Wednesday – May 5

8:00am-onwards:
REGISTRATION, TEA & COFFEE
8:30am-9:10am:

 

REAL ESTATE BREAKFAST MASTERCLASS: Presented by CBRE. Additional registration required

Topic: The Australian Hotel Investment Market  – what’s happened over the past year, where are we now and what can we expect moving forward?

  • What transactions occurred in 2020 and during 2021 so far?
  • What transactions are on the immediate horizon?
  • What are these deals telling us about pricing and market sentiment?
  • Where is the investment capital coming from?
  • What are the key factors motivating buyers in this environment?
  • What is the outlook for future transaction volumes and investor sentiment generally?

Moderator: Michael Simpson, CBRE Hotels

Panel:

  • Troy Craig, Regional Director, CBRE Hotels
  • Hayley Manvell, CBRE Hotels
  • Stephen Burt, Managing Director, Hotel Capital Partners
  • Paul Salter, Managing Director, Salter Brothers Hotel Group

Coffee Sponsor

9:10am-9:20am

 

Welcome to AHICE 2021 from James Wilkinson & emcee, Adelaide media personality, Jess Adamson, including a Welcome to Country.

 

9:20am-9:30am

 

PRESENTATION:

Associations outlook by Martin Ferguson, Chair, Tourism Accommodation Australia and Julian Clark, President, Accommodation Association.

 

9:30am-9:45am:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

David Kong, President & CEO, BWH Hotel Group (live from Chicago)

 

9:45am-10:00am:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Craig S. Smith, CEO – International, Marriott International (live from Washington DC)

 

10:00am-10:25am:

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

State of the economy by Bill Evans, Chief Economist, Westpac (live from Melbourne)

 

10:25am-10:50am:

 

PANEL SESSION: What Owners Want [part 1]

Moderator: Howard Kemball, Director, Kcom & AHICE Ambassador

Panellists:

  • Grant Alchin, Head – Australia Asset Management, CapitaLand Australia
  • Ian Wilson, Managing Director, TooBuild
  • Kate Harper, Asset Manager – Hotels, Salter Brothers
  • Malcolm Bean, Owner, Mt Lofty House & The Reef House
  • Sonia Lefevre, Director, Hôtellerie

 

10:50am-11:20am:

 

NETWORKING BREAK: Morning Tea and Coffee presented by HANSEN YUNCKEN
 
 
Presentation and Video from Peter Salveson, CEO, Hansen Yuncken
 
 

 

11:20am-11:30am:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Mark Bullock, Managing Director – Australasia Business Unit, Radisson Hotel Group

 

11:30am-11:45am:

 

PRESENTATION:

Association Outlook by Dean Long, CEO, Accommodation Association (AA)

 

11:45am-11:55am:

 

INDUSTRY Q&A:

David Elia, CEO, Hostplus

 

11:55am-12:05pm:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

Dr Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner, Pro-invest Group (Live from Dubai)

 

12:05pm-12:25pm:

 

THE CEO SESSIONS [part 1]:

Simon McGrath, CEO – Pacific, Accor, in conversation with Experience Co CEO, John O’Sullivan.

 

12:25pm-12:50pm:

 

PANEL SESSION: Sustainability

Moderator: David Fraser, Executive Director, Axsia Asset Management

Panellists:

  • Caspar Schmidt, Founder, QCC Collection
  • Geoff York, Chief Executive Officer & Group Director, Hotels, Crystalbrook Collection
  • Richard Dalman, Dalman Architecture
  • Michael Bourne, Group Director of Operations, Pro-invest Group
  • Steven Higgins, Leader, Key Account Management – Aus/NZ, LIXIL Water Technology

 

12:50pm-1:00pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Jeff Wagoner, CEO, Outrigger (Live from Honolulu)

 

1:00pm-1:15pm:

 

PRESENTATION:

Association Outlook by Michael Johnson, CEO, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA)

 

1:15pm-1:25pm:

 

INVESTOR Q&A:

Dr Jerry Schwartz, Director, Schwartz Family Co

 

1:25pm-1:35pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:

Heidi Kunkel, Vice President – Operations, Australasia, Hilton

 

