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Tuesday 5th May 2020


07:30 - 08:15

5k Run or Morning Yoga

If you wish to participate in the run please meet at the reg desk. Or make your way to Hugos South located on the 14th Floor for morning yoga. 

07:30 - 20:00

Registration and Exhibition Area Open

08:00 - 09:00


Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Invest Saudi


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Back

09:05 - 09:25

The Business of Hotels: Performance Indicators & Forecasts

How are hotels performing across the world and what trends and forecasts are to be expected in the coming years? Do the key metrics to measure hotel performance need to change in the context of evolving hospitality products?

Robin Rossmann – Managing Director, STR

09:25 - 09:40

CEO to CEO: Development & Performance

A conversation between development experts on the major trends impacting hospitality development.

Anthony Mallows – President and CEO, WATG

John Pagano – CEO, The Red Sea Development Company

09:40 - 10:20

Owners & Operators Panel: In It to Win It

Regardless of your management structure, the key to success is to ensure stakeholder buy-in and alignment of goals. But as the market evolves, what is the best way to manage a property (in-house asset management, third party operator?) and how do you maintain brand relations and guarantee the delivery of brand promises?


Russell Kett – Chairman, HVS - London Office

In conversation with:

Michael J. Deitemeyer – Global President, Aimbridge Hospitality

Greg Hegarty – Deputy Chief Executive Officer & COO , PPHE Hotel Group

Stéphane Obadia – Head of Investment, Schroder Real Estate Hotels

Kike Sarasola – President and Founder Room Mate Group

Simon Vincent – President Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hilton

10:20 - 10:40

Talk of the Titans: Throwing Out the Rulebook

A conversation between two CEOs on leading performance through deep-thinking vision, performance-led strategy and creating an innovation culture.

Sébastien Bazin – Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels

Sam Shank – Head of Hotels, Airbnb and CEO, HotelTonight

10:40 - 11:30

Global CEOs Panel: Re-Defining Hotel Performance

This power panel brings together the CEOs of some of the largest global brands to discuss their views of what is performance in today's hospitality, and their strategies to achieve it.


Katherine Doggrell – Editor in Chief, EMEA, Questex Hospitality Group

In conversation with:

Federico J González – President & CEO, Radisson Hotel Group

Patrick Pacious – President and CEO, Choice Hotels International

11:00 - 12:00


Coffee Break



12:00 - 13:00


Evolving Capital Structures

What is the most suitable capital structure for your business? Who provides it? Which will be the most sustainable in the long-term? How do they vary between different regions and asset classes?


Paul Kapiris – Head of Cross-Border Hotel Investment Properties, EMEA, CBRE

In conversation with:

Keith Evans – Chief Investment & Development Officer, Ennismore

Christopher Heath – Partner, Dentons

Jochen Schaefer-Suren – CEO Hotels and Leisure Division, Principal Real Estate Europe

Michelle Weiss – Special Property Finance - Head of Hotel Properties , Aareal Bank

Asset Management

12:00 - 13:00

Asset Management

Evolution of the Asset Management Function and its Benefit to Hotel Investment

Whilst often maligned, the Asset Management function has proved to be a critical part of the hotel operation, driving performance and value. This panel will look at key priorities, evolving trends, which types of assets respond best to asset management, incentivising an asset manager and establishing key performance metrics.


Ben Godon – Head of Hospitality Asset Management, Colliers

In conversation with:

Alex Campbell – Partner, Fieldfisher

Andrea Genfeld – Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, PPHE

Federico Holzmann – Director of Development & Asset Management, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts

Thorsten Purkus – Head of Asset Management - Hospitality, Union Investment Real Estate

Billy Skelli-Cohen – CEO, Lore Group

Development & Design

12:00 - 13:00

Development & Design

Built to Last: The Major Trends in Hospitality Construction and Design

Looking at the key trends developers and their partners need to understand now and in the coming years: regulation/compliance, sustainability, well-buildings, mixed-use projects.


