Day 2: Tuesday, 18 February 2020

08:00 Registration and Refreshments

Registration and Refreshments

08:50 Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairman

The Evolving Hospitality and Leisure Sector – How Luxury, Culture, Sustainability and Adventure Come Together to Boost TourismThe evolving hospitality & leisure sector – how luxury, culture, sustainability and adventure come together to boost tourism

The evolving hospitality & leisure sector – how luxury, culture, sustainability and adventure come together to boost tourism

09:00 Marjan Island: Creating a Luxurious Destination

Speaker

Tariq Bsharat

Tariq Bsharat

Director of Strategy and Business Development
Marjan Island

09:30 IMG World Theme Park

Speaker

Lennard Francois Otto

Lennard Francois Otto

Chief Executive Officer
IMG Worlds

 

 

Insights on IMG Worlds of Adventure  - the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world. How the largest temperature control theme park has become a leading destination

10:00 Developing a new leisure destination in Ras Al Khaimah

Developing a new leisure destination in Ras Al Khaimah

10:30 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 

11:00 Networking and refreshments

Networking and refreshments

11:30 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.
  • 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?

12:15 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
   
Tim Cordon
Senior Area Vice President
Radisson 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  

13:00 Assessing the trends that will shape the hospitality and leisure sector

Speaker

Hala Matar Choufany

Hala Matar Choufany

President
HVS Middle East, Africa and South Asia

 

 

A closer look on how luxury is attractive and addictive to the Middle East region. How hospitality groups are using luxury to innovate and sustain their growth?

13:30 How do you compete with established hotel and leisure destinations for global market share?

How do you compete with established hotel and leisure destinations for global market share?

14:00 Networking Lunch and End of Destination X Infrastructure Summit

Networking Lunch and End of Destination X Infrastructure Summit