Dubai, UAE. 28 August 2023. The Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) and 19th version of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) is gearing up to set up in to Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island for three days of debate, debate and dealmaking on the method’s main tourism and hospitality summit, taking set 25-27 September.
Because the Heart East and Africa’s hospitality industry continues its exponential sigh and expansion, more than 1,000 industry leaders will procure to discuss the sphere’s freshest issues, along with investment alternatives, ESG, pioneering unique ventures and synthetic intelligence, all beneath the theme, ‘Focal point on Investment’.
Organised by The Bench and supported by host sponsors Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Miral, and Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, FHS facets every little thing from seminars to role visits and occasions to entrepreneurship, with more than 100 audio system in some unspecified time in the future of three conference tracks, networking receptions, awards ceremonies, industry launch-ups, role visits to world-class attractions, and fitness and wellness sessions.
Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench, acknowledged: “After a hugely a hit FHS Saudi Arabia where we deliberated – and accepted – KSA’s hospitality investment panorama, we’re transferring to Abu Dhabi, where the purpose of ardour will shift to a broader fluctuate of issues that have an effect on all facets of the industry in some unspecified time in the future of the method. Key issues in September consist of the affect of ESG on the industry, the affect of the prevailing geopolitical panorama on investment prospects and the integration of technology in the hospitality sector, all illustrated by proper-world examples and a hit case research from the UAE.
“FHS Abu Dhabi will unite a complete bunch of high-flight authorities and industry leaders, investors, dwelling owners developers from the Heart East and Africa. We stumble on ahead to welcoming aid a wealth of acquainted faces – and delegates attending this extremely influential industry platform for the first time – to celebrate this ever-rising sector, name key components affecting the industry, and focus on the seemingly never-ending, alternatives for sigh.”
Taghrid Alsaeed, Government Director, Neighborhood Communications and Destination Advertising and marketing at Miral, acknowledged: “Bringing the Future Hospitality Summit to Yas Island serves as a extremely effective testomony to Miral’s ongoing efforts in expanding and creating the island, all while setting up Abu Dhabi because the premier global bound plight for both industry and leisure. We eagerly dwell up for the Summit’s action-packed agenda, that would possibly presumably perchance also fair delve into the pivotal traits shaping the style forward for the hospitality industry. As industry leaders procure, we invite them to immerse themselves on the earth-class property and unparalleled experiences that Yas Island proudly provides. It is an distinctive opportunity to take a look firstly-hand the outstanding offerings and unprecedented seemingly that mark Yas Island a lawful gem in the realm of hospitality and leisure.”
Audio system and seminars
Confirmed audio system at FHS consist of Sébastian Bazin Neighborhood Chairman & CEO and Luxury & Daily life Division CEO; Guy Hutchinson, President & CEO Rotana; Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & CEO of The Indian Accommodations Company; William E. Heinecke, Founder & Chairman of Minor Global; and Kevin Jacobs, Chief Financial Officer and President Global Trend for Hilton. The proper property, asset administration, consulting, banking and investment neighborhood are represented via H.E. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar, Founder & Managing Director of Emaar Properties; Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Neighborhood Chief Government Officer, Miral; Khalid Saud Abu Haimed, Chief Government Officer Al Khozama Investments; Ahmed Bin Madhi, Chief Investment Officer Rua Al Madinah Conserving Company; Giuliano Gasparini, Head of Hospitality Asset Administration at Wasl Neighborhood; Olivier Granet, Managing Associate and CEO Kasada Capital Administration; Khatija Haque, Chief Economist and Head of Compare, Emirates NBD; Neal Lindsay, Managing Director, Head of Valid Property Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB); Andrew Gilmore, Foremost Economist at The Economist Neighborhood, Thomas Emanuel, Senior Director, STRand Slit van Marken, Managing Director van Marken Consulting. Stephen Sackur, Presenter of HARDTalk, will return to FHS as MC for the tournament.
