Summit Schedule

The region's only b2b conference for the serviced apartment, branded residence, aparthotel, corporate accommodation and short-term rental sectors.

Join us as we take a 'peek behind the curtain' of 2 OF New York's cutting edge, real estate / hospitality and co-working venues

AKA Hotel Residences, Central Park, 42 W 58th St, NY 10019

Convene, 810, 7th Avenue,  NY 10019: Convene is changing the way the world works. The brand partners with the most innovative landlords to develop office solutions that provide every workplace member with the full-service amenities and experiences of a lifestyle hotel. Convene’s guiding principles are rooted in human centered design. With each physical space we create, every service we provide, and every experience we architect, we are building the new way to work for both enterprise and high-growth organizations.

Confirmed Summit attendees only.

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Kindly hosted by AKA Hotel Residences

AKA Hotel Residences, Central Park, NYC

Confirmed Summit attendees only - email to secure your place.

Grab a coffee and a pastry while meeting our exhibitors in the hall of solutions.


Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

Day 2

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

Patrick Mayock, STR presents the latest extended stay Americas performance figures. To include a 'snapshot look' across the pond as to how Europe is performing as 'Brexit' gets ever closer

Leading hotel, extended stay, serviced apartment and mixed use developers speak out on their approach to real estate. What are the pros and cons for each?

Moderator: Jeff Higley, editorial director, Hotel News Now

• Jon Wohlfert, co-CEO, RESIDE Worldwide
• Larry Korman, co-CEO, Korman Communities, president AKA Hotel Residences
• Gordon M Doell, CEO and founder, OBASA Group

Day 2

Jeff Higley

Hotel News Now

Day 2

Jon Wohlfert

RESIDE Worldwide

Day 2

Larry Korman

Korman Communities

Day 2

Gordon M. Doell

OBASA Group of Companies

A panel of developers and investors focus on the risks and rewards of high investment returns in an under served market.

Hosted by Mark Skinner, The Highland Group

• Laura Benner, SVP, Hotel Asset Management - Colony NorthStar
• Jon Benowitz, Capital strategy and investments, Chartwell Hospitality
• Steven Davidson, Principal, DC Partners
• Nick Newman, President, Managing Partner, Soundview Real Estate Partners


Day 2

Mark Skinner

The Highland Group

Day 2

Nick Newman

Soundview Real Estate Partners

Day 2

Laura Benner

Hotel Asset Management Colony NorthStar, Inc.

Day 2

Stephen Davidson

DC Hospitality Group LLC

Day 2

Jonathan Benowitz

Chartwell Hospitality

Hospitality 'game-changing' companies pitch their product to a panel of industry experts - the audience! each member has a ficticious $50 million to invest across the companies looking for investment, who will be the winner?

Hosted by Doug Greenwood, Director of Sales and Marketing, Cheval Residences

• Janine Yorio, CEO, Compound
• Andria Santos, CEO and founder, FÜLHAUS INC
• Janera Soerel, Founder, Second House
• Elsner Erasmus, founder, Cryptocribs

Day 2

Janine Yorio


Day 2

Janera Soerel

Second House Club

Day 2

Andria Santos


Day 2

Doug Greenwood

Cheval Residences

Engage and do business with industry leaders and find your solution in our exhibitor hall


Investment hub: serviced apartment and extended stay investors - what's 'hot' and what's 'not' from the eyes of investors.

Hosted by Mark VanStekelenburg, ISHC | Managing Director, New York and New England Practice Leader, CBRE Hotels Advisory | Capital Markets

• Michael Meekins, president, Westbridge Capital
• Jon Moore, managing director, Brookfield Property Group

Day 2

Jonathan Moore

Brookfield Property Group

Day 2

Mark VanStekelenburg

CBRE Hotels

Day 2

Mike Meekins

Westbridge Capital Ltd

With lots of industry conjecture over consumer awareness of the category, we grabbed a video camera and went onto the streets of New York to discover what the general public really thinks.

An update on the progress made with the industry Serviced Apartment charter document now endorsed by over 60 brands representing over 350k of worldwide unit inventory.

Findings presented by Glenn Haussman and Piers Brown

Day 2

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

Day 2

Glenn Haussmann

Rouse Media

Discover something useful for your business and engage with our exhibitors 

Meet the leaders as they discuss the opportunities and challenges for their company and the industry in the future

Hosted by Piers Brown, CEO, IHM

• Lee Curtis, Founding partner and co-CEO, RESIDE Worldwide
• Sean Worker, President and CEO, BridgeStreet
• Dean Schreiber, Managing director, Oakwood Asia Pacific
• Mohammed Almarzooqi, Managing director, Cheval Residences

Day 2

Sean Worker


Day 2

Lee Curtis

RESIDE Worldwide

Day 2

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

Day 2

Dean Schreiber

Oakwood Worldwide (Asia) Pte Ltd.

Day 2

Mohammed S Almarzooqi

Cheval Residences


Day 2

Anja Graf


Scott Shatford, CEO of AirDNA, highlights the latest Airbnb data and market moves. What are the potential effects and implications on key gateway city accommodations moving forward?

