Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

Programme at-a-glance

Day One - Tuesday 9th April 2019

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08:00 - 13:00

The Roya Tennis Cup

10:00 - 13:00

Premium & VIP Delegates - Workshop: GRIF x AHIC – A Focus on Hotel F&B

AHIC DAY OF DISRUPTION

14:00 - 14:20

Innovating for tomorrow, identifying the truly white space

14:20 - 14:40

How is the Coca-Cola Company innovating, disrupting and playing the long-game?

14:40 - 15:00

Hospitality going digital

15:00 - 15:20

Looking at How a Smarter Adoption of Technology can Future Proof the Hospitality Business?

15:20 - 15:40

Could blockchain revolutionise the hospitality industry?

15:40 - 16:00

Designing the future hotel – Every hotel can and should be a design hotel

16:00 - 16:20

How to be at the leading edge of technology adoption

16:20 - 16:40

AHIC Leadership Talk - What is your compass in times of disruption, innovation and global turmoil?

16:40 - 17:00

Disrupting traditional all-inclusive – Changing the business model

17:00 - 18:15

The Five Minute Pitch – Innovation

18:15 - 19:15

Speed networking in the Discussion room

19:00 - 21:00

AHIC Opening reception at the Siddharta lounge by Buddha Bar, Waldorf Astoria

Day Two - Wednesday 10th April 2019

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07:30 - 08:15

HAMA Networking Breakfast

08:00 - 08:45

Registration and Coffee in the Sponsors’ Showcase

08:30 - 09:15

Welcome remarks

Official opening by conference host and patron

09:15 - 10:10

The world we live in and a review of global economic prospects and perspectives

10:10 - 10:40

Searching for sunshine, praying for performance and what about the future?

10:40 - 10:50

AHIC Impact Awards

10:50 - 11:20

Morning refreshments and networking in sponsors’ showcase

11:20 - 12:00

Round Table in the Discussion Room - Blockchain for Beginners

11:20 - 11:40

AHIC Leadership Talk - The trust crisis

11:40 - 12:20

Synchronised for success?

12:20 - 12:40

AHIC Leadership Talk - Sustainable investment tourism development for the future

12:40 - 13:30

Round Table in the Discussion Room - Reflagging, de-flagging and re-positioning is it generally worth it and at what cost?

12:40 - 13:10

The Edge of Wildness - Adventure tourism luxury concepts

13:10 - 13:30

Creating Impact Award

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch in the AHIC Village & Beach Bar

14:45 - 17:00

Breakout 1

14:45 - 15:00

Designing data-driven human experiences

15:00 - 15:15

Wellness, eco, agri and adventure tourism for the avocado generation

15:15 - 15:30

Creating more than hotel rooms - Looking at blended real estate solutions for living

15:30 - 15:45

Dubai 2020 – What is in store for the hotel industry based on previous mega events?

15:45 - 16:15

Walking the catwalk with the fashion entrepreneurs - where should fashion brands look for growth?

16:15 - 17:00

A deep dive into Saudi Arabia

14:30 - 17:30

Breakout 2

14:30 - 15:15

Valuations in the Middle East

15:15 - 15:45

Investor perspective: Alternative structures for finance and sources of funding for hotels; how do you bring in capital to hotel investments?

15:45 - 16:15

Alternatives to the big boys – Meeting the changing needs of consumers and owners

16:15 - 16:45

The Development Den Discussion: Speeding up the development process

16:45 - 17:30

SPACE - Construction & development with the future of the planet and your future bottom line at the forefront

14:45 - 16:30

Leadership masterclass in the Discussion Room: Leading by example with the nine habits of trust

17:00 - 18:30

Three minute pitch: New concept brands pitch to owners

18:30 - 20:00

AHIC EVENING RECEPTION - Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert

Day Three: Thursday, 11th April 2019

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07:00 - 07:45

Getting active with AHIC – Run or Yoga

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Back

09:00 - 09:30

The growth of asset management in the UAE – Why it is paying dividends for owners

09:30 - 10:00

Franchising – is it the future in the GCC? What does it take to do it well?

10:00 - 10:30

What are the benefits of management companies vs third party management companies

10:15 - 11:15

Workshop In the Discussion Room - Sweating your Asset

10:30 - 10:50

Creating a world class resort destination

10:50 - 11:20

Coffee and refreshments break

11:15 - 12:00

Workshop In the Discussion Room - Your Questions Answered: Expert Advice on Technology Investments

11:20 - 12:00

Midmarket resorts and non-traditional midmarket investment opportunities

12:00 - 12:20

AHIC Hard Talk - ​How is India’s OYO disrupting the hotel business model using technology?

12:20 - 13:00

Outward investment and travel from China

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch at the AHIC Village and beach bar