Main Conference Programme

Monday, 14 October 2019

08:00 Registration and Refreshments

Registration and Refreshments


08:55 Opening Remarks from Event Chairman

Opening Remarks from Event Chairman


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


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 Abu Dhabi


Boosting tourism through large scale projects and becoming a creator of destinations, making Abu Dhabi one of the top global destination for entertainment and leisure


09:30 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


09:45 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?


10:00 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.

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
   

10:30 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


10:45 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


11:00 Connecting Design, Culture and Tourism

Speaker

Nijat Aliyev

Nijat Aliyev

Owner’s Representative
Sofitel The Palm

 

Hear how franchises such as Sofitel the Palm are connecting design, culture and tourism to ensure they meet their goals while highlighting some of the mega challenges in the region


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.


12:00 Solutions Spotlight


During this session we put two solution providers under the spotlight. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to showcase a solution to the audience. Limited to two presenters


12:30 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
• Key aspects of EPC relationships and potential in mega projects for hotels
• Consultant’s perspectives to ensure design fit into culture and theme for tourism in hotels
• Scope and capabilities of local contractors for mega hospitality projects such as hotels

Panelists:

Rishi Kapoor
Senior Vice President- International Development, MGM Hospitality
   
Nijat Aliyev
Owner's Representative, Sofitel The Palm
   
Brian Johnson
Managing Partner, Godwin Austen Johnson
   
Fawaz Al Harbi
Director of Urban and Master Planning, Public Investment Fund

13:00 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

13:30 Promoting Tourism by Incorporating Culture

Speaker

Isobel Abulhoul

Isobel Abulhoul

CEO
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

14:00 Open Floor Discussion


Overview Discussion on where are we heading and how will the region achieve its ambition to become a global L&E hub? Throughout the day the audience have had discussions on the latest projects, concepts, strategies. Whether or not you agree, you will at least have an opinion or question to share. In this closing session the speakers will invite questions from the floor and debate these changes trends.


14:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks

Chairman's Closing Remarks


14:30 Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit

Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit