Programme Agenda

This year’s THINC Africa Conference has an exciting line-up of hospitality industry as well as corporate sector executives all of whom will gather do discuss the many opportunities and challenges that we are currently facing within our hospitality sector. The conference has been set up with two discussion formats being Plenary Sessions and Focused Panel Discussions. This allows for major trending general topics to be discussed under the Plenary Sessions and more specifically identified topics to be covered within our Focused Panel Discussions which will see more interaction between panelists and delegates.

Africa is the next frontier in global hospitality growth and HVS is at the forefront in being there for industry, developers and investors alike to assist in ushering this growth into the African development community.

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Day 1: Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Time Session Title Speakers
13:00 - 14:00 Registration Begins Pre-Assembly & Exhibition Hall C
14:00 - 14:15Welcome to THINC Africa 2018Patricia De Lille - Executive Mayor City of Cape Town
14:15 - 14:30

Launch of the Hotel Valuation Index 2018

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Rishabh Thapar - Director HVS Africa

14:30 - 15:00

Key Note:

(Century City and Signatura -  Inception, Conception and what's in the pipeline)

Stephen Rushmore Jr - President & CEO HVS

Discusses property development successes with:

John Rabie - Director Signatura

John Chapman - Director Rabie Properties

15:10 - 15:45

Politicians : What have they ever done for us?

(What are our politicians really doing to promote tourism and hospitality in South Africa)

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Challenges the status quo with:

James Vos - Shadow Minister of Tourism

Tim Harris - CEO Wesgro

15:45 - 16:15

That Was The Year That Was...

(Delving into the first half of 2018, how it compared to 2017 and what's the future outlook)

Jeff Rosenberg - Chairperson FEDHASA

In conversation with:

Joe Bester - Fund Manager, Fairtree Capital 

Philip Wooller - Director STR MEA 

Derek Martin - Founder TrevPAR

16:15 - 16:30 Networking Break Exhibition Hall C
16:30 - 17:00

Mid-Market is Best

(Big brands are pushing mid-market hotels…why is this a good option for your next hotel development?)

Dexter Moren - Director, Dexter Moren Associates

Discusses mid-market hotel expansion plans with:

Michael Collini - VP Development Hilton International

Andrew McLachlan - SVP Business Development Radisson Hotel Group

Cyril Jacob - Managing Partner Acsentis

17:00 - 17:30

Sustainability, Growth and Expansion Issues

(Sustainable growth in hospitality is a multi-faceted global challenge, so how do we need to prepare and respond to ensure success?)

Stephen Rushmore Jr - President & CEO HVS

Achim Schmitt -  Associate Dean EHL (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne)

18:00 - 21:00 Cocktails hosted by Marriott Crystal Towers  THINC Africa Student Awards 2018
Day 2: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Time Session Title Speakers
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome Back and Door Prizes Main Conference Hall D
09:00 - 09:45

Operational Leaders Panel

(What's happening on the ground and how to stay relevant?)

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Discusses the many successes and challenges facing Africa's leading international and regional operators: 

Volker Heiden - Area VP Marriott International 

Gary Koetser - Joint CEO Century City Conference Centre & Hotel

William McIntrye  Regional Director Africa, Radisson Hotel Group

09:50 - 10:30 Focussed Panel Sessions
Session A1 - Hall D

Women in Hospitality

(Hala speaks with leading female executives on their challenges, opportunities and victories within the African hospitality sector)

Hala Matar Choufany - President HVS Middle East, India & Africa 

Lee-Ann Singer - Marketing Director Singer Group 

Talya French - Business Development Manager Marriott International

Ronleigh Gaddin - CEO Amani Spa's

Simone Kuhn - Manager Business Development Radisson Hotel Group 

Session A2 - Hall 7

What Millenials expect from Employers

(Valerie mines the millennial mindset that employers need to adopt in order to stay relevant to this segment of the hospitality workforce)

Valerie De Corte Alumni and Industry Relations Director Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL)

Dale Simpson - Curator Radisson Red Hotel

Gyrieyah Slemming -  Director Think Tank Synergy

Kim Whitaker - Managing Director Once Youth Hotels

Siviwe de Beer - Management Program Participant 12 Apostles Hotel

Session A3 -  Hall 10

Hospitality Transformation

(Philip evaluates why "all safe havens will be subject to digital disruption" and what impact this is having on hospitality)

Philip Taylor - Director Hospitality-Plus

Barry Coetzee - CEO iVeri Payment Technologies

Tony Leca - CEO Ethnic Technologies

10:35 - 11:15 Focussed Panel Sessions
Session B1 - Hall D

Nigeria…..Are the grass roots for development starting to show?

