Program is subject to change

 
 

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Monday, September 16

2019

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Express

Meet, exchange business cards and then move on to the next person. Introduce yourself to numerous strategic contacts in 60-minutes.


8:50 am - 9:10 am

Welcome Coffee and Pastries - Sponsors' Exhibition


General Sessions

 

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Conference Begins & Welcome Remarks

Speakers:
Arturo García Rosa - President & Founder, SAHIC
Jorge Homero Yunda Machado - Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Quito
Ecuador Government Representative


9:30 am - 10:00 am

Global & Regional Hospitality Industry Overview

Speakers:
Patricia Boo - Area Director Central & South America, STR
Arturo García Rosa - President & Founder, SAHIC


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Economic Outlook for Latin America

Speaker:
Santiago García Álvarez - Asesor Económico y Ex Vice-Ministro de Finanzas del Ecuador


10:30 am - 10:45 am

I-Talk | How does the era of the unexpected impact our industry?

Presented by:
Jake Stein - Senior Director Owner Relations at Expedia Group


10:45 am - 11:00 am

I-Talk | The Future of Cyber Security: Update on Blockchain Technology, Privacy and Data Protection

Presented by:
Sandra Ro - CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council


Thematic Round Tables | TRT Round One

 
 

Network and interact during these thematic working meetings aimed to expose common challenges, share experiences and best practices, whilst stimulating collaboration. Meet among attendees in these co-working spaces that invite to open discussions.


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

TRT 1: Round One | The Financial Agenda: Funding sources available for the region and getting deals done

Let’s gather together in order to get deals done and find solutions to suit special needs, rationale, and outlook of current alternative funding sources available in Latin America. How are lenders approaching projects today? To what extent are they willing to look at new build versus existing? Also, discussing alternatives for the most frequent sticking points of the deal-making process, how buyers and sellers perceive the market differently from one another.

Co-Chairs:
Rogerio Basso - Head of Tourism, IDB Invest
Javier Posas - Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Juliana Gomez Pelaez - Director for Foreign Direct Investment, ProColombia
Francisco Perez-Egaña - Administration & Finance Director - CFO, Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spa
Alejandro Alzate - Real Estate Manager, Business Development, Pei Asset Management
Camilo Bolaños - Vice President of Development & Real Estate, Latin America & The Caribbean, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Felipe Baldwin - Development Manager for Chile & Peru, Accor
Daniel Ozzan - Director of Development, Marriott International
Alejo Rodríguez Cacio - Director, InvestBA
Gustavo Rodriguez - CRE - Structured Finance, Bank Sabadell

Moderator Role:
Cristián Roberts Castro - President, PRIME


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

TRT 2: Round One | Cybersecurity and Data Protection

Considering retail and hospitality make up two of three most compromised industries and a cyberattack nowadays is not a matter of “If”, is a matter of “when”, this table will meet to discuss challenges and best practices to mitigate the risk of data breaches and targeted attacks.

Co-Chairs:
Sandra Ro - CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council
Ernesto Kruger - Founding Partner, Kruger Labs
Luis Alberto Pazmiño - Cybersecurity Manager, DataProtect

Moderator Role:
Ezequiel Gladstein - COO & Loyalty Manager - DOT Hotels / Aadesa Hotels


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

TRT 3: Round One | The evolution off the all-inclusive business model in the era of travelers with hunger for authenticity and emphasis on experience the local culture

Since it’s been said that experiential travel is the new luxury, does every market in this region can embrace this request? Should they? Would it be easy to get the traditional Caribbean traveler off-property and to experience things? Discuss about how to find the proper mix of in-house and out experiences, while keeping the essence of the resort business model as well as keeping it profitable. Also, which segment represents a greater opportunity today: Traditional all-inclusive, Luxury resorts, Wellness tourism?