Sarah Miller – Founder and CEO, Sarah Miller and Partners

In conversation with

Mark Adams – Senior Property Development Manager, McAleer & Rushe Property

Harry Harris – Managing Director, SUSD

Asli Kutlucan – Chief Development Officer, Cycas Hospitality BV

Yasmine Mahmoudieh – Architect and interior designer

Alessandro Tedesco – COO, febc International

Hospitality Trends & Concepts

12:00 - 13:00

Hospitality Trends & Concepts

Branded Residential: Your Home, Branded

Assessing branded residential accommodation as an investment and development opportunity. Digging deep into the business model, stakeholders involved, legal implications and demand for a rental programme.


Rob Sykes – Director of Strategy, WATG

In conversation with:

Daniel von Barloewen – Regional Senior Director - Mixed Use Development Europe, Marriott

Julio Delgado – CEO, Ombria Resorts

Miguel Espada – Founder & CEO, Propriétés & Co

Jeff Tisdall – Senior Vice President Development, Residential and Extended Stay, Accor

Destination Development

12:00 - 13:00

Destination Development

Investing in Destinations: The Travel Trends Influencing Your Investment Decisions

How are shifting travel patterns and travellers' expectations changing hospitality? What travel trends should investors be aware of when assessing real estate investment strategies? Looking at tourism trends, including destinations, length of stay, seasonality, experience travel.


Ursula Kriegl – Associate Partner, EY

In conversation with:

Princess Haifa Bint Mohammed Al Saud – Vice President, Saudi Tourism Commission

Imad Barrakad – CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development – SMIT

Javier Coll – EVP of Strategy and Global Development , Apple Leisure Group

​Rita Marques – Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal

Savvas Perdios – Minister of Tourism, Republic of Cyprus

Samih Sawiris – Chairman, Orascom Development AG

Tech Hub

12:00 - 13:00

Tech Hub

Proptech: What You Need to Know As a Hotel Investor

This panel will look at key trends in proptech, discussing tech disruption, how proptech impacts investment, and how hotel investors/developers/operators should build partnerships with proptech companies.


Dorothee Grobosch – Director Deal Advisory, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

In conversation with:

Lio Chen – Managing Director, Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation, Plug and Play

Art Norins – Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Highgate Ventures

David Turnbull – Hospitality Advisor & Entrepreneur

Stakeholder Alignment

12:00 - 13:00

Investing in the Greek Market

Moderated by:

Georgios Filiopoulos – CEO, Enterprise Greece

Natalie Weisz – Senior Manager, Research & Analysis, STR

13:00 - 14:30




Tech Hub

14:00 - 14:45

Tech Hub

Experience Innovation: Tech start-up lightning pitches

Hear from the most innovative start-ups in hoteltech, travel tech, proptech, showcasing their products.

15:00 - 15:30

Tech Hub

Smart Hotels: The Impact of Innovation in 5G and IoT on Hotels

A presentation followed by Q&A on the impact of 5G and IoT on hotels in terms of enhacing the customer experience and managing properties, with examples from other sectors including retail, transport and sports real estate.

16:30 - 17:30

Tech Hub

Hotel Tech: Boosting Productivity, Revenues and the Guest Experience

From operational efficiencies to revenue management and tools to improve the guest experience, what hotel tech solutions are making the biggest difference to hospitality?


In conversation with:

Marius Donhauser – Founder & CEO, hotelkit GmbH

Adam Harris – CEO, Cloudbeds

Peter Heule – CEO, Short Stay Group & Yays

Ait Voncke – Global Senior Vice President, Lodging and Activities, Expedia Group

Agora - Regional Outlook

14:00 - 14:45

Investing in Portugal: Opportunities and Financial Instruments

Hosted by:

Margarida Almeida – CEO, Amazing Evolution

Luís Araújo – President, Turismo de Portugal

Alex Robinson – Senior Manager, Industry Partners – STR

15:00 - 15:45

Brexit: How to Navigate the Neverending Story?

