Over 450 delegates are expected to be in attendance at the inaugural Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference & Exhibition (AHICE), hosted by HM magazine and Hotel Council Aotearoa, which takes place in Auckland from October 12-13.  

The 2022 event – which is headline sponsored by Principal Partners Accor Hotels, Event Hospitality, Langham Hospitality Group and Scenic Hotel Group – kicks off today, Wednesday, with site tours of some of the city’s newest hotels taking place.

Four Points by Sheraton Auckland, Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre, Mercure Auckland Queen Street and voco Auckland are among the hotels welcoming delegates for tours this afternoon, as well as the recently refurbished Cordis Auckland, where a networking event will be held in the evening.

Thursday’s conference at Pullman Auckland includes a stellar lineup of over 50 speakers, including New Zealand’s leading executives, alongside hoteliers from Australia and Hong Kong.

“We have put together what I think is an exceptional program that features many evocative, educational and insightful keynote speakers, Q&As and panel sessions, and I can’t wait to hear the discussion during the event,” said AHICE Convenor and Chair, James Wilkinson.

Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry

The day will be filled with insightful keynote speakers, Q&As and evocative and educational panel discussions covering everything from hotel investment to sustainability, F&B trends, hot brands and more. Delegates will hear from hotel owners about their outlook for the market and a panel will discuss Te Ao Māori strategy and cultural leadership across Aotearoa and how the hotel industry can take the lead.

“AHICE has a strong track record of attracting internationally-renowned speakers in a fast-paced and stimulating programme,” said Hotel Council Aotearoa Strategic Director, James Doolan.

“Alongside home-grown experts and industry leaders, we hope these talented AHICE speakers leave you inspired, energised and ready for the post-COVID rebuild that lies ahead.”

An official gala reception presented by Accor will be held at Pullman Auckland Hotel to conclude AHICE 2022.

The full program can be viewed here.