Wednesday 7 March 2018


09:00 - 11:00


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Remarks

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC

09:05 - 09:25

Tech Innovation Keynote

Sharing experiences on what drives innovation and the impact of technology on the market.

Peter Verhoeven – Global Director of Partner Services,

Interviewed by

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC

09:25 - 10:00

Investing in Technology

  • Assessing where technology is most needed and future-proofing your technology investment: which trends are here to stay? 
  • What criteria should hoteliers use to determine how much to invest and how?
  • Promoting technology innovation within hospitality: what is the role of hotel companies?

Moderated by:

Alex Notay – Director of Product and Service Innovation, Places for People

In conversation with

Rufino Pérez – Chief Operations Officer and Global Transformation Leader, NH Hotel Group

Arthur Chapin – Chief Product Officer, Brand Expedia Group

Paul Roberts – CEO, Village Hotel Club

09:55 - 10:05

Lightning Talk: Why happiness is profitable

Kike Sarasola – President and Founder Room Mate Group

10:00 - 10:40

The Ideas Factory - Sharing Thoughts on the Future of Hospitality

Some of hospitality’s most innovative minds share their views on the major trends and concepts that will impact hospitality developments and the guest experience in the coming years, including new lifestyle concepts, room and hotel design, amenities, etc.

Hosted by

Raj Chandnani – Vice President, Strategy, WATG ǀ Wimberly Interiors

In conversation with

Amar Lalvani – CEO & Managing Partner, Standard International

Markus Lehnert – Regional Vice President International Hotel Development, Europe, Marriott International

Sharan Pasricha – Founder, Ennismore

Jay Stein – Chief Executive Officer, Dream Hotel Group

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote: Reaching New Heights

Be inspired by the first woman to summit Everest from the North & South sides sharing her insights about how individuals and teams achieve greatness in the face of overwhelming challenge.

Cathy O’Dowd – Alpinist - First Woman to Summit Everest from North & South Sides

11:00 - 11:20


Coffee Break in the Sponsors' Exhibition

11:20 - 12:20


11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Alternative Investment

Serviced Apartments: What’s the Opportunity?

While growing, the serviced apartment market remains a relative unknown for hotel investors and operators. For investors, what are the opportunities, where are the key markets, and what returns can be expected? For hoteliers, how does a serviced apartment offering fit within a hotel portfolio, and how do the products compare?

Moderated by

Jonathan Humphries – Chairman, HoCoSo

In conversation with

Guus Bakker – CEO EMEA, Frasers Hospitality

Vedrana Bilanovic Riley – CEO, Ciel Capital

Jo Layton – Managing Director, The Apartment Service

Christabelle Morgan Desouches – International Hotel Development Director, ‎Aparthotels Adagio

11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Operations

Talent Management and Recruitment

  • How to deal with shortage of employees: improving the recruitment process; looking at compensation and benefits; career opportunities
  • Managing a changing workforce and flexible staffing requirements (including the rise of automation)
  • How to make investors understand the talent challenge

Moderated by

Kelly Johnstone – Scotland, North England & Midlands Director, Springboard UK

In conversation with

John Brennan – CEO, Amaris Hospitality

Kristen Kozlowski – Senior Director, CBRE Hotels

Gary Davis – Executive Chairman, Village Hotel Club

11:20 - 12:20

Hotel Tech Hub

Promoting Tech Innovation in Hospitality: Start-Up & Incubators

  • Assessing the state of the hospitality tech scene: how healthy is it, where are the best start-up scenes?
  • Incubators, accelerators, VCs etc.: what organisations offer the best support for hospitality tech start-ups?

Success stories and crashes: learning best practice and overcoming challenges from other hotel tech start-ups.

