May 28, 2023

APOT Asia announces 2023 networking event

The Asia Pacific Onboard Travel organisation (APOT), which brings together professionals from airline hospitality, service and the supply industry, is planning to host a networking event in Vietnam from November 9 to 12 2023.

Details of the event are yet to be confirmed. It is the only Asia-based networking event specifically for the travel hospitality industry.

APOT Forum

The most recent APOT Forum took place during June 2019 in Shanghai, China. Previous events have also been held in Bali, Colombo, Da Nang, Perth and Seoul. APOT gatherings have become known for their relaxed and unconventional approach to networking and the prospect of a 2023 APOT Forum in Vietnam will rekindle that.

This year’s APOT conference will feature popular activities such as a competition among catering chefs, excursions and a sunset cocktail party. 

“The plan is always for limited numbers of focused industry colleagues to have an unparalleled opportunity for discussing and sharing over two full days in a superb stress-free environment. This will be a return to the core values of APOT and we look forward to welcoming our international colleagues,” says Jeremy Clark, APOT’s CEO.

“In Shanghai in 2019, we actually held the presentations whilst on the move,” says the APOT CEO. “Happy thought we’d go one better this time and put it on a boat,“ quips Clark.

APOT was founded in 2010 by Keerthi ‘Happy’ Hapugasdeniya, the chef widely known simply as Happy K.


“APOT Asia specialises in a relaxed but focused networking environment for any and all associated with the hospitality travel scene in Asia. Regardless of where in the world you are, if you do any business with Asia, this is the event to attend,” affirms Hapugasdeniya.

“The best business deals and discoveries are made in relaxed, friendly atmospheres with no stress. This is our aim at APOT – to provide that platform” adds the organisation’s founder. Explaining that APOT is about building new relationships and providing the opportunity to maintain and nurture existing ties with no pressured agenda. Partners are welcome to participate in educational visits and entertainment.

People interested in attending are invited to express interest by contacting Clark by email (