Program 2019

Wednesday 1 May

Time Session
9.00am-9.15am Welcome to AHICE 2019: Howard Kemball (Host of AHICE & Director, KCom) & James Wilkinson (Editor-In-Chief, HM magazine)
9.15am-9.30am KEYNOTE SPEECH: The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, on the city’s accommodation market.
9.30am – 9.50am
HOTELIER Q&A: Kenneth Macpherson, CEO – Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (London)
9.50am-10.20am 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
10.20am-10.30am HOTELIER Q&A: Simon McGrath, COO – Pacific, AccorHotels
10.30am-10.40am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The hotel valuer’s perspective by Adam Ellis, Director – Hotels & Leisure, LMW
10.40am-11.10am EXECUTIVE PANEL: ‘Boutique blooming’
Moderator: Julian Clark, CEO, Lancemore Group

  • Jure Domazet, CEO, Doma Hotels
  • Mark Peters, Founder, Tribe Hotels
  • Paul Fischmann, CEO, 8Hotels
  • Will Deague, CEO, Deague Group
  • Zed Sanjana, CEO, Veriu Hotels and Suites
11.10am-11.45am MORNING TEA & NETWORKING
11.45am-12.15pm KEYNOTE SPEECH: Gus Balbontin, former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet. Presented in association with Fairmont Designs
12.15pm- 12.25pm
HOTELIER Q&A: Paul Bromley, Chief Financial Officer, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac
12.25pm – 12.35pm INVESTOR Q&A: Ronald Barrott, CEO, Pro-Invest Group
12.35pm -12.55pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Economic outlook from Besa Deda, Chief Economist, St George Bank
12.55pm -1.05pm HOTELIER Q&ABob East, Chairman, Tourism Australia
1.05pm – 1.15pm
HOTELIER Q&A: Dino Mezzatesta, Chief Operating Officer, The Star Sydney
1.15pm-2.00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING
2.00pm-2.15pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ‘By the Numbers’ – the STR outlook for 2019 by Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director Asia Pacific & Matthew Burke, Business Development Manager – Pacific
2.15pm – 2.25pm HOTELIER Q&A: Sebastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor (Paris – global exclusive video)
INDUSTRY FUN: The 2019 HM Hotel Industry Challenge game hosted by James Wilkinson
2.45pm-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
Craig Collins, Chief Executive Officer – Hotels and Hospitality Australasia, JLL
Michael Simpson, Managing Director – Hotels, Savills Australia and New Zealand
Wayne Bunz, National Director, CBRE Hotels
4.10pm-4.35pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Development: Luxury Brands
Moderator: Gus Moors, Head of Hotels – Australia, Colliers International
Abhijay Sandilya, Senior Director, Development – Australasia, InterContinental Hotels Group
Lindsay Leeser, Vice President Development & Franchise – Pacific, Accor
Richard Crawford, Senior Director, Hotel Development – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Marriott International
Monika Dubaj, Vice President Development – Pacific Region, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
4.35pm-4.45pm HOTELIER Q&A: Paul Constantinou AM, Chairman, Quest Apartment Hotels
4.45pm-5.05pm HOTELIER Q&A: David Udell, Group President – Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (Hong Kong)
5.05pm-5.15pm KEYNOTE Q&A: From luxury lodges to inflight dining: the secrets to F&B success with Joost Heymeijer, Senior Vice President Inflight Catering at Emirates Airline and formerly General Manager, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa (Dubai – global exclusive video)
5.15pm-5.45pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: The 2019 hotel 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
• Peter Tudehope,
General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney & Area General Manager, Radisson Hotels Group
• Raymond Clement,
Managing Director – Hotels Asia-Pacific, Savills (Singapore)
5.45pm-6.00pm PRESENTATION: The inaugural Paul Davis Hotel Design Award in association with Pro-Invest Group
Presented by the Accommodation Association of Australia at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Thursday 2 May

