Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference

22-23 January 2019 | Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

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After much feedback regarding the multitude of investment opportunities arising in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, AHIC has responded to the demand for a conference to serve the specific needs of the hospitality investment community with the 2nd Annual Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference.

In partnership with Bench Events, MEED, DUR Hospitality and our AHIC sponsors, the Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC), organised by SEMARK, is a two-day event comprised of industry leaders from investors, developers, hotel brands, government officials, mega projects and advisors.  Keynotes, panel debates and masterclass sessions lead by experts will provide delegates with valuable insights into the ever-changing landscape that is Saudi Hospitality.

Access to the Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference is available in conjunction with the AHIC VIP Package which includes other high-end experiences and access to exclusive content at AHIC 2019. 


SHIC Speakers

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud photo

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud

Chairman, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Bio
Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Issa photo

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Issa

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Issa

Chairman, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Dr Badr Al Badr photo

Dr Badr Al Badr

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Abdullah bin Nasser Al Dawood photo

Abdullah bin Nasser Al Dawood

Abdullah bin Nasser Al Dawood

Managing Director & Group CEO, Altayyar Group

Bio
Hassan Ahdab photo

Hassan Ahdab

Hassan Ahdab

Hotel Operations President, Dur Hospitality

Bio
Mohamed Awadalla photo

Mohamed Awadalla

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer, Time Hotels

Bio
Hala Matar Choufany photo

Hala Matar Choufany

Hala Matar Choufany

President- Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

Bio
Reem Garash photo

Reem Garash

Reem Garash

Chief Executive Officer, Shada Hospitality Co.

Bio
Pascal Gauvin photo

Pascal Gauvin

Pascal Gauvin

Managing Director - IMEA, IHG

Bio
Guido De Wilde photo

Guido De Wilde

Guido De Wilde

Chief Operating Officer - Middle East, Marriott International

Bio
Louis Abi Abboud photo

Louis Abi Abboud

Louis Abi Abboud

Vice President Development, AccorHotels Middle East

Bio
Sohail Al Ali photo

Sohail Al Ali

Sohail Al Ali

Investment Director, Taiba Holdings

Bio
Abeer Al Hashimi  photo

Abeer Al Hashimi

Abeer Al Hashimi

Vice President, Upskilling, Takamol Holding

Bio
Ismail Al Kamal photo

Ismail Al Kamal

Ismail Al Kamal

Director, AlKamal International

Bio
Goulam Amarsy photo

Goulam Amarsy

Goulam Amarsy

Director, Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Bio
Saad Al Qahtani photo

Saad Al Qahtani

Saad Al Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Bio
Scott Antel photo

Scott Antel

Scott Antel

Partner, Byran Cave Leighton Paisner

Bio
Samir Baidas photo

Samir Baidas

Samir Baidas

Chief Development Officer MEA, Marriott International

Bio
Dr Martin Berlin photo

Dr Martin Berlin

Dr Martin Berlin

Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader, PwC

Bio
Ahmed Bin Madhi photo

Ahmed Bin Madhi

Ahmed Bin Madhi

Director of Asset Management, Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

Bio
Solange Corm photo

Solange Corm

Solange Corm

Director Talent Acquisition for Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

Bio
Kevork Deldelian photo

Kevork Deldelian

Kevork Deldelian

Chief Operating Officer, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Bio
Abdulla Douleh photo

Abdulla Douleh

Abdulla Douleh

Investment Advisor Private and Listed Funds, Saudia Arabia

Bio
Walid Garash photo

Walid Garash

Walid Garash

Vice President & Director of Business Development, Shada Hospitality Co

Bio
Shady Hassan photo

Shady Hassan

Shady Hassan

Director, Lodging Development, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa

Bio
Mike Hernandez photo

Mike Hernandez

Mike Hernandez

Executive Director – Real Estate Development, Qiddiya Investment Company

Bio
James Hogan photo

James Hogan

James Hogan

Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital Partners

Bio
Marloes Knippenberg photo

Marloes Knippenberg

Marloes Knippenberg

Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

Bio
Panos Loupasis photo

Panos Loupasis

Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Bio
Amir Lababedi photo

Amir Lababedi

Amir Lababedi

Managing Director Development, MENA, Hilton

Bio
Christopher Lund photo

Christopher Lund

Christopher Lund

Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa, Colliers International

Ali Manzoor photo

Ali Manzoor

Ali Manzoor

Partner, Hospitality and Leisure

Bio
Jalil Mekouar photo

Jalil Mekouar

Jalil Mekouar

Chief Executive Officer Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Bio
Jaidev Menezes photo

