Tony Smythe
Tony Smythe
SVP, Corporate Development and Communications
i-Free Group

Tony Smyth hails from County Cork in Ireland and has lived in Hong Kong for 30 years. He is an active member and sponsor of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), is on the executive board of Skal International Hong Kong Chapter and participates at the UN ESCAP Sustainability and Banking & Finance Taskforce committees.

Tony is Senior Vice President with iFREE GROUP in charge of corporate development, communications, CSR and establishing worldwide partnerships for this global TRAVELUTION company that is set to be a major disruptor in the global telecommunications, Instant Messaging, online hotels, flights and cruise booking platforms, IoT, e-commerce and roaming connectivity arenas.

iFREE is headquartered in Hong Kong and has offices in USA, Europe, Australia (with a majority shareholding in a company listed on the ASX), UAE, and eight offices throughout Asia, opening soon in several African and Middle East countries. He was founder and publisher of the acclaimed HA+D/Hospitality Architecture+Design magazine. Tony is also a regular contributor to The Peninsula Hotels Magazine. He is a popular conference moderator around the world on a wide variety of subjects. Tony was Group Publisher, Asia Pacific and the Middle East for Nielsen Business Media Asia charged with creating new markets in China, S.E. Asia and the Middle East.

Prior to entering the wild world of publishing in 1996, he owned companies involved in property and golf course development, fast food franchising and finance services companies based in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Singapore. He is extremely experienced in forming unique and focussed networking platforms. Tony is heavily involved in charity work, especially dog rescue organisations, and for 10 years had 12 rescue dogs at home which made his house always full of activity of both human and canine varieties. Of course, being Irish has always meant that he enjoys the finer points of a good beverage but most importantly his industry networking parties and entertaining skills are legendary!

He’s always connected with iFREE.