Hotel News ME’s Procurement Conference: Update

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Hotel News Middle East is set to host its inaugural Procurement Conference on 19, October 2015 at Grosvenor House Dubai. 

The industry event is due to bring together over procurement professionals, purchasing managers and directors from across the MENA region to discuss evolving procurement practices new opportunities and how technological advancements are working towards fully automated services.

The half day event will also boast a stellar line up of panelists, keynote speakers and industry analysts with both prime discussion time and key networking opportunities.

Panel sessions will cover pressing industry matters including a debate surrounding the potential impact on supply and demand for hotel equipment and furnishings considering the 175,574 rooms under construction in  the Middle East.

The conference also promises to deliver a lively discussion covering e-procurement practises and new software solutions that claim to simplify the buying process but often hinder the user.

The conference is free for all hospitalty purchasing, finance and procurement professionals to attend, please contact


08:30 a.m:  Registration, coffee & networking 

09:00 – 09:05 a.m: Welcome address from Hotel News ME

09:10 – 09:25 a.m: Keynote speech

09:30- 10:15 a.m: Panel Discussion 1: Business as Usual? 

With 175,574 rooms under construction in the Middle East,
according to STR Global, this panel discussion will debate
the potential impact on supply and demand for hotel equipment
and furnishings and also analyse the availability and
pricing issues that could arise from the surge in demand.

10:20 a.m – 10:35 a.m: Expert Session 1: Purchasing power 

Given that the number of hotels in the region is about to
drastically increase, how can purchasing practices be made

10:40 a.m – 10:55 a.m: COFFEE BREAK

11:00 a.m – 11:15 a.m: Expert Session 2: Quality Control

With competition rife between suppliers contending for
business, what are the best strategies when auditing suppliers
and products?

11:20 a.m – 12:05 p.m: Panel Discussion 2: E-procurement practices 

With purchasing processes moving online, new software
solutions are supposed to simplify the buying process, but
is it all it’s cut out to be? With very few solutions readily
available to fully automate the process whilst linking all
related procurement activities, we take a look at the challenges
in using such software and how they can be further
developed to best fit the hospitality industry’s needs.

12:10 p.m – 12:25 p.m: Expert Session 3: Balancing Act

How to balance the needs of different departments whilst
banking on a budget.

12:30 p.m – 12:45 p.m: COFFEE BREAK

12:05 p.m – 13:30 p.m: Workshops

  1. Specialist Procurement: How to source the goods nobody
    else has.
  2. Case study: Procurement in practice

15:00 p.m – Close of Conference

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