Co-Chairs:
Laurent de Kousemaeker - Chief Development Officer Caribbean and Latin American Region, Marriott International
Fernando Fernandez - Vice President Development, Apple Leisure Group
Marco Larrea - Principal, EDSA
Ignacio Herrera - Strategic Planning Director, Decameron Hotels & Resorts
Juan Carlos Galindo - CEO, oxoHotel

Moderator Role:
Roland Mouly - Principal, Hospitality Advisors


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch


12:30 pm - 12:40 pm

Panama: The regional hub for Latin America & the Caribbean

Presented by:
Ivan Eskildsen - Minister of Tourism of Panama


General Sessions

 

1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

Hotel Leaders' Hard Talk: A View from the Top - Chapter I

Hotel leaders will share their perspectives on the current trends and events that are shaping the future of the travel and hospitality industries. Will brand proliferation continue or is there some finite limit to the number of brands? Plus, listen to their real truth about what they think about the evolution of Airbnb, the co-living and co-working spaces trend, and also the sharing economies in general.

Speakers:
Patrick Mendes - CEO South America, Accor
Laurent de Kousemaeker - Chief Development Officer Caribbean and Latin American Region, Marriott International

Moderator:
Peter Greenberg - Travel Editor, CBS News


2:05 pm - 2:20 pm

Keynote Session | Understanding millennials and digital nomads through the hand of a millennial business visionary creator of one of the first co-living concept

Speaker:
Fahad Siddiqui
- Founder of The Collective and President & Partner Casa Campus

Interviewed by:
Robert McCune - Editor Gerente, Hotel News Now


2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

How do major events deliver for a city? Does all the effort pay off?

A close-up on measures that could help understand the impact of some of the recent major events held in the region, such as Olympic games in Rio, Carnival in Rio (annually) Football cup in Brazil, Youth Olympic games, G-20 in Buenos Aires or Pan American Games in Lima, quantifying which event types have the greatest impact.

Presented by:
Patricia Boo - Area Director Central & South America at STR and followed by an interactive panel debate with the goal of having an open and honest discussion on the matter, with success stories but also probles and mistakes with lessons learns.

Speakers:
Paula Muniz - Vice President Real Estate and Development Brazil and Southern Cone, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Santiago Viera - Director, Procolombia - Ecuador
Carlos Canales Anchorena - President, National Chamber of Tourism of Peru - CANATUR

Active Moderator:
Patricia Boo - Area Director Central & South America, STR


2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Hotel Leaders' Hard Talk: A View from the Top - Chapter II

Hotel Leaders’ perspective on the global challenges facing the regional hotel industry and open debate on the Transformation of the Business. Plus, get their vision on the outlook for opportunities in different markets within the region.

Speakers:
Ted Middleton - Senior, Vice President, Latin America & the Caribbean, Hilton
David J. Tarr - Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Development, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Craig Mueller - Vice President Development, The Americas, IHG

Moderator:
Peter Greenberg - Travel Editor, CBS News


3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Networking Coffee Break - Sponsors' Exhibition


General Sessions

 

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Inspirational Session | Keynote Session: Meet "The Creators" of two of the most desirable and must-visit destinations in Latin America - Punta Mita, Mexico & La Huella, Punta del Este

Fearless business visionaries, devisers of unparalleled experiences, each in their own way create a powerful, value-driven brand from scratch and mastered to position it at as a destination beyond its geographical location.

Speakers:
Carl Emberson - Director of Marketing & Operations, Punta Mita, Mexico
Martín Pittaluga - Owner & Co-Founder, La Huella-José Ignacio & Quinto La Huella-Miami

Interviewed by:
Arturo García Rosa - President & Founder, SAHIC


4:20 pm - 4:25 pm

Women in Leadership | Special message from Isabel Noboa, CEO & Executive President Consorcio Nobis


4:25 pm - 5:25 pm

Opportunities in Ecuador

Understanding the Investment climate in the country in the current general scenario, and particularly in the Hotel, Tourism and Real Estate industry. Listen to an interactive panel to gain a deeper understanding on Ecuador's strengths, challenges and opportunities.

Speakers:
Patricia Palacios Jaramillo - Undersecretary of Markets, Investments and International Relations, Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador
María Fernanda Garcés Dávila - Secretary of Productive Development and Competitiveness, Metropolitan District of Quito
Juan Carlos Jacome - President of the Board of Directors, Corporación Financiera Nacional (CFN)
Adrián François - Vice President Development South America, Radisson Hotels
José Vallejo - Project Director, Chaskiroute

Moderator:
Luz Elena Coloma - Communicator, Degree in Sociology and Political Science


5:25 pm - 5:40 pm

Inspiring Session | Chocolates Pacari: A sweet dream that became an organic and economically sustainable business

Listen to this successful entrepreneurship story that makes an important impact on local communities, told in first person.

