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Day 3 - Thursday 7th May 2015

8:30 - 9:00

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – Round 2

Breakfast with the Bankers

Network and pose questions to our bankers and industry experts during our financed focused round table session.

Table Hosts include:

  • Oliver Ebner Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance - National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)
  • Amit Kaushal Executive Director - Goldmans Sachs
  • Jawad Khan Head of Debt & Capital Advisory Service (MENA region) - PwC
  • Andrew Lindley Chief Financial Officer - ABJAR Hotels International
  • Shane Moore Executive Director, Real Estate Banking, Middle East & Africa - Standard Chartered Bank

9:10 - 9:30

WELCOME BACK

Followed by a conversation with:

On this year’s AHIC theme, Developing Hotels for Tomorrow’s Traveller.

9:30 - 9:50

The Future of Luxury and the Next Generation of Luxury Traveller

  • Ivanka Trump Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions - The Trump Organization

In conversation with

9:50 - 10:10

Global and Regional Macro-Economic Outlook’?– Where are the Markets Going?

10:10 - 10:50

Global Leaders

…on how they are reacting to the current economic and political environment in EMEA, what has been the impact on performance and operations? How is the current macro-economic landscape shaping their strategic plans for growth and development?

Moderated By

With

10:50 - 11:00

An Interview with Al Tareq Al Ameri

On DEVELOPING DESTINATIONS FOR TOMORROW’S TRAVELLER

In conversation with

11:00 - 11:10

Update on the Transactional Market of Hotels Globally

Who is buying what, where and for how much?

  • Mark Wynne-Smith Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group - JLL

11:10 - 11:25

The Future of Talent

Why nurturing local talent is essential to the long-term success of the hospitality sector. What is the way forward?

11:25 - 11:45

Networking

COFFEE BREAK IN SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION

11:45 - 13:30

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE SESSIONS

11:45 - 12:15

Session 1: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

The Kingdom of Tomorrow – Saudi Arabia is a Hot Spot for Tourism Infrastructure and Hotel Development

What are the major developments shaping the sector and who is leading the way?

  • Amine Moukarzel President - Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

In conversation with

12:15 - 13:00

Session 2: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

The Future of Operators: What do Owners want from them in the Digital Age and How are Operators Evolving to Reflect the Demands of Today's Guest?

From an owner’s perspective how do operating agreements need to evolve to reflect the realities of today’s market?

In conversation with

  • Anil Bhardwaj Director - A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises
  • Neil George Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Markus Keller Deputy Senior Vice President Global Sales and Distribution - ACCOR
  • Daniel Ruff President and Managing Director (EMEAI) - Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Rutger Smits CEO - Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

13:00 - 13:20

Private Public Partnerships to Further Tourism Investments and Development

Where is it working and how can investors take advantage of government incentives in place?

In conversation with

  • Mohamed Aseel Deputy Managing Director - Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)
  • Imad Barrakad Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)
  • Hon. Minister Navin Dissanayake Minister Tourism and Sports - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

13:20 - 13:30

PRESENT YOUR PROJECT

Whether you are looking for investment, a hotel operator, a joint-venture partner or just want to profile your hotel project, submit it to us for the chance to have it presented in front of AHIC attendees. You will have three minutes and two slides to present your project. 

Contact annie.commane@benchevents.com to find out more.

13:30 - 14:30

Networking

LUNCH

14:30 - 14:45

David Scowsill on Travel & Tourism: The Next Decade

Presentation by:

  • David Scowsill President & Chief Executive Officer - World Travel & Tourism Council

14:45 - 15:30

Session 4: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

Overview of the Destination Drivers Planned For the UAE

What, where and when?

The Future of Entertainment

Attractions are often magnets in the tourism industry, but what critical elements must be considered when thinking about an attraction? How do you become the next BIG thing? Are there any gaps in the Middle Eastern market?

  • Bart Dohmen Managing Director - BRC Imagination Arts, BV

on designing attractions

and

  • Ben Martin Principal, Head of Economics - AECOM

on making the economics stack up.

14:30 - 15:15

Session : WORKSHOP In the Conversation Room

The Future of Talent - Hospitality Careers for GCC Nationals Symposium

In conversation with

  • Mustafa Al Hashimi Chief Executive Officer - wasl Hospitality
  • Saad A Al-Qahtani Accommodation Sector Manager - Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
  • Farida Al Raisi Director of Human Resources - Shangri-la Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
  • Ahmed Ramdan Founder and Group CEO - Roya International

15:30 - 16:15

Session 5: FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

Future Proofing Your Business – Tourism Development in the Middle East: Scenarios and Wildcards 2030

Future scenarios help us understand the threats and opportunities GCC destinations will face in the next five to ten years. To what extent they will be able to attract and to prepare the necessary work force? Will technological developments be able to alleviate the effects of work force scarcity? Can the different destinations coordinate their strategies so that they can avoid a mutual cannibalization and price competition? And how can GCC destinations successfully anticipate plausible shifts in consumer behaviour?

  • Graciëlla Karijomedjo Project Coordinator and Researcher - European Tourism Futures Institute
  • Dr Jeroen Oskam Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures - Hotelschool The Hague