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NZHIC 2014 technical seminars revealed

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The Technical Seminar line-up preceding next week’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference (NZHIC), has been announced.

The Seminars will be held on the afternoon of June 4, prior to the start of NZHIC on June 5.

Baker and McKenzie Partner, Graeme Dickson, who heads the firm’s global hotel legal practice in Sydney, will present the latest hotel management agreement trends both internationally and in Australasia.

Dickson’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including himself, Lindsay Leeser, Vice President Development Pacific Accor and Troy Craig, MD Strategic Advisory Asia Pacific, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. The panel will be chaired by Terry Ngan, Director, Horwath HTL in Auckland.

Hotel Investment in Australasia will be the subject of the second session comprising a panel discussion chaired by Dean Humphries, Colliers’ National Director, Hotels. Asia Pacific. Panellists will include Ken Smith, Regional Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, Australasia and Pacific at CBRE, and Mark Durran, MD Investment Sales, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels based in Sydney.

The third session will discuss the planning of new hotel developments including a snapshot of hotel rebuilding in Christchurch following the 2011 earthquakes. The panel chair will be Greg Allen, a hotel partner at lawyers Simpson Grierson will panellists Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Sudima Hotels, which is currently expanding its Christchurch airport hotel and Steve van der Pol, Strategic Development Director, Arrow International which recently completed the development of the first Tune budget hotel in Australia, in Melbourne.

Ngan noted that the line-up of speakers and panellists was one of the strongest for many years and the co-hosts and attendees were fortunate to have the 10 expert panellists participating including the five from overseas.

The event, which is co-hosted by Horwath HTL, Simpson Grierson and Colliers International, is complimentary to registrants of the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference being held on 5 June.

The hotel conference, sponsored by HM and now in its 8th year, is the only such event dedicated to the New Zealand hotel industry, and has Accor as its Platinum Sponsor. Co-hosts of the conference are Tourism Industry Association New Zealand and Horwath HTL Ltd who are running the conference this year as a carbon neutral event for the first time. The conference features over 11 international speakers, chairs and panellists including the heads of hotel chains IHG, Wyndham and Accor for New Zealand and Australia.

The programs for both the Hotel Conference and Technical Seminar, and registration details, are available at www.nzhotelconference.com

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