After an reliable opening by Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Neighborhood Chief Government Officer, Miral, the FHS agenda kicks into action, with leaders from among the enviornment’s high hospitality manufacturers taking to the stage to discuss the present – and future – insist of the method’s hospitality sector.
The tournament begins on Monday, 25 September with a morning session dedicated to the meals and beverage investment scene from the Global Restaurant Investment Discussion board (GRIF) with a spotlight on resort F&B, adopted by an F&B Thought Tour at Yas Bay Waterfront hosted by Miral.
From there on, it’s all about resorts, lodges and tourism, with dozens of sessions addressing urgent industry issues along with sustainability, innovation, investment traits, financial disorders, constructing and more.
FHS Intelligence Talks: Datafication for Resilient Tourism Investment, will give market snapshot of key traits as they disclose to the hospitality sector to present an knowing of the fundamentals underpinning the market from efficiency, funds, staffing and contracts. Audio system consist of Kashif Khalid, Regional Director Africa and Heart East at IATA; Jan Knappe, Senior Supervisor Knowledge at Considerate Neighborhood, and Filippo Sona, Co-Founder & CCO of Wood Couture.
Meanwhile, rising constructing funds, funding delays and better ardour charges for resort constructing initiatives are lined by Constructing Accommodations in a Intelligent Ambiance, with insights from Michael McGovern, Director at Compass Project Consulting; Camil Yazbeck, Global Chief Trend Officer of Accor, and Hala Matar Choufany, President, HVS Heart East, Africa & South Asia.
With the spotlight on sustainability adore no longer at all earlier than, several conference tracks focal point on ESG, along with Constructing Sustainable Hospitality: Environment the Scene for Hotel Trend in the Heart East, with Charbel Boutros and Carlos Khneisser, the VPs of Trend for Heart East & Africa at IHG Accommodations & Accommodations and Hilton respectively; The Alternate Case for ESG Integration: Exploring the Commercial Advantages and Alternatives for Valid Property Traders and Builders moderated by Alfonso Ponce Alvarez, Director of Contributory Turnover Trend, Sustainable Trend & Innovation Division at Egis Neighborhood, in conversation with Philipp Klohr, Senior Vice President, Mubadala Investment Company; Socially Accountable Expertise Trend in Hospitality: A Unified Blueprint to ESG-Driven Acquisition, Retention, Engagement,
moderated byFilip Boyen, Global Ambassador Forbes Race Handbook with panellists Mariam Al Musharrekh, Government Director of Human Sources at Miral and Dimitris Manikis, President, Europe, Heart East, Eurasia & Africa (EMEA) for Wyndham Accommodations & Accommodations, and Embracing Sustainability: Paving the Pathway to Catch Clear Hospitality a discussion moderated by Lizzy Coates, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Considerate Neighborhood, with Glenn Mandziuk, Chief Government Officer of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.
A totally different financial prognosis, Assessing the Affect of Global Conflicts, Hobby Charges, and Provide Challenges on Hospitality Industry in the Heart East, introduced by Andrew Gilmore, Theory Economist from The Economist Neighborhood, will stumble on the how the geopolitical panorama affects the sphere. Plus, Tourism-Led Insurance policies for a Higher World, with Turab Saleem, Associate – Head of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure – MENA, Knight Frank in conversation with Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO, JLL Accommodations & Hospitality, will focus on the importance of the industry getting a seat on the authorities policy-making table.
Expertise will all over again be on the forefront of the FHS 2023 programme with leaders discussing the style forward for the hospitality and move tech stack. Confirmed audio system consist of Cenk Sidar, CEO and Co-Founding father of Enquire AI, who will allotment key insights on The Energy of AI: How Synthetic Intelligence is Reworking Alternate Decision Making.
The continued sigh and evolution of the method’s hospitality industry moreover capacity constant alternate. Don’t omit Navigators of Change: Insights of a CEO’s Race, with MC Stephen Sackur,Presenter, HARDTalk, in conversation with Sébastien Bazin, Neighborhood Chairman & CEO and Luxury & Daily life Division CEO, Accor and William E. Heinecke, Founder & Chairman, Minor Global PCL.
