HICSA 2011

Features, Hospitality Trends

HVS hosted HICSA’s past editions have invited the best of hospitality and related industries. Hotelier India talks to the host, HVS chairman Manav Thadani and some confirmed participants on what to expect at HICSA 2011.

According to Thadani, participants at HICSA 2011 can expect to rub shoulders with the global CEOs of at least 12 companies. “We have an amazing line up of global speakers attending the 7th edition of HICSA.
This includes some of the largest global brands of Hilton, Starwood, Accor and Carlson,” he comments. Thadani is also keen to draw attention to the keynote speakers for this year.

“There will be keynote addresses made by speakers like HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh and United Breweries Chairman Dr Vijay Mallya – we look forward to finding out whether he finds the hospitality industry as glamorous and alluring as his cars and planes,” he adds.

Parekh is expected to share his views on the banking sector and how it perceives investments in the hospitality industry.

Acknowledging that the success of a conference depends upon its moderators, Thadani promises that this year too HICSA will arrange for some of the best executives in the business to share knowledge and best practices.

Nakul Anand and Vir Sanghvi have both committed to moderating sessions. “Since we have a power packed CEO panel we thought it best to have someone equally powerful and also well versed with the hotel sector moderate the discussion and therefore moderating the global CEO panel discussion will be our very own Indian CEO – Nakul Anand,” Thadani continues adding that he expects much discussion value from “seasoned journalist and industry specialist Vir Sanghvi.”

Registrations are reportedly already pouring in and HVS is confident it will surpass its previous best attendance of 2008 (just short of 600). “In terms of sponsorship registrations we are already at an all time high.

In fact sponsorships have already been closed and we fear that closer to the dates we will need to close registrations this year as we have space constraints beyond 600,” says Thadani.

According to HVS India’s records, over 30 hotels have nominated themselves for the new hotel of the year awards. The three categories remain the same – Luxury/First class, Mid -market and Budget.

There are several areas in which HICSA 2011 will be different from the sixth edition. Instead of the India development heads, HVS has plans to grill international development heads. The Hot Seat too will have Asian as well as global development heads.

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