Presented by:
Santiago Peralta - Founder of Pacari, Premium Organic Ecuadorian Chocolates


5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Welcome Cocktail

Hosted by Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador + Quito Turismo

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Tuesday, September 17

2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast - Sponsors' Exhibition


General Sessions

 

8:30 am - 8:35 am

Welcome Back - Opening Agenda

Florencia Rufino y Fidalgo - Managing Director, SAHIC


8:35 am - 8:50 am

I-Talk | Digital transformation or corporate cultural evolution?

Presented by:
Marcela Andrade - Industry Manager, Google


8:50 am - 9:20 am

Leadership Session | Keynote Session
Meet the man behind the responsibility for Accor group’s hotel M&A and network development worldwide.

Speaker:
Gaurav Bhushan - Global Chief Development Officer, Accor

Interviewed by:
Peter Greenberg - Travel Editor, CBS News


9:15 am - 9:20 am

SAHIC Inspirational Hospitality Icon Award 2019


9:20 am - 9:40 am

20/20 Showcase your Project

With only 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, you will be introduced to the top investment opportunities within the region. This timeframe captures the attention of the audience, with little talking and using the effectiveness of images.


9:40 am - 10:20 am

Investors and Lender's real intentions in Latin American markets

Given where we are in the cycle of Latin America's market, where are investors and lenders and looking for investment returns today? M&A? Property acquisitions? Upgrade, existing hotels in search of improvements, refresh or upgrade? Financing new developments? Listen to the voices of potential funding sources on which they consider today as the real opportunities available in the region.

Speakers:
Rogerio Basso - Head of Tourism, IDB Invest
Cristián Roberts Castro - President, PRIME
Juliana Gomez Pelaez - Foreign Direct Investment Director, ProColombia
Pablo Campana - President, Campana Organization

Moderator:
Ricardo Mader Rodrigues - Managing Director South America, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group


10:20 am - 10:30 am

Hospitality Contribution Awards 2019 + SAHIC Special Recognitions 2019


10:30 am - 10:35 am

Special Message | Traveling with Profit to Nature

Special message presented by: Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton & Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

Message on Hilton's 100 years in hospitality + Sustainability Awareness from his role at WTTC: "Responsible hospitality. Creating consiousness into hotel and tourism developments"


10:35 am - 11:05 am

Networking Coffee Break - Sponsors' Exhibition


General Sessions

 

11:05 am - 11:30 am

What really matters to travelers nowadays?

Listen to this amazing session and be surprised with some trends about travel habits, behaviors and influences of Latin American travelers.

Speakers:
Arturo Mario Navarro Ithuralde - CEO, Aadesa
Emilio Uribe - Vice President of Growth Latin America, Selina
Miguel Yapur - Senior Manager, Owner Relations, Expedia Group

Active Moderator:
Carl Emberson - Director of Marketing & Operations, Punta Mita, Mexico


11:30 am - 11:35 am

Travel Carbon-Neutral

Video message from Metropolitan Touring Offset your carbon footprint through forest conservation in the Choco Bioregion


11:35 am - 12:00 pm

Leadership Session | Keynote Session

Speaker:
Jorge Melero
- CEO Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Interviewed by:
Arturo García Rosa - President & Founder, SAHIC


12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

I-Talk | Crisis Management: What you need to know about Epidemic Risk

What governments and the private sector do against the financial risk caused by epidemic outbreaks? A close-up view on real cases, examples and experiences within the region.

Presented by:
Stephan A. Jacob - Senior Underwriter, Munich Re


Thematic Round Tables | TRT Round Two

 
 

Network and interact during these thematic working meetings aimed to expose common challenges, share experiences and best practices, whilst stimulating collaboration. Meet among attendees in these co-working spaces that invite to open discussions.


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

TRT 4: Round Two | Hotel Business models in the era of sharing economy

Understanding the rise of the sharing economy, co-living, co-working, home-sharing, and the shift in consumer preferences towards designing products with the ability to envision how people will live today and tomorrow.

