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Programme

The programme will, as usual, be hard-hitting and contains such topics as:

  • Dealing with the oversupply crunch – slash rates to fill, hold out – or just cut costs?
  • Changing investment opportunities as resort and leisure markets mature
  • Franchising – is now the time?
  • Can the Saudi “tourism revolution” succeed – and who wins and loses if it does?
  • Creating a new destination – challenges and lessons to learn – Hard Talk
  • Debate: Bigger brands make for richer owners – discuss
  • Which deal would you do – the audience pit their wits against some of the region’s most experienced hotel investors
  • What is the best hotel investment vehicle?
  • The Chinese are coming – what do they want?
  • The FF&E Reserve – a necessary evil for owners?
  • What is your F&B/meetings sales team up to – and how to benchmark it
  • What are the economics of owning lodges?
  • As the broader hospitality universe grows to encompass serviced apartments, branded residences, hostels and the sharing economy, does the “hotel sector” still exist?
  • Timeshare comes to the UAE – good news or bad news for the sector?

We already have a strong speaker line-up including:

  • HE Sultan Al Dhaheri, Executive Director Tourism, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi
  • Khalid Al Yahmadi, CEO, ASAAS
  • David Anderson, CEO, Sun Ltd
  • Claude Attala, Chief Hospitality and Marketing Officer, Shamayel
  • Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, Time Hotels
  • Luca Bandecchi, Vice-Chairman Hospitality, SBK Holdings
  • Bill Barnett, Founder & MD, C9 Hotelworks
  • David Damiba, Chief Investment Officer, Kasada Holdings
  • Abdellah Essonni, Chief Hospitality Officer, MAAD International
  • Stuart Etherington, Dir of Hospitality Asset Management, Dubai Properties
  • Mariano Faz, Head of Asset Management, The First Group
  • Paul Gardiner, Director, The Mantis Collection
  • Giuliano Gasparini, SVP Hospitality, Aldar Properties
  • Philippe Harb, COO, One2One Hotels
  • Olivier Harnisch, CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group
  • Ruslan Husry, Owner and CEO, HR Group
  • Zoltan Kali, Head of Omran Hospitality
  • Ziad Khoury, CEO, Abjar Hotels International
  • Panos Loupasis, VP Development, Wyndham
  • Jalil Mekouar, CEO – Hospitality, Majid Al Futtaim
  • Ghaly Murthala, Founder & MD, Morteza Capital
  • Dominic Parker, Partner, Fitzrovian Capital
  • Dillip Rajakarier, CEO, Minor Hotels Group
  • Jay Rosen, Head of Finance and Investments, The Red Sea Development Company
  • Tony Ryan, Head of M&A, JLL Hotels
  • Ann Shannon, Snr Asset Mgr Hospitality, Bloom Holding
  • Thiti Thongbenjamas, CIO, Singha Estates
  • Norbert Vas, VP Business Development, Archipelago International
  • Marko Vucinic, Business Development, Al Rajhi Holdings