Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

Stephen Todd, Design Editor, Australian Financial Review Magazine

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Stephen Todd

Design Editor
Australian Financial Review Magazine

8:40 AM - 9:20 AM Invigorating the Hilton Brand to Continuously Evolve Within a Changing Market

Matt Wehling, Senior Vice President Development, Hilton Worldwide
As competition arises with boutique hotels coming into the market, and travelers preferences changing, this session will give you an insight into how the Hilton stay ahead of the market and evolve to meet the new traveler's needs.

  • Analysing the market place and redesigning Hilton core brands.
  • Providing an overview of the Hilton development plans and future outlook.
  • Paying attention to design changes that are better in the long term.
  • Designing different style hotel s to cater to market segments.
  • Utilizing independent hotel groups to drive the Hilton engine and deliver innovation

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Matt Wehling

Senior Vice President Development
Hilton Worldwide

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM Debate: The Future of the Hotel Industry: Are we already in it? How do we future proof it?

Richard Crawford, Senior Director of Development Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Marriott International Russell Lee, Director, Cox Architecture
  • Disruptors in the industry: an opportunity or competitor.
  • Guest expectations and what the hotel should be providing.
  • Gaining control and competition over the online booking industry for rate management.
  • Riding the wave for a bullet proof future legacy.

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Richard Crawford

Senior Director of Development Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific
Marriott International
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Russell Lee

Director
Cox Architecture

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Thought Leadership Session

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM Speed Networking

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM MORNING TEA AND NETWORKING BREAK

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Entering the Australian Hotel Industry, and Implementing the Latest Technology at the Crown Group

Wayne Taranto, Director Hotels & Suites, Crown Group
The Crown Group have entered the Australian Hotel Industry for the first time in Australia to meet the demands of the evolving industry. Join this session to understand the challenges with developing a hotel for the first time, and how the Crown Group plan to build a luxury hotel for the corporate traveler.

  • Integrating the latest technology for an efficient and seamless services to accommodate the corporate traveler.
  • Addressing the benefits of functional property management systems.
  • Overcoming challenges for a start-up company for council regulations, licensing, and local authorities.
  • An overview of the Crown Group development pans to enter the Australian hotel market.

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Wayne Taranto

Director Hotels & Suites
Crown Group

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM An Overview of the Concept Behind Alex Hotel to Re-Design The Hotel Experience

Miles Hull, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Alex Hotel Perth
Go behind the cookie cutter design concepts and take a look through a creative mind to understand how Miles Hull has created an extraordinary hotel design and how he plans to come up with the design concept for his new hotel.

  • Re-thinking behind the traditional cookie cutter hotel and creating an experience.
  • Looking at the attitude of the demographic independent traveler.
  • Keeping up with the competitive market by staying fresh and adapting to trends.
  • Providing an insight into the concept of Alex Hotel and new hotel plans

Miles Hull

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Alex Hotel Perth

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:40 PM - 2:20 PM The Design and Development Journey at Aloft, and Westin Perth to Invigorate the City Surroundings and Create Social Engagement

James Edwards, Design Manager, Bcg Development
Designed for global travelers who love open spaces, open thinking and open expression, Aloft Perth is set to invigorate Western Australia’s social scene. With its vibrant design and always-on public spaces, Aloft Perth exudes a sassy modern style that is reflected in its free-flowing open areas imbued with bold, local influences. This session will give you an idea of the design concept, lessons learnt, and plans for The Westin.

  • Managing a working relationship with the GM to adapt and change to operational inputs.
  • Overcoming design and development challenges such as urban place making and localized textual issues.
  • Understanding how to engage the hotel with the community and surroundings such as open space, interior, and food and beverage design.
  • Creating a social design a the hotels to move people out of their rooms and encourage engagement.

James Edwards

Design Manager
Bcg Development
  • Creating an atmosphere to attract non guests coming to dine.
  • Effectively designing a food and beverage concept that socially engages your guests.
  • Understanding how food and beverage is your heart and soul of a hotel design.
  • Creating a wow factor for the master chef generation.
  • Identifying food trends and creating an atmosphere that suits the design of your hotel.

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Stephen Todd

Design Editor
Australian Financial Review Magazine

James Edwards

Design Manager
Bcg Development

Miles Hull

Co-Founder and Managing Director
Alex Hotel Perth

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING BREAK

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM A Look Inside the Concept of Australia’s First Japanese Inspired Capsule Hotel

James Oliver, Accommodation Manager, The Capsule Hotel
Sitting above Bar Century, it consists of large rooms packed with up to 18 futuristic-looking pods, each featuring an LCD TV and a control panel with a climate control knob, USB port, headphone jack and a universal power point, among other things.

  • An insight into the design concept to create a Japanese style capsule hotel.
  • Understand the fundamentals of how capsules operate as a hotel function.
  • Addressing the benefits and challenges of an extraordinary hotel design and how it attracts its customers.

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James Oliver

Accommodation Manager
The Capsule Hotel
  • Creating a brand with its own identity and look through research and planning.
  • Addressing the challenges and benefits of voice controlled rooms.
  • Designing a very connected living space to ensure the traveler feels relaxed and at home.
  • Providing effortless living through an award winning interior design concept, and all inclusive services.

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Stephen Todd

Design Editor
Australian Financial Review Magazine
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James Oliver

Accommodation Manager
The Capsule Hotel
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Richard Crawford

Senior Director of Development Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific
Marriott International

4:30 PM - 4:30 PM MAIN CONFERENCE CLOSE