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2018 Schedule at a Glance*

The IHIF conference programme includes interviews with leading hoteliers, forecasts from top economists, panel discussions on the latest developments, trends and best practice in the hotel and investment industry, as well as inspirational keynote speakers. Over 200 speakers take part in the conference, all leaders in their field making for a stimulating and diverse programme.

 

MONDAY 5 MARCH

 

Pre-event workshop

14:00 – 17:45

GENERAL SESSION: THE ECONOMICS OF HOTEL INVESTMENT

14:00

WELCOME REMARKS

14:10

 

The Big Economic Debate

Two economists debate the state of the world's economy, geopolitical trends and prospects for 2018 and beyond.

14:50

Hotel Investment Today

Industry experts give market overviews followed by a Q&A

15:30

Lifetime Achievement Award & Interview

15:50

 

Investors’ Intentions in 2018 and beyond

A panel of investors discuss the drivers for their investment strategies: where are they planning to invest, which asset classes are most attractive, what is the money for?

16:30

The Rise of the Asset Manager: HAMA Award

Award presentation followed by interview of the winner

16:45

The Owners’ View: Increasing profitability

Owners debate how to increase operational efficiency and cost efficiencies

17:20

 

Keynote

Adapting to change: view from a company outside hospitality

17:40

Closing remarks

18:30

Networking reception

TUESDAY 6 MARCH

09:00-11:30

GENERAL SESSION: INNOVATION IN HOSPITALITY

09:00

WELCOME REMARKS

09:15

Tech Innovation keynote

A technology expert share experiences on what drives innovation and the impact of technology on the market.

09:35

 

Investing in Technology

Hoteliers and tech companies discuss where technology is most needed and future-proofing a technology investment.

10:10

Lightning talk

Fostering Innovation in Hospitality

10:30

Young leader award

10:40

CEO Panel: Evolution of the brands

Global operator CEOs debate what a brand is in today’s market??

11:30

Refreshments in exhibition

12:00-17:30

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

12:00-13:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Finance

Investment strategies: How to make your case for a sound investment?

Industry Trends

Coming soon: which US trends are likely to make it to Europe?

Hotel ROI

F&B: Increasing revenues from restaurants and bars

Hotel Tech

Decoding hotel technology trends

Operations

Asset value enhancement – HAMA

Regional

Chinese investment trends

Regional

Middle East & Africa

13:00-15:00

NETWORKING LUNCH

15:00-16:00

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Finance

The Debt Market

Strategy

Distribution: Hoteliers & OTAs – the debate continues

Development

Serviced apartments: What’s the opportunity?

Hotel Tech

All about data: How can IT systems manage data to deliver better services cost-effectively  

Experience

Wellness: What does it mean for hotels?

Regional

Southern Europe & the Mediterranean

Operations

Evolution of the Franchise Model

16:00-16:30

Refreshments in exhibition

16:30-17:30

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Industry trends

Design & Architecture: Renovating hotels to drive profits

Development

Resorts Trends: What can hoteliers learn from resort operators?

Hotel ROI

Cost Management

Operations

Management Contract Clinic

Hotel Tech

 

Getting digital: Engaging with customers through an effective digital strategy & e-commerce

Operations

Security & Crisis Management

Regional

Brazil

WEDNESDAY MARCH

09:00-11:00

GENERAL SESSION: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

09:00

WELCOME REMARKS

09:10

 

 

Hospitality investment around the world

Looking at investment opportunities in different regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, MEA

9:50

 

Development stories

Sharing experiences on development methodology, on destinations, planning, funding, challenges, and more.

10:30

 

Keynote

An inspiring keynote to close the IHIF 2018 general sessions.

10:50

Refreshments in exhibition

11:15-12.15

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Strategy

Talent management & recruitment

Regional

Germany: Where are the remaining opportunities?

Development

New lifestyle brands and concepts

Hotel Tech

Promoting tech innovation in hospitality: Start-up & incubator session

12:30-13:30

IN-THE ROUND

 

A series of more intimate and informative discussions focusing on specialised topics - a great opportunity to not only hear from experts and to learn about areas into which your business can grow, but also to be actively involved in valuable discussion.

13:30

Networking lunch

 

* Subject to change