HOSPITALITY LEADERSHIP FORUM
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We are pleased to announce that the Hospitality Leadership Forum brought to you by Diversey and running alongside this year’s, Hotel Show Africa taking place on the 23 – 25 June 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg as part of Africa Trade Week.
Our 2019 conference programme is now live and was developed in consultation with our advisory board and features keynote presentations and panel discussions focusing on Strategy 2030, driving real transformation in tourism, hotel investment outlook unlocking strategies to investment barriers and growing an African brand.
This forum will aim to attract international, regional and domestic thought leaders, owners and operators, restauranteurs and tourism authorities across the continent and beyond.
Early Bird tickets now on sale!
THE 2019 PROGRAMME
*Conference programme subject to change
Conference Day 1 – Monday 24 June
New format for 2019!
As our hospitality, food and trade development trade shows are co-located we are pleased to introduce our new format for this year which includes two joint plenary discussions focused on investment in Africa and the 4thindustrial revolution taking place on 24th of June 2019 from 10:30 to 11:15. Please note that the focused conference streams will start at 11:45.
Joint opening address Plenary: Where to invest in Africa?
Joint plenary panel discussion: Investment and business leadership in the 4th industrial revolution
All industries are all experiencing rapid change, disrupted by advancing technologies and shifting consumer expectations. To adapt to constant change, businesses are looking to adopt an ‘agility first’ strategy to future proof their business, but what does this really mean? This discussion explores how business leaders are navigating a rapidly changing technological and political landscape?
MODERATOR: Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, DigiBlu
VIP Tour and morning refreshments
Strategy of 2030
The Tourism Business Council of South Africa will share a strategy that identified a potential to double international arrivals to 21 million and create an additional 2 million jobs by 2030. The potential growth will stimulate investment in products and experiences, infrastructure maintenance and development, facilitate airlift, and stimulate other industries such as agriculture, construction and other services. The TBCSA serves to unite the diverse travel & tourism sector to contribute to a competitive, responsible and inclusive tourism. The presentation will focus on three pillars, the first being the removal of regulatory barriers and other inhibitors, the second being to grow existing markets and finally investing in markets like China.
Hospitality trends and outlook: Present and future?
A new generation of tourist is emerging and the hospitality and tourism sector is undergoing fundamental shifts in the way it operates, affected from changing global economies and regional government policies to operational efficiencies, from the need for seamless technology to delivering a frictionless guest experience. We take an in-depth look into the trends and forecasts influencing travel patterns, how different segments are performing and how you can take advantage of the opportunities they bring.
MODERATOR: Rishabh Thapar, Director, HVS Africa
Tourism leisure – Why the destination is all about the experience
Tourists growing demand for culinary travel, cultural exploration and activity based travel experiences is not showing any signs of slowing down. Adventures for truly local and authentic experiences from food trucks, to hidden beaches or textile weaving classes are all set to increase this year. This session looks at the opportunities that will drive experimental travel in 2019 and how ‘pop culture’ can help boost destinations. Are you ready to take a piece of the pie?
F&B – Foods on the move
Whether dining in a pop-up restaurant or getting a true slice of local cuisine, the rise of the ‘experiential diner’ has created ripples in the food and beverage sector. According to a report 75% of people said that they believe that blending unique dining experiences is worth paying more for. A panel of top chefs, restaurateurs and f&b professionals join the platform to share views on the latest trends, debate the next big thing and how to create an F&B destination.
MODERATOR: Martin Kobald, Vice President – World Chef/Owner – ChefMLK Group of Companies
Hotel investment outlook
This presentation will take a look at hotel investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on regional and international capital flows in the hospitality sector, barriers to investment, the impact of performance on investor sentiment in the region and the evolving profile of investors on the continent.
Development and investment: Creating more than hotel rooms – Looking at blended real estate solutions / Mixing it up – The best development combination to maximize a mixed-use opportunity
Treating hotels as real estate assets and making sure you are marketing the best use of space for a maximum ROI is a business imperative, but what are the benefits. Hotel developments that include apartments and apartments for sale continues to show growth globally. This session discovers why this investor model is increasingly attractive and how it is set to transform developments across Africa.
MODERATOR: Miller Matola, Chief Executive Officer, Millvest
Conference Day 2 – Tuesday 25 June
Design & Architecture – Why tomorrow’s hotel will look very different from todays?
From exotic materials, to electric finishes and quirky furnishing to ‘bringing the outdoors inside’ and creating a personalised home away from home atmosphere with minimalists and natural designs architects and designers will always offer us novel.
This session takes a look at new build plans, how operators can get involved in new projects and why and lobbies are still trending as the epicenter of the hotel. Hear from experts how you can translate the latest trends and styles into your hotel.
MODERATOR: Clive Shepherd, Chairman, DSA Architects International
Adapting to survive and thrive – Hear from GMs leading the change
Join our expert panel share their visions on how hotel groups are adapting to changing economic conditions, travel trends, operational requirements and attracting the right kind of talent. How well do they know their customers, how can they serve their needs better.
Decoding Gen Z – Are you ready for the rise in millennial business travelers?
According to forecasts, millennial’s will account almost 50% of travel spend by 2020 with generation Z the most populated generational group of all time. So, what makes them unique and are you ready to accommodate? This session will look at what they want and how the hospitality industry is going to have to adjust to meet their needs once they grow up?
Technology – Transforming your guest experience
Today’s travelers are smart, tech savvy guests looking for unique experiences at the click of a button. It has been reported that 2019 will continue to deploy a range of new technologies to improve efficiencies and minimize disruptions with further investments into big data, process automation, internet of things and integration continuing to be a focus.
Accor Hotels is said to have invested € 5 million in travelling AI analytics platform. Our expert panel looks at trends and innovations paving the way to a better hotel experience and what technologies are essential for reaching your customers?
Safety – Mitigating risk and keeping safe
Protecting your guest, your brand and your future is essential. So the question you need to answer is how safe do your guests feel, what’s at risk, your revenue, your brand or both? This session will give insights into the latest security platforms and why investing in high-tech security is the future of smart hoteliers.
- Cyber security
- Ransom wear
- Building security
Human capital development – Say YES to improving the lives of South African youth!
YES – the Youth Employment service – is a national movement to ignite the potential of South Africa’s youth, led by business and supported by government and labour. Apart from benefiting the country, corporates can gain up to two levels on the B-BBEE scorecard. Seeing how this initiative can transform the tourism industry makes it an exciting opportunity for all.
Quality positioning of Africa through quality assurance
As a continent, Africa needs to ensure that the quality of accommodation product is of such a standard to enable to compete with for its share of international tourists. Whilst Africa has seen an increase in in large brand Hotel Groups, who offer consistent operating standards entering the market in recent years, there remains notable inconsistency of standards in accommodation across most of the continent.
What mechanisms are available or should be available to assist the continent in improving standards and with it, its positing as a quality option for international tourists.
End of conference and networking refreshments
*Conference programme subject to change