FHS will moreover feature particular sessions highlighting investment alternatives out of doors of the Heart East, along with India and Africa. Why India Matters in Hospitality Investment, will doubtless be chaired by Manav Thadani, Founder & Chairman, Hotelivate, in discussion with Jitindar Bir Singh, President & CEO, InterGlobe Accommodations Pvt Ltd and Suma Venkatesh, Chief Trend Officer, The Indian Accommodations Company Ltd.
Celebrating launch-ups, showcasing sustainability
As soon as over again, FHS will act as a springboard for entrepreneurship with the Birth-Up Den, where unique ventures constructed on revolutionary, sustainable industry models pitch their options to a senior panel of judges. FHS will moreover feature the finals of the 2023 Sustainable Hospitality Misfortune,
a global competition for varsity students to show their options for innovation and sustainability accurate into a actuality, taking on the summit predominant stage.
A warm reception …
A wealth of receptions and networking occasions take a seat up for at FHS Abu Dhabi along with the Welcome Reception at At Café del Mar Abu Dhabi, and anNight Reception
at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas.
What an expertise!
The FHS Abu Dhabi agenda facets a wide and diverse fluctuate of experiences, along with role tours to world-significant attractions, an F&B ideas tour and sports and wellness occasions.
Awards and recognition
FHS will moreover acknowledge and celebrate the industry high players with a Focal point on Investment winner presentation and award ceremony.
For more data on FHS Abu Dhabi, talk over with the gather role and for the beefy FHS agenda programme, click here.
About The Bench
The Benchhas established a legacy for handing over world-main investment boards and conferences in Europe, Africa, the Heart East, and Latin The United States. The important thing understanding in the aid of these platforms has remained “dealmaking’. Reworking the style industry join, Bench has developed a recognition for creating revolutionary and excessive-affect assembly spaces for the industry.
For over two decades – authorities leaders, tourism ministries, global move & tourism associations, the enviornment’s most influential hospitality manufacturers, resort dwelling owners & investors, accepted restaurant teams, airways & aviation authorities, bound plight developers, asset managers, financial teams and consultants – had been taking part in The Bench’s occasions for their respective objectives. These consist of AHIC, AHIF, GRIF, FHS, AHF, IDEEA, AviaDev and RENEW –where industry players showcase their manufacturers, set themselves as understanding leaders or innovators, and join with the lawful alternatives and data.
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Dates: 25-27 September 2023
Region: Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Sponsors: Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Miral and Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island as Host Sponsors; Accor, Boutique Neighborhood, Hilton, IMKAN, The Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia, NEOM, Radisson Hotel Neighborhood, Spectrum & Subsequent Neighborhood and Rua Al Madinah as Platinum Sponsors; IHG Accommodations & Accommodations, Marriott Global, Millennium Accommodations & Accommodations, Rotana, SMIT Morocco and Taiba Investments as Emerald Sponsors; Aleph Hospitality, AMSA Hospitality, BECC, CBRE, Settle Madagascar, Colliers, Compass Project Consulting, Domus, ELAF, Emaar Hospitality, HVS, IHCL, Insignia, IT Hospitality Neighborhood, JLL, Knight Frank, Leva Accommodations, Louvre Accommodations Neighborhood, Minor Accommodations, ModDsys, OBMI, PWC, QUO, Restoworks, Rikas Hospitality Neighborhood, Rove Accommodations, Saudi Tourism Investment Company (ASFAR), SSH, Valor Hospitality Companions, Voltere, Whitewater, Wyndham Accommodations & Accommodations and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority as Gold Sponsors; Aldar, Ambiance, Deutsche Hospitality and Hospitality Administration Conserving as Silver Sponsors, and Forsite Inventive, Frischs, Klimato, Desk and Beyond, and Winnow as GRIF Exhibitors.
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