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2017 Programme

The programme below is from the IHIF held in March earlier this year, the 2018 programme will be available soon.

Day 3 – Wednesday 8 March 2017

8:15 - 9:00

Networking

BREAKFAST AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION

9:00 - 10:40

GENERAL SESSION: WHERE IS THE INNOVATION?

9:00 - 9:05

OPENING REMARKS AND PRIZE DRAW

9:05 - 9:50

INDEPENDENT & ALTERNATIVE HOSPITALITY BRANDS: DELIVERING INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCES IN A CHANGING MARKET

What can be learnt from alternative and niche hotels when it comes to delivering new and engaging experiences? Can they deliver models that are strong enough to safeguard them from competition from peer-to-peer players? What will the hotel of the future look like?

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

9:50 - 10:40

IHIF QUESTION TIME: HOW WILL CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS BE MET IN THE FUTURE?

A chance for the audience to join the debate on the customer experience, who is best positioned to serve them and who will ‘own’ the relationship with them as the market evolves.

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

10:40 - 11:00

Networking

COFFEE BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION

11:20 - 0:00

Networking

COFFEE BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION

11:00 - 12:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:00 - 12:00

Session SESSION 22 OPERATING MODEL BREAKOUT

LEASE AND MANAGEMENT CONTRACT

Examining the the latest trends across Europe and globally. How is the lease model evolving? Are management contracts on the way down? What are the new models?

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

11:00 - 12:00

Session SESSION 23 TALENT MANAGEMENT&RECRUITMENT BREAKOUT

FINDING & NURTURING HOSPITALITY TALENT

The hospitality industry relies on its workforce. How to find, support and grow the best talent to deliver on brand values and offer the best customer experience? What can hotels do to promote a more diverse workforce?

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

11:00 - 12:00

DACH IN-THE-ROUND SESSIONS: HOSPITALITY TRENDS IN GERMANY AND NEIGHBOURING MARKETS

11:00 - 12:00

HOW THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY MANAGES A NEW CLIMATE LEGISLATION

LED BY:

11:00 - 12:00

LIVING SUCCESS - BEST PRACTICE PRESENTED BY TWO SUCCESSFUL CONCEPTS

LED BY:

11:00 - 12:00

SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES IN BRAZIL’S HOSPITALITY MARKET

LED BY:

11:00 - 12:00

THE HOTTEST FROM BALTIC TO ADRIATIC

LED BY:

12:15 - 13:15

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

12:15 - 13:15

Session SESSION 24 OPERATING MODEL BREAKOUT

NEGOTIATING A FAIR FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

This session will look at what can and what cannot be negotiated in a franchise agreement, covering key legal and commercial issues such as term, termination, liquidated damages, the right to sell, centralised service fees and territorial exclusivity. A moderated debate between an owner and a brand representative.

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

  • Jon Colley Chief Executive Officer, International Hotel Properties Limited (IHL)
  • Claus-Dieter Jandel Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer , Deutsche Hospitality

12:15 - 13:15

Session SESSION 25: INNOVATION BREAKOUT

PROMOTING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION IN HOSPITALITY

Innovation is a goal for many companies but a difficult one to put in practice. How can hospitality companies support a culture of innovation within their organisations? What can be learnt from start-ups in the sector? What are the benefits of partnering with or creating innovation/start-up labs?

IN DISCUSSION WITH:

  • James Byrne Owner & Director, Eccleston Square Hotel
  • Michael Hay Founder and Managing Director , Vision Hospitality (Israel)
  • Rom Hendler Founder and Managing Partner, InnoVel, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Akina Ho Executive Vice President of Global Hospitality Business , handy by Tink Labs
  • Gillian Saunders Deputy CEO & Head of Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

12:15 - 13:15

IN - THE - ROUND SESSIONS

12:15 - 13:15

HOTEL & LIVING, TEMPORARY HOUSING, COMMERCIALLY MANAGED MICROAPPARTEMENTS– WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD

LED BY

12:15 - 13:15

BRINGING BACK GROWTH IN THE FRENCH HOTEL INVESTMENT MARKET

LED BY

12:15 - 13:15

UNDERSTANDING MARKETS OF OPPORTUNITY: LONDON AND DUBAI

LED BY

  • Bruce Ford Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development, Lodging Econometrics
  • JP Ford Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development, Lodging Econometrics

12:15 - 13:15

SWITZERLAND – HOW BUDGET BRANDS WILL RE-DEFINE HOSPITALITY

13:15 - 15:30

Networking

LUNCH