Agenda
7th Hospitality Philippines Conference #HPC2024 is scheduled for September 11-12 at The Marriott Manila Hotel, stands as a pivotal part of Hospitality Asia Media's expansive Hospitality Asia Event Series, spanning across the Asia Pacific region. This comprehensive conference encompasses three pivotal summits: Hotel Investment Summit Philippines #HISP, Hotel Design Summit Philippines #HDSP, and Hotel Revenue Summit Philippines #HRSP, each tailored to address key facets of the hospitality industry in the Philippines.
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HOTEL INVESTMENT SUMMIT PHILIPPINES #HISP
09:00 - 09:10
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome Remarks from the Chairman
Chairman:
  • Hanky Lee, Innkeeper at The Henry Hotel
TRACK:
HOTEL INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE
09:10 - 9:50
09:10 - 9:50
(Panel) Record-High Developments and the Future of Philippine Hotels
Description: This panel will discuss the unprecedented development of hotels in the Philippines, anticipating around 3,900 new rooms by 2024. The conversation will focus on the implications of this rapid growth, the regions experiencing the most development, and strategies for sustainable expansion.
Moderator:
  • Jojo Romarx Salas, National Executive Vice President at Philippine Association of Realty Consultants and Specialists; PARCS

Panelists:
  • Lynette Ermac, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales and Operations at Discovery Hospitality
  • Kash Salvador, Director for Development at Accor
  • Claro Cordero Jr., Director at Cushman & Wakefield
09:50 - 10:30
09:50 - 10:30
(Panel) The Rise of REITs in the Philippines: A Game Changer

Description: This presentation will delve into the burgeoning landscape of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in the Philippines. It will discuss how REITs are reshaping investment strategies, offering new opportunities for funding and growth in the hospitality sector, and their implications on the market dynamics.

Moderator:
  • Anthony Mariano, Executive Vice President at Triumph Development Corporation

Panelists:
  • Andoy Beltran, Vice President and Head of Business Development & Market Education at First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation
  • Joey Roi Bondoc, Associate Director at Colliers
  • Eduardo V. Francisco, President at BDO Capital & Investment Corporation
10:30 - 11:10
10:30 - 11:10
Morning Tea Break and Business Matching
11:10 - 11:50
11:10 - 11:50
(Panel) Assessing the Appeal of Luxury Hotel Investments: Current Market Dynamics
Description: Despite economic challenges, the luxury segment has shown resilience with steady room rates and occupancy levels. This panel will explore the current state and future prospects of luxury hotel investments in the Philippines.
Moderator:
  • Vikki Aquino, Director of Spas and Recreations Club at Tiger Resorts, Leisure and Entertainment Inc. (Okada Manila)
Panelists:
  • John Campbell, Country Director at Tenman Project Management Ltd.
11:50 - 12:30
11:50 - 12:30
(Panel) Strategic Investment Choices: Independent vs. Chain Hotels
Description: This panel will explore investment strategies for independent and chain hotels. Topics include market differentiation through unique branding for independents versus brand recognition and loyalty benefits of chains, and operational agility versus standardized processes and economies of scale. We will evaluate the risk profiles of investing in each type, considering market volatility, brand reputation, and economic resilience. Attendees will gain actionable insights and strategies to navigate the decision between investing in independent or chain hotels, making this discussion highly relevant and timely for today's dynamic hospitality market.

