Future Hospitality Summit braces for heated debate, Breakt…


(MENAFN- In2 Consulting) Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 16 August 2022. More than 120 leading hotel and tourism professionals will address the hottest topics in the industry at the highly anticipated Future Hospitality Summit (FHS), which will be held for the first time at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai and will bring together over 900 hospitality investment decision makers from 19 to 20 21 years brings together September.

Featuring a high-profile series of presentations and insights from government leaders, hotel investors, owners and developers, and industry experts, the FHS program will focus on sustainability, technology, talent, investment, innovation, the continued post-pandemic recovery and more – all under the main theme of the event “Lead the Change”. There is also a franchising workshop, Startup Den, region-specific sessions spotlighting Africa and Asia, and the finals of the Sustainability Hospitality Challenge 2022, a global competition for students to turn their ideas for innovation and sustainability into reality.

Hosted by Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and co-organized by The Bench and MEED, FHS brings together the investment communities of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) and African Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) under one roof for three full days Debates, initiatives and exciting industry announcements to highlight – and celebrate – the key role of the region’s hospitality and tourism sector.

“We are excited to welcome the region’s most respected and experienced hospitality leaders to the FHS program, which has been carefully crafted to address key focus areas, challenges and trends for the hospitality industry. The investment communities of AHIC, GRIF and AHIF are all part of our action-packed agenda and bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and insight to this prestigious event,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench.

“With a focus on embracing and leading change, FHS offers a broad and diverse range of opportunities for delegates to discuss, contribute and learn with four incredible stages, eight networking events and a series of awards ceremonies. We look forward to intense debates, groundbreaking ideas and exciting news at the region’s leading hospitality industry platform,” he added.

The FHS agenda will feature more than 40 sessions in a variety of formats including main stage presentations, panel discussions, interviews and breakout sessions. There are also eight networking sessions, including the FHS Opening Reception hosted by Jumeirah, where delegates will be taken on a curated food and drink journey by the hospitality group’s award-winning chefs, showcasing the Arabian hospitality that Jumeirah is known for is.

The first day of the conference (Monday 19 September) will be dedicated to the food and beverage investment scene, with leading members of the GRIF community discussing everything from franchising to food delivery.

Hilari Voorthuis, Food & Beverage Manager, India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Accor, said ahead of her main stage session, which addressed the key issue of Embracing Responsible Consumerism: “Sustainability is THE hot topic in today’s headlines and stuff is it too should be! Let’s face it, it’s no longer “I’m only one person, what difference does it make if I eat this steak?”. Responsible consumption is a mindset that might need a little nudge in the right direction. So how do we influence guests to make more conscious choices? I look forward to opening this topic with the minds of the industry at FHS Dubai on September 19th. Join me and let’s lead the change.”

Tuesday and Wednesday will be all about hotels, resorts and tourism, with 30 sessions covering pressing industry issues including sustainability, innovation, investment trends, economic issues, procurement and staff recruitment and retention. Issam AbdulRahim Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) and José Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group Hotels & Resorts take the main stage for Mapping the Future of Tourism and there will be a special discussion with Industry CEOs, including Guy Hutchinson, President and CEO of Rotana; Chris Newman, executive director of hotel development at Neom; Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, President Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Hilton; and Sandeep Walia, COO of Marriott International.

Closely. Abdulla Al Abdooli, CEO of Marjan, who will speak at a session titled Integrated Resorts and their Impact on the Economy, said: “With the opening of the integrated resort Wynn RAK, Total Nightly Demand (RND) would double and become positive contribute to the hospitality of Ras Al Khaimah. Wynn RAK will have a significant impact in boosting tourism, creating jobs and adding long-term value to the economy. The Future Hospitality Summit provides a platform to share insights on the value that integrated resorts bring to economies by catalyzing the tourism and hospitality sector.”

Several items on the FHS agenda address green issues and sustainability, including sessions on sustainable design, the future of green infrastructure and accelerating sustainable development. Innovation, future technology and sourcing will also be in focus, with a special session of the Startup Den on the startups transforming the industry, as well as debates on innovation driving the cost challenges of responsible sourcing; the challenges of supply chain management; and the future of education in the Metaverse.

The ongoing post-pandemic recovery is also high on the agenda: don’t miss the insightful presentation from Robin Rossmann, Managing Director, STR, covering the worst of times, the best of times – and now on day two, followed by the on the main stage by Agnès Roquefort, Global Chief Development Officer at Accor, and Elie Younes, Chief Development Officer at Radisson Hotel Group. Ahead of the session, Elie Younes commented, “Adversity is the mother of innovation and risk is an integral part of any business. Ultimately, if managed well, it helps create opportunities for its stakeholders.

FHS will also recognize and celebrate the top players in the industry with the Lead the Change Winners Presentation and Awards Ceremony, where the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Young Leader Award will be announced.

For more information on FHS in Dubai, please see the full FHS agenda program available here:


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