AHICE DAY 1

8:00am-9:00am: REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
9:00am-9:05am:

 

OFFICIAL WELCOME:

What to expect at AHICE 2020 with hosts, HM magazine Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, and leading asset manager and emcee, Howard Kemball.

 

9:05am-9:15am:

 

INDUSTRY UPDATE:

An Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific industry review and outlook from STR – Regional Manager Pacific, Matthew Burke (Sydney).

 

9:15am-9:30am:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

The Pro-Invest team talk expansion (Sydney).

 

9:30am-9:40am:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO, Trent Fraser (Melbourne).

 

10:05am-10:15am:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

Schwartz Family Company Director, Dr Jerry Schwartz (Sydney).

 

10:15am-10:30am:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A:

WorldHotels CEO, Kristin Intress (Phoenix, USA).

 

10:30am-10:40am:

 

INDUSTRY UPDATE:

State of the industry address by Accommodation Association CEO, Dean Long (Sydney).

 

10:40am-11:05am: MORNING TEA & NETWORKING
11:05am-11:35am:

 

GLOBAL KEYNOTE:

LUXURY HOSPITALITY SKILLS FOR THE REAL WORLD. By Saira Hospitality Founder & CEO, Harsha L’Acqua (New York, USA).

Four-year-old non-profit organisation Saira Hospitality, founded by Harsha L’Acqua, creates pop-up schools to educate underserved local community members for employment in the hotel industry, in countries like Mexico, the British Virgin Islands, Namibia and more. Saira’s goal is to give local community members the skills and confidence to gain employment in the luxury hospitality sector. Has it worked? You bet! To date, Saira has graduated 251 students to participating hotel partners including Virgin Limited Edition, Rosewood Hotels, Autograph Collection, Habitas, Bunkhouse Hotels and more.

 

11:35am-11:55am:

 

EXECUTIVE CONVERSATIONS:

PART ONE. Featuring Accor COO Pacific, Simon McGrath, in conversation with AOT Group Founder & CEO, Andrew Burnes

In a new feature for AHICE in 2020, hotel industry leaders talk trends with travel industry leaders to find out expectations for the new decade. In part one of the ‘executive discussions’, McGrath goes one-on-one with one of the legends in travel in the region: AOT Group Founder and CEO, Andrew Burnes. Established in 1987, the AOT Group provides travel services for over 750,000 travellers per annum throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and around the world, and is a business of Helloworld Travel Limited. Burnes holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is admitted to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor in Victoria. Andrew was National Chairman of ATEC from 1999 to 2002, Deputy Chairman of Tourism Australia from 2006 to 2009 and a Trustee of the Travel Compensation Fund from 2005 to 2009.

 

11:55am-12:05pm:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

Hines Property Managing Director, James Hines (Melbourne/Adelaide).

 

12:05pm-12:30pm:

 

PANEL SESSION: 

WHAT OWNERS WANT [PART ONE]Hosted by Robert Wilson(Prime Square) in conversation with Sarah Phillipson (Consultant), Nigel Greenaway (Colliers), Grant Alchin (CapitaLand), Kate Harper (Salter Brothers) and Ross Beardsell (JLL).

 

12:30pm-12:45pm:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A:

Next Hotels and Resorts CEO, Darren Edmonstone(Singapore).

 

12:45pm-1:00pm:

 

GLOBAL KEYNOTE:

WORLDWIDE HOTEL SALES OVERVIEW. By Savills’ Global Head of Sales, George Nicholas (London).

 

1:00pm-1:45pm: NETWORKING LUNCH
2:10pm-2:15pm:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A [AHICE TV]:

Exclusive one-on-one with InterContinental Hotels Group CEO, Keith Barr (London).

 

2:30pm-2:40pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

TFE Hotels CEO, Antony Ritch (Sydney).

 

3:00pm-3:10pm:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

An industry outlook in conversation with Hostplus.

 

3:10pm-3:35pm:

 

PANEL SESSION:

THE 2020 REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT OUTLOOK. Moderator and panellists to be named soon.

 

3:35pm-3:45pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Quest Apartment Hotels Chief Operating Officer, David Mansfield (Melbourne).

 

3:45pm-4:10pm: AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING
4:10pm-4:15pm:

 

 

TOURISM LEADER Q&A [AHICE TV]:

Exclusive one-on-one with Virgin Australia Group CEO, Paul Scurrah (Brisbane).

 

4:15pm-4:35pm:

 

EXECUTIVE CONVERSATIONS:

PART TWO. Featuring InterContinental Hotels Group Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, Leanne Harwood, in conversation with NRMA Group CEO, Rohan Lund.

In part two of the ‘executive discussions’, Harwood talks to Lund, who was appointed to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) in January 2016. An energetic and customer focused leader, Lund provides strategic and commercial expertise to the NRMA, which is Australia’s largest member-owned organisation providing a range of motoring and travel services. Prior to his role at NRMA, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Foxtel, COO of Seven West Media, CEO of Yahoo!7 and Strategy Director for SingTel Optus.

 

4:35pm-4:50pm:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A:

Outrigger Hospitality Group President & CEO, Jeff Wagoner(Honolulu).

 

4:50pm-5:15pm:

 

PANEL SESSION:

MIDSCALE & UPSCALE BRANDS – DEVELOPMENT OUTLOOK & SEGMENT SNAPSHOTModerator and panellists to be named soon.

 

5:15pm-5:25pm:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A [AHICE TV]:

Exclusive one-on-one with Accor Chairman & CEO, Sebastien Bazin (Paris).

 

5:25pm-5:40pm:

 

GLOBAL HOTELIER Q&A:

More details to be announced soon.

 

5:40pm-6:00pm:

 

PANEL SESSION:

DRINKS WITH THE BOSSES [PART ONE]: An industry update with some of Australasia’s leading executives. Hosted by Robert Williams (WithersWorldwide), in conversation with Robert Dawson (Hyatt), Leanne Harwood (IHG), Heidi Kunkel (Hilton), Sean Hunt (Marriott) and Simon McGrath (Accor).

 

6:00pm-6:10pm:

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

Announcing the winner of the 2020 Paul Davis Hotel Design Award in association with Pro-Invest Group.

 

6:10pm-7:30pm:

 

NETWORKING RECEPTION:

Welcome to AHICE 2020 drinks in the exhibition area.