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International CEOs headline speaker list for AHICE 2022


The Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE), the hotel event where business is done, returns to Adelaide from May 3-5, 2022 and several global CEOs travel to South Australia to headline a list of stellar speakers.

The theme for the 2022 conference, which is being held for the 14th consecutive year and the largest in the world outside the United States, is “It is now‘, and will focus on reopening borders, international travelers and maximizing opportunities as the hospitality industry recovers.

Kenneth Macpherson, CEO of IHG Hotels and Resorts, EMEAA

Over two days at the Adelaide Oval, expect over 1,000 delegates, over 100 speakers (including multiple CEOs from Europe, the US and Asia), and over 50 keynotes, panels and questions and answers, as well as a new welcome gala that will take networking to another level.

Above all, this year will see the return of global CEOs in person to speak at the event and AHICE is proud to reveal that we have several confirmed already, including the CEO of IHG – EMEAA, Kenneth MacPherson (London), CEO of Outrigger Jeff Wagger (Honolulu), President Hilton – Asia-Pacific Alan Watts (Singapore) and the managers of the Pro-invest Group Ronald Barrot and Doctor Sabine Schaffer (Dubai).

They will speak alongside leaders from Australasia, including the CEO of Accor – Pacific, Sarah DeryCEO of DOMA Swear DomazetCrown Sydney CEO Simon McGrathco-director of the Schwartz family Dr. Jerry SchwartzPresident of Wyndham Destinations barry robinsonCEO EVENT Hospitality Jane HastingsCEO of Travel Matt Cameron SmithThe Ascott Limited ® – Australia David MansfieldHilton Head of Australasia Paul HutonCEO of the accommodation association Richard MunroTourist Accommodation Australia MD Michael JohnsonRadisson Hotel Group MD – Australasia Mark BullockCo-CEO of the Pro-invest group Jan Smiths, Lancemore Group CEO Julian ClarkCEO of 1834 Hotels Andrew Bullockinternational vice president of Marriott Sean Huntco-founder of Veriu Hotels Alex ThorpeManaging Director of La Vie Hotels Craig BondCEO of Too Build Ian WilsonCEO of QCC Collection Caspar SchmidtOvolo Hotels Director of Operations Wayne TarantoDirector of Salter Brothers Hotels Steven SkarottCEO of Crystalbrook Collection Geoff YorkSouth Australia Tourism CEO Rodney HarrexIHG SVP and MD – Japan, Australasia Pacific Leanne HarwoodIHG MD – Australasia Pacific Matthew TripoloneWatson Farley & Williams’ Head of Hotels & Hospitality Asia Pacific Robert Williams and many more to discover.

Sarah Derry, CEO of Accor Pacific

Several international executives will also tune in for exclusive interviews, including the group chairman and managing director of Marriott International – International Craig S Smith (washington d.c.), chairman of the BWH hotel group Larry M. Cuculic (Berlin) and more will be announced when the full program is unveiled soon.

For three days, AHICE, Design Inn and the brand new Future Leaders Forum are expected to attract over 1,000 leading owners, investors, hoteliers, executives and suppliers from around the world, making it one of the most important conferences for the global hospitality industry.

Along with regular updates on developing trends and in-depth market analysis, AHICE 2022 offers a number of new features, including the first-ever Emerging Leaders Forum, an all-new Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards and a spectacular gala. opening event.

Craig Smith of Marriott International


The first Future Leaders Forum will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 3 (2:30-5:00 p.m.) to SkyCity.

The Future Leaders Forum is the new under 35 leadership summit featuring the industry’s brightest stars.

This exclusive, invitation-only event will feature keynote addresses from global and local CEOs and focus group sessions covering higher learning, owner forums and rising through the ranks.

This year, AHICE will also be offering an excellent Welcome Gala Reception on Wednesday 4 May (6:00-8:30 p.m.) at the Adelaide Oval, themed ‘A taste of South Australia‘, presented in partnership with the Government of South Australia.

Eos by SkyCity GM, Jodi Brown (center) talks about the AHICE 2021 technology panel

The welcome reception has always been a highlight of AHICE, but the organizers are taking this to an even higher level in 2022.

With support from the Government of South Africa’s South Australian Tourism Commission, prepare for an extravaganza of local food, wine, beer and spirits and spectacular entertainment.

The first keynote address of AHICE 2022 has also been announced and this year we are proud to reveal that one of our keynote speakers will be Gavin Wanganeen. He is an AFL legend – the first Indigenous player to receive the Brownlow Medal – and is now an acclaimed Indigenous artist. Gavin will speak about resilience, diversity and inclusion and inspire us.

Design Inn returns to Adelaide in 2022


HOSTEL DESIGN 2022 (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 3 at SkyCity), Asia-Pacific’s leading architecture and interior design symposium, also returns to Adelaide and has once again been curated by the best creative minds in the industry.

Expect masterclasses, in-depth project presentations and evocative panel discussions featuring leading architects, designers, hotel operators, owners and suppliers.

This year there will be an expanded program including an all-new Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards, including recognition of the best new build, conversion and renovation projects, as well as an overall winner, who will take home the Paul Davis Design Award 2022 (most important design award in the hospitality industry).

Entries for the Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards are now open for projects in Australasia and the Pacific (including Hawaii for the first time).