A central feature of The Hotel Show, The Hospitality Leadership Forum is a series of forthright panel discussions addressing the key strategic opportunities and challenges that are shaping the regional sector at this time of accelerated expansion and change.
The agenda is developed in close consultation with the region’s leading hotel General Managers and offers the audience a rare insight into how they think; how they create, manage and develop critical elements of their properties; how they view the current market and what they’re planning next.
CEO & Senior Partner
Sharihan is the first female Emirati GM in the history of the region. A hotelier and policy influencer with 12 years of expertise in her professional field, she has won several awards in her career and currently serves as Steering Committee Member for EHG-Dubai Expo2020 for Hospitality & Sustainability.
Sharihan Al Mashary
As we enter the last year before Expo 2020 opens, how is the hotel market performing and continuing to develop relative to key competing markets? What initiatives are being taken by hotel owners to preserve the profitability in their hotels, and where are the hidden opportunities in Dubai’s hospitality market?
Are the region’s new, and typically very successful mid-market offerings attracting new types of guest or simply reflecting broader changes in global tourist behaviour and needs? How do we expect to see this sector evolve and expand in coming years?
Millennium Place Marina
Mrad El Khoury
Grand Millennium Business Bay
Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport
Are owner visions and expectations of cash flow, profits and asset value being redefined as the regional hotel market enters its new phase of expansion, diversification and performance? How do regional GMs manage, negotiate and execute their owners vision?
Laurent A Voivenel
SVP, Operations & Development for MEA & India
What are the most innovative and forward-thinking operators doing to strengthen their distribution channels into existing and new markets, and how are they ensuring that their brand identity is clearly expressed?
Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
Rove Dubai Marina
Roda Al Bustan
Following four successful years as General Manager of Armani Hotel Dubai, earlier this year, Mark Kirby was appointed Area General Manager of Address Downtown Hotels and General Manager of the iconic flagship hotel Address Downtown where he is responsible for driving the commercial strategy. Mark additionally oversees Address Sky View, Address Fountain Views and the Palace Hotel Downtown and is tasked with strengthening the Address Hotels + Resorts brand identity as well as outreach to new international markets.
Area General Manager
Address Hotels Downtown
Three GMs who are all relatively new to the region discuss their first impressions of the market, their perception of the key differences to other markets that they’ve operated in and their strategic goals for the short and medium term.
Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City
Armani Hotel Dubai
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
With an incredible volume of new restaurants reaching the market over the last year and some very well established brands faltering, what makes similar restaurant concepts perform differently, and where are gaps and opportunities for home-grown and third-party offerings over the next 12-18 months?
Media One Hotel
Citymax Bur Dubai
What do we understand about the characteristics of brand loyalty in Dubai’s new and repeat tourists, and how are leading players using this information to shape their communications and offerings?
Cluster General Manager
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront and Dubai Canal Views
Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis
Cluster General Manager
Jumeira Rotana & BurJuman Arjaan
What can we understand from successful new hotel and restaurant design in the region, as well as the rate and nature of renovation and refurbishment occurring in the market? How do operators understand the true impact of interior design on their guest’s behaviour and spending?
Director & Global Head of Hospitality
Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown
Grayton Hotel, by Blazon Hotels
Since taking the role just over a year ago, Fredrik has overseen one of the fastest and highest-profile rebranding exercises in the history of Dubai's hospitality industry, overseeing 1,600 guest rooms and suites, 18 restaurants and lounges, two spas and 34 banqueting and meeting spaces across three significant, distinct properties.
Complex General Manager
V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City & Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Competition and excellence are hallmarks of the regional hospitality industry, but has pricing become so competitive that we may now need some form of intervention to save the industry from itself?
Studio One Hotel
FORM Hotel Dubai
Steigenberger Business Bay Dubai
Examining how hoteliers monitor and anticipate guest spending patterns and tailor effective promotions and pricing offers to appeal to them.
Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection
Ajman Hotel managed by Blazon Hotels
Founder & CEO
LEVA Hotels & Resorts
With margins tightening across the market, savvy hotel operators are analysing and rethinking all aspects of their operations to identify new efficiencies. What are the richest areas for improvement and what are the most impressive recent innovations driving return and value on investment?
dusitD2 kenz hotel – Dubai
The H Dubai
Copthorne Hotel Sharjah
A succession of highly distinctive and immediately successful hotels continue to open and operate across the nation. Are they targeting different types of visitor than Dubai? What's making them so distinctive and compelling? Who are they actually attracting, and why?
Zaya Nurai Island Abu Dhabi
Cluster General Manager
Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
Al Bait Sharjah