2018 Program

Wednesday 2 May

Time Session
8.00am-9.00am Registration and coffee
9.00am-9.10am Welcome to AHICE 2018: Howard Kemball (Host of AHICE & Managing Director, KCom) & James Wilkinson (Editor-In-Chief, HM magazine)
9.10am-9.30am Presentation: ‘By the Numbers’ – the STR and Deloitte outlook by Matthew Burke (Regional Manager Pacific – STR) and Bryon Merzeo (Tourism Hospitality and Leisure, Deloitte Access Economics)
9.30am-9.40am Hotelier Q&A: Simon McGrath (COO – Pacific, AccorHotels)
9.40am-9.50am Presentation: Global hotel sales outlook by George Nicholas (Global Head of Hotels, Savills, London, England)
9.50am-10.20am Panel Session: Emerging chains in the spotlight
Moderator: Sonia Lefevre (CEO, Lustre Hotels)
• Alex Thorpe (Co-Founder, Veriu Hotels and Suites)
• Dave Baswal (Chief Operating Officer – Australia, Ovolo Hotels)
• Jure Domazet (CEO, Doma Group)
10.20am-10.30am Investor Q&A: Dr Jerry Schwartz (Director, Schwartz Family Company)
10.30am-11.00am Networking Morning Tea
11.00am-11.40am Major Keynote: Former Starwood CEO Frits Dirk van Paasschen on the power of disruptors (New York, USA)
11.40am-11.45am Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Geoff Ballotti (CEO & President, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, New Jersey, USA)
11.45am-12.00pm Investor Q&A: Ronald Barrott (CEO, Pro-invest Group)
12.00pm-12.20pm Hotelier Q&A: David Udell (Group President – Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hong Kong)
12.20pm-12.30pm Presentation: Industry Update by Richard Munro (Chief Executive Officer, AAoA)
12.30pm-12.40pm Presentation: Hotel and tourism market outlook by John O’Shea (Senior Research Analyst, Ord Minnett)
12.40pm-1.00pm Presentation: Global mergers and acquisitions market update – including Accor’s purchase of Mantra – by Tony Ryan (Managing Director, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL, Singapore)
1.00pm-2.00pm NetworkingLunch
2.00pm-2.30pm Panel Session: What Owners Want [part 1]
Moderator: Lucia Grambalova (General Manager Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia)
• Clay Bennett-Bremner (Asset Manager, M&L Hospitality)
• Dr Jerry Schwartz (Director, Schwartz Family Company)
• Nigel Greenaway (National Director – Hotels, Colliers International)
• Phil Kasselis (Managing Director, Pro-invest Hotels Group)
2.30pm-2.50pm Keynote: ‘The 7 Deadly Sins of Innovation – learn how to embrace them and use to your advantage’ by Tammy Marshall (Founder, The B-Hive)
2.50pm-3.20pm Panel Session: Human resources: retaining top talent
Moderator: Bradley Woods (CEO, AHA WA)
• Andrew Williams (Formerly CEO, Voyages Indigenous Tourism)
• Julian Clark (CEO, Lancemore Group)
• Rhys Jones (General Manager Operations, QT Hotels & Resorts)
• Sarah Derry (Vice President Talent & Culture Australia, AccorHotels)
• Tish Nyar (Director of Operations Australia-New Zealand, TFE Hotels)
3.20pm-3.30pm Investor Q&A: Greg Clerk (Head of Investment Strategy, Hostplus)
3.30pm-4.00pm Networking Afternoon Tea
4.00pm-4.30pm Panel Session: Development: luxury brands
Moderator: Mark Bullock (Director, Investment Sales & Advisory, Ray White Hotels Australia)
• Abhijay Sandilya (Senior Director, Development – Australasia, IHG)
• Lindsay Leeser (Vice President Development & Franchise – Pacific, AccorHotels)
• Richard Crawford (Senior Director, Hotel Development – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Marriott International)
• Robert Dawson (Area Vice President – Pacific Region, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts)
4.30pm-4.50pm Hotelier Q&A: Michael Issenberg (Chairman and CEO – Asia-Pacific, AccorHotels, Singapore)
4.50pm-4.55pm Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Patrick Pacious (President & CEO, Choice Hotels International, Maryland, USA)
4.55pm-5.25pm Panel Session: Real Estate Investment Outlook
Moderator: Dean Dransfield (Managing Director, Dransfield Hotels & Resorts)
• Andrew Jolliffe (Director – Asia Pacific Region, Ray White Hotels)
• Karen Wales (Director Transaction Services – Colliers International)
• Mark Durran (Managing Director, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group)
• Michael Simpson (Managing Director – Hotels, Savills Australia and New Zealand)
• Wayne Bunz (National Director – CBRE Hotels)
5.25pm-5.55pm Panel Session: Australasian 2018-19 Hotel Performance Outlook
Moderator: Robert Williams (Partner, Head of Hotels & Hospitality Asia Pacific, Withers Worldwide)
• Anthony Stanley (Director of Distribution and Revenue Management, Asia-Pac, Choice Hotels International)
• Barry Robinson (President & Managing Director – South East Asia and Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group)
• Leanne Harwood (Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, IHG)
• Zed Sanjana (CEO, Quest Apartment Hotels)
5.55pm-6.00pm Day one wrap-up: Howard Kemball
6.00pm-8.00pm AHICE official welcome event at Grand Hyatt Melbourne