Moderated By

Xavier Trias Arraut – Partner - IT Advisory, EY

In conversation with

Markus Förder – CFO, Alpina Partners

Jens Lapinski – CEO & Founder of AngelInvest

Hansjörg Sage – Consultant, METRO AG

12:30 - 13:15

Experience Innovation: Tech start-up lightning pitches

11:20 - 12:20

Breakout: Development

Development Outlook – Acquire / Lease / Manage / Franchise

Development officers share their perspectives on the key strategies they are employing in 2018…and beyond

Moderated by

Patrick J Saade – Co-Head European Transactions, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

In Conversation with

Jaime Buxó – Chief Development Officer, Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Todd Reppert – EVP Global Development, Standard International Management

Timothy Walton – Regional Vice President – Western Europe, International Hotel Development, Marriott International

Jesper Engman – Vice President Business Development, Scandic

11:20 - 12:20

In-The-Round Session

France: Is there a Macron Effect on Hospitality Investment?

Discussing the French hospitality investment market: where are the best opportunities, what are the trends, and what is the impact if the economic and political environment on the hospitality sector?

Moderated by

Philippe Doizelet – Managing Partner, Horwath HTL

Christian Karaoglanian – Advisor

11:20 - 13:00

In-The-Round Session


*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Travel Keynote : Aviation in the heart of Europe - an airline's perspective

Dr. Max Kownatzki – Senior Vice President Network & Partnership Management Hub Airlines, Lufthansa Group

Hosted by

Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

Willy Weiland – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

11:20 - 01:00

In-The-Round Session

DACH* In-The-Round: Project Scouting for Resorts: Insights on opportunities in the DACH Region

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hosted by:

Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH

Dieter Kornek – Head of Project Scouting & Development, TUI

11:20 - 13:00

In-The-Round Session

DACH* In-The-Round : Why independent hotels outperform chain hotels in the alpine resort market

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Thomas Allemann – Managing Director, hotelleriesuisse

Wilhelm K. Weber – Partner, SHS Swiss Hospitality Solutions AG

11:20 - 13:00

In-The-Round Session

DACH* In-The-Round : Alternative asset classes – hostels, Micro-appartements and pop-up hotels- a comparison

*Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Prof. Stephan Gerhard – Owner, Solutions Holding GmbH

Michael Lidl – TREUGAST Solutions Group

12:30 - 13:30


12:30 - 13:30

Breakout: Development

Pitch your Brand

Hear from the most innovative new brands entering the hospitality market. A series of case studies assessed by an expert panel to be inspired from new concepts.

Hosted by

Michael Widmann – Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbH

Panel of Experts

Blanche van Berckel – Managing Director, Fairquest & Partners

Chiu Man Wong – Managing Director, WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

Gwenaëlle Pouy – Head of Development, Foncière des Regions Hotels & Hospitality

Case studies from


Wytze Van den Berg – Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & Resorts


Pierre Beckerich – President, Euragone Investment Management

TRS Hotels

José Matheu – Chief Development Officer, Palladium Hotel Group


David Kuperberg – Chief Development Officer, Dream Hotel Group

12:30 - 13:30

Breakout: Asset Management

Asset Value Enhancement – HAMA

What are the key areas and strategies to increase the value of a hospitality asset? How is the role of the asset manager evolving? What can be learnt from recent examples of successful asset enhancement/redevelopment stories?

Hosted by

Rastko Djordjevic – Board Member, HAMA Europe Chapter, and EVP – Head of Asset Management EMEA, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group

Theodor Kubak – Board Member and Co-Founder, HAMA Europe, Senior Investment Manager, Union Investment

12:30 - 13:30

In - The - Round

Germany: Don’t be afraid of German leases, they are more flexible than you think.

Hosted by

Dr. Jochen Reuter, LL.M – Partner, Beiten Burkhardt

Dirk Schuldes – Head of Hotel Investment and Asset Management, CommerzReal AG

12:30 - 13:30

Greece: Seizing opportunities in a revived market

Hosted by:

Angela Michalopoulou – Director General for Investments ENTERPRISE GREECE

13:30 -


Networking Lunch

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

Our Other Events

The Annual Hotel Conference

10-11 October 2018
Manchester, UK

Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum

17-19 October 2018
Athens, Greece

Israel Hotel Investment Summit

19-20 November 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel