The Hotel Management Singapore Summit (HMS Summit) welcomed more than 35 speakers and 150 delegates in Singapore on October 22. Organized by international conference powerhouse Questex Hospitality Group, the summit is a one-stop strategic platform geared towards senior hoteliers including CEOs, COOs, CFOs, VPs, GMs, Financial Controllers, and executive committee members.
Harish Shah, “The Singapore Futurist” opened the conference with the keynote “Anticipating GameChanging Travel Trends for a Successful Future”. Using credible Future Studies methods, he helped hoteliers envision future events or developments and position themselves to minimize the stresses and shocks from the resulting impacts. Harish highlighted generation change, sharing culture and technology, amongst others, as disruptors to the industry.
The “Productivity Panel” featured leading hotel operations and finance executives from worldwide hotel brands, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific Senior Vice President Operations and Global Initiatives Lothar Pehl, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President of Operations – Asia Pacific Sara Kearney, Marriott International Senior Vice President SVP Operations Asia Pacific Bart Buiring, Marina Bay Sands Senior Vice President Hotels Operations Ian Wilson, Kempinski Hotels VP Finance – China Soo Hin Yeoh, and Nikhil Nath, CEO of Knowcross. Together, they reinvestigated existing hotel operating processes and service offerings and offered insightful suggestions and best practices that help boost productivity.
Other heavyweight speakers include Bobby Hiranandani, Managing Director, Royal Group Holdings; Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO – Asia, COMMUNE HOTELS + RESORTS; Marc Dardenne, CEO, Patina Hotels & Resorts; Ronald Tay, CEO, Ascott Residence Trust; Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, Director, and CEO for Australia and New Zealand, Naumi Hospitality; David Topolewski, CEO & Mobile Learning Evangelist, Qooco; Michael Ma, Group CEO, IndoChine Group; Symon Bridle, Chief Operating Officer, Rosewood Hotel Group; Ananda Arawwawela, Executive Vice President, Hotel Assets Management, City Developments Limited; K.C. Moy, EVP and Secretary of Board, Capella Hotel Group; Rachel Grier, Managing Director Asia, IDeaS – a SAS Company; Antoine Chahwan, Regional Vice President & General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore; Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Revenue Management & Analytics, FRHI Hotels & Resorts; and Fabrice Blondeau, Vice President Global, Food & Beverage, Luxury and Upscale Brands, AccorHotels.
“We are grateful for the overwhelming industry support received in a time when Singapore hoteliers are in need of innovations,” said Questex Hospitality Group Vice President Ben Isenberg. “With a strong speaker line-up and interactive discussions, HMS Summit proved to be crucial for the future success of the industry.” HMS Summit 2015 is a partner event of TravelRave, Asia’s premium travel and tourism week. TravelRave 2015 provides a dynamic platform for business leaders and industry professionals to convene, share knowledge and insights, network and discover new business opportunities and celebrate Asian tourism at its best.