1:35pm-2:30pm:

 

NETWORKING BREAK: Lunch presented by AXSIA

Presented by David Simpson, Managing Director, Axsia

 

2:30pm-3:00pm:

 

KEYNOTE: Success on and off the track by Kurt Fearnley AO

Kurt is a three-time gold medal winning Paralympian and one of Australia’s most successful and respected athletes. Born without the lower portion of his spine, Kurt has crawled along the Great Wall of China, completed the Kokoda Trail and is an Australian Paralympic gold medallist. At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Kurt finished his incredible career by winning Gold in the gut-wrenching marathon. He was the flag bearer at the closing ceremony and as usual made every Australian proud of not only his achievements but by the way he conducted himself. In 2018 Kurt was honoured with an AO and in 2019 awarded NSW Australian of the Year.

Presented by THSA

 

3:00pm-3:25pm:

 

PANEL SESSION: Development: Luxury, Boutique & Lifestyle brands

Moderator: Roy Melick, Partner, Baker McKenzie

Panellists:

  • Abhijay Sandilya, Vice President, Development – Japan, Australasia & Pacific, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Lindsay Leeser, Senior Vice President Development & Franchise – Pacific, Accor
  • Monika Dubaj, Vice President Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Richard Crawford, Senior Director – Hotel Development, Australia, NZ, and Pacific, Marriott International
  • Tushar Raniga, Regional Director, Development – Australasia, Hilton

 

3:25pm-3:40pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:
 
Katerina Giannouka, President – Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group (Live from Singapore)

 

 

3:40pm-3:55pm:

 

THE CEO SESSIONS:
 
David Mansfield, MD – Australia, The Ascott Limited & Quest Apartment Hotels in conversation with Matt Cameron-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

 

3:55pm-4:25pm:

 

NETWORKING BREAK: Afternoon Tea and Coffee presented by INTRUST SUPER 

Presented by Ben Chapman, Relationship Manager, Intrust Super

 

4:25pm-4:35pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:
 
Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels (Live from Hong Kong)

 

4:35pm-4:45pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:
 
Antony Ritch, CEO, TFE Hotels

 

4:45pm-5:10pm:

 

PANEL SESSION: Human Resources: Staff retention and challenges for the industry

Moderator: Howard Kemball, Director, Kcom & AHICE Ambassador

Panellists:

  • Lynda Ugarte, Head of HR – Australasia and Japan, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Owen Webb, Manager – Workplace Relations, Australian Hotels Association (SA)
  • Robert Dawson, Area Vice President – Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Sarah Salkild, Group GM People, Culture and Employee Experience, Event Hospitality & Entertainment
  • Sarah Derry, SVP Talent & Culture – Pacific, Accor

 

5:10pm-5:20pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:
 

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor (Live from Paris)

 

5:20pm-5:35pm:

 

HOTELIER Q&A:
 
Kenneth Macpherson, CEO – Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts (Live from London)

 

5:35pm-6:00pm:

 

PANEL SESSION: Drinks with the Bosses

Moderator: Robert Williams, Asia-Pacific Head of Hotels & Leisure, Watson Farley & Williams

Panellists:

  • David Mansfield, Managing Director – Australia, The Ascott Limited
  • Leanne Harwood , Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, IHG
  • Marianne Ossovani, CEO, HTL Partners & Head of Hotels, Tourism & Leisure, Elanor Investors Group
  • Simon McGrath, CEO – Pacific, Accor
  • Heidi Kunkel, Vice President – Operations, Australasia, Hilton

 

6:00pm-8:00pm:

 

WELCOME NETWORKING EVENT: Presented by TORRENS UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA at the Adelaide Oval and Coffee Sponsor Lavazza

Speakers:

  • Associate Professor Simon Pawson, Associate Dean, Torrens University Australia
  • Silvio Zaccareo, APAC BU Director & LAUS Managing Director, Lavazza

 

       

 

9:30pm-onwards:

 

CLUB AHICE at Crowne Plaza Adelaide presented by Crowne Plaza and sponsored by GROHE

*NEW in 2021* Join industry colleagues for an after-hours drink and networking.

 

 

Program is subject to change