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Chairman, Cristal International Standards
Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Dr Jeroen Oskam
Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague
Project Director, Faithful+Gould
Managing Director, STR Global
Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)
Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA
Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International
Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding
Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)
Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group
President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group
John T.A Vanderslice
Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute
Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL
Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels
Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL
Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide
Director, AECOM Economics
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization
Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould
Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Susan Harmsworth MBE
Chairman, ESPA International
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard
President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group
Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD
President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality
Hala Matar Choufany
Managing Partner, HVS Dubai
Founder and Group CEO, Roya International
Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)
Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
Director, Political Futures Consultancy
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC
Director | Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International
President & CEO, Shaza Hotels
Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV
Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality
Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.
Founder CWO, Incubeemea
Day 2 - Wednesday 6th May 2015
8:00 - 9:00
REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE IN SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION
8:30 - 10:00
Invitation-only Investor Briefing hosted by JLL
9:00 - 10:30
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – Round 1
Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert. During the session you will move tables twice to discuss industry issues from the following round tables
Table 1: Is There Quantifiable Power in Social Media?
Should investors and developers take social media into account at any point of the decision making process? What should they be paying attention to and how can they utilize the information it provides?
Table 2: What are the Drivers for Mall Development?
What are the drivers for retail mall development? What hotel capacity is being planned for the Mall of the World? Can you integrate facilities into a hotel that will also increase public use and revenue?
Table 3: Acquisitions – How do Strategies Differ From the US and UK?
How do acquisition strategies in the Middle East differ from other real estate markets globally? What is standard practice for buy-out clauses? Structured sales options. Gap between buyer and sellers’ needs.
Table 4: Cost Control
With rates decreasing and costs increasing looking at ways to cut operating and financing costs.
Table 5: Educating the Investor – What is the New Normal?
With rates going down and costs increasing how are operators going to generate the same returns for investors which match their projections? Is there an issue with rates in Dubai despite the high occupancy levels? Where does this leave the mid-market and economy offering given the new product slated to come into the market? How does this impact investor appetite for hotels?
Table 6: Growth Through Franchising
How do you effectively leverage the franchise model to achieve scale in a market? What are the keys to getting it right? As a franchisee how do you put in place the internal processes and structures to ensure a profitable operation?
10:30 - 11:00
COFFEE BREAK IN SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:05
Hard Talk with Arne Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International
12:05 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:15
Regional Leaders’ Panel
What are their plans for growth and development? How do they see the region developing and supporting the predicted inflow of inbound visitors? What is their take on the future of operators and how do they see them adding value to their business in the age of OTAs?
- His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim Chief Executive Officer - wasl Asset Management Group
- Simon Barlow Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit - Majid Al Futtaim Properties
- Ignace Bauwens CEO - Abu Dhabi National Hotels
- Christopher R.J. Knable Chief Operating Officer - Katara Hospitality
- Rutger Smits CEO - Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
13:15 - 14:15
14:30 - 15:30
Getting Under the Skin of Refurbishments and Conversions
Why, When and How?
Assessing the feasibility around renovation and when it should be done, how it should be phased, how do you manage the situation? Looking at where to put your money to get the most for your dollar. Where can you tweak to keep things fresh? Minimum spend for maximum result.
- Munir Ahmed Director Hospitality - Naseel Holding
Investor Update – Innovations in Lifestyle Products Catering to the Next Generation of Traveller
Lifestyle products are all the buzz, what are the key differentiating features for investors to consider? Why should they look at this segment? What is the ‘Next Gen’ traveller? Who is leading the race at the moment in capturing this market? Which brands are positioned well for the long term? In 10 years’ time how will they position the three and four stars and lifestyle products of the now?
Maximizing ROI in F&B
Where are the ‘hotelier blind spots’ when it comes to F&B? How can you rejuvenate your F&B services to drive an increase in RevPAR? What innovations are the big brands introducing and how are they measuring success?
- Simon Lazarus Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa - Hilton Worldwide
15:40 - 16:30
Getting the Right Operator for the Right Price
Pushing the boundaries and getting creative on management agreements to create more favourable T&Cs and performance tests for owners. What are some of the innovative deals being done?
Understanding Hotels that Embrace the Halal Lifestyle and Why it Makes Sense for Investors
Beyond religious tourism what and where is the demand for such hotels? Why is this segment becoming increasingly attractive to investors and financiers? Who is the customer, what do they want?
16:40 - 17:30
Outside the Obvious for Investors
Looking at opportunities with the GCC currently poised to offer investors more favorable returns in the future. Examining the current development plans and potential ROI for the hotel market in Bahrain, Oman and the up and coming emirates within the UAE.
The emerging tourist destinations in the Gulf will be more than a match for existing tourist hubs in the Indian Ocean and SE Asia.
- Simon Allison Chairman - HOFTEL
14:30 - 16:30
THE OWNER’S INTELLIGENCE DEN
14:30 - 15:00
Session 1: Owner's Intelligence Den
Asia as a Feeder Market for Inbound Tourism
What role do travelers from Asia play in changing the local development landscape? Are they choosing to travel to the Middle East, and how can you appeal to them? How attractive are they for the bottom line as a target market? How is the profile of the Asian traveler evolving?
- Clarence Tan Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa - IHG
15:00 - 15:30
Session 2: Owner's Intelligence Den
Keeping Up Brand Standards in an Asset Light World
Why it is in the collective interest of owner and brand and how it can be achieved. Looking at the knock on impact of customer experience reviewed through social media and resulting hotel performance.
- Stephen Tate Chairman - Cristal International Standards
15:30 - 16:00
Session 3: Owner's Intelligence Den
16:00 - 16:30
Session 4: Owner's Intelligence Den
18:30 - 20:30
NETWORKING RECEPTION AT ZETA, THE ADDRESS DOWNTOWN DUBAI
Emaar will host the final AHIC Networking Reception of AHIC 2015 at Downtown Dubai’s must-visit lifestyle destination Zeta. The newly expanded Asian Fusion Restaurant and Lounge offers guests unrivalled views of the The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.