At Design Inn 2022, being held on May 3 at the Ballroom at SkyCity Adelaide ahead of the 2022 Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) on May 4-5, expect masterclasses, project deep-dives and evocative panel sessions featuring leading architects, designers, hotel operators, owners and major suppliers.

In front of over 200 of the industry’s most creative minds, speakers will discuss some of the hottest trends in the industry across 16 keynotes, panel sessions and project showcases, alongside site tours around the city and epic networking events.

This year’s event, which is hosted by HM, co-hosted by the Government of South Australia and presented by principal partners Grohe and Hansen Yuncken, will be headlined by an all-new HM magazine Australasia-Pacific Hotel Design Awards, including recognition for the best new-build, conversion and refurbishment projects, plus an overall winner, which will take out the 2022 Paul Davis Design Award (the hotel industry’s most important design award).

On the master program, key panel sessions at Design Inn 2022 include ‘The New Design Rules’, hosted by Chada Partner and Creative Director Juliet Ashworth, which will dive into hot trends including art, food and beverage, post-pandemic trends and more; ‘Wellness in Hospitality’, hosted by Reece Brand Ambassador Manager Loren Inglis, which will uncover the wellness design trends setting the benchmark for 2022 and beyond; ‘Boutique Placemakers’, hosted by Luchetti Krelle Principal Rachel Luchetti, which looks at how boutique operators are addressing the ‘Next Normal’ from a design perspective, within their brands; ‘Sustainability In Design’ hosted by WMK Architecture Director – Client Services, Guy Blunden, which will look at how being sustainable needs to be at the forefront from planning to build and opening; and ‘Hotel Chains’ Technical Insights’, hosted by Scott Carver Director, Angela Biddle, which will uncover the top trends from some of the industry’s leading in-house design, engineering and technical directors.

Design Inn 2022 will also feature a keynote from Mexico-based Experiential Brand Strategist, Michaelangelo L’Acqua, known for his work as the Global Music Director of W Hotels, alongside curation for Tom Ford, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Morgans Hotel Group and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages.

The event will also feature project showcases on QT Newcastle, AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank, Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands, HotelMotel Adelaide, Sofitel Adelaide and EOS by SkyCity Adelaide (in person on site tours) and InterContinental Parramatta, which will also include a Designing to Country keynote presentation by FCAD Lead Consult and Creator, Matthew Fellingham.

A full program and limited tickets are still available at

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management