SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2014
08:30 – 09:20
SCENE SETTER – From Global to Regional Asia Pacific – Insights on Hospitality Performance and Development Trends
Christy will start this year’s ‘scene setter’ by looking at the global road to financial recovery – walking through how varying countries around the world came back from the crisis of 2008, showing how long it takes – before discussing recent trends and going more regional within APAC. She will also review hotel performance, including some profitability examples, and finally discuss pipeline activity in the region.
14:50 – 15:50
KEYNOTE SEMINAR – Breaking Boundaries
Responsible for some the most talked about hospitality design worldwide, Lyndon Neri’s keynote presentation explores contemporary paradigms in architecture and design and how they have the ability to revitalize economies and cultures. The multi-disciplinary studio that he co-founded with his wife has won international recognition for their work in their home city, Shanghai, and abroad. Projects such as the statement of urban renewal that is the Waterhouse on the Bund, the East Hotel and Opposite House for Swire Hotels in Beijing set out the stall for Neri&Hu. But they only tell part of the story of an architectural studio that has expanded to produce their own line of furniture, as used at the Pollen Street Social in London, and that stretches to providing graphic identity, tableware, even staff uniforms at, for example, the Feast Yan restaurant in Shenzhen.
08:30 – 09:30
SOMETHING NEW – Trending at HI Design
We always try to give you what you ask for and your feedback regularly shows your most preferred topic is TRENDS. So trends we shall give you! Well actually the designers will give us. We gave all the designers the chance to take ownership of the content of this session and asked them to propose, in one sentence, the single most influential trend they see in hospitality design.
The response was fantastic and Catherine Martin the Editor of Sleeper, our media partner, and conference programmer and moderator Guy Dittrich have selected seven complimentary trends. The designers will each present for 5 minutes on their chosen theme and we will follow this with an open discussion involving the whole audience on what we have just heard. And what we haven’t!
With contributions from:
TINA NORDEN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CONRAN AND PARTNERS, LONDON. – RESIDENTIAL VS HOSPITALITY
MATTHEW SHANG, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DISTILLERY STUDIOS, SINGAPORE. – NEW HISTORIES
CATHERINE MOCKE, PORTFOLIO DIRECTOR, DWP | DESIGN WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP, BANGKOK. – AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE
JAVIER ROJAS-RODRIGUEZ, DESIGN DIRECTOR OF HOSPITALITY, ORBIT DESIGN STUDIO, BANGKOK. – EATING ALONE, TOGETHER
ARIANE STEINBECK, MANAGING DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL, THE GETTYS GROUP, HONG KONG. – SERVICE AND EXPERIENCE
DAN BUBE, DESIGN DIRECTOR & ARTISAN, DESIGN BUBE CO. LTD, BANGKOK. – INCREDIBLE DRINKING WATER MACHINES
NICHOLAS GRAHAM, DIRECTOR, NICHOLAS GRAHAM + ASSOCIATES PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. – CHROMATISM
13:05 – 14:05
PANEL DISCUSSION – Eastern Promise
We’ve all felt the scale of China’s economic might in recent times and seen its impact on hotel development domestically and abroad. The hotel industry in China is big and everyone wants a piece. But securing commercially viable / profitable business here brings its own unique challenges. Without access to trusted and experienced local partners, how do you unravel the complexities of doing business in China? The extensive collective and local knowledge of our panel of experts will help clarify the barriers to entry and how to overcome them. They’ll also highlight some of the important design nuances of which every Architect and Designer needs to be aware to help safeguard success in this culturally sensitive economic powerhouse. Invaluable stuff! Our panel will help illuminate the path to Eastern promise.