KAS attended the Australian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) conference in Melbourne. Check out the article below and some of the amazing speakers from the industry.

– Josh

Stellar line-up for AHICE 2014

Qantas’ CEO of Loyalty, Lesley Grant, is leading a stellar line-up for AHICE 2014, being held at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on May 1.

The 5th annual AHICE (Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition) – an event hosted by HM magazine and firmly focused on the management and operation of accommodation hotels throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region – is also attracting a record number of attendees, with more than 320 delegates already confirmed to attend.

The AHICE 2014 theme is ‘Generation Next – What’s the Future?’ and will encompass educational sessions, future trends and issues facing the hotelier industry now and in the future.

“The response from the industry has been fantastic,” said HM magazine’s Editor-In-Chief and content advisory panel chair, James Wilkinson.

“We have some terrific speakers lined up and with so many attendees already confirmed, we’re confident we are putting on what will be one of the industry events of 2014.“This really is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for hoteliers, aspiring hoteliers, suppliers and consultants in the industry here in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.”

Confirmed keynote speakers include Qantas’ Grant along with Simon F. Cooper, Marriott’s President and MD for Asia Pacific. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local leaders including John McDonnell, GM HR at Accor Hotels; Craig Bond, Area GM at Pan Pacific Hotels; Choice Hotels Australasia CEO Trent Fraser and many more.

AHICE will also feature panel sessions on the digital landscape, human resources, Asian century, food and beverage, and revenue generation. New in 2014 is the Great Debate where the next generation of leaders will debate General Managers and CEOs on the future of the industry, providing thought-provoking insights on management style, strategy and issue management.

Sponsors for 2014 to date include: Blue Mountains Hospitality Consulting, Foxtel for Business and AH Beard (Gold); and Dometic, FCS, Empire Hospitality, ICOZ, Intrust Super, Nespresso, NCE, Polesy Commercial, Prototype Furniture, Sealy and VOD (Silver).

Supporting hotel chains include: Accor (Diamond); Quest Serviced Apartments (Platinum); Choice Hotels Australasia, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, Mantra and TFE Hotels (Gold); and Best Western Australasia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotel Group (Silver).

AHICE 2014 will kick off with a welcome event sponsored by Intrust Super on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 6-8pm at the new Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, prior to the conference on May 1 at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.