Our Seminar Programme is complete. Four sessions over two days will give our delegates plenty of food for thought as well as a welcome breather between meeting sessions.
Phillip Wooller, STR’s Area Director will open with the MEA regional scene-setter, highlighting hotspots and detailed insider info. on where your regional efforts should be focused, and why. Philip will reveal who’s building what, where with a particular focus on Saudi this year. STR are the world leader in hotel performance data so consider this your MEA Project Pipeline masterclass.
The afternoon session on day 1 is our Keynote. This time we’re giving you two experts for the price of one. Paul Bishop, Owner and Founder of Bishop Design LLC and Kevin McLachlan, Founder of NOMADK Design will be looking at what’s big and what’s small but perfectly formed in hotel design as they see it. No moderation, just a no-holds-barred chat about what matters most to them in hotel design with a chance to ask them anything you like.
Friday kicks off with something a little different: “It’s no exaggeration to say that architect Geoffrey Bawa transformed the look of South-East Asia. And yet what he did is so subtle that we almost take it for granted today”* Channa Daswatte, Partner at MICD Associates and Trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust will guide us through the philosophy and works of the godfather of architecture in Sri Lanka. Channa, an accomplished architect in his own right who worked with Bawa completing several of his projects after Bawa’s death in 2003 has kindly agreed to present the life and works of this Sri Lankan legend with particular emphasis on his hotels.
*Green, Jonathan (April 1, 2017). “Design Icons: Geoffrey Bawa”. ABC Australia National Radio
And finally, our panel. The spotlight is on hospitality design in Africa – the continent with the world’s youngest average population, expected to double by 2050.
A ‘Wild West’ environment, our expert panelists share their experience of working in Africa: how to manage local owners and big brands and better understand regional climatic, cultural and business approaches. On a continent where big boxes dominate, what room is there for niche design statements? S
hould sustainability be left to the lodges?
Discover the peculiarities of doing hospitality design in Africa – the good, the bad and the ugly.
You’ll find the full HI Design MEA 2019 Seminar Programme here, with speaker profiles.