Co-Chairs:
Fahad Siddiqui - Founder The Collective & President & Partner Casa Campus
Daniel Piana - Principal, DPA&D Architecture and Design
Emilio Uribe - Vice President of Growth Latin America, Selina
Ricardo Mader - Managing Director South America, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
Tibisay Monsalve Restrepo - General Manager, Sociedad Hoteles del Perú
Roland Mouly - Principal, Hospitality Advisors
Luis Mirabelli - Head of Development Hispanic Countries, Accor
Andrés Sánchez Turriago - Development Director, Grupo GHL

Moderator Role:
Carrie Wilder - Director Market Management, Expedia Group


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

TRT 5: Round Two | Resilience, Recovery & Reconstruction in Latin America & The Caribbean

Working together and thinking creatively to come up with innovative solutions to compounded challenges in a region highly vulnerable to climate-related disaster risks.

Co-Chairs:
Hilen Meirovich - Head of Climate, IDB Invest
Maurice Chartier - Founder & Chairman, Grupo Consutur
Juan Corvinos - Vice President Development Latin America & The Caribbean, Hilton
Cristiano Gonçalves - Regional Vice President Development Andean Region, Central America & Southern Cone, IHG
Cristián Roberts Castro - President, PRIME
Javier Posas - Senior Investment Officer, IFC
María Paulina Burbano de Lara - CEO, Metropolitan Touring

Moderator Role:
Raul F. Calvet - Executive Director, Calvet & Asociados


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

TRT 6: Round Two | The future of Management and Franchise contracts: Structuring challenges and implementation of repositioning strategies, and value enhancement initiatives

Working together on subjects like: Contract renewal, handling conversions due consolidation, dealing with CaPex between owners and operators considering costs for renovations due to new trends, standards and travelers demands. Gathering together to find the best options to keep a healthy relationship between operators and owners.

Co-Chairs:
Salo Smaletz - Vice President Development, Latin America, IHG
Juan Francisco Scalesciani - Executive Vice President, Dysyn Group - Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Iñaki Gonzalez Arnejo - Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Aadesa Hotels
Pablo Maturana - Director Development, Caribbean & Andean Region, Hilton
Guilherme Cesari - Head of Development for Luxe Brands, Accor
Juan Felipe Bustamante - Partner, Bustamante & Bustamante
Bárbara Galbis Urrechea - Chief Operations Officer, Grupo Centenario

Moderator Role:
Martin Arauz - Partner, ECT Advisors LLC


1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Networking Lunch


General Sessions

 

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Announcement of SAHIC 2020


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Opportunities and challenges in Central America & the Caribbean in the current global scenario

Overview of the current regional scenario presented by Raul Calvet, CEO Calvet & Asociados & followed by an interactive discussion between distinguished regional leaders.

Speakers:
Jorge Apaez - COO Mexico, Latin America and The Caribbean, IHG
Herman Bern Jr. - President, Bern Hotels & Resorts Panamá
Francisco Medina Elizalde - CEO, Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe

Active Moderator:
Raul F. Calvet - Executive Director, Calvet & Asociados


3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Hotel Owners speak out

What encouraged them to partake in this industry? According to their experience thus far, what are the major hurdles that still need to be surpassed? How is the hotel industry seen from the owner's seat? Plus, listen to their own personal opinions on whether or not to add international brands to their respective portfolios, as well as what they think about AirBnb entering the lodging industry.

Speakers:
Juan Francisco Scalesciani - Executive Vice President, Dysyn Group Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - Argentina
Paulo Roberto Caputo - Partner & CEO, Atrio Hotéis
Jose Ochoa Garcia - President, Ecuaresorts - Ibis Ecuador
Juan Carlos Santos - CEO, BPO Asesores Empresariales and Chairman of the Board Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport, Ecuador

Moderator:
Andrés Zurita - Executive Director, AEI Ecuador


3:40 pm - 4:05 pm

Leadership Session | Keynote Session
A face-to-face interview to know the inside story of Atton’s success.

Speaker:
Francisco Levine
- Former Founder & CEO Atton Hotels, Hospitality Advisor

Interviewed by:
Rogerio Basso - Head of Tourism, IDB Invest


4:05 pm - 4:10 pm

Closing Remarks


4:10 pm

Conference Ends