Join KPMG’s Brexit expert Mark Essex for his take on the scenarios: Will the UK and EU live happily ever after? Dealing with the cliff-hangers; How do you plan when you don’t know how the story will end? Is your industry the central theme or a sub-plot?

Hosted by:

Mark Essex – Director, KPMG

16:00 - 16:45

Regional Outlook

Looking into CEE Markets

Miguel Martins – Director Development Eastern Europe and Turkey, IHG

Frank Reul – Head of Development, Accor/ Orbis Eastern Europe

Dennis Spitra – Director of Business Development, Hotels, STR

Jakub Stanislav – Director – CEE Hotel Investment Properties, CBRE

17:00 - 17:45

Regional Outlook

African Hospitality: What Are the Opportunities for International Investors?

The growth of tourism across Africa is fuelling a boom in the hotel market, and international investors and brands are increasingly targeting key markets on the continent. The session will discuss the need-to-know facts about entering the emerging markets of Africa.

Thomas Emanuel – Director, STR

Asset Management

14:30 - 16:00

Asset Management

Asset Management Case Studies: Back in Black

In partnership with HAMA Europe, a series of case studies showcasing the best of asset management in the past year.


Weldon Mather – Head of Hotels and Leisure, Colliers International

In conversation with:

Michael Grove – Managing Director - EMEA, HotStats

Theodor Kubak – Managing Partner, Value One Arbireo Hospitality

Christian Youens – Principal, Cedar Capital Partners and President HAMA Europe

Development & Design

14:30 - 15:00

Development & Design

Wellness Real Estate Masterclass

A presentation on how the wellness dollar merges with the real estate dollar.

Ingo Schweder – Founder & CEO, GOCO Hospitality

15:00 - 16:00

Development & Design

Flip or Flop: Conversion Case Studies

How do you turn a building into a successful hotel? This series of case studies followed by Q&A will look at the investment, construction and design implications of developing a hotel from another existing property.


Christoph Härle

Case studies by:

Neville Graham – Managing Director International Member Services, BWH Hotel Group

Claus-Dieter Jandel – Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche Hospitality

Paul Pisani – Senior Vice President Hotel Development, Corinthia Hotels

16:30 - 17:30

Development & Design

Breaking New Ground: Developing New Hotel Property Concepts

As the hospitality sector is exploring different types of experiences and amenities to meet the changing needs of customers, how can developers, owners and operators implement new concepts successfully?


Jonathan Humphries – Chairman, HoCoSo

In conversation with:

Horacio Alcalá – Chief Executive Officer, Alsotel

Eric Jafari – Chief Development Officer, Edyn

Beat Kuhn – Managing Director, SV Hotel AG

Matt Livian – Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, The Sydell Group

Hospitality Trends & Concepts

14:30 - 16:00

Hospitality Trends & Concepts

Pitch Perfect: New Brands in the Firing Line

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 judges:

Blanche van Berckel – Founder and CEO, Vous Hotels & Retreats

Margarida Caldeira – Main Board Director - EMEA Chair, Broadway Malyan

Nicholas Northam – Executive Vice President, Interstate Hotels & Resorts


Abhay Bakaya – Vice President, Development, SH Hotels & Resorts

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin – CEO, Fauchon Hospitality

Alexandra Mueller-Benz – CEO, Almodóvar GmbH and Holistic Travel GmbH

16:30 - 17:30

Hospitality Trends & Concepts

The Big Squeeze: Budget Segment or Affordable Luxury?

Regardless of budget, today's traveller is demanding better designed hotels with more personalised touches. But how can brands deliver the optimum customer experience and an inspirational product whilst limiting development costs. Is affordable luxury the answer? If, so how does a developer make it profitable?