Panelists:
  • Bastien Touzeau, Regional Vice President Development Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines & Inclusive Collection Asia-Pacific at Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Tim Hallett, CEO at Selo Group
  • Samantha Manigsaca, AVP for Hospitality, AppleOne Group
TRACK:
CAPITAL MARKETS
12:30 - 13:10
12:30 - 13:10
(Panel) Navigating the Philippine Capital Market for Hotel Investments
Description: This session will delve into the Philippine capital market, focusing on opportunities for hotel investments amid recent reforms and economic conditions. Panelists will discuss the performance of equities and bonds, the impact of anticipated interest rate cuts, and strategies for leveraging undervalued assets. Key topics include regulatory changes aimed at deepening the capital markets, managing liquidity challenges, and understanding the macroeconomic environment's influence on investment opportunities. Attendees will gain insights into optimizing investment strategies and managing risks in the evolving market landscape.
Panelists:
  • Jeremiah Pampolina, VP - Corporate Planning & Investor Relations, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Information Officer at Sta. Lucia Land
  • Alfred Lay, VP – Hotels, Tourism & Leisure at LEECHIU Property Consultants
  • Eric Manuel, Country Director from Arch Capital Management
13:10 - 14:30
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
DEBT & EQUITY
14:30 - 15:00
14:30 - 15:00
(Panel) Balancing Debt and Equity: Strategies for Sustainable Hotel Financing
Description: A critical look at the strategies for balancing debt and equity in hotel financing. This talk will cover best practices, risk assessment, and case studies of successful financing models in the Philippine context.
Panelists:

  • Atty. Ruperto Nino Aquino, Head of Tourism Enterprise at TIEZA
  • Christina Frasco, Secretary of The Department of Tourism
  • Jared Valarao, Chief Finance Officer at PHILORE
  • C level representative from DFDL
TRACK:
RISK MANAGEMENT
15:00 - 15:40
15:00 - 15:40
(Panel) Risk Management in Hospitality: Navigating Uncertainties in the Philippine Market
Description: This topic will explore risk management strategies specific to the hospitality industry in the Philippines, including handling natural disasters, political instability, and market fluctuations.
Moderator:
  • Eugene Yap, President at HRAP and General Manager at Bayview Park Hotel Manila
Panelists:
  • Atty. Mae Elaine Tantengco Bathan, Usec. for Legal & Special Concerns at Department of Tourism

15:40 - 16:20

15:40 - 16:20

(Panel) Harmonizing Energy Supply and Demand: Collaborative Strategies for Electric Companies and the Hospitality Sector in the Philippines
Description: This panel discussion will examine the current dynamics of energy supply and demand in the Philippines, with a specific focus on how electric companies can partner with the hospitality sector to address challenges and leverage opportunities. Analyzing the factors influencing power supply and demand across different regions, including urbanization, industrial growth, and residential consumption patterns, Discussing the unique energy needs and challenges faced by hotels and resorts in managing their power consumption, including peak demand periods and fluctuating energy costs, Highlighting innovative technologies and strategies such as smart grids, energy storage solutions, and renewable energy integration that can enhance energy efficiency and sustainability in hotels, Examining available financial incentives, rebates, and financing options that electric companies can offer to hotels for implementing energy-saving measures and adopting renewable energy sources.
Panelists:
  • Alexander Albaza, CEO, Climargy and President, Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2)
  • Carlos Vega, Vice President at First Gen Energy
  • Edgardo V Alvinez, Director of Engineering at The Manila Hotel
  • C-suite from Meralco
16:20 - 16:50
16:20 - 16:50
Afternoon Tea Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
CONTRACTS & AGREEMENT
16:50 - 17:30
16:50 - 17:30
(Panel) The Rise of Third-Party Operators in Hotel Management: Advantages and Investor Solutions
Description: This panel will explore the increasing popularity of third-party operators in the Philippine hotel management sector, examining their advantages over traditional models. Key discussion points include the operational flexibility, cost efficiency, and specialized expertise that third-party operators bring to the table. The panel will also delve into how these operators can enhance brand value and drive profitability. Additionally, experts will share strategies for investors to identify and partner with the right third-party operators, considering the local market dynamics, regulatory environment, and specific needs of the Philippine hospitality industry. Attendees will gain actionable insights into optimizing hotel performance through third-party management solutions​.
Moderator:
  • Loujaye Sonido, Chief Corporate Communications Officer at Duckworld Hospitality

