75 Speakers Announced for HotelsWorld and Hotel Franchise World

By On 30th May 2013

Sydney, May 30th 2013

Insight. Ideas. Networking. In pursuit of those event goals, leading hotel, resort and serviced apartment owners, investors, operators, developers, lenders, advisers and other stakeholders will meet in Sydney from 23rd to 25th July 2013 for HotelsWorld Australia New Zealand and Hotel Franchise World – the main events on the regional hotel industry calendar in 2013.

A record number of speakers and a record number of Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters will gather at the Hilton Sydney to address an expected audience of over 400 delegates, comprising CEO’s and other senior industry executives. A limited number of delegates will also attend a first ever pre-event conference addressing the opportunities and issues related to hotel franchising, which is becoming a key source of growth for the industry in Australia.

Together, the two events will hear from 75 local, regional and global speakers – an unprecedented cast of industry luminaries and experts to address an audience in this region.

International speakers include:

> Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group

> Martin Rinck, President Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide

> Jan Smits, Chief Executive Officer Asia, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group

> Gavin M. Faull, Chairman & President, Swiss-Belhotel International

> Elizabeth Randall Winkle, Managing Director, STR Global

> Matthew Fry, Senior VP Development Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

> Paul Logan, Senior Vice President, Development Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

> Ratnesh Verma, Senior Vice President Real Estate & Development, Hyatt International

> Dean Schmit, Senior VP, Business Development, TrustYou

> Roland Jegge, Vice President Asia Pacific, Worldhotels

> James Doolan, Vice President Hotel Development, Asia Pacific, Marriott International

> Norbert Vas, Vice President, Archipelago International

> Eric Levy, Managing Director, Tourism Solutions International

> Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

> Robert Hecker, Managing Director – Pacific Asia, Horwath HTL

> Rhonda Hare, Partner, Ashurst – Hotels, Tourism & Gaming

Local speakers include:

> James Yang, Chief Representative South Pacific, UnionPay International

> Xu Haijing, Canberra Bureau Chief, Xinhua News Agency

> Bruce Dover, Chief Executive, Australia Network

> Paul Constantinou, Executive Chairman, Quest Serviced Apartments

> Anthony South, Chairman, Tourism Accommodation Australia

> Garry Crockett, Global Executive Chairman, China Ready & Accredited Group

> Barry Robinson, CEO and Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group South Pacific

> Rachel Argaman, Chief Executive Officer, Toga Hotels

> David Elia, Chief Executive Officer, HOSTPLUS

> Bob East, Chief Executive Officer, Mantra Group

> Robert Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Best Western Australasia

> Simon Wan, Chief Executive Officer, StayWell Hospitality Group

> Trent Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Choice Hotels Australasia

> Zed Sanjana, Chief Executive Officer, Quest Serviced Apartments

> Shane Bulloch, Chief Executive Officer, Anthony John Group

> Richard Errington, Chief Executive Officer, Novotel Rooty Hill and Rooty Hill RSL

> Craig Collins, CEO Australasia, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group

> Andrew Macpherson, Chief Executive, Crowe Horwath

> Rodger Powell, Managing Director, Tourism Accommodation Australia

> Ian Crooks, Managing Director, Resort Brokers Australia

> Nigel Greenaway, Fund Manager, Eureka Funds Management

> David Hutton, Group Head of Development, Lend Lease

> David Hamblin, Director of Market Management Oceania, Expedia

> Nicholas Wolff, Chief Operating Officer, Landcorp

> Simon Haigh, Director of Business Development Asia Pacific, Market Metrix

> Geoffrey Parmenter, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Echo Entertainment

> Adam Cotterell, Director – NSW / ACT, Institutional Property Group Institutional Banking, ANZ

> David Gibson, Chairman, Sunotel Corporation

> Sean O’Donnell, NSW/ACT Chapter President, Franchise Council of Australia & Partner, Thomsons

> Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Pacific

> Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President, Starwood Pacific Hotels

> Ashley Spencer, Vice President – Operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide

> Andrew Turner, Executive Vice President, SilverNeedle Hospitality

> Michael Moret-Lalli, Director of Acquisitions, Mantra Group

> Phil Kasselis, Head of Development Australasia, InterContinental Hotels Group

> Lindsay Leeser, Director Development Pacific, Accor Pacific

> Andrew Taylor, Director of Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

> Dino Mezzatesta, General Manager Franchise & Strata Hotels, Accor Pacific

> Tomas Johnsson, Executive Director Operations, Mantra Group

> Steven Skarott, Regional Director, Franchise Performance, IHG

> Damien Hanger, Consultant, Star Ratings Australia

> Fiona Drinkwater, General Manager, Quest Campbelltown

> Steve Ryan, Franchisee, Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens

> Penny Eccleston, Member, Best Western Toowoomba

> Peter Barge

> Tony Ryan, Principal, Ryan Lawyers

> Ivan Sunde, National Market Development Manager Hospitality, Interface

> Jeffery Copolov, Director Interior Design, Bates Smart

> Lachlan Smirl, National Leader Tourism Hospitality and Leisure, Deloitte

> Robert Williams, Principal, Ryan Lawyers

> Dean Dransfield, Managing Director, Dransfield Hotels & Resorts

> Michael Thomson, National Director, Hotels & Leisure Valuation, Colliers International

> Suzanne Kuntz, Director of Training The Bread and Butter Project

> Bryon Merzeo, Business Development Manager Australia & New Zealand, STR Global

> John Stawyskyj, Practice Leader – Hotels, Tourism & Gaming Ashurst – Australia

> John Smith, CEO and Principal, Horwath HTL Australia and HTL Capital Advisors


Event activities will include the announcement of the inaugural First Awards, honouring one Global and one Local industry leader who has achieved something special and unique, by being a genuine First in the world of guest accommodation.

Networking opportunities will be provided by way of two receptions and the HotelsWorld Lunch.

For further information visit www.hotelsworld.com.au or email event organizer John Smith jsmith@horwathhtl.com.auAbout Horwath HTL

Horwath HTL (Hotels Tourism and Leisure) is one of the world’s pre-eminent consulting specialists in the Hotel, tourism and leisure industries, providing unequalled experience and expertise for client projects around the world through a combination of detailed local knowledge and international understanding. Horwath HTL is currently the world’s largest consulting organisation specialised in hospitality, with 50 offices in 39 countries.

Horwath HTL is a member of Crowe Horwath International, a professional association of accounting and management consulting firms founded in New York in 1915. Crowe Horwath International is currently ranked among the top ten international professional service groups with offices in close to 586 cities in 108 countries.

If you have any questions, please contact John Smith on jsmith@horwathhtl.com.au

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