Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference

21-22 January 2020 | Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel


GRIF KSA SHIC – Day 1 SHIC – Day 2

SHIC Day Two - Wednesday 22 January 2020

At-a-glance →

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Remarks

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Issa Chairman – Dur Hospitality

Jonathan Worsley Chairman & Founder – Bench Events

09:15 - 09:30

Realising Travel & Tourism’s part of Vision 2030

New strategies being introduced into the Kingdom.

Fahd Hamidaddin Chief of Investment, Strategy & Tourism Marketing – Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH)

09:30 - 10:00

How to Promote Saudi as a Sustainable Destination

And how to create a great service experience for visitors.

Haitham Mattar  Senior Advisor – Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Gaurav Sinha Founder & CEO – Insignia Worldwide and Quillon Hospitality

10:00 - 10:10

Commercial Engagement using Artificial Intelligence in the Hospitality Industry

Tomy Varghese Director – Times World

10:10 - 10:20

The Power of Service

Filip Boyen Chief Executive Officer – Forbes Travel Guide

10:20 - 10:40

The Risk of Reputational Damage and Owners ROI

New hotels often lack service excellence which results in reputational damage which is hard to repair.  

Hard Talk with

Filip Boyen Chief Executive Officer – Forbes Travel Guide

Jerry Inzerillo Chief Executive Officer – Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Hosted by

Nick van Marken Managing Director – van Marken Limited

10:40 - 11:00

An Insight into Leadership, Innovation and Transformation


Sheikh Sami Al Hokair Managing Director – Al Hokair Group


Amine Moukarzel President, MENA Region – Louvre Hotels Group

11:00 - 11:45

Coffee break in the exhibition area


11:45 - 13:15


11:45 - 12:15


How can they make a positive difference?

Lynn Chouman News Editor – LinkedIn

In conversation with

Reem Alharbi Head – LinkedIn Saudi Arabia

Hala Matar Choufany President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS

Reem Garash Chief Executive Officer – Shada Hospitality Co.

12:15 - 12:45

Transformational Sustainable Luxury

How the industry is pivoting to offer emotional experiences that will connect guests to nature and culture?  From Eco, wellness, agro farming, adventure and other adaptive experiences. 

Christopher Lund Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa – Colliers International

In conversation with

Donald Bordui Managing Director, Mena & Asia – OBM International

Paul Gardiner Chief Executive Officer – Mantis Collection

Chris Nader Vice President Development – Shaza Hotels

12:45 - 13:15

How will Culture, Art & Sports under the Vision 2030 drive tourism to the Kingdom

Dr Martin Berlin Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader – PwC

In conversation with

Oliviero Cassini Director of Business Development – Amaala

Alistair Gosling Founder & CEO – Extreme Group & Extreme Hotels

12:00 - 13:00


Discussion Rooms are open to discussion and dialogue but there will be a limited number of seats available in each room.

12:00 - 13:00


Discussion Room

Chris Graham Managing Director, – Graham Associates

Giles Hannah Residential Senior Director – Amaala

Rico Picenoni Executive Director Development, Residential and Extended Stay MEA – Accor

12:00 - 13:00

Accelerating Mid Market hotel projects. Case Study: Choice Hotels development in Saudi Arabia

Discussion Room

Ismail Al Kamal Director – AlKamal International

Abdullah Jamal Head of Business Development – Equinox Hospitality Group

12:00 - 13:00

Management Contracts – what are the international trends and how does this compare to regional contracts?

Discussion Room

Anton Bawab Executive Director - Hospitality – The Red Sea Development Company

Giuliano Gasparini Senior Vice-President – Aldar Properties

Rami Moukarzel Vice President Development & Acquisitions MENA – Louvre Hotels Group

Thomas Page Global Head of Hotels & Leisure Group – CMS

David Weir General Counsel – Jumeirah Group

12:15 - 13:00


Discussion Room

Reem Alharbi Head – LinkedIn Saudi Arabia

13:00 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:20

Case Study on SAGIA and OYO Hotels & Homes in the Kingdom

Dr. Mazin M. Al Zaidi Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Sector – Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

Bader bin Saidan Director, Business Development – OYO Hotels & Homes KSA

14:20 - 14:35

Trends shaping the Industry – Looking Back and The Future

Supply and demand dynamics in the Kingdom and region.

Philip Wooller Area Director - Middle East and Africa – STR

14:35 - 15:20

Leaders’ Perspective – Transform Tomorrow and Building from the Ground Up

Filippo Sona Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer

In conversation with

Hassan Ahdab President Hotels Operations – Dur Hospitality

Pascal Gauvin Managing Director - IMEA – IHG

Jay Rosen Chief Financial Officer – The Red Sea Development Company

Mark Willis CEO Middle East and Africa – Accor

Followed by the SHIC Young Leader Award

15:20 - 16:00

Investors Panel - How the Private Sector is Driving the Growth of the Mid-Market

Muhammad Al Amir Chief Executive Officer – AIMS Hospitality

In conversation with

Turki Al Hokair Chief Executive Officer – FAS Hotels, FAS Real Estate, Fawaz Alhokair Group

Abdulaziz Almosa Head of Real Estate Investments – Riyad Capital

Nasser Bin Saleh Al Khelaiwi Chief Executive Officer – Boudl Hotels & Resorts

16:00 - 16:15

Building Sustainability into the Heart of Tourism

How are the PIF projects setting a new standard in sustainable development?  

Richard Thompson Editorial Director – MEED

In conversation with

Raed Al Basseet Corporate Head, Environment & Sustainability – The Red Sea Development Company

16:30 - 18:30

Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site - At-Turaif District in ad-Dir' iyah


This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ancestral home of the Saudi ruling family and will be undergoing a $17 billion investment. We will be visiting the At-Turaif District in Diriyah which will feature 20 hotels, eight museums and a golf course.

16:15 - 18:15

Student Session: Hospitality Pioneers and Future Leaders Panel Discussion

Industry leaders discuss with students the prospects for the industry and career opportunities. 

Abdulsalam AlKuwaity Co-Founder – Swiss Hospitality Academy

In conversation with

Shereen Al Abdulrahman Chief Executive Officer – Zadk Culinary Academy

Salman Gasim Chief Executive Officer – Swiss Hospitality Company

Florent Rondez Chief Executive Officer – Swiss Education Group

Student Session: Innovation and Sustainable Tourism in Eco Lodging and how Accor and Mantis are working together to transform the sector

Paul Gardiner Chief Executive Officer – Mantis Collection

Mark Willis CEO Middle East and Africa – Accor


Reem Alharbi Head – LinkedIn Saudi Arabia

19:30 - 21:30

Closing reception at the Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter - hosted by Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage & Dur Hospitality


The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage & Dur Hospitality are delighted to invite SHIC delegates to the Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter for the closing networking reception at the end of the final day of SHIC. Delegates will network with old acquaintances and new friends, and be treated to delicious food and drinks on the poolside with performances and live music.