The Meeting of Global Collaboration


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Monday 2nd March 2020


12:00 - 20:00

Registration and Exhibition Area Open

13:45 - 14:00

Welcome to IHIF 2020

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC

14:00 - 14:30

Unchartered Territories: Economics, Geopolitics and the Future of Investment

A look at economic and geopolitical trends to identify the evolution of global economies, which markets/regions will have most influence, where the main risks are, how economic shifts will affect investment, and the change and volume of capital available in the coming 5-10 years

Simon French – Chief Economist, Panmure Gordon & Company

14:30 - 15:00

2020 Vision: Hospitality Investment Outlook on 2030

Industry analysts highlight the major trends that will affect hospitality investment, profitability and performance in the future: hospitality concepts, deal structures, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, demographics

Richard Barkham – Global Chief Economist, CBRE

Anthony Mallows – President and CEO, WATG

Andreas Scriven – Head of Hospitality & Leisure, Deloitte

15:00 - 15:45

CEO Panel: Assessing the Trends that will Shape Hospitality

How can hospitality groups innovate to sustain their growth? Examining how hospitality leaders change and plan for their future strategies while dealing with unprecedented and unpredictable challenges such as shifting market dynamics, technology disruption, sustainability issues, evolving customer trends etc.


Chris Day – Global Managing Director, Christie & Co

In conversation with:

Alison Brittain – CEO, Whitbread

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot – CEO, Louvre Hotels Group

15:45 - 16:30

Investor Panel: Playing the Long Game

How do investors anticipate future market trends and evaluate new risks to plan their longer-term strategies? Our investor panel will look at the biggest trends affecting the business of hotel investment, including sustainable investment, sustainable operations, the risks of climate change, geopolitical disruption, regulatory changes and industry disruption.


Philip Ward – CEO Hotels & Hospitality Group EMEA, JLL

In conversation with

Ramsey Mankarious – CEO, Cedar Capital

Anders Nissen – CEO, Pandox

Desmond Taljaard – Managing Director – Hotels, London + Regional

16:30 - 16:50

Sharing Visions: Two Generations of Hospitality in Discussion

As we celebrate the achievements of hospitality leaders at different stages of their careers, they share their thoughts on what constitutes successful hospitality starategies and their views of the future .

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Young Leader Award

16:50 - 17:20

Better Together – Making the Most of your Merger or Acquisition

How can you ensure your merger or acquisition will drive value to your business? This panel will consider M&A trends from the perspective of all stakeholders, drawing from the example of recent M&A activity.


Andreas Ewald – Founder and Managing Partner, Engel & Völkers Hotel Consulting

In conversation with:

David Fattal – Owner, Fattal Hotel Group

Thomas Willms – Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Hospitality

Jenny Zhang – CEO, Huazhu Group

17:20 - 17:30

Closing Remarks

18:00 - 19:00

CEO Council (Invitation-only)

A gathering of hospitality CEOs, offering an informal environment to share ideas and experiences with peers at the top of the sector. The discussions follow Chatham House rule, ensuring confidentiality and free debate. The session will start with a Q&A with the IHIF Economist followed by in-depth discussions over drinks and nibbles.

18:30 - 20:30

Global Welcome Reception

A delicious way for attendees to “taste” the opportunity at IHIF, our opening night reception will create a trip around the globe: a walk through the exhibition hall to experience flavours from all around the world, a celebration of culture, diversity and the coming together of so many nations.

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

Our Other Events

The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC)

7-8 October 2020
Manchester, UK

Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum (MR&H)

19-21 October 2020
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Portugal