Wednesday 4 May


8:30am -9:10am:

BREAKFAST MASTERCLASS – ESG and its implications on hotel investment.

Nihat Ercan will present the findings of a recent JLL survey conducted by over 100 major owners and operators across Asia Pacific on how ESG is influencing their investment and operations strategies.

Peter Harper will then moderate a panel of industry experts who’ll discuss how ESG is shaping the future of the hotel industry and the growing needs of investors, operators, financiers, staff and guests.

From employment diversity to responsible energy sources & carbon emissions, waste management and water conservation, ESG has quickly become one of the most important aspects of the industry. This a session not to be missed.

  • Presentation
    • NIHAT ERCAN, Senior Managing Director & Head of Investment Sales Asia Pacific
  • Panel
    • Moderator – PETER HARPER, Managing Director & Head of Investment Sales Australasia
    • ROSS BEARDSELL, Executive Vice President – Asset Management, JLL
    • CAITLIN UREN, Head of ESG & Repositioning, JLL
    • STEVEN SKAROTT, Director, Salter Brothers
    • TIM SHERLOCK, Managing Director APAC Pro-Invest Group
    • LINDSAY LEESER, Senior Vice President Development & Franchise, Pacific, ACCOR

Presented in association with JLL


9:10am -9:20am:
Welcome to AHICE 2022 from chair & convenor, JAMES WILKINSON, and event emcee, Adelaide media personality, JESS ADAMSON, including a Welcome to Country.
Welcome to AHICE 2022 by  PETER MALINAUSKAS , the Premier Of South Australia


HOTELIER Q&A: London-based IHG CEO – Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, KENNETH MACPHERSON, in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




HOTELIER Q&A: Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO, TRENT FRASER, in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




PANEL SESSION: The 2022 Asset Managers Outlook. Moderator: HOWARD KEMBALL, Director, Kcom & AHICE Ambassador.



DAVID FRASER, Executive Director, Axsia Asset Management

DEAN MINETT, Managing Director, Minett Prime Square

GLEN BOULTWOOD, CEO & Founder, Serene Capital

GRANT ALCHIN, Head of Asset Management Australia, CapitaLand

RODGER POWELL, Managing Director, THSA

SONIA LEFEVRE, Managing Director, Hôtellerie




DATA DUMP: Australia-Pacific market expectations by STR Regional Manager Pacific, MATTHEW BURKE.




INVESTOR Q&A: DOMA Hotels CEO, JURE DOMAZET, in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




INDUSTRY UPDATE: Associations update from the Accommodation Association (President, LEANNE HARWOOD) and Tourism Accommodation Australia (Chair, MARTIN FERGUSON) in conversation with AHICE Ambassador, HOWARD KEMBALL.




MORNING TEA presented by David Thompson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer





HOTELIER Q&A: Event Hospitality and Entertainment CEO, JANE HASTINGS in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




PANEL SESSION: The 2022 Owners Outlook [part 1]. Accommodation Association (AA) CEO, RICHARD MUNRO.



DANIEL PALUMBO, Director, Palumbo & owner, Sofitel Adelaide

DR JERRY SCHWARTZ, Director, Schwartz Family Co

JAN SMITS, CEO & Deputy Chair APAC, Pro-invest Group

LUCIA GRAMBALOVA, GM – Hotel Investments, Mulpha Australia

PAUL SALTER, Managing Director, Salter Brothers




HOTELIER Q&A: Marriott International CEO – International, CRAIG S. SMITH in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON (live from Washington DC).




INDUSTRY Q&A: Hostplus CEO, DAVID ELIA in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




THE CEO SESSIONS [part 1]: IHG SVP and MD – Australasia, Pacific and Japan, LEANNE HARWOOD  in conversation with Pelligra Director, ROSS PELLIGRA




INVESTOR Q&A: Pro-invest Group Founder & Chairman, RONALD BARROTT in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




HOTELIER Q&A: Veriu Hotels Co-Founder, ALEX THORPE, in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




LUNCH presented by COMCATER – Michael Hyde, Head Of Hospitality & Hotels




HOTELIER Q&A: Radisson Hotel Group President – Asia Pacific, KATERINA GIANNOUKA (Singapore) & Radisson Hotel Group Managing Director – Australasia Business Unit, MARK BULLOCK, in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




KEYNOTE PRESENTED BY THSA – Intro from Rodger Powell, Managing Director, THSA

: Inspiration from ANYIER YUOL, Founder and CEO of Miss Sahara and Anyier Model Management, former chair of Australian National Committee on Refugee Women.

