Main Conference Programme

Sunday, 10 November 2019

08:00 Registration and Refreshments

Registration and Refreshments


08:55 Opening Remarks from Event Chairman

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor

Managing Director
Team Leisure

The Regions Outlook and Goals to Boost Tourism in the Middle East Region

The Regions Outlook and Goals to Boost Tourism in the Middle East Region


09:00 Destination Ras Al Khaimah

Speaker

Raki Phillips

Raki Phillips

CEO
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

 

Promoting the X factor for RAK to be positioned as the key destination for adventure travel and business and reviewing Destination Ras Al Khaimah 2019 Tourism Strategy


09:15 Destination UAE

Speaker

Sanjiv Khosla

Sanjiv Khosla

Deputy Chief Visitor Experience Officer, Visitor Experience
Expo 2020

 

Gain insights on how Expo 2020 will create a lasting destination legacy with world-class attractions, mega event and 25 million visits by 2020 making it a leading destination for business and leisure. Learn how Expo 2020 is promoting investment and business opportunities to boost economic growth in the UAE


10:00 Destination Saudi Arabia

Speaker

Fawaz Al Harbi

Fawaz Al Harbi

Director of Urban and Master Planning
Public Investment Fund

 

Addressing the Kingdom’s progress in the tourism and hospitality sector through mega projects implemented within the National Transformation Program (NTP) and Vision 2030
- Where are we at right now?
- What is next instore?


10:15 The Tourism and Hospitality Sector: The Untapped Source of Economic Growth


• Current trends and opportunities in the region for hotels
• Rapid plan for attracting tourists and building facilities and hotels
• Managing the upcoming pipeline of hotels coming up in the Middle East
• Future plans to ensure the continued prominence of the hospitality industry after Expo 2020 is over

Moderator:
Hans-Peter Betz
Director, The International Association of Hotel General Managers

Panelists:
Rishi Kapoor
Senior Vice President- International Development, MGM Hospitality

Nijat Aliyev
Owner’s Representative, Sofitel the Palm

Khalid Anib
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels


10:45 Coffee and Networking Break


Explore the exhibition area and network with the leading companies showcasing their products and services


Attractors, Activators, Attractions and Projects

Attractors, Activators, Attractions and Projects


11:00 Consultant’s Perspectives to Ensure Design Fit into Culture and Theme for Tourism in Hotels in the Middle East

Speaker

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Managing Partner
Godwin Austen Johnson

11:30 Promoting Tourism by Incorporating Culture

Speaker

Isobel Abulhoul

Isobel Abulhoul

CEO
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

11:30 So, What’s Trending Now?

Speaker

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor

Managing Director
Team Leisure

 

Visitor attraction development and design trends in the Middle East highlighting the large amount of money that is being invested into leisure projects in the region. Identifying the different level of maturity of the leisure market in different countries around the region and current trends and government strategies.


12:30 Panel Discussion


Emerging Trends, From A-Z, how do you create the perfect recipe for the tourism in the leisure sector to make your country the destination of choice

Hear from project owners and operators, developers, designers and contractors on what it takes to ensure your project is an attraction for tourists today. Find out how they are discovering the right mix from the design, construction and operations and how they are financing these projects in a new retail climate.

  Moderator:
  Hans-Peter Betz
Director, The International Association of Hotel General Managers
   
  Panelists:
Phil Taylor
Managing Director, Team Leisure
   
Lennard Francois Otto
Chief Executive Officer, IMG Worlds
   
Jean Hanna
Former Operation Director, Burj Fountain
   
Sanjiv Khosla
Deputy Chief Visitor Experience Officer, Visitor Experience, Expo 2020
   
  Khalid Anib
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
   
  Brian Johnson
Managing Partner, Godwin Austen Johnson

13:00 Mega Project: IMG Worlds of Adventure

Speaker

Lennard Francois Otto

Lennard Francois Otto

Chief Executive Officer
IMG Worlds of Adventure

 

Gain insights on one of the must-visit international destination that brings the best of family entertainment to Dubai’s growing leisure industry. Insights on the success and plans for this facility to boost tourism


13:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks

Chairman's Closing Remarks


13:35 Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit

Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit