Day 1: Monday - 17 February 2020

08:00 Registration and Refreshments

Registration and Refreshments

08:50 Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

Overview of the Middle East Destinations

Overview of the Middle East Destinations

09:00 Keynote opening

Speaker

Christopher Lund

Christopher Lund

Head of Hotels, MENA Region
Colliers International

 

 

Insights on how the Middle East’s long-term destination development is becoming a success through its hospitality and leisure investments and projects.

09:30 On-stage interview: Exclusive C-level on-stage interview: Discovering the secrets behind Destination Ras Al Khaimah and how it has become a success story

Speaker

Raki Phillips

Raki Phillips

CEO
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

 

 

  • An update on the current trends and projects that are attracting tourists to RAK? How is RAK as a destination?
  • How are you driving tourists to Destination RAK?
  • What are RAKTDA current goals? What was 2019 like for RAK?
  • Anything new to look out for in 2020?

10:00 Destination Ras Al Khaimah: RAK is booming – so what’s does Destination Ras Al Khaimah have instore?

Panelists

Raki Phillips

Raki Phillips

CEO
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

 

 

  • Discussing the growth potential of tourism sector with the development of state-of-the-art venue and hotels in RAK
  • Current flagship projects on Marjan island?
  • Goals for 2020? Current challenges
  • Growth plans ? New hotel operators? New projects instore
  • Addressing the potential for business and investments partnerships

10:30 Destination Saudi Arabia: Addressing the Kingdom’s progress in the tourism and hospitality sector through mega leisure projects implemented.

Speaker

Khaled Altareri

Khaled Altareri

Vice Director General
Ministry of Commerce and Investment - KSA

 

 

  • What are the proactive plans for KSA?
  • What is instore for the hospitality and leisure sector ?

10:50 Regional project spotlight: Emaar Economic City in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Speaker

Khaled Tawil

Khaled Tawil

Head of Destination Marketing
Emaar Economic City

11:15 Saudi Panel: Impact of Saudi 2030 on the hospitality and leisure sector

Panelists  
   
Khaled Altareri
Vice Director General
Ministry of Commerce and Investment - KSA
   
Khaled Tawil
Head of Destination Marketing
Emaar Economic City
   
Sabri Almuallem Bajeseer
Architect in Tourism Destination Development
Supreme Commission for Tourism (KSA)

 

  • What are the transformations that have taken place in KSA?
  • How is the Saudi market attracting investments?
  • What are the current goals and challenges
  • Initiatives in place in KSA at the moment? Any updates on this? What are the goals and milestones set?
  • Identifying area of opportunity for the hospitality and leisure sector for contractors, consultants and operators

11:45 Networking break and refreshments

Networking break and refreshments

12:00 Expo 2020: Gain insights on how Expo 2020 will create a lasting destination legacy with world-class attractions

12:20 Destination Abu Dhabi: Designing and developing destinations that will redefine the urban experience in Abu Dhabi

Overview of Emerging Destinations 2020 - 2025

Overview of Emerging Destinations 2020 - 2025

12:45 Panel Discussion: Development of tourism and consumer attractions for economic growth in the region

Panelists:  

Sabri Almuallem Bajeseer
Architect in Tourism Destination Development
Supreme Commission for Tourism (KSA)

   
Dr. Bernhard Bauer
Head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation
Azerbaijan Tourism Board
   
Elie Younes
Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Radisson Hotels
   
Tariq Bsharat
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Marjan Island

13:15 Destination Azerbaijan

Speaker

Florian Sengstschmid

Florian Sengstschmid

CEO
Azerbaijan Tourism Board

 

 

Azerbaijan´s Tourism Strategy for the next years including highlights of infrastructure development, attractions and heritage

13:45 Destination Georgia

Learn how increasing flights, fast Wifi, easy visas and nomad friendly programs have made Georgia the No 1 leading emerging destination for 2020. 

14:30 Networking Lunch and End of Day 1

Networking Lunch and End of Day 1