Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019

AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Programme at-a-glance

Day One – 17 April 2018

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09:00 - 13:00

Ras Al Khaimah Experiences*

14:30 - 15:00

The Disruptor’s Feast with Frits van Paasschen

15:00 - 15:40

Challengers of the Status Quo

15:40 - 16:00

The World in Flux - Risk Comes with Opportunity

16:00 - 16:30

A Live Audience with a Hacker – What is the threat to you and your brand?

16:30 - 16:50

Ferrari F1 Tips to Stay in Racing Shape

16:50 - 17:20

Using Blockchain to circumvent the OTAs

17:20 - 17:40

Industry Opportunity: Property Crowdfunding

17:40 - 18:00

Disrupting the Marketing Model - What the Hotel World Can Learn from Luxury Retail

18:00 - 18:20

Addressing the World - 3 words at a time

18:30 - 19:30

networking

Networking Business Card Exchange

19:00 - 21:00

networking

AHIC OPENING RECEPTION

Day Two – 18 April 2018

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08:45 - 09:15

keynote

Welcome Remarks

09:15 - 09:30

Official opening by Conference Host and Patron

09:30 - 10:00

keynote

A Conversation with His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, Founder & Chairman, Emaar Properties

10:00 - 10:25

Macroeconomic Overview: Unpicking the Big Picture

10:25 - 10:45

The Macro Outlook

10:45 - 11:05

Global CEO in the Hot Seat – Focus on the Future, Innovating the Business Model & the Product Offering

11:05 - 11:35

Follow-on Q&A with Nenad Pacek in the One to One Networking Area

11:05 - 11:35

networking

Morning Refreshments and Networking in Sponsors Showcase

11:35 - 12:00

Market Overview and Pipeline Review

12:00 - 12:20

An update on the long-term Macro-trends impacting the Middle East Hospitality Market

12:20 - 13:00

What do investors want from the operators?

12:50 - 13:30

Leaders in the Hot Seat

13:30 - 14:30

networking

LUNCH

14:30 - 15:00

International Investment Opportunities

14:15 - 14:45

Discussion Room- Refurbishing Hotels: Increasing Relevance and Revenues in a Challenging Market

15:00 - 15:30

Destination Development

15:30 - 16:00

A Focus on Saudi Arabia

16:00 - 18:00

The Owners Intelligence Den

16:00 - 16:20

Hotel Pipeline Deep-dive

16:20 - 16:40

Case Study Bahrain

16:40 - 17:10

A focus on North Africa

17:10 - 17:25

Adventure tourism

17:25 - 17:45

The Middle East: Risk, Resilience and Reward

16:00 - 18:00

The Conversation Den

16:00 - 16:40

Agreements of the 21st Century

16:40 - 17:10

Branded Residences – Managing Expectations

17:10 - 17:40

Asset Management

19:00 - 21:00

networking

AHIC EVENING RECEPTION, Hosted by Marriott International

Day Three – 19 April 2018

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07:00 - 07:45

5km Running Tour of Al Marjan Island

08:00 - 08:45

Breakfast Briefing

08:45 - 09:00

Industry Opportunity - Emiratization

09:00 - 09:30

Finding Finance

09:30 - 10:00

OTA and Rate Parity The Unconventional Truth- Do Hotel Direct Bookings Really Matter? Driving ADR in a Digital Era.

10:00 - 10:15

CDO in the Hot Seat

10:15 - 10:30

Industry Insight – Trendlines Survey Results

10:30 - 10:40

CEO in the Hot Seat

10:40 - 11:00

Global Perspective with Stephen Sackur Presenter HARDtalk, BBC – Focus on the Future; One Way One Belt

11:00 - 11:30

Discussion Room – Round table: Manchise – What are the benefits?

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

Tapping into the Millennial Mindset, why investors need to broaden their thinking

11:45 - 12:15

Discussion Room – Round table; Holy Cities

12:00 - 12:30

Collaborative Asset Management

12:30 - 13:00

Discussion Room – Round table; VAT – Are we doing it right?

12:30 - 13:00

Focus on Value Engineering

13:00 - 13:30

Acquiring the Next Generation

13:30 - 14:30

Closing Keynote - Hear From The World’s Greatest Living Explorer

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch in the AHIC Village & Beach Bar

15:00

Departing for RAK Experiences