Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA)

Hotel Investment Conference South Asia - 2019 Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM - 2:05 PM Welcome and Programme Overview

Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

2:05 PM - 2:25 PM Manav Thadani Uncensored: Mine is Bigger than Yours

Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM The State of Economy


2:45 PM - 3:15 PM How to Grow a Company in China


Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, OYO Rooms



Aabha Bakaya, Founder, AB Network

3:15 PM - 3:35 PM Hospitality in Numbers

Achin Khanna, MRICS, Managing Partner Strategic Advisory, Hotelivate

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM How to Build a Company

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels

4:05 PM - 4:35 PM Networking Break
4:35 PM - 4:55 PM Hotels: A View from 35,000 Feet

Aditya Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer - South Asia, OYO Rooms

4:55 PM - 5:20 PM Keynote Address


5:20 PM - 5:50 PM One-on-One Interview


Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Trust


Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality

5:50 PM - 6:20 PM Everyone Loves Raymond


Raymond Bickson, Principal and CEO, Bickson Hospitality


Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate

6:20 PM - 6:30 PM HICSA Lifetime Achievement Award
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards - 2019

Luxury/Upper Upscale Hotels

Upscale Hotels

Upper Mid Market Hotels

Mid Market Hotels

Budget/Economy Hotels

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner Hosted by Hyatt

Venue: Courtyard, Grand Hyatt Mumbai

Day 2 - Thursday, 4th April 2019

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Door Prizes
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM The C-Suite PIT Stop

The C-Suite PIT Stop is a brand new concept at HICSA 2019. This 50-minute session will comprise three panellists and two facilitators. It will commence with a short Presentation by each  panellist, followed by 20 minutes of Interview questions from the facilitators. The session will conclude with an open Town Hall where the panellists will welcome questions from the audience. During the Interview and Town Hall periods, the stage will be shared by all three panellists.

Megha Tuli, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Revenue Management, Hotelivate
Alan Watts, Executive Vice President and President - Asia Pacific, Hilton
Craig Smith, President and Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Marriott International
Katerina Giannouka, President - Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM The Idea Factory

This new session will showcase industry experts share their two cents on the new innovative ideas that are taking shape in the Hospitality space, such as tented accommodation, new forms of entertainment and co-working spaces, amongst others. Each panellist will be given 5 minutes, during which they shall introduce their idea via either a TED-styled Talk or a Presentation.

Megha Tuli, Co-Founder and Managing Partner Revenue Management, Hotelivate
Andreas Flaig, Group Chief Development Officer, Next Story Group
Luca Franco, Managing Partner, Luxury Frontiers
Rahul Salgia, Founder and CEO, Digivalet
Shafi Syed, Senior Vice President Hotel Development - EMEA, Caesars Entertainment
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Hotel Equity: What's hot; What's not!
Vineet Bhatnagar, Managing Director, PhillipCapital India
Nipun Sahni, Partner, Apollo Global Management
Shailesh Bhan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Reliance Mutual Fund
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM Networking Break
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Concurrent Session: A series
Sessions A1: Boutique Luxury Hotels: 2.0 (Panel Discussion)
David Keen, Chief Executive Officer, QUO
Abid Butt, Chief Executive Officer - AMEA, Dream Hotel Group
Deepak Ohri, Chief Executive Officer, lebua Hotels and Resorts
Dr. Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group
Dhruva Rathore, Vice President Development, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
Paul M Massot, Group Development Director, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Session A2: What do Independent Owners Need and Want (Group Discussion)
Arjun Sharma, Chairman, Select Group
Group Members
Saeed Shervani, Managing Director, Shervani Hospitalities
Anju Timblo, Managing Director, Fomento Hotels and Resorts
Lajpat Rai, Chairman and MD, Lotus Nikki Hotels
Umar Tramboo, Managing Director, Pinnacle Resorts
Vibhas Prasad, Owner, Leisure Hotels and Resorts
Session A3 - The Hotel of the Future: Hospitality Technological Evolution (Panel Discussion)
12:50 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Hosted by OYO Rooms
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Concurrent Session: B Series
Session B1
(I) Are Designs Making Hotels Unviable
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Vandana Saxena, Creative Director, STUDIO IV
Ahmed Imtiaz Khan, Partner Architect, 4 WALLS Inside Outside
(II) Masterclass
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
John Gerondelis, AIA,LEED AP, Principal, Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart
(III) Masterclass
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
(IV) Energy and Sustainability in Hotel Design
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Session B2: Panel Discussions
(I) Un Affordable Luxury
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Dipak HaksarChief Executive Hotels Division, ITC Ltd.
Rajiv KaulPresident, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts
Sameer Nayar, Executive Vice President Strategic Development, The Oberoi Group
(II) The Mid-Scale Hotel Segment: Upping the Ante
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Siddharth Thaker, Managing Partner, Prognosis Global Consulting
PR Bansal, Managing Director, Lords Hotels and Resorts
Sidharth Gupta*, Co-Founder, Treebo Hotels
Suhail Kannampilly, Chief Operating Officer, The Fern Hotels & Resorts
(III) The Future of Franchising: What to Expect in the Years Ahead
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Anshu Sarin, Chief Executive Officer, Keys Hotels
Atul Jain, COO - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Govind Mundra, Sr. Director Development - Eurasia, Wyndham Hotel Group
Rajeev Newar, Executive Director and CFO, Chalet Hotels
Somesh Aggarwal, Owner, Radisson Hotel Udaipur
Session B3 - Could Hotel Leases Challenge Traditional Deal Structures? (Group Discussion)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saurabh Gupta, MRICS, Managing Partner Asset Management and Investment Advisory, Hotelivate
Chander Baljee, Chairman, Royal Orchid Hotels
Deepika Rao*, Managing Director and CEO, Ginger Hotels
Zia Sheikh, Chief Executive Officer and CMD, Svenska Design Hotels
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Networking Break
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM Mining for Gold: How Hotels Can be Turned from ‘Good’ to ‘Great’
Vinay Gupta, Vice President Asset Management, SAMHI
JB Singh, President and CEO, Interglobe Hotels
Kapil Agarwal, Vice President - Investment Managemet and Business Development, Shangri-La
PJ Mammen, Chief Operating Officer, Saraf Hotels
Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director and CEO, Chalet Hotels
5:20 PM - 6:35 PM The Hot Seat: Where Are We In the Industry Cycle
Manav Thadani, MRICS, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate
Rattan Keswani, Dy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels
Ashish Jakhanwala, Managing Director and CEO, SAMHI
Ajay Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts
Atul Chordia, Chairman, Panchsil Realty
Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
Rajeev Menon, Chief Operating Officer - APAC (excluding Greater China), Marriott International
Shahid Balwa, Founder, DB Realty
Sunjae Sharma, Vice President Operations - India, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Cocktails & Dinner