The first panel discussion was on balancing supply and bridging the gap. The panel was moderated by Chris Hewett from TRI consulting and the panellists were Ignace Bauwens, regional VP MEA, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts; Laurent A. Voivenel, SVP operations & development -MEAI, Swiss-Belhotel International and Elie Milky, VP business development MENA and Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group.
The second panel discussion focused on efficiency in the hotel market. The panellists included James Barry, GM at Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, Siegfried Poppe, CEO, smartotels Hospitality International and Remco Werkhoven, GM at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Business Bay.
The third panel, moderated by Ruppert Queitsch , CEO and senipr partner ar INHOCO Group, focused on the mergers & acquisitions boom in the hotel market with an owner's perspective. The panellists included Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO RAK Hospitality, Rabih Feghali, VP - business development and investor relations, Roya International, Khalid Anib, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels and Jalil Mekouar, CEO - Hotels at Majid Al Futtaim.
Jalil Mekoaur during the third panel discussion.
The Great GM Debate also included 'Ignite Talks'. Chris Hewett from TRI Consulting gave market insights and performance forecast for the region.
Kerten Hospitality CEO Marloes Knippenberg spoke about the evolving guest experience.
Sps:affinity CEO Martin Kubler's talk highlighted why too many social media influencers are spoiling the party.
MMAC Design Associates founding partner Christian Merieau spoke about best practices to revamp F&B spaces.