Jaidev Menezes

Jaidev Menezes

Corporate Director, Business Development, Emaar Hospitality Group

Bio
Elie Milky photo

Elie Milky

Elie Milky

Vice President Business Development - Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group

Bio
Amine Moukarzel photo

Amine Moukarzel

Amine Moukarzel

President, MENA Region, Louvre Hotels Group

Bio
Rami A. Moukarzel photo

Rami A. Moukarzel

Rami A. Moukarzel

Vice President Development & Acquisitions, Middle East & North Africa, Louvre Hotels Group

Bio
Chris Nader photo

Chris Nader

Chris Nader

Vice President Development, Shaza Hotels

Bio
Andrew Reitmaier photo

Andrew Reitmaier

Andrew Reitmaier

Director – Corporate Development, Oakwood®

Bio
Jay Rosen photo

Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen

Head of Investment & Finance, The Red Sea Development Company

Bio
Jad Shamseddin photo

Jad Shamseddin

Jad Shamseddin

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Ramzi Solh photo

Ramzi Solh

Ramzi Solh

Chief Executive Officer - Tourism & Hospitality, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Filippo Sona photo

Filippo Sona

Filippo Sona

Managing Director-Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

Bio
Richard Thompson photo

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Editorial Director, MEED

Bio
Philip Wooller photo

Philip Wooller

Philip Wooller

Area Director - Middle East and Africa, STR

Bio
Jonathan Worsley photo

Jonathan Worsley

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

Bio
James Wrenn photo

James Wrenn

James Wrenn

Senior Manager, Colliers International

Bio
Talal Yousif photo

Talal Yousif

Talal Yousif

Director, HVS

Shuja Zaidi photo

Shuja Zaidi

Shuja Zaidi

Principal, Equinox Hospitality

Bio
Maya Ziadeh  photo

Maya Ziadeh

Maya Ziadeh

Director of Development, IHG

Bio

The Agenda

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

15:30 - 16:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

16:30 - 18:00

The Three Minute Pitch to Owners

Invitation only

New concept brands in the mid-market pitch to owners. 

Game Show Hosts:

Ali Manzoor, Partner-Hospitality & Leisure, Knight Frank

Filippo Sona, Managing Director Global Hospitality, Drees & Somner

Campanile
Rami Moukarzel

Vice President Development & Acquisitions MENA, Louvre Hotels Group

Cloud7Hotels
Marloes Knippenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

Comfort 
Shuja Zaidi
Principal, Equinox Hospitality

Four Points by Sheraton
Shady Hassan
Director – Lodging Development Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Hampton by Hilton 
Amir Lababedi
Managing Director Development – MENA, Hilton

La Quinta
Panos Loupasis

Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Brand TBC
Maya Ziadeh
Director Development, IHG

Makarem
Hassan Ahdab

Hotel Operations President, Dur Hospitality

Mysk by Shaza
Chris Nader

Vice President Business Development, Shaza Hotel

Oakwood
Andrew Reitmaier

Director Corporate Development, Oakwood 

Radisson Red
Elie Milky
Vice President Business Development, Radisson Hotel Group

Rove Hotels
Jaidev Menezes

Corporate Director, Business Development, Emaar Hospitality Group LLC

Studio M
Kevork Deldelian
Chief Operating Officer, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Tribe
Louis Abi Abboud
Vice President Development, Accorhotels Middle East

Owners and Investors Only

If you are a hotel owner or hotel investor and wish to attend this session you can register your interest by clicking here and filling in the form. Please enter code OWNER in the registration code field. 

18:00 - 19:00

Master Class - Management Contracts and Franchise Agreements

What works best and when?  What is best practice?

Scott Antel  Partner, Byran Cave Leighton Paisner

Hala Matar Choufany  President- Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

Jad Shamseddin  Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

18:00 - 19:00

Master Class - Hospitality Industry Regulatory Update

Labour, classification & development standards - what do the operators, developers and investors need to know from a regulatory framework perspective?

Saad Al Qahtani  Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

19:00 - 21:00

Opening Reception hosted by Dur Hospitality

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

07:45 - 09:00

Invitation Only Working Breakfast – Public & Private Sector Discuss Issues Facing the Industry

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

Dr Badr Al Badr  Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley  Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

09:15 - 09:45

Realising Travel & Tourism’s part of Vision 2030

How will Saudi Arabia create a framework to facilitate the growth of the hospitality sector?  What are the government’s plans for supporting investment?   What is the plan for visas?  