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp and moving to Australia at the age of 10, Anyier is an inspiring entrepreneur with aspirational dreams for social change. Anyier is the founder and CEO of Miss Sahara and Anyier Model Management and is an advocate for women’s and girls rights, refugee and gender equality, sport for development, youth participation and improving representation of minority groups in Australia through sport and the beauty and fashion industry.

The former chair of the Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW), Anyier regularly consults local councils, state and national government agencies, schools and businesses, and attends high level consultative meetings at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

Anyier has been influential in her advocacy activities in creating a space where young people are able to use their voice to bring change.



PANEL SESSION: Development: Mid-scale, upscale and select service brands. Moderated by AARON DESANGE, Head of Capital Markets WA, CBRE



BRETT FORER, Director Development Pacific, Accor Pacific

CAMERON BURKE, Director of Investments & Portfolio Growth, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac

JOHN SUTCLIFFE, Director of Development, TFE Hotels

MARK RONFELDT, CEO, Daiwa Living Nesuto Holdings

MATT HOLMES, Head of Development – South East Asia & Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

PETER HILL, Director of Development, Event Hospitality and Entertainment




HOTELIER Q&A: TFE Hotels CEO, ANTONY RITCH & Far East Hospitality CEO, ARTHUR KIONG (Singapore) in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




HOTELIER Q&A: Crown Resorts Group Head of Hospitality and Crown Sydney CEO, SIMON McGRATH in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




AFTERNOON TEA presented by PRO-INVEST GROUP – Sabine Schaffer, Co Founder & Ceo Europe




PANEL SESSION: Let’s get more sustainable. Moderated by Tourism Accommodation Australia Managing Director, MICHAEL JOHNSON.



ANDREW CAMERON, Senior Category Manager – F&B, CSR & OS&E – Global Procurement Organisation, Accor (Singapore)

CASPAR SCHMIDT, Founder & CEO, QCC Collection

DR SABINE SCHAFFER, Co-Founder & CEO Europe, Pro-invest Group (Dubai & London)

GEOFF YORK, Chief Executive Officer & Group Director, Hotels, Crystalbrook Collection

STEVEN HIGGINS, Leader, Commercial And Projects ANZ, GROHE _ Part Of Lixil

WAYNE TARANTO, Group Director of Operations, Ovolo Hotels




Outrigger Hospitality Group CEO, JEFF WAGONER in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON. (Honolulu).




PANEL SESSION: Human Resources: Staff retention and challenges for the industry. Moderator: MATT CAMERON-SMITH, CEO, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.



LYNDA UGARTE, Head of HR – Australasia and Japan, IHG Hotels & Resorts

MARY HOGG, Regional Director of Human Resources, Hilton

NICOLE DOWNS, Group Director of People and Performance, Ovolo Group

SARAH SALKILD, Group GM People, Culture and Employee Experience, Event Hospitality & Entertainment

SHELLEY PERKINS, SVP – Talent and Culture, Accor Pacific

SIMON PAWSON, Associate Dean, Torrens University Australia




HOTELIER Q&A: Accor Chairman and CEO, SÉBASTIEN BAZIN in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON. (Live from Paris).




HOTELIER Q&A: The Ascott Limited Managing Director – Australia, DAVID MANSFIELD in conversation with HM Editor-In-Chief, JAMES WILKINSON.




PANEL SESSION: Drinks with the Bosses presented by Lavazza. Moderator: Watson Farley & Williams’ Asia-Pacific Head of Hotels & Leisure, ROBERT WILLIAMS.



JESSICA MELLOR, Chief Operating Officer, The Star Gold Coast

LEANNE HARWOOD, SVP & Managing Director – Australasia, Pacific & Japan, IHG Hotels & Resorts

PAUL HUTTON, Head of Australasia, Hilton

ROBERT DAWSON, Area Vice President – Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

SARAH DERRY, CEO – Pacific, Accor

SEAN HUNT, Area Vice President – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, Marriott International




AHICE 2022 GALA WELCOME RECEPTION, a ‘Taste of South Australia’, presented by the Government of South Australia in Association with Event Hospitality and Entertainment, including local food, wine and spectacular entertainment.

Program is subject to change

AHICE House Rules

A note from the organisers: Due to a number of unofficial invite-only events taking place during the official event times in recent years, we would ask that businesses and individuals please do not host any events during the above times as a courtesy to other sponsors of AHICE. We all know that without sponsors, events like this cannot happen and we ask that our request is respected. If events do take place during the official times, the organisers and representatives of those companies will not be able to attend any AHICE sessions at the Adelaide Oval are at the risk of passes being revoked.

We will also be requesting that supplier attendees that aren’t sponsors of the event to not canvas for business with sales materials and documents at the events at the Adelaide Oval. Those that do it will be at the risk of passes being revoked.