Panelists:
  • Chris Cho, Vice President - Development (Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Korea and Maldives) at Accor
  • Maria Clarissa Clavo Delos Ama, Managing Director at Art of Hospitality Management & Consultancy, Inc.
  • David Batchelor, Senior Vice President at Solaire Casino & Resort
TRACK:
BRAND DNA
17:30 - 18:10
17:30 - 18:10
(Panel) Crafting a Unique Brand DNA for Philippine Hotels
Description: This session will focus on how Philippine hotels can develop a unique brand DNA that resonates with both local and international travelers, focusing on cultural integration, service excellence, and branding strategies.
Panelists:
  • Gavin Faull, President & Chairman of Swiss-belhotel International
  • Christian Pirodon, Managing Director and Co-Founder at G&P Hospitality Consulting Inc
  • August Samala, COO at The Henry Hotel
  • Venessa Koo, Vice President Business Development at The Asott Limited
18:10 - 18:30
18:10 - 18:30
Lucky Draw Session
HOTEL DESIGN SUMMIT PHILIPPINES #HDSP
Welcome Remarks from the Organizer
TRACK:
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
(Panel) Eco-friendly Architecture and Interior Design
Description: This panel will explore the latest innovations in eco-friendly building materials and sustainable architectural practices. Experts will discuss methods for reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, the benefits of using recycled and renewable materials, and how to integrate eco-friendly principles into interior design. The session aims to provide practical insights and strategies for creating healthier, more sustainable living environments.
(Panel) Green Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces
Description: Panelists will share insights on creating green urban areas, incorporating native and drought-resistant plants, and employing water conservation techniques. The session will also cover the importance of promoting biodiversity and designing resilient outdoor environments that support ecological balance and contribute to the well-being of communities.
(Panel) Recognizing Excellence in Hotel Design and Sustainability
Description: Celebrate the achievements of hotels that have set new benchmarks in design and sustainability. We will explore the strategies and techniques these exemplary properties have employed to minimize their environmental impact while maintaining exceptional aesthetics and guest satisfaction. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for sustainable hotel design, including the use of renewable materials, energy-efficient systems, and green certifications. Learn how to elevate your property’s design and sustainability standards to meet the growing demand for environmentally responsible and visually stunning hospitality experiences.
Moderator:
  • Rhea Vitto Tabora, Founding Editor-in-Chief at Asia Sustainable Travel & Travel Asia Now
Panelists:
  • Romolo Nati, CEO & Chairman at Italpinas Development Corporation
TRACK:
HOTELTECH
(Panel) The Future of Smart Hotels: Integrating Advanced Technology in Hotel Design
Description: As travelers increasingly seek personalized, seamless, and tech-savvy experiences, hotels are adopting smart technologies to enhance guest satisfaction, streamline operations, and improve sustainability. This panel will explore how modern technology is transforming hotel design in the Philippines and beyond. Attendees will gain insights into how these technologies can be integrated into hotel design to meet the evolving demands of modern travelers.
Morning Tea Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
INTERIOR INNOVATIONS
(Panel) Trends in Hotel Interior Design
Description: This panel will explore the latest trends in hotel interior design, focusing on how aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability are shaping the modern hospitality experience. The session will also highlight recent developments in the Philippines hospitality, including the rise of boutique hotels that showcase Filipino artistry and craftsmanship.
Panelists:
  • IDr. Iris Ocampo, Founder | Principal Interior Designer at IEO Studio Inc.
(Panel/Keynote) Creating Ambiance: Lighting and Art in Hotel Spaces
Description: Exploring the impact of lighting and art on hotel ambiance
(Panel/Keynote) Innovative Furniture and Fittings for Modern Hotels
Description: Discussing unique and functional furniture designs.
(Panel) Celebrating Local Culture in Boutique Hotels
