Conference Agenda

Day 1
16 Feb 2017, Thursday



Opening Plenary


Ministerial Keynote & Organisers’ Welcome Remarks

Alma Rita D. Jimenez, Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination & Resource Generation, Department of Tourism



Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Cyndy Tan Jarabata, President, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group



The Philippine Market Performance – Let’s Hit the Numbers

Jesper Palmqvist, Area Director, Asia Pacific, STR



Why Invest in the Philippines?

Atty. Joy M. Bulauitan, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)


Speed Networking & AM Refreshments

Operations & Development







Hear from the Big Guns – Developers’ Panel

Al Legaspi, President & CEO, AyalaLand Hotels & Resorts Corp.

Francis Gotianun, Assistant Vice President, Filinvest Hotels

Ricardo A. Gutierrez, Owners Representative, International Branded Hotels, Robinsons Land Corp.

Peggy Angeles, Executive Vice President, SM Hotels & Conventions Corp.

Moderator: Eric Levy, Managing Director, Tourism Solutions International







Operations Panel: Remaining Competitive to Stay Profitable  – How to? 

Venessa Koo, Vice President Development Southeast & Northeast Asia, AccorHotels

John Alarcon, Vice President Development Asia Pacific, Melia Hotels International 

Martinelly, Assistant Vice President, Plateno Group

Ante Baric, Director of Development, Dusit International

Moderator: Chris Wells, Consultant, Colliers International Philippines


Networking Luncheon

Markets, Segments & Trends







Hotel Residences - Global Brands Hitting the Philippines

Jeff Tisdall, Vice President, Residential Development, International, AccorHotels 

Rebecca Lee, Director of Development, AP, Langham Hospitality Group

Jens Reichert, Vice President Development – Asia Pacific, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Arthur Gindap, Regional General Manager, The Ascott Ltd.

Moderator: Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks






Crushing Hotel Cliches: the Rise of Boutique Hotels in the Region

James Montenegro, Country Manager, Chroma Hospitality

Kevin Wallace, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Dream Hotel Group

Jose C. Parreño, Jr, Chief Operating Officer, The Discovery Leisure Company

Moderator: Orion Ray-Jones, Region Director - Indochina, Global Content Director, QUO


PM Refreshments






Beach Clubs Trending – and Their Place in the Philippines

Louka Taffin, Brand Manager, Le Pirate

Fredo Taffin, Founder, Le Pirate

Andrew Steele, MD – Hotels, Potato Head

Moderator:  Cyndy Tan Jarabata, President, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group



Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Cyndy Tan Jarabata, President, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group

5.00PM – 7.00PM

Networking Cocktail

Hosted by Fairmont Makati


Day 2
17 Feb 2017, Friday



On the Domestic Front



Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks








Boracay, Cebu, Davao and Palawan* – Where Else?

Margie Munsayac, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Bluewater Resorts

Javier Hernandez, President, Ten Knots Development Corp., El Nido Resorts

Nikki Cauton, CEO, One-of Collection

Andrew Sparrow, COO, SANANDA Bay

Moderator: Lindsay J. Orr, Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines

*Sneak peek at SANANDA Bay: the Design & Advantages






Hospitality to Accommodate the Millennial Traveler – Where is the Sector Headed in the Next 5 Years?

Jonathan Joson, Industry Manager – Performance, Google Philippines

Simon Morley, Chief Operating Officer, Lubd Hostel Group

Alwyn Fitzgerald, Director of Sales, Oakwood Asia Pacific

Moderator: David Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Delivering Asia Communications


AM Refreshments



Luxury Resort Design for the Philippines

Jim Freeman, Founding Principal, FSC Architects





Hotel Design Trends and How They are Shaping the Philippine Fabric

Carlo Cordaro, President/Owner, Atelier-A by Cebu Fil Veneer

James Lehouiller, President, DiLeonardo International

Roger Gaspar, Associate Vice President, WATG

Moderator: Cathy Saldana, Director, ArcoGroup Inc.



Coastal/Island Resorts and Hotels in the Philippines – Design and Development Guidelines

Cathy Saldana, Director, ArcoGroup Inc.




Finale Session – Dialogue with the DOTr Undersecretary

Gateway to the Islands – Addressing Access Challenges amidst Vibrant Hotel & Tourism Development

Roberto C.O. Lim, Undersecretary for Aviation & Airports, Department of Transportation



Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks


HICP 2017 Raffle

3D2N Resort Gift Certificates up for grabs


Networking Luncheon