HICAP 2018 Program
HICAP 2018 Conference Program as of 13 June 2018
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018
1:00pm-8:30pm REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
4:00pm-5:00pm MASTER CLASS:
The Future Of Contemporary Hotel Management Agreements – Evolution, Revolution or Extinction
Presented by: Baker McKenzie
Start HICAP off with some intense networking at QuickLink! At this special energetic feature, you will make contact with other delegates and new projects, in a quick exchange of business cards.
6:30pm-8:30pm OPENING RECEPTION
Hosted by: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Meets In: The Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
Thursday, 18 October 2018
7:30am-5:45pm REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
7:45am-9:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00am-11:15am PLENARY SESSION
11:15am-12:00pm NETWORKING BREAK
12:00pm-12:45pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Session 01 – MEET THE CEO
Session 02 – MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES TRACK: ONE BELT, ONE ROAD
What is China’s Belt and Road Initiative and how will it affect the hotel industry? What countries/cities in Asia are targeted in this plan? What role do geopolitical views play? How does it impact China’s outbound tourist volumes? What are the concerns? Are there investment opportunities for the hotel industry?
Session 03 – MERGER & ACQUISITIONS TRACK: FINANCING
What are the changing financing trends and how will these impact acquisition and investment opportunities? Who are the upcoming alternative public/private lenders and what impact will they have on the way deals get done? How will these unpredicted investors fare in market swings and Black Swan events?
Session 04 – ASSET MANAGEMENT TRACK: FOOD & BEVERAGE
How do you determine how important an F&B concept is for the hotel bottom line? How to increase yield on the GFA? Are there better ways to use this important public space? How best to capitalize on outsourced F&B offerings (apps, F&B deliveries, etc.)?
Session 05 – DEVELOPMENT/OWNERSHIP TRACK: REBRANDING
When owners look at rebranding their hotel, what are the options? From brand to independent, independent to brand, brand to another brand, or exploring white label/soft branding options? What are the key considerations both short-term and long-term?
1:00pm – 2:45pm LUNCH & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
HICAP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is presented to honor an individual who has made a considerable difference in our industry, in the Asia Pacific region and in the world, through positive actions and significant contributions.
Presenter: Homi Vazifdar, CEO, Canyon Equity LLC
Recipient: Anil Thadani, Chairman, Symphony Holdings
2:45pm-3:15pm NETWORKING BREAK
3:15pm – 4:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS (continued)
Session 06 – MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES TRACK: SOCIALIZING THE BOX
As investors and operators get their heads around Co-Working and Co-Living, how will these change the traditional hotel? What other big ideas are out there and could invade the hotel space soon? Get ready as urban property takes to the streets.
Session 07 – ASSET MANAGEMENT TRACK: HMA EXIT ISSUES
How do hotel companies and hotel owners plan-ahead and prepare for a potential exit/separation? Issues that may arise include alternative fee structures, termination events, results of mergers, etc. What are the options? What has worked and what hasn’t?
Session 08 – MERGER & ACQUISITIONS TRACK: REPOSITIONING/ADAPTIVE REUSE
What are the advantages of converting a hotel from another real estate asset class? What is the risk for an investor, and on the flip side, what is the ROI potential? How can investors design for the changing needs for the future? Within the hotel asset class is repositioning up the only option, or is repositioning down possible as well?
Session 09 – AOCAP SESSION: ALTERNATIVE OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Session 10 – DEVELOPMENT/OWNERSHIP TRACK: FRANCHISING
Why is Asia Pacific behind other developed markets in franchising? Is it a viable solution for independent minded owners in this day and age of new distribution models? What are the best and worst practices learnt from elsewhere? How can Asian owners prepare to be a “qualified franchisee” and what should they expect in terms of components (i.e. fees, terms, services provided, etc.)?
4:00pm – 4:30pm NETWORKING BREAK
4:30pm – 5:45pm PLENARY SESSION
6:30pm – 8:30pm NETWORKING GALA
HICAP delegates will enjoy a fabulous networking opportunity at the fabulous InterContinental Hotel. Bus transportation will be provided, departing from the Kerry hotel at 5:50pm promptly. Delegates will be responsible for finding their own way home or back to their hotel after this special evening.
