AHIC 2020 will be ‘on the road’ for its 16th edition this year, taking place virtually and on-site over three days from September 29 to October 1.
The three-day event is packed with insights from industry leaders and networking opportunities designed for a new world.
The programme, which features over 60 speakers, will be broadcasting live from pop-up studios across Dubai. Each day, hosted in a new location with select live audiences, will be streamed onto a virtual platform purposed for both onsite and virtual attendees. Safety protocols will be strictly observed onsite, and the live component is subject to government regulations permitting.
Through the mobile and web applications, both sets of attendees will be able to network and schedule meetings onsite or through one-to-one video calls, truly bringing everyone into the ‘same room’.
Attendees will also be able to create personalised schedules, choosing content, outdoor experiences, and networking opportunities that they would like to attend either virtually or onsite in Dubai.
The first day of AHIC 2020 will be split into two parts; the first of which will be focused on investment and feature discussions with hotel owners as well as the Hotel Investment Outlook 2020 presented by JLL Hotels & Hospitality. The afternoon will focus on the ‘Future of Hotel F&B’ and will be hosted by Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts from Pierchic, which will be broadcasted around the globe.
The second day, hosted by Accor at the Rixos Premium JBR, will feature a series of plenary sessions discussing the transformative forces at work in hospitality and how we can harness them.
In the afternoon, the programme will see a series of break-out streams that will look at how the industry is transforming through technology. This includes sessions on disruptive technologies, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as a panel featuring CIOs from Accor, Kerzner, Marriott International, Amaala and Jumeirah Group to discuss how owners and operators have embraced technology during Covid-19.
Day three is the ‘Day of Transformation’ and will uncover how the industry is transforming to move forward. Hosted by Viya, Dubai’s lifestyle rewards app, and taking place at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, the morning programme will feature sessions on ‘Building Back Better’ and rethinking the hotel workforce.