The Seminar Programme will educate, inspire, challenge and entertain. Expertly hosted and moderated by Guy Dittrich, renowned journalist and moderator, four sessions, all pertaining to Hospitality Interior Design are delivered over the two days. They can range from the latest market information from industry analysts, keynote interviews with design gurus, discussions and debates on controversial topics, or thought provoking presentations on something unexpected. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved from the audience, and you may even find yourself being invited to participate! The Seminar Programme is free to attend for all delegates.
Freelance writer, presenter and moderator, Guy Dittrich is an independent commentator on hotels and design. He has been our expert moderator since HI Design began 12 years ago.
Guy's experience as a Hotel Consultant and Journalist make him a natural choice but it's his humour and temperament that put him right at the heart of the HI Design family and that bring the HI Design Seminars to life. Writing for Wallpaper, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Traveller, various UK and European newspapers and travel websites, Guy also contributes expert hotel reviews for our media partner, Sleeper magazine. Born and raised in Zimbabwe and 'always traveling', Guy now calls Brussels home. Prior to his career in writing and moderation Guy was the UK Managing Director for Design Hotels™. Guy also advises hotels on how to market themselves.
There doesn't seem to be a more relevant way to open up proceedings than this traditional 'scene – setter'. A quick fire, annual update on how countries, cities and hotels have fared in the last year and why. Using bang up to date information from Horwath HTL, who are specialists in performance data across the world, Rolf will present the highlights and lowlights of Revpar, occupancy levels, room rates etc within the Asia Pacific region and attempt to explain the reasoning behind the figures. He will then switch the focus to the future and, using TopHotelProjects unique data, present an up to date picture of the Hotel Development Pipeline in this same region. TopHotelProjects are specialised in tracking this pipeline, maintaining a comprehensive overview of all major hotel projects, refurbishments and extensions worldwide. Horwath HTL and TopHotelProjects teamed up in 2015 to collaborate. Also, expect a bit more in - depth detail on our host country, Vietnam.
Dynamic, multi-award winning Hotelier and Restauranteur, Loh Lik Peng will be in conversation with Guy Dittrich, discussing how he made the transition from lawyer to hospitality entrepreneur, developing a string of successful ventures in Asia, Europe and Australia and how this year, at the tender age of 44, he has managed to win a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Gourmet Summit.
Opened in 2014, our host hotel can justifiably claim to be the best MICE hotel in Vietnam. Supporting this claim would certainly be the HI Design team, who have not seen a better one in the sixteen years that they have been running their events. So, what is the story behind it's creation and why has it been a success since the start? We hear, individually at first, and then in discussion, from the VP of Interior Design of Marriott, Karen Kim, from the Interior Designer who worked on the project, Peter Silling, as well as the architect who created such a striking, yet successful building, Carlos Zapata. And the dragon? ...we'll let Carlos tell you about that!
Following the earlier look at our host hotel, a new build hotel, we turn the tables to look at the various wide ranging aspects of conversion and refurbishment. The major hotel brands have significant legacy portfolios that beyond their usual maintenance cycles are in constant need of upgrade and re-positioning vis-à-vis the new competition. How easy or not is it to do this? What are the essentials and the ‘nice-to-haves’ when taking on this task? The adaptation and re-purposing of properties with former uses - offices, warehousing, religious buildings, factories, schools, hospitals, etc - gives designers potentially interesting stories to build on. But it requires great skill and know how to make them fit-for-purpose and achieve operational efficiencies. And what of the preservation and patrimonial issues that arise upon intervention within historic properties? These questions and more will be discussed by our panel who all have significant experience in these aspects of hotel design.