Serviced apartments are becoming increasingly sophisticated when it comes to revenue management, and what more can they learn from others about demand management and dynamic pricing? What's next for OTAs and other distribution channels?

Hosted by Kimberly Smith, Owner, AvenueWest

• George Westwell, Managing director, Cheval Residences
• Aaron Turner, Chief Technology Officer, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality
• Eric Bache, VP - Global distribution, AAXSYS

Day 2

George Westwell

Cheval Residences

Day 2

Eric Bache

Streamline Corporate Housing Software

Day 2

Kimberley Smith

AvenueWest Global Franchise

Day 2

Aaron Turner

BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Afternoon happy hour drinks - well almost, a full 35 minutes to re-energise

Workshop groups compered by Piers Brown, IHM and Glenn Haussman, No Vacancy

Why offices are adopting a hotel mentality.

Hosted by Chris Kelly, co-founder, Convene 

How to incorporate revolutionary technology into the emotive booking pathway

During this informative workshop session, direct bookings expert Rich Tuckwell will demonstrate how you can to incorporate revolutionary technology and emotive guest marketing to enhance the booking pathway for your guests.

Hosted by Rich Tuckwell, Chief Commercial Officer, Avvio


A perfect  PMS for serviced apartments, extended stay, corporate housing, short term rentals… does it exist?

Discussion points: PMS technology, connectivity to door locks and other hardware, automated check-ins, channel management, price management, housekeeping, maintenance, lengths of stay...

In this roundtable, you will have an open discussion and benefits around PMS technology and the sector, is it suitable? what is out there? does technology limit or enhance your business at the moment?

Hosted by Sietske Hamelink, Sales executive, Maxxton

Beginners guide to blockchain and its potential impact on hospitality

The potential for blockchain to disrupt apartment distribution and more is very real. But how will this nascent technology compete with or complement the existing ecosystem? From advanced loyalty programs to disintermediation strategies, regaining control over room inventory and guest data is one of the main priorities of both branded and independent hotels. Blockchain technology could theoretically guarantee an open door to travel distribution, solving the problem of inventory access at its root: no more minimum volumes required by big players in order to open their APIs and no more exorbitant integration costs. This means close-to-zero cost per guest acquisition for apartments and a less OTA-dependent landscape. What will a blockchain-enabled future look like? What opportunities does blockchain offer hospitality to get closer to the customer?

Hosted by Raustin Memon, Head of marketing and growth, The Bee Token

Design: the apartment of the future

Discussion points: future technology - what will be considered standard household tech 10 years from now?;
Modular and moveable -  shells with moveable walls and a range of prefabricated pods which can be reconfigured according to the resident;
Carbon free living - phase change walls, Tesla batteries, smart windows: how a new wave of building materials will slash residential carbon footprints;
Sleep technology - solutions for insomnia are predicted to be an $80 billion dollar industry by 2020 - how will your future apartment help you sleep?
That’s entertainment - how will Virtual Reality affect in-home entertainment; 
Self-cleaning - the bathroom of the future could include self-cleaning ultrasonic sanitary ware, and the home will self-treat its domestic effluents by using the processing power of plants and bacteria.

Hosted by Raj Chandnani, WATG and Wimberly Interiors

GDPR and PCI and Data Breach, Oh My!

Thinking about guest data, data protection and information security in the age of ransomware, global data flows, and heightened regulation.

discussion Points: With all the guest data that we have, how can we use it? How do we make sure that when we give guest data to vendors (or get it from guests) it is properly protected? What does the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) actually mean for me, and how concerned should I be? Do I really have to worry if I don’t actually hold credit card data, since it goes straight to a payment processor? (Short answer: Unfortunately, you still have to worry…)

Hosted by Doron Goldstein, Privacy Officer and Co-Head of Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity Practice, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP


Short term rentals - moving into the mainstream

discussion points: the duty of care - winning over corporate business; which are the best channels for listing; the short term rental ecosystem - the businesses that support the business; the legal minefield - keeping up with regional rulings on short term rentals; sourcing the best properties for STR

Hosted by Mickey Knopf, CEO Vector Travel


What's wrong with serviced apartments and extended stay?

discussion points: public awareness and perception; getting our definitions right; are we offering good enough service, is service still required?; do we offer value for money?; are we too faceless/corporate when people increasingly want experience and personality, can technology be an enabler?

Hosted by Deanna Ting, Hospitality Editor, Skift


New brands on the block - hosted by Kulveer Taggar, CEO, Zeus Living

Day 2

Doron Goldstein

Katten Law

Day 2

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

Day 2

Kulveer Taggar

Zeus Living

Day 2

Glenn Haussmann

Rouse Media

Day 2

Deanna Ting


Day 2

Mickey Kropf

Vector Travel

Leaders gather to review the day's discussions and highlight their priorities as they return back to the office.

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The event has grown and matured since last year and is contributing greatly to the awareness and expansion of the sector. Plenty of business opportunities to grab, great educational agenda and excellent networking.

Séverine Obertelli, ‎Head of Sales and Marketing, Maxxton

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