After a successful 13-year run, 2018 will see a new focus of the Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA).
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: Founded by the erstwhile team of HVS India, Hotelivate, a new-age hospitality consulting firm in the Asia Pacific region, is all set to host the 14th Edition of Hotel Investment Conference - South Asia (HICSA) at Grand Hyatt Mumbai on 4 and 5 April, 2018.
A two-day event, HICSA is widely viewed by global industry leaders as the premier hospitality event in South Asia, valued for its networking opportunities and high-level contacts as much as for its content-rich sessions. Having rightfully created a niche for itself, HICSA brings together an impressive conglomeration of business leaders, think tanks and industry top brass, and has undoubtedly become one of the most coveted forums for all industry players in the region.
After a long and a successful run for 13 years, 2018 will see a new avatar of HICSA. In the conference this year, our pivotal focus has been to elevate the overall knowledge-quotient delivered through the program, and to maximize value for all delegates. A key highlight this year is the format of Day 1 of the event, which exclusively comprises Interviews with industry bigwigs and Keynote Addresses. Day 2 will feature a series of power-packed Master Classes, stimulating panel discussions, and a few more exciting One-on-One Interviews, of industry leaders by industry leaders, and engaging Ted-styled talks.
For the very first time at HICSA, Day 1 of the conference has been solely dedicated to gain insights into the minds of industry leaders. The day will commence with Deepak Bagla, Managing Director and CEO of Invest India, the official Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency Of Governement of India, sharing his outlook on ‘Incredible India: Credible Returns’. Some of the other keynote addresses on the day will be delivered by prominent speakers, such as Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited; and Roshan Abbas, Chairman, Geometry Global Encompass. Furthermore, the first day program is interspersed with interviews with industry moguls, namely, Arne M Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip and Patu Keswani, Chairman and MD, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited.
Consistent with the HICSA tradition, Day 2 of the conference will open with ‘The Leaders’ Panel’. To be moderated by Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, the panel discussion will feature Alan Watts, Executive Vice President and President - Asia Pacific, Hilton; Katerina Giannouka, President - Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group; and Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director - India, ME and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group. Master Class Series, an innovative concept introduced in the 2018 event, is another highlight of Day 2. Speakers from varied, distinct backgrounds will share their expertise on a range of topics that affect hospitality businesses in the region, as well as globally. From Oliver Tittmann, Managing Director, X-CUBE Engineering, who will demystify ‘High-End Modular and Pre Fabricated Hotel Builidings’, to Sujjain Talwar, Sr. Partner, Economic Laws Practice (ELP) who will shed light on the ‘Legal Issues Affecting Hospitality Operations’ – the Master Class Series will encompass a gamut of interesting subject areas, to cater to diverse interests.
Not to forget, the ‘HICSA Hotels of the Year Awards’, now in its tenth year, will again have the most outstanding new hotel developments in the South Asian region being recognized. The nominations will include all hotels that commenced operations in the past one year, across five categories: Luxury & Upper Upscale Segment; Upscale Segment; Upper Mid Market Segment; Mid Market Segment and Budget & Economy Segment. Shortlisting will be done by an independent panel of judges and the best new hotel in each category will be determined via an online voting process by HICSA 2018 delegates. The winners will be announced on DAY 1, as part of the conference programme.
Hotelivate is a new-age hospitality consulting firm offering specialized services to clients across the Asia Pacific region. Founded by the erstwhile team of HVS India, Hotelivate, offers a comprehensive consulting environment through a diverse team of consultants that have a combined professional experience of 250 years across varied hospitality verticals. The firm presently has offices in Delhi and Mumbai, with Singapore and Bangkok opening shortly.
The founding partners of Hotelivate are reputed hospitality business consultants, who have advised, assisted and nurtured thousands of clients for more than two decades in South Asia.
Through its focused, empathetic and innovative approach, Hotelivate serves a wide range of industry stakeholders across all phases of hospitality lifecycle consulting, thereby eliminating the need for several different advisors. Specifically, Hotelivate will assist clients right from inception to divestment of their hospitality ventures, by offering an entire spectrum of services that are practical and tangible value-adds for clients.
In addition, Hotelivate hosts some of Asia Pacific’s most successful conferences, namely Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA), Hotel Operations Summit India (HOSI), Tourism Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Indonesia & Sri Lanka, and the inaugural THINC Innovate Bangkok.
‘Elevation through Innovation’
To address the growing need for a uniform platform for industry participants to exchange ideas and discuss the future of the hospitality industry, the annual Hotel Investment Conference − South Asia (HICSA) was launched in 2005. Today, the conference is globally recognized as the most impressive and unique platform to explore growth and investment opportunities both within and outside India. Valued for its networking opportunities and high-level contacts as much as for its content-rich sessions, HICSA, over the last 13 years, has witnessed unprecedented support and appreciation from the hospitality industry. It attracts overwhelming participation from hotel owners, investors, operators, bankers and industry specialists who come together to share their best practices, new ideas and latest market trends.
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