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Wednesday 02 November

14:30 - 17:30

Exploration of opportunities in Taghazout & surroundings

GOING LOCAL - from an investment perspective - On behalf of the Government of Morocco and the Region of Agadir, Mr. Imad Barrakad will share the vision for tourism investment in the specific destination followed by a visit to investment opportunities in the region of Taghazout & Agadir

Imad Barrakad

Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

Salim Mikram

Partner, Istich Consulting

14:30 - 17:30

Exploration of opportunities in Taghazout & surroundings

GOING LOCAL - from a culinary perspective - with a growing sense of community and support for local businesses, how do you utilise this trend for your Food & Beverage operation

18:00 - 19:00

Speed Networking

Bring plenty of business cards and meet your fellow AHIF colleagues 

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception

Thursday 03 November

08:00 - 09:00

Registration Opens

09:30 - 09:45

Conference Room

Welcome Remarks

Moderator
Rajan Datar

Host of BBC Travel Show & BBC World News, BBC

In conversation with

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director , the bench

Imad Barrakad

Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

09:45 - 10:00

Conference Room

Official Opening Speech

10:00 - 10:35

Conference Room

Global Economic Outlook with a view on Africa

Moderator
Daniel Silke

Political Economy Analyst & Futurist , Political Futures Consultancy

In conversation with

Pat Thaker

Chief Economist , The Economist Intelligence Unit

10:35 - 11:10

Conference Room

Hotel & Tourism Potential in Africa:

What can be done by the public sector to provide further tourism incentives?

Moderator
Daniel Silke

Political Economy Analyst & Futurist , Political Futures Consultancy

In conversation with

11:10 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:30

Breakout Room

Domestic tourism and its advantages

Dami Adepoju

Director Development West Africa, Marriott

Erwan Garnier

Senior Director Development - Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

11:30 - 12:30

Garden Talks

The Regional Lab - Eye on East Africa

Alain Sebah

President, Golden Tulip Africa

11:30 - 12:30

Poolside Talks

3rd Party Operator Workshop

11:30 - 11:50

Conference Room

What has changed for Africa?

A look at the Numbers

Thomas Emanuel

Director, STR

11:50 - 12:10

Conference Room

The Opportunities For Africa

Moderator
Nick van Marken

Industry Executive,

In conversation with

Haitham Mattar

Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts

Pierre Frederic Roulot

CEO, Louvre Hotels Group & Jin Jiang Europe

12:10 - 12:45

Conference Room

Regional Discussion

12:30 - 13:00

Breakout Room

Development Hot Spots in Africa - Eye on Egypt

12:30 - 13:00

Poolside Talks

Hot Topic: Safety & Security Update on Africa

12:30 - 13:00

Breakout Room

New Perspectives For Tourism Destination Development

Reinvention of a destination

12:45 - 13:00

Conference Room

Hard Talk from Africa for Africa

Rajan Datar

Host of BBC Travel Show & BBC World News, BBC

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:20

Conference Room

From Long-Term Thinking to Contingency Planning: The way forward

14:05 - 15:05

Garden Talks

The Regional Lab - Eye on West Africa

What is the performance and pipeline of these various markets? What are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of? A focus on Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria

14:05 - 15:35

Poolside Talks

The Solution Lab

BarCamp - providing peer-supported advice on most pressing issues

14:05 - 15:05

Breakout Room

The Changemakers - how will you lead the change?

Special Open Mic Sessions. This is a unique opportunity to address AHIF delegates, and present innovations, strategic leadership or sustainable practices. Open to registered delegates only!

14:20 - 15:00

Conference Room

View on Opportunities

How to become more commercially minded, securing and packaging opportunities in a successful manner

Ewan Cameron

Director - Africa, Westmont Hospitality

Abraham Muthogo Kamau

Chief Executive Officer, Miradi Capital

15:00 - 15:20

Conference Room

Best approach of Green Building Investment for Hospitality Real Estate

Moderator
Mark Dunford

Chief Executive Officer, Knight Frank Kenya

In conversation with

15:20 - 15:30

Conference Room

Hard Talk from Africa for Africa

Rajan Datar

Host of BBC Travel Show & BBC World News, BBC

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Garden Talks

The Regional Lab - Eye on South Africa

What is the performance and pipeline of these various markets? What are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of? A focus on South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia

16:00 - 16:30

Poolside Talks

Reuniting with Guests

Tech as a tool for improved guest experience

16:00 - 16:40

Conference Room

Investors Panel

What is the vision for Africa? How to finance the rebound?

