Day 2

08:00 Registration and Refreshments

Registration and Refreshments

08:50 Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

Upcoming Destinations in the Middle East

Upcoming Destinations in the Middle East

09:00 Deep Dive into Saudi Arabia

Speaker

Philip Wooler

Philip Wooler

Area Director Middle East and Africa
STR

09:30 Exclusive on-stage interview with Ministry of Commerce and Investment Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Speaker

Khaled Altareri

Khaled Altareri

Vice Director General
Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 

 

Gain insights on the Kingdom’s progress in the tourism and hospitality sector, their proactive plans for KSA and what is instore for the hospitality and leisure sector?

11:00 Networking and refreshments

Networking and refreshments

How luxury, culture, sustainability and adventure come together to boost tourism

11:30 Panel Discussion: The power of attractions

Panelists:  
Lennard Francois Otto
Chief Executive Officer
IMG Worlds
   
Shane Manning
Managing Director
High and Wired
   
Jean Hanna
Business Development Manager
ALEC

Looking at the transformation of hotels, theme parks and leisure projects to make the Middle East the ultimate destination 

12:00 On-stage interview: Exclusive C-level onstage interview

Speaker

Lennard Francois Otto

Lennard Francois Otto

Chief Executive Officer
IMG Worlds

 

 

  • How theme parks in the Middle East are driving growing visitors at an international level
  • How are you aligning your destination to complement the tourism amibitions
  • What are the current trends in the market?

12:30 Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

09:00 So, what’s trending now? Marjan Island: Creating a luxurious destination

Speaker

Tariq Bsharat

Tariq Bsharat

Director of Strategy and Business Development
Marjan Island

14:00 Panel Discussion: Designing and developing luxury hotels and resorts to create the ultimate destination experience

Panelists:  
Martin Baerschmidt
Managing Director
EDGE Architects
   
Helen El Mettouri
Regional Director
KEANE.
   
Cheryll Java-Cajandab
Founder/Creative Director
Stellar Concepts Interior Design
   
Kevin McLachlan
Founder/CEO
Nomadk Design
  • What are the latest trends to impact the hospitality landscape?
  • Exploring beyond the walls of hotels? What are the surroundings that will trigger the lasting memories and a destination experience?
  • How is your hotel destination equipped to create a meaningful experience for your visitors?

14:30 CEOs Panel: Re-Defining hotel performance

Panelists:  
Hans-Peter Betz
Director
The International Association of Hotel General Managers
   
Khalid Anib
CEO
Abu Dhabi National Hotels
   
Nijat Aliyev
Managing Director & Owners’ Representative
Sofitel The Palm Resort

 

This power panel brings together the CEOs of some of the largest global brands to discuss their views of what is performance in today's hospitality, and their strategies to achieve it. How are hotels responsible for destination development  

15:00 Developing a new leisure destination in Ras Al Khaimah the RAK properties way

15:30 End of Day 2

End of Day 2