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) – Download presentation
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]
9.50am-10.20am Panel Session: Emerging chains in the spotlight Moderator: Sonia Lefevre (CEO, Lustro Hotels) Panellists: • Caspar Schmidt (Group Chief Operating Officer, Veriu Hotels and Suites) • Dave Baswal (Chief Operating Officer – Australia, Ovolo Hotels) • Jure Domazet (CEO, Doma Group) • Craig Bond (Executive Vice President of Operations, Onyx Hospitality Group) [Bangkok]
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]
11.40am-11.45am Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Geoff Ballotti (CEO & President, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation) [New Jersey]
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 Networking Lunch
2.00pm-2.30pm Panel Session: What Owners Want [part 1] Moderator: Lucia Grambalova (General Manager Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia) Panellists: • Clay Bennett-Bremner (Asset Manager, M&L Hospitality) • Dr Jerry Schwartz (Director, Schwartz Family Company) • Nigel Greenaway (National Director – Hotels, Colliers International) • Damian Dalgleish (Director of Development, Essendon Fields) • Phil Kasselis (Managing Director, Pro-invest Hotels Group)
2.30pm-2.50pm Presentation: Australian inbound tourism outlook by John O’Sullivan (Managing Director, Tourism Australia)
2.50pm-3.20pm Panel Session: Human resources: retaining top talent Moderator: Bradley Woods (CEO, AHA WA) Panellists: • Julian Clark (CEO, Lancemore Group) • Sarah Derry (Vice President Talent & Culture Australia, AccorHotels) • Lynda Ugarte (Head of Human Resources Operations, IHG) • Tish Nyar (Director of Operations Australia-New Zealand, TFE Hotels)
3.20pm-3.30pm Investor Q&A: Jordan Kraiten (Head of Infrastructure Investments, Hostplus)
3.30pm-4.00pm Networking Afternoon Tea

Panel Session: Development: luxury brands Moderator: Mark Bullock (Director, Investment Sales & Advisory, Ray White Hotels Australia) Panellists: • 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) • Monika Dubaj (Vice President of Development – Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts) • Robert Scullin (Vice President of Development – Australasia, Hilton)

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) Panellists: • Mark Bullock (Director, Investment Sales & Advisory, Ray White Hotels Australia) • Karen Wales (Director, Transaction Services, Hotels Asia Pacific, Colliers International) • Mark Durran (Managing Director, Hotels & Hospitality Group Australia, JLL) • 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) Panellists: • Anthony Stanley (Director of Distribution and Revenue Management, Asia-Pac, Choice Hotels International) • Matt Taplin (Senior Vice President of Resort Operations and Property Development, Wyndham Hotel Group) • Ruwan Peiris (Ruwan Peiris – Head of Operations – Australasia, IHG) • Robert Dawson (Area Vice President – Pacific Region, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts) • Sean Hunt (Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Marriott International)
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-9.20am Hotelier Q&A: Bob East (CEO, Mantra Group & Chair, Tourism Australia)
9.20am-9.30am Presentation: Industry Update by Martin Ferguson AM (Chair, Tourism Accommodation Australia)
9.30am-9.40am Hotelier Q&A: Stephen Burt (Chairman, Travelodge Hotels Asia [Singapore]
9.40am-9.50am Investor Q&A: Brendan O’Farrell (Chief Executive Officer, Intrust Super)
9.50am-10.20am Panel Session: Food and Beverage issues & trends Moderator: Michael Rodrigues (Managing Director – Australia, Time Out) Panellists: • Adam Abrams (Director, Matteo Restaurant Group) • Juliana Payne (Chief Executive Officer, Restaurant & Catering Industry Association) • Paul Wiste (Principal, Design Assembly) [Singapore] • Alejandro Saravia (Chef, Pastuso) • Dave Galvin (Managing Director, SITE Hospitality)
10.20am-10.30am Hotelier Q&A: Leanne Harwood (Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, IHG)
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 Keynote: ‘The 7 Deadly Sins of Innovation – learn how to embrace them and use to your advantage’ by Tammy Marshall (Founder, The B-Hive)
12.00pm-12.20pm Hotelier Q&A: Rachel Argaman (CEO, TFE Hotels) & Arthur Kiong (CEO, Far East Hospitality) [Singapore]
12.20pm-12.30pm Keynote: the essentials for working with social media ‘influencers’ by Kim McKay (Founder & Director, Klick Communications)
12.30pm-1.00pm Panel Session: Future technology Moderator: Ted Horner (Managing Director, E Horner & Associates) Panellists: • Craig Simpson (Director – Hospitality Technology for Event Hospitality and Entertainment) • Wayne Taranto (Director of Hotels & Suites, Crown Group) • Jeremy Holmes (Development Director, Elements of Byron) • Toby Berger (Managing Director & General Manager, APAC, Revinate)
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) Panellists: • Andrew Taylor (Managing Director, Cre8tive Property) • Andrew Williams (Director, Asset Management, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts) • Dean Minnett (Founder & Director, Minett Consulting) • Howard Kemball (Managing Director, KCom) • Ross Beardsell (Senior Vice President, Project & Development Services – Australia, JLL)
2.30pm-2.50pm Hotelier Q&A: Craig Smith (President and Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Marriott International) [Hong Kong]
2.50pm-3.10pm Panel Session: Hotel Jeopardy! Moderator: Vasso Zographou (Director – Hotels, Savills Australia and New Zealand) Panelists: • Barry Fleischmann (Director, Development Australasia – ‎Radisson Hotel Group) • Julian Clark (CEO, Lancemore Group) • Karen Wales (Director, Transaction Services, Hotels Asia Pacific, Colliers International)
3.10pm-3.20pm Hotelier Q&A: Norman Arundel (Director of Hotel and Resort Operations, Event Hospitality & Entertainment)
3.20pm-3.50pm Networking Afternoon Tea
3.50pm-4.05pm Industry Q&A: Sam McDonagh, Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand, Airbnb
4.05pm-4.35pm Panel Session: Development: Midscale & Upscale Brands Moderator: Michael Moret-Lalli (Managing Director, MM Leisure) Panelists: • Barry Fleischmann (Director of Development – Australasia, ‎Radisson Hotel Group) • Matt Holmes (Director – Development and Acquisitions, Wyndham Hotel Group South Pacific, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific) • Michael Herman (Executive Development Manager – ‎TFE Hotels) • Peter Hill (Director of Development – Hotels and Resorts, Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited) • Tushar Raniga (Area Vice President, Business Development, Next Story Group)
4.35pm-4.40pm Exclusive Global Video Q&A: Sébastien Bazin (Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels) [Paris]
4.40pm-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.