Qantas’ CEO of Loyalty, Lesley Grant, is leading a stellar line-up for AHICE 2014, being held at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on May 1.

The 5th annual AHICE (Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition) – an event hosted by HM magazine and firmly focused on the management and operation of accommodation hotels throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region – is also attracting a significant amount of attendees over two months out, with almost 200 hoteliers already confirmed to attend.

The AHICE 2014 theme is ‘Generation Next – What’s the Future?’ and will encompass educational sessions, future trends and issues facing the hotelier industry now and in the future.

Lesley Grant Qantas
Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant

“The response from the industry has been fantastic,” said HM magazine’s Editor-In-Chief and content advisory panel chair, James Wilkinson.

“We have some terrific speakers lined up and with so many attendees already confirmed, we’re confident we are putting on what will be one of the industry events of 2014.

“This really is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for hoteliers, aspiring hoteliers, suppliers and consultants in the industry here in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific,” Wilkinson said.

Confirmed international speakers include two of the region’s leading hoteliers in Simon Barlow, President – Asia Pacific of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; and Simon Cooper, Marriott’s President and MD for Asia Pacific.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local leaders including John McDonnell, GM HR at Accor Hotels: Craig Bond, Area GM at Pan Pacific Hotels; Choice Hotels Australasia CEO Trent Fraser and many more.

AHICE will also feature panel sessions on the digital landscape, human resources, Asian century, food and beverage and revenue generation. New in 2014 is the Great Debate where the next generation of leaders will debate General Managers and CEOs on the future of the industry, providing thought provoking insights on management style, strategy and issue management.

Sponsors for 2014 to date include: Foxtel for Business and AH Beard (Gold); and ICOZ and Polesy Commercial (Silver).

Supporting hotel chains include: Accor (Diamond); Quest Serviced Apartments (Platinum); Choice Hotels Australasia, Pan Pacific Hotels Group (Gold); and Best Western Australasia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, and Wyndham Hotel Group (Silver).

AHICE 2014 will kick-off with a welcome event on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 6-9pm, prior to the conference on May 1.

To book tickets, visit www.ahice.com.au

A limited number of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities still exist and for more information, contact Adam Daff on +61 (0)2 8586 6207 or email adaff@intermedia.com.au

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management

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