Program 2019

Wednesday 1 May

Time Session
8.00am-9.20am Registration, Refreshments & Networking
9.00am-9.10am Welcome to AHICE 2019: Howard Kemball (Host of AHICE & Director, KCom) & James Wilkinson (Editor-In-Chief, HM magazine)
9.10am-9.20am KEYNOTE SPEECH: The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, on the city’s accommodation market.
9.20am-9.30am HOTELIER Q&A: Trent Fraser, CEO, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac
9.30am-10.00am EXECUTIVE PANEL: What Owners Want (part 1: the owners)
Moderator: Howard Kemball, Director, KCom

  • David Scalzo, Managing Director, Perri Projects
  • Dr Jerry Schwartz, Director, Schwartz Family Co
  • Lucia Grambalova, General Manager – Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia Limited
  • Malcolm Bean, Director, Beanmkrgy Pty Ltd
10.00am-10.10am HOTELIER Q&A: Simon McGrath, COO – Pacific, AccorHotels
10.10am-10.20am INVESTOR Q&A: Phil Kasselis, Managing Director, Pro-invest Hotels Group
10.20am-10.30am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The hotel valuer’s perspective by Adam Ellis, Director – Hotels & Leisure, LMW
10.30am-11.00am EXECUTIVE PANEL: ‘Boutique blooming’
Moderator: Sonia Lefevre (CEO, Hotelerie)

  • Jure Domazet, CEO, Doma Hotels
  • Mark Peters, Founder, Tribe Hotels
  • Paul Fischmann, CEO, 8Hotels
  • Will Deague, CEO, Deague Group
11.00am-11.15am HOTELIER Q&A: Jane Hastings, CEO, Event Hospitality & Entertainment
11.15am-11.45am Morning Tea & Networking
11.45am-12.25pm KEYNOTE SPEECH: Gus Balbontin, former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. Presented in association with Fairmont Designs
12.25pm-12.45pm HOTELIER Q&A: Kenneth Macpherson, CEO – Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (London)
12.45pm-1.05pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Economic outlook from Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St George Bank
1.05pm-1.15pm HOTELIER Q&A: Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton, talking about the company’s 100th anniversary in May 2019 (Washington D.C – global exclusive video)
1.15pm-2.00pm Lunch & Networking
2.00pm-2.10pm HOTELIER Q&A: Sebastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, AccorHotels (Paris – exclusive video)
2.10pm-2.25pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ‘By the Numbers’ – the STR outlook for 2019 by Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director Asia Pacific, STR
2.25pm-2.40pm INDUSTRY FUN: The 2019 HM Hotel Industry Challenge game hosted by James Wilkinson
2.40pm-2.55pm HOTELIER Q&A: Heidi Kunkel, Vice President Operations – Australasia, Hilton
2.55pm-3.10pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Global hotel sales outlook by George Nicholas, Global Head of Hotels, Savills, (London)
3.10pm-3.40pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Australasian Real Estate Investment Outlook
Moderator: Karen Wales, Director, Transaction Services, Hotels Asia Pacific, Colliers International

  • Andrew Jolliffe, Managing Director, HTL Property
  • Michael Simpson, Managing Director – Hotels, Savills Australia and New Zealand
  • Wayne Bunz, National Director – CBRE Hotel
3.40pm-4.10pm Afternoon Tea & Networking
4.10pm-4.40pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Development: Luxury Brands
Moderator: Gus Moors, Head of Hotels – Australia, Colliers International

  • 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
4.40pm-4.50pm HOTELIER Q&A: Paul Constantinou, Chairman, Quest Apartment Hotels
4.50pm-5.10pm HOTELIER Q&A: David Udell, Group President – Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (Hong Kong)
5.10pm-5.40pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: ‘On the Couch’: the 2019 industry outlook with Robert Williams, Partner & Head of Hotels and Hospitality Asia Pacific, Withers Worldwide

  • Dean Dransfield, Managing Director, Dransfield Hotels & Resorts
  • Leanne Harwood, Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Peter Tudehope, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney & Area General Manager, Radisson Hotels Group
  • Raymond Clement, Managing Director – Hotels Asia-Pacific, Savills (Singapore)
5.40pm-6.00pm PRESENTATION: The inaugural Paul Davis Hotel Design Award in association with Pro-invest
6.00pm-8.00pm AHICE Welcome Event & Networking