(Guy discusses with his panel what it takes to do business in Nigeria and the challenges in concluding deals in West Africa)

Guy Stehlik  - CEO Bon Hotels

Wesam Okasha Senior Director Development West Africa Hilton

Session B2 - Hall 7

Masai Mara (Kenya) vs Kruger National Park (South Africa)

(Brendan tackles the age old African debate for Safari Superiority !)

Brendan Murray MC, Actor Voice over artist

Catherine Gachie - Business Development HVS, East Africa

Rishabh Thapar - Director, HVS, Africa

Session B3 - Hall 10

Francophone Africa

(Laura, Alexis and Erwan discuss the enigma that is French speaking Africa and how to deal with the many barriers to entry)

Laura Dutrieux - Junior Consultant HVS Africa

Erwan Garnier - Director Business Development Radisson Hotel Group 

Alexis Janoray - Vice President Head of Development Africa, Accorhotels 

11:15 - 11:45 Networking Break Exhibition Hall C
11:45 - 12:25 Focussed Panel Sessions
Session C1 - Hall D

How to Make Luxury Hospitality Property Work in Africa

(The Panel discusses the reality of succeeding with Luxury Hotels in 21st Century)

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Mark Wernich - General Manager Taj Hotel Cape Town

John Watson Regional Director Africa Preferred Hotels and Resorts

Luis Pinheiro General Manager The Silo

Session C2 - Hall 7

Alternative Hotel Construction Methods & Interior Concepts

(Here's what you need to know about what you don't know...)

Paul Blackmore Senior Director of Architecture, Design and Construction of Sub Saharan Africa, Hilton.

Evert Lategan - CEO Integrated Solutions

Zinon Marinakos Managing Director Africa DSA Architects International

Session C3 - Hall 10

Branded Serviced Apartments

(Rish discusses the Serviced Appartment concept with leading executives on this model to find out why they have been so successful both regionally and internationally)

Rishabh Thapar - Director HVS Africa

Marc Wachsberger - Managing Director The Capital Hotels and Apartments 

David Cohen - Managing Director Signatura

 Catherine Gachie - Business Development HVS East Africa 

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Exhibition Hall C
14:00 - 14:45

Keeping Township Tourism Authentic

(Sisa challenges the South African hospitality sector to get involved and make a difference!)

Sisa Ntshona - CEO SA Tourism  

Siyabulela Siyaka - Founder Ubizo Events & Tours

Ntokozo Luvuno - Director Mzansi Tourism Experience

Abigail Mbalo - Owner 4roomed Ekasi

Lufefe Nomjana - Founder & CEO of Spinach King

14:45 - 15:25

Supply Chain Management

(After spending many years leading the development and expansion of one of the world's oil & gas leaders Tanya leads the panel on how to handle sustainable logistics on the African continent?

Tanya Kabalin - Founder Olakira

Mungo Park - President and Chairman SAPICS

Philip Meyer - CEO LSC 

15:25 - 16:00 Networking Break Exhibition Hall C
Session D1 - Hall D

Third Party Management Companies

(How does this business model currently perform in Africa and is there room for growth?)

Rishabh Thapar - Director HVS Africa

Graham Wood - Chairperson of Tourism Grading Council

Michael Bromley - Director STBB

Karl de Lacy - International Development Director Best Western Hotels & Resorts 
Session D3 - Hall 10


(Tim and his panel deliberate on the necessity for the hospitality to start paying more attention to sustainable hospitality practices)

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Bruce Walker - CEO Verde Hotels

Glynn O'Leary - CEO Transfrontier Parks 

16:45 - 17:30

African Hotels an Investors View

(Tim covers the fundamentals of hospitality funding and investment with some of South Africa's leading property funds, DFIs and FDI sourcing executives)

Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Moseketsi Mpeta - Head: Light Manufacturing & Tourism IDC

Rehana Boolay - Investment Promotions Manager Wesgro      

Stephen Rushmore - President & CEO HVS

18:00 - 21:00 Cocktails hosted by Colosseum Luxury Hotel & The Singer Group