SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2017
08:30 – 09:30
Spotlight on Asia Pacific – opportunities today and in the future
Making sense of an area as large and culturally diverse as South East Asia requires a well-tuned ear for picking up the trends and drivers right across the region. Horwath HTL are specialists in global hotel performance data and Damien, who has worked for them for over 16 years, will present the most interesting and outstanding highlights of what has been going on over the last few years. It won’t just be statistics and jargon, rather Damien leverages his significant experience on more than 400 hotel related projects in 17 countries across the region to add some anecdotal flesh to the numerical bones of performance. Using pipeline data from STR we will also get a sneaky glimpse into the future of hotel development and where we can all expect to be working soon!
14:30 – 15:30
Keynote Seminar – Experiences Beyond Space
Founding LW Design in 1999 has seen Jesper Godsk involved in some of the region’s most iconic hotels. In Dubai alone are the Grosvenor House, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott Marquis and Le Royal Merdien Beach Resort and Spa, a winner at the recent AHEAD MEA awards. There are countless more across the broader region for brands such as Fairmont, Raffles and Rotana. The success of these projects has fostered trust with developers and owners and seen LW Design involved in ground breaking projects such as the Media One and Vida Hotels. Then there’s the literally hundreds of restaurants and bars they have created… This multi-disciplinary practice offering interior design, architecture, engineering and landscaping knows few limits. Hear from Jesper in conversation with seminar programmer and host Guy Dittrich as he recalls the development of the Middle East hotel-scape and looks to the future of hospitality design.
08:30 – 09:30
The Creative Brain – and how to use it
Caroline Williams is a science journalist and editor who is both a regular contributor to and a consultant for New Scientist magazine. She is also the author of Override: My quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind (Scribe, 2017). Override came about after Caroline’s many years of reporting on the science of neuroplasticity (the idea that the brain retains an ability to rewire itself throughout our whole lives). No-one seemed to know how to use this information to get the best out of our brains. Determined to find out, Caroline spent over a year travelling around the laboratories of top neuroscientists, offering herself as a guinea pig in scientific studies and challenging scientists to make real-world changes to her perfectly functioning, yet imperfect brain!
As part of this brain-boosting mission, Caroline headed to Lawrence, Kansas, where a team is studying how the brain comes up with creative ideas. Joining in with their experiments she submitted herself to be brain-scanned and then stimulated with pulses of electricity in a bid to see if it helped the ideas to flow. What she found may come as a relief: you don’t need to be scanned or zapped to get into the creative zone. You just need to know how to get into the right state of mind to let creativity flourish. In this talk, Caroline Williams explains what happens in our brains when we combine existing ideas to create something entirely new. She will also share some research-based tips from her journey on how to make it happen more often. Finally, she will give us a glimpse of the future and how technology may provide shortcuts to moments of creative insight. No zapping required.
13:05 – 14:05
PANEL DISCUSSION – IN/OUT Design
This session looks at the increasing crossover of design between interiors and exteriors. Looking beyond the blurring of functionality between indoor and outdoor spaces in resorts, our experts from both design and operational backgrounds will cover the impact at the urban level. The ways in which the revenue potential of roof spaces, terraces and balconies can be maximised. To say nothing of hotel gardens and internal green walls that resonate with the growing influence of local sustainability and awareness of the benefits of biophilic design.