Programme

Wednesday 7 March

At-a-glance

09:00 - 11:00

GENERAL SESSION: INNOVATION & NEW OPPORTUNITIES

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Remarks

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director – EMEA, Questex Hospitality Group

09:05 - 09:25

Tech Innovation Keynote

A technology expert shares experiences on what drives innovation and the impact of technology on the market.

09:25 - 10:00

Investing in Technology

  • Assessing where technology is most needed and future-proofing your technology investment: which trends are here to stay? 
  • What criteria should hoteliers use to determine how much to invest and how?
  • Promoting technology innovation within hospitality: what is the role of hotel companies?

In conversation with

Rufino Pérez – Chief Operations Officer and Global Transformation Leader, NH Hotel Group

10:00 - 10:40

The Ideas Factory - Sharing Thoughts on the Future of Hospitality

Some of hospitality’s most innovative minds share their views on the major trends and concepts that will impact hospitality developments and the guest experience in the coming years, including new lifestyle concepts, room and hotel design, amenities, etc.

Hosted by

Raj Chandnani – Vice President, Strategy, WATG ǀ Wimberly Interiors

In conversation with

Amar Lalvani – CEO & Managing Partner, Standard International

Sharan Pasricha – Founder, Ennismore

Jay Stein – Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group

Markus Lehnert – Regional Vice President International Hotel Development, Europe, Marriott International

10:40 - 11:00

Keynote

An inspiring keynote to close the IHIF 2018 general sessions.

11:00 - 11:20

Networking

Coffee Break in the Sponsors' Exhibition

11:20 - 12:20

BREAKOUT AND IN-THE-ROUND SESSIONS

11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Alternative Investment

Serviced Apartments: What’s the Opportunity?

While growing, the serviced apartment market remains a relative unknown for hotel investors and operators. For investors, what are the opportunities, where are the key markets, and what returns can be expected? For hoteliers, how does a serviced apartment offering fit within a hotel portfolio, and how do the products compare?

Moderated by

Jonathan Humphries – Senior Lecturer, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Chairman, HoCoSo

In conversation with

Guus Bakker – CEO EMEA, Frasers Hospitality

Vedrana Bilanovic Riley – CEO, Ciel Capital

Jo Layton – Managing Director, The Apartment Service

Christabelle Morgan Dessouches – International Hotel Development Director, ‎Aparthotels Adagio

11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Operations

Talent Management and Recruitment

  • How to deal with shortage of employees: improving the recruitment process; looking at compensation and benefits; career opportunities
  • Managing a changing workforce and flexible staffing requirements (including the rise of automation)
  • How to make investors understand the talent challenge

Moderated by

Kelly Johnstone – Scotland, North England & Midlands Director, Springboard UK

In conversation with

John Brennan – CEO, Amaris Hospitality

11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Hotel Tech

Promoting Tech Innovation in Hospitality: Start-Up & Incubators

  • Assessing the state of the hospitality tech scene: how healthy is it, where are the best start-up scenes?
  • Incubators, accelerators, VCs etc.: what organisations offer the best support for hospitality tech start-ups?

Success stories and crashes: learning best practice and overcoming challenges from other hotel tech start-ups.

Moderated By

Christian Mole – Associate Partner, EY

11:20 - 12:20

In-The-Round Session

France: Is there a Macron Effect on Hospitality Investment?

Discussing the French hospitality investment market: where are the best opportunities, what are the trends, and what is the impact if the economic and political environment on the hospitality sector?

Moderated by

Philippe Doizelet – Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

11:20 - 12:20

In-The-Round Session

DACH*: HOSPITALITY IN GERMANY AND NEIGHBOURING MARKETS

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Keynote : Tourism Development in DACH Markets

Hosted by

Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

Willy Weiland – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

12:30 - 13:30

In-The-Round Session

DACH* Round Table 1: Project Scouting for Resorts: Insights on opportunities in the DACH Region

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hosted by:

Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

12:30 - 13:30

BREAKOUT AND IN-THE-ROUND SESSIONS

12:30 - 13:30

Breakout: Development

Pitch your Brand

Hear from the most innovative new brands entering the hospitality market. A series of case studies assessed by an expert panel to be inspired from new concepts.

Hosted by

Michael Widmann – Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbH

Panel of Experts

Blanche Van Berckel – Managing Director, Fairquest & Partners

Case studies from

Vīb

Wytze Van den Berg – Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Yooma

Pierre Beckerich – President, Euragone Investment Management

TRS Hotels

José Matheu – Chief Development Officer, Palladium Hotel Group

Unscripted

David Kuperberg – Chief Development Officer, Dream Hotel Group

12:30 - 13:30

In-The-Round Session

DACH* Round Table 2: Why independent hotels outperform chain hotels in the alpine resort market

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

12:30 - 13:30

In-The-Round Session

DACH* Round Table 3: Alternative asset classes – hostels, Micro-appartements and pop-up hotels- a comparison

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

13:30 -

Networking

Networking Lunch

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

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