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

The Middle East Destinations

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 Destination Dubai

First look: Exclusive insights into Expo 2020 Insights on how Expo 2020 and how this is become a lasting destination legacy with world-class attractions

10:00 Destination Ras Al Khaimah: 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?

10:30 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

11:00 Networking break and refreshments

Networking break and refreshments

11:30 Destination Abu Dhabi

Designing and developing destinations that will redefine the urban experience in Abu Dhabi.

12:00 Panel Discussion: Development of tourism and consumer attractions for economic growth in the region

   

Christopher Lund
Head of Hotels, MENA Region
Colliers International

   
Dr. Bernhard Bauer
Head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation
Azerbaijan Tourism Board
   
Philip Wooler
Area Director - Middle East and Africa
STR
   
Tariq Bsharat
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Marjan Island

 

  • Addressing the potential for business and investments partnerships between industry and government
  • Identify, develop, and promote diverse tourism resources
  • Discussing planned tourism infrastructure projects and upcoming key tourism and residential development projects in the region

12:30 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?

13:00 Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

Overview of Emerging Destinations 2020 - 2025

Overview of Emerging Destinations 2020 - 2025

14:00 Destination Azerbaijan

Speaker

Dr. Bernhard Bauer

Dr. Bernhard Bauer

Head of Strategy, Digital and Innovation
Azerbaijan Tourism Board

 

 

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

14:30 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. 

15:00 Destination Africa

Leisure developments and lifestyle brands

15:30 End of Day 1

End of Day 1