Description: Dive into the vibrant world of boutique hotels that celebrate and showcase local culture. This session will explore how these unique hotels incorporate locally sourced materials, traditional design elements, and regional art to create authentic and immersive guest experiences. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of integrating cultural heritage into modern hospitality.
(Panel) Designing Hotels for Wellness and Well-being
Description: Discover the latest trends and strategies in creating hotels that prioritize wellness and well-being. This session will delve into the growing demand for health-focused hospitality, exploring how hotels can integrate wellness facilities such as spas, fitness centers, and yoga studios into their design. Attendees will learn about the importance of designing spaces that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and overall well-being, and how these features can differentiate their properties in a competitive market.
Lunch Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
BUILDING EFFICIENCY
(Panel) The Rise of Mixed-use Developments
Description: This panel will explore how integrating hotels with residential, commercial, and recreational spaces is reshaping urban landscapes and enhancing the guest experience. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the benefits of such developments, including increased convenience, better resource utilization, and the creation of vibrant, multi-functional communities.
(Panel/Keynote) Advancements in Building Management Systems
Description: Exploring new technologies in building management for efficiency.
(Panel/Keynote) HVAC and Air Quality Solutions
Description: Focusing on innovative HVAC systems and air purification technologies.
Afternoon Tea Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY
(Panel/Keynote) Water Treatment and Waste Management in Hotels
(Panel/Keynote) Hotel Security: CCTV and Access Control
Description: Discussing advancements in hotel security systems.
Lucky Draw Session
HOTEL REVENUE SUMMIT PHILIPPINES #HRSP
09:00 - 09:10
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome Remarks from the Chairman
Chairman:
  • Chris Legaspi, Chief Commercial Officer at Archipelago International
TRACK:
REVENUE MANAGEMENT
09:10 - 09:50
09:10 - 09:50
Piso Fare or Piso Per Room? Innovations in Pricing Strategies for Philippine Hotels
Abstract: Explore how Philippine hotels can borrow a page from the airline industry's playbook with dynamic pricing strategies. From 'piso fare' inspirations to tailored room rate adjustments, learn how hotels can optimize revenue in a competitive market. This session dives into the art of pricing elasticity, demand forecasting, and capturing market share without the turbulence."
Panelist:
  • Renz Gacutan, Revenue Management Consultant at The Henry Hotels and Resorts
09:50 - 10:10
09:50 - 10:10
Reserved for Solo Keynote Presentation
TRACK:
OPERATIONS OPTIMIZATION
10:10 - 10:50
10:10 - 10:50
(Panel) Revolutionizing Efficiency: AI & Robotics in the Heart of Hotel Operations
Abstract: Dive into the world where robots don't just clean rooms, but also enrich guest interactions. Explore how AI and robotics are not just futuristic concepts but current allies in enhancing operational efficiency and guest satisfaction in the hotel industry.
Panelists:
  • Garry Garcia, Regional Director - Regional Operations & Development (Philippines) at Swiss-Belhotel PH
  • Bousserind Comson, Director of Hotel Intelligence – APAC at Hotstats
  • Miguel Capistrano III, General Manager at Estancia De Lorenzo
  • Reserved for Agilysys
10:50 - 11:10
10:50 - 11:10
(Solo Presentation) Reserved for Grab For Business
11:10 - 11:50
11:10 - 11:50
Morning Tea Break and Business Matching
11:50 - 12:30
11:50 - 12:30
(Panel) Orchestrating Success: The Symphony of Data, Creativity, and Leadership
Description: Step into the role of a conductor, where each decision sets the tone for your hotel's performance. In this era, a general manager's role is multifaceted – a blend of art and science. We'll dive into how GMs can harmonize data analytics with creative strategies to compose unique guest experiences and profitable outcomes. Discover how to lead with vision and adaptability, staying in tune with evolving market trends and guest expectations. This session will explore innovative approaches to commercial team management, strategy creation, and system optimization, all while ensuring that the melody of guest satisfaction resonates throughout the hotel's operations​.
