A tourism specialist with a leading global hotel group has been added to the line-up of expert panellists for the Institute of Directors Annual Debate taking place in Jersey later this month.
Richard Arman, Director of Business Development UK and Ireland for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), will add a global perspective on hotel products, services and event-led tourism to the debate, entitled ‘Who Dares Wins: positioning Jersey for the challenges ahead’.
The event, once again sponsored by law firm Carey Olsen and taking place on 19th September at the Hotel de France, will examine how Jersey is perceived globally as a centre for international financial services, what Jersey needs to do to become a recognised centre for digital technology services, and how Jersey must act in order to return to being a thriving tourist destination.
With a career in the leisure and hospitality industry spanning over 38 years, Richard has worked in a development role for a number of international hotel companies, including Thistle Hotels and Choice Hotels International, prior to joining IHG in 2005. Richard heads up the team responsible for the development of all IHG brands in the UK and Ireland, from Holiday Inn Express through to the InterContinental brand, with a focus on management contract and franchising. IHG serves over 150 million guests each year and provides more than 674,000 guest rooms globally.
Richard joins a high calibre line-up of panellists from Jersey, the UK and Asia, announced last month, including Simon Nixon, Founder of moneysupermarket.com, Elisabeth Astall, Non-Executive Director of Digital Jersey, Senator Philip Ozouf, Treasury and Resources Minister, States of Jersey, Mike Byrne, Director at PwC, currently on secondment in Singapore, Kevin Keen, CEO of Jersey Post, and John Boothman, former banker and now Non-Executive Director.
The event will once again be moderated by news broadcaster Alastair Stewart OBE, presenter of a range of news and current affairs programmes including the ITV Evening News, Lunchtime News and News at Ten.
In addition, those attending the debate or interested in engaging with the topic are being encouraged to submit questions and comments ahead of the event itself. JT have created a special text number, 07937 401401, and e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, allowing anyone to text and e-mail questions for the panellists and state their views, in advance and during the first half of the debate. Tim Ringsdore, Chief Relationship Officer for JT commented that JT were proud to help with the communications for the debate by providing the technology.
People are also able to engage with the Debate through Twitter at @iodjersey and using #iodjsydebate, and by joining the Debate LinkedIn page which contains a number of comments and suggested ‘SMART objectives’ designed to prompt discussion.
Steven Hunt, Chairman of the IoD Events Committee, said:
“This year the debate will cover two very important, established economic sectors in finance and tourism and a potential new sector, digital, and we would like to generate and get acceptance of measurable and time based objectives to assist government and the private sector in each area to thrive going forward. With that in mind, I would strongly encourage anyone attending or interested in participating in this year’s debate to submit questions and comments through any one of the channels we have created as soon as they can so they can be considered as part of our discussion on the night.
“Meanwhile, I am delighted to announce that Richard Arman will join our fantastic line-up of speakers at this year’s Debate. His global experience in the hotel and tourism industry will be invaluable in informing our discussions, which will cover a broad range of topics pertinent to the future of the finance, tourism and digital sectors and Jersey’s future.”
The Institute of Directors Annual Debate, which normally attracts an audience of 500 people, will take place on Thursday 19 September 2013 at the Hotel de France from 4.15pm – 9.30pm and includes a drinks reception and two course dinner. The IoD encourages politicians and representatives from all business sectors to attend. Tickets are £70 for IoD members and non-members and tables of 10 and 12 are also available. Places can be reserved by contacting the IoD Jersey Branch Officer on 610799 or e-mail email@example.com.