Hosted By: InterContinental Hotels Group
Meets In: The InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong
Conference Program: Friday, 19 October 2018
7:45am-3:00pm REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
7:45am-9:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00am-11:00am PLENARY SESSION
11:00am-12:00pm NETWORKING BREAK
12:00pm-12:45pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Session 11 – MEET THE CEO
Session 12 – MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES TRACK: OPTIMIZING RETURNS
Which markets and product segments offer the greatest margins and ROI? And once decided, what are the major challenges in successfully executing the development? What is needed for a stand-alone hotel to optimize its ROI? Is it true that the “harder” it is, the more lucrative it can be?
Session 13 – MERGER & ACQUISITIONS TRACK: REITS
What does the opportunity landscape look like for REITs in Asia Pacific? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What can Asia Pacific learn and enhance on from North America examples with regards to structures and investment opportunities? What regulations are in place that may help or hinder the success of REITs and how do these regulations differ regionally?
Session 14 – DEVELOPMENT/OWNERSHIP TRACK: INVESTING IN SUSTAINABILITY TO WIN
What are the best decisions to improve environmental performance and social impact, and when are the best times in the deal to discuss them? How have this year’s HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award winners demonstrated tangible results for owners?
Session 15 – ASSET MANAGEMENT TRACK: MEASURING PERFORMANCE
What are new KPIs available for measuring operator performance and value? What are the most important KPIs to be evaluated? How best to utilize these tools by both operators and owners while keeping an eye on the prize of customer satisfaction?
1:00pm-3:00pm LUNCH & HICAP AWARDS
REGGIE SHIU DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes the single development of the year representing the accomplishments of material market impact in a variety of terms including overcoming challenges to completion, scale, innovation, quality, performance, and return on investment. Nominees are derived by a committee of industry peers while final selection is made by delegate vote immediately prior to HICAP.
SUSTAINABLE HOTEL AWARDS
These important HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are designed to honor those in the hospitality industry in the Asia Pacific region who have successful, sustainable strategies benefiting their companies, their guests, their surrounding communities, and the greater society through environmentally and culturally responsible development. Nominations for this award were called for from throughout the Asia Pacific region. A panel of expert judges reviewed and determined the final winners.
MERGER & ACQUISITION DEAL OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes the merger or acquisition of the year, representing the most significant and/or dynamic deal. Nominees are derived from a committee of industry peers while final selection is made by delegate vote immediately prior to HICAP.
SINGLE ASSET TRANSACTION OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes the single asset transaction of the year representing the most significant and/or dynamic transaction. Nominees are derived from a committee of industry peers while final selection is made by delegate vote immediately prior to HICAP.
3:00pm HICAP ADJOURNS
HICAP 2018 Program Planning Committee Members:
Gonzalo Arranz, Melia Hotels
Bill Barnett, C9 Hotelworks Co., LTD.
Irene Chua, Travel Weekly Asia
Regina DiBenedetto, Aareal Bank Asia Limited
Patrick Finn, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Andreas Flaig, Next Story Group
Katerina Giannouka, Radisson Hotel Group
Justin Gross, Withersworldwide
Robert Hecker, Horwath HTL
Scott Hetherington, JLL
Mak Hoe Kit, Fraser Hospitality Pte Ltd
Tasos Kousloglou, JLL
Gerald Lee, FEO Hospitality Asset Mgmt
Eric Levy, TSI
Ian Lien, SC Capital Partners
David Ling, CDL Hospitality Trusts
Peter Meyer, Lodgis Hospitality
Walter Ng, Wharf Hotels Management Limited
Ross Nicholas, Wyndham Hotel Group
Gert Noordzy, Northside Consulting
Jesper Palmqvist, STR
Guy Phillips, Hilton Worldwide
Andrew Sangster, Hotel Analyst
Kai Seah, WATG
Linda Stiles, Stiles Capital Events LLC
Yuval Tal, Proskauer
Juay Hiang Tan, Ascendas Hospitality Trust
Raymond Tan, Marriott International
Siew Hoon Yeoh, Web In Travel