Moderator:
  • Jayvie M. Dizon, Cluster Director of Marketing and Communications at IHG ® Hotels & Resorts
Panelists:
  • Reigine Valerie Banaag, CEO & General Manager at mySTAY Hotels
  • Richelle Panulaya, General Manager at Cocotel International, Inc.
  • Jon Sia, Country Manager at RedDoorz PH
TRACK:
HR DYNAMICS
12:30 - 13:10
12:30 - 13:10
(Panel) HR Strategies for Sustainable Growth
Abstract: This session will explore the unique challenges and opportunities within the Philippines' diverse hospitality sector. From talent acquisition and retention to fostering a culture of service excellence, we'll delve into tailored HR approaches that drive organizational success in this dynamic market. Key discussions will include navigating cultural diversity, implementing effective retention programs, and leveraging technology for efficient talent management. Additionally, we'll ensure compliance with local regulations and promote employee well-being. Join industry leaders as they share insights and best practices to build a resilient and thriving workforce in the Philippine hospitality industry.
Moderator:
  • Dr. RL Fernando Garcia, Corporate Director of Training and Development at Brittany Hotels and Leisure Inc.
Panelist:
  • England Alano, Director - Talent Acquisition, Culture & Engagement, HR at Newport World Resorts
  • Paul Joseph Espino, Director of Human Resources at Seda Hotels
  • Greg De Garriz, Head of People Development at Megaworld Hotels and Resorts
13:10 - 14:30
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
F&B AND HOTEL SYNERGY
14:30 - 15:10
14:30 - 15:10
(Panel) Unlocking Synergy: Strategic Alignment of Hotels and F&B for Optimal Performance and Profitability
Description: The synergy between hotels and F&B operations in the Philippine hospitality market offers unique opportunities for cost optimization and profit enhancement. This session explores strategic alignment between these sectors, focusing on cross-functional collaboration and resource integration. Discover how local and international hoteliers manage supplies, predict guest preferences using data, implement sustainable practices, and utilize technology to drive efficiency, enhance guest experiences, and boost bottom-line performance.
Panelists:
  • Felix Guggenheim, President at GCI Hospitality
15:10 - 15:50
15:10 - 15:50
(Panel) The Evolution of Hotel Dining
Description: This session will dive into the transformation of hotel dining experiences, focusing on trends such as farm-to-table, sustainable dining, and fusion cuisine. Industry leaders will discuss how to innovate and elevate food and beverage offerings to attract both hotel guests and local diners.
Panelists:
  • Phan Huu Duc, Regional Business Development Director, Asia at TUI BLUE
  • Patria Puyat, Cluster General Manager at IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Leah Magallanes, Vice President - Quality and Sustainability at SM Hotels and Conventions Corp.
15:50 - 16:20
15:50 - 16:20
Afternoon Tea Break and Business Matching
TRACK:
DISTRIBUTION MIX
16:20 - 17:00
16:20 - 17:00
(Panel) The Digital Dance: Choreographing Online Visibility for Maximum Impact
Description: Step into the rhythm of the digital world. Learn the moves to ensure your hotel not only appears online but stands out with flair and finesse. Discover the dance of algorithms, SEO, and social media that puts your hotel in the global spotlight.
Moderator:
  • Chris Legaspi, Chief Commercial Officer at Archipelago International
Panelists:
  • Jerome dela Cruz, Commercial Director at Hospitality Innovators, Inc.
  • Brian Ong, Group Head of Public Relations at Hotel101 Group
  • Joanne Gomez, Commercial Director at Conrad Manila
  • Loleth So, Group Commercial Director at Megaworld Hotels & Resorts
TRACK
GUEST EXPERIENCE
17:00 - 17:40
17:00 - 17:40
(Panel) From Reviews to Renewal: Crafting Experiences that Resonate
Abstract: Transform guest feedback into the cornerstone of your service evolution. Engage in the art of interpreting reviews and emotions, turning every comment into a step towards excellence. Learn how to shape memorable experiences that make guests eager to return.
Moderator:
  • Pearl Peralta-Maclang, Commercial Director at The Linden Suites

Panelists:
  • Rennan Reyes, Cluster General Manager at Ascott Philippines
  • Reserved for Xin Performance
17:40 - 18:00
17:40 - 18:00
Lucky Draw Session
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