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Founder and Group CEO, Roya International
Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited
Chairman, Cristal International Standards
President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality
Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises
Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Hala Matar Choufany
Managing Partner, HVS Dubai
Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality
President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization
Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
John T.A Vanderslice
Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding
Director, Political Futures Consultancy
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC
Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International
Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Founder CWO, Incubeemea
President & CEO, Shaza Hotels
Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)
Project Director, Faithful+Gould
Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)
Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard
Managing Director, STR Global
Director, AECOM Economics
CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
Director | Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International
Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)
Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV
Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
Susan Harmsworth MBE
Chairman, ESPA International
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels
President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group
Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL
Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide
Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group
Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD
Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA
Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould
Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Dr Jeroen Oskam
Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague
Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL
Day 3 - Thursday 7th May 2015
8:30 - 9:00
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – Round 2
A Focus on Finance
Table 1: How can we be more creative in securing finance and closing deals?
What will it take to bring transparency to the market?
Table 2: What short-term financing profiles are available [12-15 years] and how can you ensure loan flexibility?
Table 3: What is the link between the growth of tourism regionally and an increase in financing?
Does it correlate? What types of terms are favourable?
Table 4: When can you go to IPO?
What other options are available outside of the standard banking system?
9:30 - 9:50
9:50 - 10:10
10:10 - 10:40
…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?
10:40 - 11:00
The Next Frontiers – What are the Hottest Global Markets?
Where in the world should you consider putting your investment dollars in 2015?
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
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:45
COFFEE BREAK IN SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION
11:45 - 13:30
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE SESSIONS
11:45 - 12:00
Session 1: Focus on the Future
12:00 - 12:30
Session 2: Focus on the Future
The Future of Operators: OTAs vs Brand Power and Customer Loyalty
Where do OTAs add value and how can they work together with operators? Is it a case of if you can’t beat them, join them? How does the playing field continue to evolve? How are operators innovating to keep and attract more customers?
- Daniel Ruff President and Managing Director (EMEAI) - Wyndham Hotel Group
12:30 - 13:00
Session 3: Focus on the Future
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?
13:00 - 13:30
Session 4: Focus on the Future
Regeneration and Repositioning in Egypt
Is Egypt regaining its competitive edge? How is the inbound tourist profile changing? What does this mean for hotel development and the increasing move to upscale and luxury offerings?
13:30 - 14:30
14:45 - 15:30
Session : Worskhop 1
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?
Session : Workshop 2
Building Mid-Market and Budget Hotels
Given high land costs how you build efficiently so you can make the numbers stack up? Looking at ‘Design and Build’ as an option.
Session : Workshop 3
Sustainability in Contruction, Design Flowing Through to Operation
The UAE has one of the biggest construction footprints in the world. This market is ripe for change and sustainable new innovations. How can sustainable innovations be implemented throughout the planning, design and development stages? What lessons can be drawn from other infrastructural developments globally? How does sustainable development decrease costs and increase ROI for the investor?
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.
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