Programme Agenda

This year’s THINC Africa Investment 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.

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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Friday, 15 November 2019
Time Session Title Speakers
8:45 - 9:00Welcome to THINC Africa 2019Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa
9:00 - 9:20

Launch of the Hotel Valuation Index 2019


Rishabh Thapar - Director HVS Africa

9:20 - 10:15

Life Style Brands

(What do they add to hotels, are they sustainable to Africa? if so how many and which cities across the continent) 


Andrew McLachlan - Radisson Hotel Group


10:15 - 11:00

Roland Investing in SA


Roland Vorwerk - Marketing Manager Boundless Southern Africa 


11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

11:30 - 12:15

Disruptors: Tough Love or Competitors?

(Love 'em or hate them they are here to stay. Are they good for the industry or not?)

Karl de Lacy - Director International Hotel Services 




12:15 - 1:00

Leisure Developments and How they boost Hotel Occupancy

(many hotels in Africa are based on commercial travelers and MICE, but how do you attract leisure guests? what is the 21st century leisure guest demanding? include golf and casinos in debate)

Dexter Moren - Founding Director  Dexter Moren Associate

Roger Allen - Group CEO Resources for Leisure Assets

Bernard Forster - Chief Asset Management & Risk Officer Sun Limited

Zinon Marinakos - Managing Director DSA Architects


1:00 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 3:15

One - on - One Interview


Marc Descrozaille - COO Accor MEA

(in conversation with Tim Smith)

3:15 - 4:00

Finance/Investment


James Nathan - Hospitality Property Fund

Aina Raveloson - Group Development Director TALYS

Lasse Ristolainen - Kasada Capital Management





4:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

4:30 - 5:15

Ten Things You Need To Know


Tim Smith - Managing Partner HVS Africa

Philip Wooller - Area Director Middle East & Africa STR

Laura Dutrieux - Junior Consultant HVS Africa

6:00 - 9:00 Cocktail hosted by Marriott