Seminar Programme 2013
Preparations for the 2013 seminar programme are in progress and details will be available here soon. In the meantime why not take a look at the 2012 programme below:
The Seminar Programme is very thoughtfully put together and will provide fresh insight. You will be inspired, challenged and often entertained. Four seminars are delivered over the 2 business days, each with a unique message and tone. All are impeccably hosted by Guy Dittrich, renowned hotel consultant and journalist. You may find yourself being pulled into the debate as audience involvement encouraged and most welcome. All seminars are provided at no extra charge.
Thurs 8 November
08.30 - 09.20
The Hotel Construction Pipeline in Asia Pacific
Managing Director of TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH, the leading international
research enterprise within the global hotel industry and established data
provider for the global b2b supplier business. Rolf focused his career on the hospitality industry over 30 years ago. He has been directly involved with the hospitality supplier industry since 1986, starting his own entrepreneurial business in 1991. Before joining TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH he established and successfully managed various hospitality related companies in the market research field, consulting, marketing and sales. He is
married, has two daughters and livesclose to Hamburg, Germany. Rolf is known as senior expert in hotel business to the supplier sector. He is a frequent author and keynote speaker
at international industry events.
Thurs 8 November
14:50 – 15:50
The Last Resort? A focus on responsible resort design in Asia Pacific
Guy Heywood, Chief Operating Officer, Alila Hotels & Resorts
Karlyn Cerdena, Director, ara Design Asia
Michael Duggan, General Manager, Sustainability, EC3 Global Pty. Ltd.
Mr. Michael Kwee, Coordinating Director,Banyan Tree Global Foundation
With many of the most luxurious resorts in the world, the Asia Pacific is also home to a number of notable eco-friendly properties, which have arguably set the template for responsible resort design in environmentally sensitive areas. In the quest of developing ever more 'exclusive' resorts, is this eco-friendly responsibility being paid lip service? What criteria do developers have to observe as a minimum when planning and designing a ‘responsible’ resort? Who cares? Who's watching? With a number of different accreditation schemes in operation, how can the owner know which one to follow? To what extent must the operator 'prove' these criteria to their customers? Is it financially viable to design and build a 'responsible' resort, or will owners who fail to do so live to regret it?
Friday 9 November
08.30 - 09.30
Clint on the Blink! A half presentation/half interview
with one of Asia's most prolific hospitality interior designers
As Creative Director and Founder of BLINK Design Group, Clint Nagata personally
ensures simple functionalism transcends their projects to capture the spirit of each
project site. Clint's Design career began 19 years ago, his clientele including Conrad,
Hilton, Jumeriah, Langham Place, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Westin and The Luxury
Collection. He has built up a track record of acclaim and satisfied clients and is globally
sought-after as a speaker. Educated at the University of Hawaii, and citing Geoffrey Bawa as an influence on his work, Clint was previously a Design Director at renowned firm WATG before setting up BLINK in Bangkok in July 2006. BLINK has quickly grown to be recognised as the foremost group in the booming hospitality sector in Asia. Having
recently been acquired by Space Matrix, the company now has studios in Bangkok, Singapore and New Delhi, as it sets its sights on becoming a leading global player with Clint and fellow Creative Director Alan A. Barr as the driving forces. These two talents blend Clint’s visionary luxury resort expertise with Alan’s wider hospitality experience - creating a dedicated bespoke design practice for the hospitality industry and fulfilling BLINK’s global aspirations.
Friday 9 November
14.50 - 15.50
The Discussion Panel - INDIA: Hot and Spicy!
Join our panel of experts as they discuss what’s on the menu in the fast growing Indian hotel development market Second only to China in the new hotel supply pipeline in Asia Pacific, India offers potentially lucrative returns. These are not without their challenges for investors, operators, architects and designers. What are these challenges, and how does one begin to approach them? This is your opportunity tap into the combined knowledge of two operators and two designers with extensive and ongoing experience of hotel development in the country.