Program 2017

Monday, May 15

Full Program
  • 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Registration – Badge pickup & Information
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
    Networking Express
  • 10:15 am – 10:45 am
    Welcome Coffee and Pastries – Sponsors’ Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am
    Conference Opens & Welcoming Remarks
  • 11:00 am – 11:25 am
    Keynote Address: David Scowsill – President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
  • 11:25 am – 12:10 pm
    Overview of the Hotel & Tourism Industry in Cuba and The Caribbean
  • 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm
    Economically Speaking: A Global Economy Glimpse & The Economy Outlook for Cuba and the Caribbean
  • 12:50 pm – 2:10 pm
    Networking Lunch
  • General Sessions
  • 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm
    Understanding the potentiality of the cruise market
  • 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm
    Hotel Design & Refurbish Forum
  • 3:40 pm – 4:20 pm
    Overview of the current situation for supply on products, FF&E and general services for hotels
  • 4:20 pm – 4:50 pm
    Networking Coffee Break – Sponsors’ Exhibition
  • 4:50 pm – 5:20 pm
    Understanding how to do business in Cuba: Looking at Cuba as an investment destination
  • 5:20 pm – 6:30 pm
    Hotel Leaders’ Hard Talk – Chapter I: A view from the top from the most important local hotel groups about the hotel industry in Cuba
  • 6:45 pm
    Transfer to Hotel Nacional de Cuba by bus
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Networking Cocktail hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba

Tuesday, May 16

Full Program
  • 8:15 am – 8:45 am
    Networking Breakfast - Sponsors' Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 8:45 am – 8:50 am
    Welcome Back – Opening Agenda
  • 8:50 am – 9:30 am
    Keynote Speaker: Eusebio Leal Spengler
  • 9:30 am – 9:50 am
    Investment climate and Business opportunities in Cuba
  • 9:50 am – 10:20 am
    Successful companies and projects in Cuba told in first person
  • 10:20 am – 11:00 am
    20/20 Showcase – Projects in Cuba
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am
    Networking Coffee Break – Sponsors’ Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 11:30 am – 12:10 pm
    Update on technology and connectivity
  • 12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
    Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainable Design?
  • 1:10 pm – 2:20 pm
    Networking Lunch + Announcement of SAHIC 2019
  • General Sessions
  • 2:20 pm – 3:10 pm
    Hotel Leaders’ Hard Talk – Chapter II: The international Operator’s perspective on Cuba
  • 3:10 pm – 3:50 pm
    What’s new in the air? – A new direction in aviation, in and towards Cuba.
  • 3:50 pm – 4:15 pm
    The vision of investment groups interested in business opportunities in Cuba
  • 4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
    Special Closing
  • 4:30 pm
    Conference Ends

2017 Planning Committee

Luis Miguel Díaz Sánchez

Vice Minister
Ministry of Tourism of Cuba

Arturo Garcia Rosa

President & Founder
SAHIC

Yuslenia Saumell Gómez

Dirección de Negocios
Ministry of Tourism of Cuba

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events
Partner, SAHIC

Graciana Garcia Iribarne

Strategic Advisor
SAHIC