SEMINAR PROGRAMME 2016
08.30 – 09.20
‘What on earth is going on?’ – What’s been happening and what’s up next.
JAMIE CHAPPELL – GLOBAL BUSINESS DIRECTOR, HORWATH HTL
ROLF SCHMIDT, FOUNDER AND MANAGING OWNER OF TOPHOTELPROJECTS
Double the excitement this year as Jamie and Rolf take the stage together to deliver a part historic, part futuristic picture of the hotel sector in the Europe region. The two speakers’ companies, Horwath HTL and TopHotelProjects, teamed up in 2015 to collaborate on data sharing and now present jointly for the first time at HI Design Europe. Horwath HTL are specialists in hotel performance data across the world, and Jamie, in his inimitable style, will present the most interesting and outstanding highlights of what has ben going on over the last few years within the region, and more importantly, why.
TopHotelProjects specialise in tracking the hotel development pipeline. They maintain a comprehensive overview of all major hotel projects, refurbishments and extensions worldwide. Their online database currently holds over 5,000 live and confirmed projects. Rolf Schmidt will present the stand out details of what is expected to happen, where and why.
14:50 – 15:50
Keynote Seminar – ‘Not looking back’ – a chat with Michael Bedner
MICHAEL BEDNER, FORMER CEO & CHAIRMAN OF HIRSCH BEDNER & ASSOCIATES AND PARTNER, APEIRON MIAMI
A very rare opportunity to meet and hear from one of the true legends of the hospitality design world. Michael Bedner, with Howard Hirsch, founded the world’s largest hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates over fifty years ago. After Hirsch’s death in 1997, Michael led the company as Chairman and CEO for many years. Hirsch and Bedner revolutionised hospitality design by creating a totally new professional discipline. In his time with HBA, Michael became a leader in expanding the vision of the hospitality design business to include resorts, boutique hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, casinos, spas and a myriad of other projects. Under his leadership, HBA raised the bar in every area of hospitality design.
Due to illness, Michael was unable to be at HI Design Europe 2011 to give his talk, yet bounced back at HI Design Asia later the same year and received a standing ovation from the delegates. His welcome return will see him in conversation with Guy Dittrich, giving some fascinating insight into his career as a top designer and leader, and also share some of the latest developments in his new venture, Apeiron.
08.30 – 09.30
No Straight Lines. What next for business?
ALAN MOORE – AUTHOR
Disruption in the last five years has arrived unexpected and unannounced at the door of every industry. So called Unicorn companies slay the business model of entire industries seemingly overnight, cheered on by slavering venture capitalists. We have buzzwords such as,“Big Data”,“IoT”, smart cities, 3D printing, drones and wearable tech. It leaves you stunned as to what exactly is going on. Then we get the tsunami of Artificial intelligence set to decimate 50 million jobs in a decade.
It has been in reality a two decade process of transformation of the business and social landscape. The final frontier Captain Kirk might say is in fact the financial sector. Fintech as it is known, combined with the mysterious blockchain technology is as revolutionary as Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the www. If we would describe our industrial age as linear the world we now enter is non-linear. The world of No Straight Lines ushers in entirely new ways of thinking about how a business, an industry, an organisation works – what we make, and, who we make it with. So what does next for business look like?
We are presented with a design challenge – how can we make business not only more efficient, and more effective but also more beautiful? Human beings experience the world through their senses. It is to these we must now pay serious attention.
Designing experiences which delight, inspire, and salve the minds and bodies of travellers, explorers and anyone else that might turn up on the doorstep of a hotel for a few nights stay. This has always been the mainstay of the hospitality industry. In this world of No Straight Lines it will be the most innovative and most creative who design their businesses to be beautiful in every way that will thrive.
13.05 – 14.05
Eat, drink and design – the future of F&B design in hotels – Panel Discussion
Looking at the feedback from delegates over the past few years, it’s clear that there’s a real appetite for a F&B Design session. This is HI Design Europe no. 11 and we were surprised to discover that we haven’t had one so far! Arguably the fastest moving area in hospitality design and one that can be very profitable, getting the F&B offering right is not just desirable, it’s absolutely critical. A Regional Food & Beverage executive and a Corporate Interior Design Director from two of the world’s largest hotel groups, join with two F&B Design specialists with high profile F&B Design successes under their belts to discuss how important good F&B design really is within hotels. What are the design factors that lead to profitable outlets? Can great design really trump a poor F&B offering? How does the F&B requirement within hotels differ across the Europe region? What’s next on the menu in the ever evolving world of hospitality F&B?
MARTIN JONES, VP FOOD & BEVERAGE EUROPE, FRHI HOTELS & RESORTS
AFRODITI KRASSA, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, AFRODITIKRASSA
DAMIEN FOLLONE, PROJECT DESIGNER, F&B | WIMBERLY INTERIORS
ELODIE NOEL, AREA DIRECTOR TECHNICAL SERVICES , WEST EUROPE – NORTH & WEST AFRICA, THE REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP