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 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


09:20 Destination Performance

Ahmad Hussain

Ahmad Hussain

Chief Operating Officer
DXB Entertainments

 

The competitiveness of a tourism destination depends on the Internal and External Factors. This presenation will discuss the aspects that effect destination performance. 


10:00 The Impact of Leisure and Tourism on Sustainability

Ali Alsuwaidi

GV - Chief Operating Officer
Global Village Dubai

 

Leisure and entertainment sustainability - the global village way.


10:20 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


10:40 Coffee and Networking Break


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


11:00 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:

Phil Taylor
Managing Director, Tean Leisure


Panelists:

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

Mladen Marendec
Director of Business Development, RAK Properties

Tariq Bsharat
Director of Strategy and Business Development, Al Marjan Island

Lennard Francois Otto
Chief Executive Officer, IMG Worlds

Ahmad Hussain
Chief Operating Officer, DXB Entertainments

Adrian Welch
Senior Associate, Godwin Austen Johnson

Jean Hanna
Business Development Manager, ALEC

Shane Manning
Managing Director, High and Wired


12:00 Press Announcement


RAKTDA Announcement & Launch of Destination X Infrastructure 2020.

Raki Phillips
CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 

Senior Representative 
Messe Frankfurt Middle East


12:30 Keynote Panel Discussion: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Strategy


This panel discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss the strategic approach of Ras Al Khaimah towards attracting international visitors. The growth potential, opportunities for investment and tourism strategy will be highlighted.

Moderator: 

Phil Taylor
Managing Director, Team Leisure

Raki Phillips
CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Abdulla Al Abdouli
CEO, Marjan

Mohammed Al Tair
Chief Operating Office, RAK Properties


13:00 Destination Architecture

Martin Baerschmidt

Martin Baerschmidt

Managing Director
EDGE Architects

13:30 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.


14:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks

Chairman's Closing Remarks


14:10 Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit

Networking Lunch Break and End of Summit