Matthias Huettebraeuker – Hospitality & Brand Strategist

In conversation with:

Fabrice Collet – CEO, B&B Hotels

Dimitris Manikis – President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA), Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wytze Van den Berg – Managing Director EMEA, BWH Hotelgroup


15:00 - 16:00


Closing the Deal

This informative session will look at the negotiator's toolkit to finalise a deal.


In conversation with:

Anthony Say – Head of Hotels, Natwest

Gwenaëlle Pouy – Head of Development, Covivio

Abbas A. Rangwala – Head - Mergers & Acquisitions, InterGlobe Enterprises

Louise Wallace – Partner, CMS

16:30 - 17:30


The Ground Rent Option: Innovative Financing Tool or Risky Strategy

The concept of leveraging finance via a ground rent is becoming more prevalent. This panel comprised of an investor, lawyer and intitutional fund will assess which markets they are best suited to and the benefits and drawbacks.

Moderated by:

Tom King – Head of Hospitality, Investment Properties, CBRE

In conversation with:

Patrick Grant – Partner, Alpha Real Capital LLP

Michael Jung – Managing Partner, Continuum Capital Investment Management GmbH

Vikki McKay – Partner, Proskauer

John Tew – Head of Single-tenant Credit and Special Situations, Europe, Eastdil Secured

Kevin Vickers – Investment Director, M&G RE

17:30 - 18:30

Investors' Council - Invitation Only

A gathering of hospitality CEOs, offering an informal environment to share ideas and experiences with peers at the top of the sector. The discussions follow Chatham House rule, ensuring confidentiality and free debate.

Modetrated by

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA, Questex LLC

Including Q&A with

Thanos Papasavvas, CFA – Founder and CIO, ABP Invest Ltd

Destination Development

15:00 - 16:00

Destination Development

Locally Grown: Partnering with a Local Authority on Your Hotel Development

Municipalities, local authorities and their partners look at how policy and incentives for hotel investment can support regeneration in towns and regions.

Inmaculada Ranera – Managing Director - Spain & Portugal, Christie & Co

In conversation with:

George Campanellas – Director General, Invest Cyprus

Susan Samuel – Partner, DLA Piper

Nick Smart – Vice President Development - North and West Europe, Hilton

16:30 - 17:30

Destination Development

New Opportunities in Italy's Hospitality Market


James Chappell – Global Business Director, Horwath HTL

In conversation with:

Alessandro Belli – Head of Tourism Real Estate, CDP Investimenti Sgr

Stefano Nigro – FDI Department Director, Italian Trade Agency (“Invest In Italy” programme)

Giorgio Palmucci – President A.I.C.A. (Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria)


16:30 - 18:00


Sustainability Council: How to Promote Sustainable Practices that Align with Performance Objectives?

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable considerations in hospitality real estate, IHIF is launching the Sustainability Council: a working group of investors, developers and operators aiming to build a set of goals and criteria to improve sustainability in hotel investment and development. The discussion will cover Construction; Asset management; Operations; Architecture & Engineering.

Moderated by

Xenia zu Hohenlohe – Managing Partner, Considerate Group

In conversation with

Vanessa Butani – Director of Sustainable Business, Scandic Hotels

Luc Boschmans – Director, Asset Management, Archer Hotel Capital B.V.

Rosa Brand – Principal, Real Estate KKR

Julie Fawcett – Managing Director, Qbic Hotels

Gesa Rohwedder – Head of Hospitality, ‎Drees & Sommer

Hans-Peter Hermann – Senior Director - Asset Management, Europe, Invesco Real Estate

18:00 - 20:00

Gala Networking Reception - Hosted by IHG

IHG will surprise and spoil IHIF attendees and, as always, deliver the utmost in true InterContinental-style hospitality at our evening Gala Reception.

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

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The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC)

21-22 September 2020
Manchester Central Convention Complex, UK

Resort & Residential Hospitality Forum (R&R)

19-21 October 2020
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Portugal