Conference Program

Tuesday, May 7

1:00pm - 5:00pm
REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
1:00pm - 4:00pm
SPONSOR EXHIBIT SETUP
1:00pm - 5:00pm
DEALS MARKETPLACE
Appointments between projects and developers

6:30pm - 7:30pm
OPENING CEREMONY
7:30pm - 9:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION

Wednesday, May 8

7:30am - 5:00pm
REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
8:00am - 8:30am
SPONSORS EXHIBIT
8:45am - 9:30am
OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION
9:30am - 11:00am
GENERAL SESSION 1
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS – CARIBBEAN TOURISM OVERVIEW

11:15am - 11:40am
NETWORKING BREAK & SPONSORS EXHIBIT
11:40am - 1:10pm
GENERAL SESSION 2
AIRLIFT, TAXATION, COMPETITIVENESS AND PERFORMANCE – ITS IMPACT ON CARIBBEAN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
1:10pm - 3:00pm
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD & NETWORKING LUNCH
3:15pm - 4:15pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT SESSION 1
DIVERSIFYING YOUR PRODUCT OFFERING – BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT (fractionals, mixed-use, whole ownership, real estate)

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL-INCLUSIVES - SUCCESS STORIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSIFYING EXISTING PRODUCT

4:15pm - 5:15pm
NETWORKING SESSION BETWEEN DELEGATES
5:30pm - 6:30pm
NETWORKING RECEPTION - Sponsored by Interval International

Thursday, May 9

8:00am - 4:00pm
REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
8:00am - 8:45am
SPONSORS EXHIBIT
9:00am - 10:00am
GENERAL SESSION 3
LENDING PANEL – WHO IS PROVIDING THE MONEY?

10:15am - 11:15am
GENERAL SESSION 4
KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES - THE NEW CONSUMER, TRAVEL AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

11:30am - 12:30pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT SESSION 4
TO BE OR NOT TO BE - THE POWER OF THE BRAND

BREAKOUT SESSION 5
ATTRACTING DEVELOPMENT – OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE REGION

12:45pm - 2:00pm
NETWORKING LUNCH

Invited Speakers:

  • Adam Denmark Cohen
    Managing Director, Brilla Group

  • Adam Sacks
    President, Tourism Economics

  • Alberto J. Abreu
    Executive Director of Hospitality, Puntacana Resort & Club

  • Alec Sanguinetti
    Former Director General and CEO, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

  • Alicia Bárcena
    Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

  • Amanda Hite
    President, STR

  • Andre Gerondeau
    Executive Vice President Hotels, Melia Hotels International

  • Arthur Torno
    Vice President, Mexico/Caribbean/Latin America, American Airlines, Inc.

  • Carlos Vogeler
    Regional Director for the Americas, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

  • Daniel Hughes
    Senior Vice President, Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide

  • David Barger
    CEO, JetBlue Airways

  • Frank Wolfe
    CAE, CEO, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP)

  • Jose M. Suarez
    President, International Hospitality Enterprises, Inc. (IHE)

  • Julio Llibre
    President, Coral Hospitality Group

  • Mark Williams
    Vice President, North America Development, Best Western International

  • Martyn Bould
    MBE, Chairman, Rider Levett Bucknall (Caribbean) Limited

  • Peter Odle
    Chairman, Mango Bay

  • Peter Yesawich
    Chairman & CEO, MMGY Global

  • Rafael Blanco
    Executive VP, Viva Wyndham Resorts

  • Robert A. Gilbert
    CHME, CHBA, President & CEO, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

  • Simon Turner
    President, Global Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

  • Steve Heydt
    President & COO, Elite Islands Resorts

  • Tom Pritzker
    Executive Chairman, Hyatt Hotels

  • Wayne Cummings
    Director, Business Processing & Administration, Sandals Resorts International

  • William Warren Smith
    Ph.D., President, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
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