David Damiba

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Kasada Capital Management

Norman Fon Sing

Head Corporate, SBM Bank Mauritius

16:00 - 16:30

Breakout Room

Rise of the Ecotourist

A More Sustainable Form of Tourism?

16:30 - 17:30

Poolside Talks

The Start-up Lab

Brand Pitches - What makes a brand a success and how to deliver it? An in-depth diagnosis of new brands and concepts in hospitality

16:30 - 17:00

Branding – the great differentiator?

16:40 - 17:15

Conference Room

Mixed-Use: Best practice in debt restructure

How will development financing go forward

17:00 - 17:30

Reinvesting in Hospitality

 The need (or not) for the hospitality industry to go asset-light? It's a winning strategy in many industries

17:15 - 17:45

Conference Room

Franchise vs. Management Debate: Why franchise makes sense today

Future or HMAs in an uncertain world, Key issues in HMAs relevant specifically to Emerging markets vs. more established markets. Owner / operator model is still predominant in Africa – after Covid are we expecting a shift and split of functions / responsibilities? Balance of risk & rewards between developers and hotel operators

Moderator
Scott Antel

Owner/Founder, Scotts FZ

In conversation with

Amith Khanna

Head of Franchise, IHG Hotels & Resorts

17:45 - 18:00

Conference Room

Closing Remarks

18:00 - 22:00

Networking Reception

Friday 04 November

07:30 - 08:00

Sporting activity

08:30 - 09:30

Breakout Room

AHIF Off the Record

Closed Door Breakfast with the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development

Imad Barrakad

Chairman & CEO, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT)

09:25 - 09:35

Conference Room

Welcome Back

Rajan Datar

Host of BBC Travel Show & BBC World News, BBC

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director , the bench

09:30 - 10:30

Garden Talks

The Regional Lab - Eye on North Africa

What is the performance and pipeline of these various markets? What are the investment opportunities and what are the challenges to be aware of?

09:35 - 09:45

Conference Room

Pipeline Review & Current Market Conditions

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

09:45 - 09:50

Raffle Draw

The winner is the person who has tweeted most or posted most on Social Media

09:50 - 10:30

Conference Room

Global air connectivity: A catalyst for hospitality development

 A catalyst for hospitality development

10:00 - 10:30

Breakout Room

Human Capital – effectively tackling the labour crisis as the major challenge for all hoteliers

How to recruit and train after such a crisis, HR speakers with initiatives to highlight, new school projects, Why does the industry always balance the books on the weakest link – the manual workers?

Rose Bakri

COO, Louvre Hotels Africa

10:30 - 11:00

Conference Room

The Future of Resorts

Are we experiencing the Revival of All-Inclusive Resorts?

Karim Cheltout

Regional VP Africa & All-Inclusive EMEA, Marriott International

10:30 - 11:00

Breakout Room

AHIF Fund

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

Breakout Room

Elevating the role of Hospitality tech in driving operational efficiency post recovery

Olivier Hennion

Managing Director, IT Hospitality

11:30 - 12:00

Conference Room

Leveraging nation branding opportunities through sport mega-events

The power of sport for hotel development and what this means for Africa.

Moderator
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Founder and Chairman, APO Group

In conversation with

12:00 - 12:20

Breakout Room

Commitment to conservation

12:00 - 12:40

Conference Room

Sustainability in Hospitality

How the Industry Can Support

12:40 - 12:55

Conference Room

Bleisure, Staycations and the death of International Business Travel - Turning challenges into opportunities

 

13:00 - 14:00

Conference Room

Closing Remarks

Matthew Weihs

Managing Director , the bench