Another great event was held recently in Singapore’s Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel on June 28th. This latest installment of the TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR brought together some of the biggest stars in the industry for a day of networking and discussion. We go inside the event to see what took place.
TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR strikes in Singapore
Hospitality professionals from all corners of the globe arrived in Singapore at the end of June to attend the now legendary TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR event. The day long conference was held on the 28th June in the Sofitel Singapore City Centre, and delegates were treated to a fascinating array of talks, presentations and discussions, as well as the ever popular networking sessions which were held throughout the day. Eight Change Table Sessions took place over the course of the morning and afternoon, allowing all attendees to meet each other, exchange contact information and make new acquaintances in a fun and informal way.
As well as the Change Table Sessions, delegates at the TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR in Singapore also attended four keynote presentations given by industry professionals on a wide range of topics. Harish Shah from Stratserv Consultancy kicked off with a presentation about how to simplify the ubiquitous task of networking in a professional setting. He gave us an insight into some of the key strategies to successful networking, which were no doubt employed in the Change Table Sessions that followed. TOPHOTELPROJECTS’ own Caroline List spoke after lunch about the Asia Pacific hospitality market and outlined the region’s project pipeline, as well as taking a closer look at some key developments in the area. Shannon Kim from Idea Hospitality took the floor in the afternoon to speak about changes in the hotel industry and how to take advantage of them by playing the part of the disruptor. The final keynote presentation of the evening was given by Matt Gebbie from Horwath HTL, and he gave some performance statistics about the hospitality market in Asia.
Everyone’s favourite portion of the TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR event is the Creative Spark, which pits three outstanding hotel designs against each other to compete for the top prize. This time the hotels up for the award were the Dolphin Maldives by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the Sanya Boutique Hotel by Formwerkz Architects and the Alma Resort Vietnam by Ara Design. The three projects were presented in the morning, with a round-up presented by members of the design teams given before lunch. The announcement of the winner was made towards the end of the day before a tour of the hotel.
One of the most engaging points of the day is the panel discussion, which sees industry professionals tackle a hot topic in the industry. This time round the participants were Harish Shah from Stratserv Consultancy, Steven Hopkinson from Idem Hospitality, Philip Marshall from Wellington Management Services, Mohd K. Rafin from Park Hotel Group and Akshay Kulkarni from DigiValet. They spoke about the issue of smart technology in hotels, and whether or not it is a hindrance or a help. Issues such as guest privacy, balancing the demand for tech with traditional hotel models and industry best practice were also raised, giving attendees the opportunity to think a little more deeply about this topical issue.