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Wednesday 6th May 2020


07:30 - 08:15

5k Run or Morning Yoga

If you wish to participate in the run please meet at the reg desk. Or make your way to Hugos South located on the 14th Floor for morning yoga. 

07:30 - 14:30

Registration and Exhibition Area Open

08:00 - 09:00


Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Invest Saudi


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Back

09:10 - 09:30

Beyond Disruption

The hospitality sector is now used to being disrupted. How can it respond to the major trends, concepts and technologies that hospitality investors and brands that are impacting it to stay ahead of the game?

Ankur Randev – Chief Commercial Officer, Highgate

Cyril Ranque – President, Travel Partners Group, Expedia Group

09:20 - 09:55

Yields in Leisure: Why Everyone's Talking about Resorts

In the chase for yields, resorts are capturing investors and operators' attention. This panel will look at what makes resorts an attractive investment proposition in hospitality right now.


André Gerondeau – Chief Operating Officer, Meliá Hotels International

Gregory Lanter – Chief Development & Construction Officer and Member of Club Med Executive Committee, Club Med

Alejandro Reynal – CEO Apple Leisure Group

Katharine Le Quesne – Managing Director, HoCoSo

In conversation with:

André Gerondeau – Chief Operating Officer, Meliá Hotels International

Gregory Lanter – Chief Development & Construction Officer and Member of Club Med Executive Committee, Club Med

Alejandro Reynal – CEO Apple Leisure Group

09:50 - 10:30

Innovation Panel: Diversification of Hospitality and Hotelisation of Real Estate

Leaders of some of the most innovative hospitality and real estate companies share their views on the changing hotel and real estate sectors and what can be learnt from other asset classes to improve the user experience, as well as cross integration of hospitality into other real estate segments.


Yousef Wahbah – Managing Partner, Global Hospitality Leader - MENA Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Sector Leader, Ernst & Young

In conversation with:

Michael Abel – Partner, TPG

David Kellett – Senior Director, Hotel Transactions, Invesco Real Estate

Hubert Viriot – Chief Excutive Officer, Yotel

10:30 - 11:00

Closing Discussion: Redefining the Rules of Engagement

​Finnbar Cornwall – Senior Industry Head in Travel, Google


Destination Development

11:30 - 12:30

What Can Hospitality Learn from the Retail Industry?

Retail and hospitality are evolving towards a better use of space to provide an enhanced customer experience, and improvde profitability.

This interactive session will start with a keynote from a representative of a retail brand, followed by a discussion.


Marco Nijhof – Group Director of Hospitality & Guest Experience, Value Retail Management Ltd

Join the conversation with industry experts:

Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

Alexander Trobitz – Head of Hotel Services, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Willy Weiland – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

Tech Hub

11:30 - 12:00


Digital Marketing and Hotel Performance

​Finnbar Cornwall – Senior Industry Head in Travel, Google

12:00 - 12:30


Understanding Guest Requirements to Enhance the Experience

Moritz von Petersdorff-Campen – Founder and CEO, SuitePad GmbH

12:30 - 13:00

Tech Hub

Experience Innovation: Tech start-up lightning pitches

Hear from the most innovative start-ups in hoteltech, travel tech, proptech, showcasing their products.

Stakeholder Alignment

11:30 - 12:15

Stakeholder Alignment

With or Without You: How Do Brands Maintain Their Value to Owners?

In the rapidly evolving hospitality industry, can brands really maintain their value for owners when it comes to performance, profitability and real estate value?


Tony Ryan – Managing Director - Global Mergers & Acquisitions Hotels & Hospitality, JLL

In conversation with:

Christophe Beauvilain – Managing Partner, Pygmalion Capital Advisers LLP

John Brennan – CEO, Amaris Hospitality

Saurabh Chawla – Chief Development Officer, Louvre Hotels Group

Willemijn Geels – Vice President Development, Europe, IHG

Franck Gervais – CEO HotelServices Europe, Accor

12:30 - 13:30

Stakeholder Alignment

Interactive Masterclass: Negotiating Stakeholder Alignment

Uncover the major points in negotiating management contracts and franchise agreements in a series of brief presentations and discussions with experts:

  • Balancing control provisions 
  • Assessing liability and responsibility
  • Measuring performance and compensation
  • Controlling capital investment 

  Hosted by:

Elias Hayek – Partner, Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton Boggs

In conversatin with:

Max Cergneux – Senior Director of International Investments, Choice Hotels International

María Zarraluqui – Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels International


11:30 - 12:15


The Impact of New F&B Concepts on Hotel Profitability

How is the next generation of F&B concepts inspiring hoteliers to change the rulebook and develop offerings that are enhancing the hotel experience as well as its financial performance?


Sophie Perret – Senior Director, HVS London

In conversation with:

Emma Banks – VP Food & Beverage Strategy & Development EMEA, Hilton

Ronit Copeland – Managing Director, Copeland Hospitality

Leslie Johns – Co-Founder, Pitaya Group

12:30 - 13:15


Redefining the Rules of Gastronomy

Breaking the boundaries of today's food & beverage world, this pitch & panel talk will dive deep into the future of food – inspired by the latest consumer trends and powered by technology. Learn from internationally renowned local heroes of Berlin‘s colourful and innovative food scene.


Hendrik Haase – CEO, @HendrikHse

In conversation with

Christian Hamerle – Operations Manager, Data Kitchen @ SAP

Andreas Tuffentsammer – CEO, Beets&Roots GmbH

13:30 - 15:30

Closing Networking Lunch

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

Our Other Events

The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC)

21-22 September 2020
Manchester Central Convention Complex, UK

Resort & Residential Hospitality Forum (R&R)

19-21 October 2020
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Portugal