2018 Program

*Program subject to changes without prior notice

Monday, September 24

Full Program
  • 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Registration and Sponsors' Exhibition
  • 8:15 am - 9.30 am
    Networking Express
  • 9.30 am - 10:00 am
    Welcome Coffee and Pastries - Sponsors' Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am
    Conference Begins & Welcome Remarks
  • 10:15 am - 10:45 am
    Global & Regional Hospitality Industry Overview
  • 10:45 am - 11:25 am
    Economic Outlook for Latin America
  • 11:25 am - 11:45 am
    * I-Talk * Managing FX Risks in the era of Bitcoins and Blockchain
  • Thematic Round Tables | TRT Round One
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    TRT 1: Consolidation: How to avoid being swallowed in the process of market consolidation
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    TRT 2: Innovation: Trends in Hotel Design and Technology
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    TRT 3: The Financial Agenda: Funding sources available for the region
  • 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
    Networking Lunch
  • General Sessions
  • 2:15 pm - 2:50 pm
    Hotel Leaders' Hard Talk: A view from the top on the stage of the cycle for Latin America's market
  • 2:50 pm - 3:10 pm
    Hotel Owners speak out
  • 3:10 pm - 3:20 pm
    * Inspiring Session * A Jewel in the Land of the Incas: The story behind the restoration of Inkaterra La Casona
  • 3:20 pm - 3:30 pm
    Sustainability: Presenting real facts and figures in pursuit of long-term business to help create awareness
  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
    * I-Talk * Renewable Energy: Understanding the opportunities in investing in renewable energy in Latin America towards developing in a more sustainable way
  • 3:45 pm - 4:05 pm
    * Inspiring Session * Keynote Session: "The Powerful Recipe for Colombia's Peace"
  • 4:05 pm - 4:35 pm
    Networking Coffee Break - Sponsors' Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 4:35 pm - 5:05 pm
    Innovation in Hospitality
  • 5:05 pm - 6:05 pm
    Opportunities in Colombia, the Land of Sabrosura
  • 5:05 pm - 5:15 pm
    Antioquia, naturally full of opportunities
  • 5:15 pm - 5:25 pm
    Medellín, the transformation of the city of the eternal spring
  • 5:25 pm - 6:05 pm
    Opportunities in Colombia
  • 6:05 pm - 6:25 pm
    * Inspiring Session * Keynote Speaker: Fernando Poma, Vice President & Managing Director of Real Hotels and Resorts, the hotel division of Grupo Poma
  • 6:30 pm
    Transfer to Medellín Marriott Hotel by bus
  • 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
    Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday, September 25

Full Program
  • 8:20 am - 8:55 am
    Networking Breakfast - Sponsors' Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 8:55 am - 9:00 am
    Welcome Back - Opening Agenda
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am
    * Leadership Session * Keynote Speaker: Elie Maalouf, CEO The Americas at InterContinental Hotel Group
  • 9:25 am - 9:30 am
    SAHIC Inspirational Hospitality Icon Award 2018
  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am
    20/20 Showcase your Project
  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am
    Investors & Lender's real intentions in Latin American markets
  • 10:50 am - 11:00 am
    Hospitality Contribution Awards 2018 + SAHIC Special Recognitions 2018
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Networking Coffee Break - Sponsors' Exhibition
  • General Sessions
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Spotlight on the Latin America's Hottest Markets: Hotel Leaders Hard Talk II
  • 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
    * Leadership Session * Keynote Speaker: Herman Bern, President of Bern Hotels & Resorts
  • Thematic Round Tables | TRT Round Two
  • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
    TRT 4: Asset Management: Discussing myths and truths on needing an asset manager to improve hotel performances
  • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
    TRT 5: Sustainable investment in Tourism: Working together towards a long-term sustainable growth in travel and tourism industry
  • 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
    TRT 6: OTAs + AirBnb: "If you can't beat them..."
  • 1:20 pm - 2:15 pm
    Networking Lunch
  • General Sessions
  • 2:15 pm - 2:20 pm
    Announcement of SAHIC 2019
  • 2:20 pm - 2:40 pm
    * I-Talk * A Focus on 2019 Host Country
  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
    Brazil's Outlook in the Spotlight
  • 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
    What really matters to travelers?
  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
    * I-Talk * Crisis Management: Epidemic Risk Solutions for the hospitality industry
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    * Inspiring Session * Recovery and Resilient the Ground Shakes: A life-changing experience told in first-person
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Closing Remarks: The Outlook for Opportunities in South America
  • 4:30 pm
    Join us in a Closing Toast
  • 4:40 pm
    Conference Ends

2018 Planning Committee

Arturo Garcia Rosa

President & Founder
SAHIC

Jose Koechlin

Founder & Chairman
Inkaterra

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events
Partner, SAHIC

Catalina Restrepo Carvajal

Executive Director of the Agency for Cooperation & Investment of Medellín & the Metropolitan Area
ACI Medellín

Ted Middleton

Senior Vice President, Latin America & the Caribbean
Hilton

Salo Smaletz

Vice President Development Latin America
InterContinental Hotels Group - IHG

Laurent de Kousemaeker

Chief Development Officer Caribbean & Latin American Region
Marriott International & Ritz-Carlton

Patrick Mendes

Chief Executive Officer
AccorHotels South America

Graciana Garcia Iribarne

Strategic Advisor
SAHIC

Patricia Boo

Area Director Central & South America
STR

Abel Castro

Senior Vice President Business Development & Investor Relations, South America
AccorHotels

Camilo Bolaños

Vice President of Development & Real Estate, Latin America & the Caribbean
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Rogerio Basso

Principal Investment Officer - Head of Tourism
IDB Invest

Maribel Rodriguez

Regional Director, Southern Europe & Latin America
WTTC

Juan Corvinos Solans

Vice President Development, Latin America & The Caribbean
Hilton

Ricardo Mader Rodrigues

Managing Director of Advisory and Asset Management Services for the Americas Region
JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group