Thursday 2 May

Time Session
8.00am-9.00am Registration, Refreshments & Networking
9.00am-9.05am Welcome to AHICE 2019 day two: Howard Kemball
9.05am-9.15am HOTELIER Q&A: Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group  (London – exclusive video)
9.15am-9.45am EXECUTIVE PANEL: What Owners Want (part 2: the asset managers)
Moderator: Nigel Greenaway, National Director of Hotels, Colliers Australia

  • Gary Lopez, Asset Manager – Hotels, SB&G Group
  • Howard Kemball, Director, Kcom
  • Robert Wilson, Principal, Prime Square
  • Sarah Phillipson, Hotel Consultant and Hospitality Specialist
9.45am-10.05am HOTELIER Q&A: Michael Issenberg, CEO – Asia Pacific, AccorHotels (Singapore)
10.05am-10.20am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Industry Update by Richard Munro, Chief Executive Officer, AAoA
10.20am-10.30am HOTELIER Q&A: Darren Edmonstone, CEO, Next Story Hotels (Singapore)
10.30am-10.40am INVESTOR Q&A: Iwan Sunito, Founder and CEO, Crown Group
10.40am-11.00am KEYNOTE: To be revealed
11.00am-11.30am Morning Tea & Networking
11.30am-12.00pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Human Resources: Why Diversity Matters
Suzi Finkelstein, Director, Leadership and Advocacy, Women & Leadership Australia

  • Heidi Kunkel, Vice President Operations – Australasia, Hilton
  • Leanne Harwood, Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Sean Hunt, Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Marriott International
  • Simon McGrath, COO – Pacific, AccorHotels
12.00pm-12.20pm HOTELIER Q&A: Craig S. Smith, Managing Director – Asia-Pacific, Marriott International
12.20pm-12.30pm INVESTOR Q&A: Dr Jerry Schwartz, Director, Schwartz Family Co
12.30pm-1.00pm EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Development: Upscale brands booming
Moderator: Andrew Taylor, Managing Director, Cre8tive Property

  • Mark Bullock, Director – Development, Australasia, Radisson Hotels
  • Michael Herman, Executive Development Manager – ‎TFE Hotels
  • Patrick Lonergan, Director of Hotels, Doma Group
  • Robert Scullin, Vice President of Development – Australasia, Hilton
1.00pm-1.45pm Lunch & Networking
1.45pm-2.00pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Australian inbound tourism outlook by John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia
2.00pm-2.20pm HOTELIER/INVESTOR Q&A: Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels (Hong Kong)
2.20pm-2.35pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Global M&A outlook by Tony Ryan, Managing Director, Global Mergers & Acquisitions, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group (Singapore)
2.35pm-3.00pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: The 2019 Hotel Technology Outlook
Moderator: Craig Simpson, Standing Rock Technologies

  • Drew Bowering, Senior Director Market Management, Oceania, Expedia Group
  • Kim McKay, Director, Klick Communications
  • Ted Horner, Managing Director, E Horner & Associates
3.00pm-3.30pm Afternoon Tea & Networking
3.30pm-3.45pm HOTELIER Q&A: Joon Aun Ooi, President and Managing Director – South East Asia and Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (Singapore)
3.45pm-4.00pm KEYNOTE SPEECH: Re-energising Australia’s nightlife and the impact on hotels by Night Time Industries Association Chair & Time Out Australia Managing Director, Michael Rodrigues
4.00pm-4.30pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Hotel Food and Beverage trends for 2019
Moderator: Michael Rodrigues

  • Dave Galvin, Director, Site Hospitality
  • Paul Wiste, Principal, Design Assembly (Singapore)
  • Vincent Lombino, Group Director Food and Beverage, Ovolo Hotels (Hong Kong)
4.30pm-4.55pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: ‘DRINKS WITH THE BOSSES’: Hotel industry Q&A with hosted by James Wilkinson, served alongside local beer and wine.


  • Craig Bond, Executive Vice President – Operations, Onyx Hospitality Group (Bangkok)
  • Jayson Westbury, CEO, Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)
  • Julian Clark, CEO, Lancemore Group
4.55pm-5.00pm End of AHICE 2019 event wrap-up: Howard Kemball & James Wilkinson

* The final program is subject to change.