Time Session
7.45am-8.45am HIGHER LEARNING: Breakfast with Torrens Universities Australia and the Blue Mountains International
Hotel Management School (BMIHMS):
the AHICE Professional Development Course – “Management vs. Leadership” Micro Module, where every attendee receives a certificate!
(RSVP essential and limited to only 100 places)
9.00am-9.05am Welcome to AHICE 2019 day two: Howard Kemball
9.05am-9.35am 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
  • Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner, Pro-Invest Group
  • Robert Wilson, Principal, Prime Square
  • Sarah Phillipson, Hotel Consultant and Hospitality Specialist
9.35am-9.45am HOTELIER Q&A: Julian Clark, CEO, Lancemore Group
9.45am-9.55am INDUSTRY LEADER Q&A: Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (London – exclusive video)
9.55am-10.10am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Industry Update by Richard Munro, Chief Executive Officer, AAoA
10.10am-10.20am KEYNOTE Q&A: Paul Watson, Executive Manager of Member Experience, Hostplus
10.20am-10.30am INVESTOR Q&A: Iwan Sunito, Founder and CEO, Crown Group
10.30am-10.40am HOTELIER Q&A: Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group (London – exclusive video)
10.40am-11.00am HOTELIER Q&A: Craig S. Smith, Managing Director – Asia-Pacific, Marriott International (Hong Kong)
11.30am-11.55am 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
11.55am -12.05pm HOTELIER Q&A: Jane Hastings, CEO, Event Hospitality & Entertainment
12.05pm-12.25pm HOTELIER Q&A: Joon Aun Ooi, President and Managing Director – South East Asia and Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (Singapore)
12.25pm-12.35pm INVESTOR Q&A: Dr Jerry Schwartz, Director, Schwartz Family Co
12.35pm-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
  • Matt Holmes, Director of Development and Acquisitions, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
1.00pm-1.45pm LUNCH & NETWORKING
1.45pm-2.00pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Australian inbound tourism outlook by Phillipa Harrison, Executive General Manager – International, Tourism Australia
2.05pm-2.20pm LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE Q&A: Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels and winner of the Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year at the 2018 HM Awards (Hong Kong)
2.20pm-2.35pm INDUSTRY LEACDER Q&A: Cyril Ranque, President of Lodging Partner Services, Expedia Group (Seattle)
2.35pm-3.00pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: The 2019 Hotel Technology Outlook
Moderator: Craig Simpson, Standing Rock Technologies

  • Caspar Schmidt, CEO – QCC Collection
  • Sihil Piyasiri, Director, Global Hotel & Owner Solutions, Australasia & Japan, IHG
  • Ted Horner, Managing Director, E Horner & Associates\
  • Michael Benikos, Managing Director, ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions Australia
3.30pm-3.545pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Industry Update by Martin Ferguson, Chair, Tourism Accommodation Australia & Bradley Woods, CEO of Australian Hotels Association WA & National Executive Director, Government & Parliamentary Affairs at Tourism Accommodation Australia
3.45pm-3.50pm HOTELIER Q&A: Jeff Wagoner, CEO, Outrigger Hospitality (Honolulu – global exclusive video)
KEYNOTE SPEECH: Re-energising Australia’s nightlife and the impact on the hotel industry by Night Time Industries Association Chair & Time Out Australia Managing Director, Michael Rodrigues
4.00pm-4.25pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: Hotel Food and Beverage trends for 2019 you need to know
Moderator: Michael Rodrigues

  • Alison Hulm, Director – Restaurants and Bars, Australasia and Japan, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Luke Butler, Managing Director, Hastings People
  • Dave Galvin, Director, Site Hospitality
  • Adam Petta, Director of Culinary, QT Hotels and Resorts
  • Vincent Lombino, Group Director Food and Beverage, Ovolo Hotels (Hong Kong)
4:25pm-4:30pm PRIZE DRAW: The 2019 AHICE major prize draw – be in the room to win!
4.30pm-4.55pm EXECUTIVE PANEL: ‘DRINKS WITH THE BOSSES’: The 2019 hotel industry ‘SWOT’ Q&A session with James Wilkinson, served alongside local beer and wine


  • Alex Billing, Regional Vice President – Operations Australia and New Zealand, Next Story Group
  • Bradley Woods, CEO, Australian Hotels Association (WA)
  • Craig Bond, Executive Vice President – Operations, Onyx Hospitality Group (Bangkok)
  • Graham Perry, Managing Director – Australasia, Best Western International
  • Wayne Taranto, Director of Hotels and Suites, Crown Group/Skye Suites
4.55pm-5.00pm AHICE 2019 event wrap-up with Howard Kemball & James Wilkinson

* The final program is subject to change.