

An experienced Asia travel analyst and commentator, he has produced reports on the tourism economies of South East Asia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Macau, and contributed to the Polarisation of the Asian Traveller white paper, published by Sabre. He also provides monthly updates on travel, consumer and lifestyle trends in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

Having monitored Chinese domestic and outbound tourism since 2004, his book The New Chinese Traveler: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution was published in 2014. He has undertaken TV, radio and podcast interviews for CNN Business Traveller, CNA, ITV News, Monocle 24 and Eye For Travel. Press interviews include Nikkei Asia Review, WSJ, Jing Daily, Skift, The Straits Times, Travel Wire Asia and South China Morning Post. In 2019, he joined the Advisory Council of the Centro de Estudios de Turismo Chino (CESTUR China) in Madrid.

Links: Check-in Asia | Linkedin