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud  Chairman, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

09:45 - 10:00

2019 Outlook for Recovery, Reform and Investment in the Kingdom

Richard Thompson  Editorial Director, MEED

10:00 - 10:15

Building a World Class Brand, World Class Offering and Making it Relevant

James Hogan  Executive Chairman, Knighthood Capital Partners

10:15 - 10:35

Pioneer of The Industry – Interview with a Visionary Leader

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Issa  Chairman, Dur Hospitality

10:35 - 11:10

Investment in Travel and Tourism in Saudi Arabia

MODERATOR

Filippo Sona  Managing Director-Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Abdulla Douleh  Investment Advisor Private and Listed Funds, Saudia Arabia

Jay Rosen  Head of Investment & Finance, The Red Sea Development Company

11:10 - 11:30

Coffee Break

Networking

11:30 - 11:45

Trends and Pipeline Challenges in the Kingdom

Philip Wooller  Area Director - Middle East and Africa, STR

11:45 - 12:00

Forecasting the Saudi Hotel Industry for the Next 10 Years

Talal Yousif  Director, HVS

12:00 - 12:20

Transforming Industry - Adapting and Unlocking Value

Hard talk interview

Abdullah bin Nasser Al Dawood  Managing Director & Group CEO, Altayyar Group

12:20 - 13:00

Leaders’ Perspective on Growth, Labour and Development

How are industry leaders going to assist owners with growth and ROI and support the key government initiative of Saudisation? 

MODERATOR

Jonathan Worsley  Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Dr Badr Al Badr  Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Pascal Gauvin  Managing Director - IMEA, IHG

Amine Moukarzel  President, MENA Region, Louvre Hotels Group

Guido De Wilde  Chief Operating Officer - Middle East, Marriott International

13:00 - 13:15

Creating New Products for Gen Z

Marloes Knippenberg  Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch & The SHIC Young Leaders Award

Awarded to a young Saudi, under 30, who has made a mark in the hospitality industry.

Nominate here

14:15 - 15:00

Tapping into the Power of Religious Tourism as a Driver for the Hospitality Industry and the Economy

What developments are going on in the Holy Cities? How is the government and private sector working to increase the capacity for Hajj and Umrah?  

MODERATOR

Ali Manzoor  Partner, Hospitality and Leisure

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Sohail Al Ali  Investment Director, Taiba Holdings

Ismail Al Kamal  Director, AlKamal International

Ahmed Bin Madhi  Director of Asset Management, Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

15:00 - 15:45

Business Women in the Saudi Hospitality World

Opportunities and success stories.  Empowering woman and how can more women be attracted into the hospitality industry?

MODERATOR

Hala Matar Choufany  President- Middle East, Africa and South Asia, HVS

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Abeer Al Hashimi   Vice President, Upskilling, Takamol Holding

Solange Corm  Director Talent Acquisition for Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

Reem Garash  Chief Executive Officer, Shada Hospitality Co.

15:45 - 16:00

Domestic Spending Power and the Potential of the Cinema Market in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Martin Berlin  Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader, PwC

16:00 - 16:45

Tapping into the Domestic Traveller & Consumer

What are the key demographics to be aware of where are the opportunities opening up for hotels in entertainment and food and beverage?  How can hotels support the Quality of Life Program 2020?

MODERATOR

James Wrenn  Senior Manager, Colliers International

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Mike Hernandez  Executive Director – Real Estate Development, Qiddiya Investment Company

Jalil Mekouar  Chief Executive Officer Hotels, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Ramzi Solh  Chief Executive Officer - Tourism & Hospitality, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

16:45 - 17:30

Local Brands – Competing in the Market

What are the prospects for growth?  What about extended stay and serviced apartments? 

MODERATOR

Christopher Lund  Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa, Colliers International

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Hassan Ahdab  Hotel Operations President, Dur Hospitality

Mohamed Awadalla  Chief Executive Officer, Time Hotels

Walid Garash  Vice President & Director of Business Development, Shada Hospitality Co

Jad Shamseddin  Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

17:30 - 17:45

Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Jonathan Worsley  Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

Series Sponsors

Strategic partner

Platinum sponsors

Emerald sponsors

Gold sponsors

Silver Sponsors


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