Thursday 3 May

Time Session
8.00am-9.00am Registration and coffee
9.00am-9.05am Welcome to AHICE 2018 day two: Howard Kemball
9.05am-9.10am Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Kenneth Macpherson (CEO – Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, IHG)
9.10am-9.20am Hotelier Q&A: Bob East (CEO, Mantra Group)
9.20am-9.30am Presentation: Industry Update by Martin Ferguson (Chair, Tourism Accommodation Australia)
9.30am-9.40am Hotelier Q&A: Stephen Burt (Chairman, Travelodge Hotels Asia (Singapore)
9.40am-9.50am Hotelier Q&A: Jane Hastings (CEO and Managing Director, Event Hospitality & Entertainment)
9.50am-10.20am Panel Session: Food and Beverage issues & trends
Moderator: Michael Rodrigues (Managing Director – Australia, Time Out)
• To be announced
10.20am-10.30am Hotelier Q&A: Heidi Kunkel (Vice President of Operations for Australasia, Hilton)
10.30am-11.00am Networking Morning Tea
11.00am-11.40am Major Keynote: How Artificial Intelligence will impact the hotel industry by Professor Toby Walsh (Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales)
11.40am-12.00pm Presentation: Australian inbound tourism outlook by John O’Sullivan (Managing Director, Tourism Australia)
12.00pm-12.20pm Hotelier Q&A: Rachel Argaman (CEO, TFE Hotels) & Arthur Kiong (CEO, Far East Hospitality, Singapore)
12.20pm-12.30pm Presentation: Industry Update by Margy Osmond (CEO, Tourism & Transport Forum Australia)
12.30pm-1.00pm Panel Session: Future technology
Moderator: Professor Toby Walsh (Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales)
• To be announced
1.00pm-2.00pm Networking Lunch
2.00pm-2.30pm Panel Session: What Owners Want [part 2]
Moderator: Gus Moors (Head of Hotels – Australia, Colliers International)
• Andrew Taylor (Managing Director, Cre8tive Property)
• Dean Minnett (Founder & Director, Minett Consulting)
• Howard Kemball (Managing Director, KCom)
• Damien Dalgleish (Director of Development, Essendon Fields)
2.30pm-2.50pm Hotelier Q&A: Craig Smith (President and Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Marriott International, Hong Kong)
2.50pm-3.20pm Panel Session: Hotel Jeopardy!
Moderator: Vasso Zogrpahou (Director – Hotels, Savills Australia and New Zealand)
• To be announced
3.20pm-3.30pm Investor Q&A: Brendan O’Farrell (Chief Executive Officer, Intrust Super)
3.30pm-4.00pm Networking Afternoon Tea
4.00pm-4.30pm Panel Session: Development: Midscale & Upscale Brands
Moderator: Michael Moret-Lalli (Managing Director, MM Leisure)
• Barry Fleischmann (Director of Development – Australasia, ‎Radisson Hotel Group)
• David Wray (Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development – South East Asia & Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group, Singapore)
• Michael Herman (Executive Development Manager – ‎TFE Hotels)
• Peter Hill (Director of Development – Hotels and Resorts, Event Entertainment and Hospitality)
• Robert Scullin (Vice President of Development – Australasia, Hilton)
4.30pm-4.35pm Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Sébastien Bazin (Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels)
4.35pm-5.00pm Open Floor Q&A: Frits Dirk van Paasschen (former CEO of Starwood)
5.00pm-5.05pm End of AHICE 2018 event wrap-up: Howard Kemball & James Wilkinson

* The final program is subject to change.