Over 1200 delegates descend on Adelaide for AHICE 2022

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Over 1200 hospitality professionals traveled to Adelaide this week for the 13and Australasian Hospitality Industry Annual Conference and Exhibition (AHICE), May 3-5.

For three days, AHICE, Design Inn and the brand new Future Leaders Forum welcome leading owners, investors, hoteliers, executives and suppliers from around the world.

There will be more than 100 speakers (including several CEOs from Europe, the United States and Asia), and more than 50 keynotes, panels and question-and-answer sessions, as well as a new welcome gala which will place the networking on another level.

Now the largest industry conference in the world outside the United States, AHICE is hosted by Travel Business Media, HM (Hotel & Accommodation Management) and organized by Interpoint Events. The event is co-hosted by the Government of South Australia and presented by leading partners HOSTPLUS and Pro-invest Group.

AHICE founder, chairman and organizer James Wilkinson said the event is an important milestone as the sector returns to normal.

“We are delighted to bring over 1,200 of the world’s leading hotel investors, owners, operators, consultants and suppliers to Adelaide for three days of events, networking and over 50 panel discussions and evocative keynotes that will examine the recovery and the future direction of the hospitality industry not only in Australia, but also in Asia-Pacific and globally,” said Wilkinson.

“AHICE has become the largest and most important hospitality industry conference in the world outside of the United States and we are delighted to be back in Adelaide and to have South Australia firmly in the spotlight of global industry.”

This year, AHICE will be hosting an exceptional Welcome Reception on Wednesday 4 May (6pm-9pm) at the Adelaide Oval, themed ‘A Taste of South Australia’, presented in partnership with the Government of South Australia.

‘It is now’

The theme for AHICE 2022 is “The Time Is Now” and will focus on reopening borders, international travelers and maximizing opportunities as the hospitality industry recovers.

Accommodation Association CEO Richard Munro described it as “a major reset” for Australian hotels and motels.

“The Australian accommodation industry has gone through unique situations due to international travel bans and decisions by various states and territories to close their borders, so this is a very welcome opportunity to come together as an industry. to strengthen our path forward,” Munro said.

“In addition to up-to-date industry analysis and market forecasts to help the sector plan for continued success, the inaugural Future Leaders Forum and the all-new Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards will provide significant momentum to our sector. rapidly adapting.

“We are of course also looking forward to re-discovering the diversity of South Australia with the South Australian Tourism Commission showcasing local food, wine, beer, spirits and destinations.”

Munro said the Hosting Association is delighted to once again be a sponsor of AHICE.

Return of global CEOs

Importantly, this year sees the return of global CEOs speaking in person at the event, including IHG – EMEAA CEO Kenneth Macpherson (London); Outrigger CEO Jeff Wagoner (Honolulu); Chairman of Hilton – Asia-Pacific Alan Watts (Singapore); Marriott International President – ​​Asia-Pacific (excluding Greater China), Rajeev Menon (Singapore); Far East Hospitality CEO Arthur Kiong (Singapore); LWT Asia-Pacific, Chief, Satoshi Konagai (Singapore); and Pro-invest Group co-founders Ronald Barrott and Dr Sabine Schaffer (Dubai and London).

They will speak alongside leaders from Australasia, including Accor – Pacific CEO Sarah Derry; DOMA’s CEO, Jure Domazet; Crown Sydney CEO Simon McGrath; Dr. Jerry Schwartz, co-director of the Schwartz family; Barry Robinson, president of Wyndham Destinations; Jane Hastings, CEO of EVENT Hospitality; Travel CEO Matt Cameron-Smith; The Ascott Limited MD – Australia David Mansfield; Hilton Head of Australasia Paul Hutton; CEO of the Lodging Association, Richard Munro; Tourist Accommodation Australia MD Michael Johnson; Radisson Hotel Group MD – Australasia Mark Bullock; Jan Smits, co-CEO of the Pro-invest group; Lancemore Group CEO Julian Clark; 1834 Hotels CEO Andrew Bullock; Sean Hunt, international vice president of Marriott; Alex Thorpe, co-founder of Veriu Hotels; Craig Bond, General Manager of La Vie Hotels; Too Build CEO Ian Wilson; QCC Collection CEO Caspar Schmidt; Wayne Taranto, COO of Ovolo Hotels; Steven Skarott, director of Salter Brothers Hotels; Geoff York, CEO of Crystalbrook Collection; South Australian Tourism CEO Rodney Harrex; IHG SVP and MD – Japan, Australasia Pacific Leanne Harwood; IHG MD – Australasia Pacific Matthew Tripolone; Watson Farley & Williams’ Head of Hotels & Hospitality Asia Pacific Robert Williams and many others.

Several world leaders will also tune in for exclusive interviews, including Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin (Paris), Marriott International Group Chairman and CEO – International Craig S Smith (Washington DC), Radisson Hotel Group Chairman – Asia-Pacific, Katerina Giannouka (Singapore), President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts – Asia-Pacific, Joon Aun Ooi (Shanghai) and Founder of Ovolo Hotels Girish Jhunjhnuwala (Hong Kong).

Future leaders celebrated

Along with regular updates on developing trends and in-depth market analysis, AHICE 2022 offers a number of new features, including the first-ever Emerging Leaders Forum, an all-new Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards and a spectacular gala. opening event.

The first Future Leaders Forum will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 3 (2:30-5:00 p.m.) at SkyCity.

The Future Leaders Forum is the new under 35 leadership summit featuring the industry’s brightest stars. This exclusive, invitation-only event will feature keynote addresses from global and local CEOs and focus group sessions covering higher learning, owner forums and rising through the ranks.

At Design Inn 2022, there will be an expanded program including an all-new Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards, including recognition of the best new build, conversion and renovation projects, as well as an overall winner, who will take home the Paul Davis 2022 Design Award (the most important design award in the hospitality industry).

A full program and limited tickets are still available at ahice.com.au

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