AIPC 2018 – Strategies for a Changing World!
In the most recent AIPC member survey, centres world-wide cited a series of new and evolving global economic and geopolitical factors that will be of increasing consequence to the future of their business and the industry overall. At the same time, and as we have all seen, the industry is sharing new operational challenges like talent acquisition and retention, changing technologies and evolving consumer expectations with the economy as a whole. This year’s AIPC Conference will explore the potential implications of these issues as well as the actions now being taken or recommended to mitigate their impacts and ensure stability and growth going forward.
AIPC 2018: Four Important Keynotes Set the Tone for This Year’s Annual Conference Theme
As part of an ongoing series of themes responding to an industry facing continuous and accelerating change, AIPC 2018 will continue to pursue the big questions of strategies and tactics in the midst of evolution – and to combine the broader views of outside experts with the specific needs of venue management. Under this year’s theme of “Strategies for a Changing World!” our program will look at three of the biggest factors re-shaping our environment and seek a range of opinions and insights into what the implications may be and how we can best respond; and as always we will have some of the best available expertise to stimulate our thinking!
First, as global events continue to evolve at a dazzling speed we are pleased to welcome back Dr. Razeen Sally, back by popular demand – our highest-rated speaker from last year and someone in a unique position to sort through how the potential impacts of major policy and political shifts then have actually translated into reality after a year of unprecedented change.
Secondly, and in response to the major newly emerging issue identified as “The War for Talent”, Avinash Chandarana, an expert in future of work and leadership, will be presenting the latest on the future prospects for accessing, orienting and training a new generation of staffing at a time when not only have the stakes gone up – with talent at an all-time premium – but we are looking at a new generation of workforce with very different interests and expectations than many of us have been used to.
Third, and in response to a “top of the cycle” period that has brought into new focus the ever-changing interface with our respective hotels communities, we will be getting all the latest details on the accommodation sector from a global expert, Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development for STR.
Finally, at a most practical level, we face the question of resolving these overarching factors into the kinds of specific strategies and tactics required to chart a course for our own business activities and priorities – in other words, business planning appropriate to the complexities of a more challenging operating and market environment. For this, we will be accessing the talents and insights of Roger Martin-Fagg, a leading expert in business process with particular knowledge around the venue industry.
In a significant refocus of our format, each keynote session this year will be immediately followed by a response panel that will look at the industry-specific implications of these overarching issues – bringing it all down to the questions we want and need to address in order to make insights into “The Big Picture” as useful as possible. Combined with a wide range of other related topics – and the latest updates on key sector and program updates – this will create to only the most visionary but the most practically applicable content we have ever assembled in one place.