Future Hospitality Summit will be held from 25-27 September 2023 in Abu Dhabi. Organised by The Bench in partnership with TRAVTALK, the summit brings together industry leaders of the Middle East and Africa for discussions, deals and insight on the continued growth of the region’s hospitality and tourism sectors. Technology will be once again at the forefront of the discussions during the meet.
Leaders from some of the world’s most dynamic hospitality brands who have confirmed to address the summit include Sébastian Bazin, Chairman & CEO Accor; Camil Yazbeck, Global Chief Development Officer, Accor; Guy Hutchinson, President & CEO, Rotana; Kevin Jacobs, Chief Financial Officer and President, Global Development for Hilton, and Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO, JLL Hotels & Hospitality.
“We are excited to announce our first speakers as part of what is set to be an exceptional line up of distinguished regional and global industry leaders, representing some of the world’s most respected hospitality brands and investment organisations,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, The Bench. “FHS, alongside the 19th edition of our flagship event AHIC – Arabian Hospitality Investment Conference, will be making its debut in Abu Dhabi, thanks to our host sponsors, Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Miral, and Hilton Abu Dhabi
Among the names representing the real estate, asset management, consulting, banking and investment community are Mariam Al Musharekh, Executive Director of Human Resources, Miral Group; Raed Kuhail, Executive Director of Digital & Technology, Miral Group; Giuliano Gasparini, Head of Hospitality Asset Management, Wasl Group; Dale Qi Shen, Vice President, Director – Real Estate Structuring & Advisory, Mashreq Bank; Andrew Gilmore, Principal Economist, The Economist Group, and Nick van Marken, Managing Director, van Marken Consulting.
Technology will once again be at the forefront of the FHS 2023 program with leaders discussing the future of the hospitality and travel tech stack. Confirmed speakers include Cenk Sidar, CEO and Co-Founder, Enquire IA. Taghrid Alsaeed, Executive Director, Group Communications and Destination Marketing, Miral, said: “We are proud to host the Future Hospitality Summit on Yas Island, bringing one of the leading hospitality summits to Abu Dhabi for the first time. Our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau marks an exciting chapter in our journey to solidify Yas Island’s position as a leading global business destination, defined by world-class assets and unparalleled experiences. We look forward to hosting a new record-breaking event in the Capital and welcoming industry leaders to explore the exceptional experiences this remarkable Island has to offer.”