Slide Next Level:
Lifting Sustainability
from intention to traction.

Be inspired

HITT – the HospitalityInside Think Tank – is an unconventional, English-speaking
networking event on a solar-powered ship launched in 2018.

Casual, but with high-calibre experts from inside and outside the industry.
Limited in number, not in quality.
Inspiring deep thoughts instead of shallow PR talk.
Personal, direct, interactive and off-the-record.

The floating forum is a place to share knowledge, exchange ideas and develop solutions
for the industry’s most pressing issues: digitalisation, sustainability and human resources.

Senior executives and experts from hotel operation, hotel real estate, finance, sustainability,
digital transformation, legal and HR are most welcome.

Let’s take this journey to find answers together!

HITT 2023

Next level: Measure. Benchmark. Drive.
Lifting sustainability from intention to traction.

The 6th HospitalityInside Think Tank (HITT) aims to build understanding and thought leadership on the biggest imperatives for change and enablers to help accelerate the industries path to net positive hospitality; “giving back to the world more than we take out”.

Day 1, Monday 26 June

HITT ON THE SHIP anchoring at the Quay Wall

Start in the early afternoon on board of the restaurant ship PATIO, in Berlin Junction Kirchstraße and Helgoländer Ufer 13 A

14.00 Register

14.45 Welcome on board

  • Tim Davis, Managing Director, Pace Dimensions / HITT Moderator & Facilitator
  • Maria Pütz-Willems, Editor-in-Chief,

15.00 Keynote / Impulse 1: The imperative for change
Better travel, hospitality and tourism: How do governments and legislation drive change, how do industry bodies and NGOs shape and investors enable change? Are consumers’ voices heard? Where should the industry and companies focus?

  • Keynote: Sophie Herrmann, Partner, Systemiq, A certified B-Corp company and a highly collaborative system designer, developer, and disruptor.

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 Impulse 2: The case for sustainability
The growing voice of consumers and corporate buyers is impacting hospitality choices: Both insist on staying in sustainable hotels (only). How strong is the pressure of these clients on the hotels’ business, how does it affect the hotel brand appeal and performance?

  • Impulse: Dr Crispian Tarrant, Chairman, BVA-BDRC Consumer Research, A specialist market research consultancy presenting the latest research data for hospitality.
  • Exclusively for HITT: The results of the current research “Global Sustainable Hospitality Trends 2023”, including the changed consumer behaviour.

  • Eric Hofmeister, Head of Global Lodging Procurement, Siemens AG, A company that introduced its own “Green Stay Initiative” (GSI) as a first global standard for more sustainable accommodation for business travel and meetings.
  • Fabio Fornari, Product Manager for Sustainability, HRS Group, An OTA that is leading in business travel, offering an end-to-end Lodging as a Service platform with sustainability as a core principle.

18.00 Relax! Get-Together at the same venue, the restaurant ship PATIO

Day 2, Tuesday 27 June

HITT ON THE SHIP floating Berlin’s waterways

8.30 Boarding the event ship Orca Ten Broke in Berlin, Alt Moabit 91

9.00 (sharp!) Departure of the floating think tank. Welcome on board!

9.00 Wrap-up
Tim Davis, Managing Director, Pace Dimensions / HITT Moderator & Facilitator

9.30 Impulse 3: Giving back more than you take out – The importance of Biodiversity
Help reduce carbon and improve quality of life: The richness of animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms, their genetic diversity, and the diversity of ecosystems matters are an underestimated driver for investors and operators. What are the main risks of inaction for companies?

  • Impulse: Zaneta Sedilekova, Director of Climate and Biodiversity Risk, Climate Law Lab, A pioneering consultancy firm helping you understand how to turn your climate and biodiversity risks into opportunities for your business, society and nature.

10.00 Coffee Break

10.30 Impulse 4: Practicalities of measurement, management, and control across ESG
Ensure purpose and traction: How is legislation and the UN agenda evolving to determine what needs to be measured to evaluate ESG factors, in particular the EU Taxonomy. How do you measure operational and embedded carbon emissions and – new – social factors, the “S” in ESG?

  • Impulse: Florian Huber, Co-Founder and Lead EYCarbon, EY, A companion from strategy to technological and operational transformation.
  • Dr Felix Krieglstein, Partner, Jung & Schleicher, A German real estate law firm with particular expertise in hotel law, advising national and international hotel chains, investors and operators.
  • Malin Lindfors Speace, Founder and CEO, Ethos, A Scandinavian hospitality focused consultancy working on upcoming standards and frameworks such as GRI and SASB, the GHG Protocol, and the EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance.

12.00 Lunch on board

13.00 Impulse 5: Key enablers to building a pathway
Increase the likelihood of success: Measurement, management and control is best enabled by technology systems that can help hotel companies achieve better governance, improvements to economic and sustainability goals. How does the tech landscape look like today? Who are the leaders and fast-growing disruptors? Best practises, uses cases and examples.

  • Anthony Tuffour, Director, Global Lead GIS and Digital Twins, Buro Happold, A global engineering company working across different scales, from buildings and districts to city scale.
  • Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Founding Partner, Considerate Group, A certified B-Corp company creating tailor-made strategies and hands-on solutions to hotels’ sustainability challenges.
  • Anthony (Tony) Williams, Program Director Tourism & Sustainability Development, Buro Happold, A global engineering company working across different scales, from buildings and districts to city scale.

15.00 Coffee Break

15.30 Impulse 6: Teamwork – the only route to success
How the industry can better collaborate: Act together and speak with one voice to suppliers, industry partners, governments and legislators. This session aims to surface where collaboration is working well, where it needs to improve.

  • Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, An organisation uniquely representing the sustainable-committed hospitality industry, including 22 world-leading hotel companies and 35 supply chain and strategic partners, with a combined reach of over 50,000 properties.
  • Willem van der Zee, Director of Operations Belgium, Pandox, A Swedish listed and internationally leading owner-operator with 157 hotels (35,500 rooms) in 15 countries.
  • Sven Wiltink, Global Senior Director Sustainability, Radisson Hotel Group, A leading hotel group with nine hotel brands, more than 1,100 hotels in operation and under development in 95+ countries.

Subsequently: Prof Dr Wolfgang Arlt, CEO, Meaningful Tourism Center.
Exclusively for HITT: The first-ever “The Meaningful Tourism Index 2023” and its results for the hospitality sector.


16.30 Coffee Break

17.00 What’s next…
Turning insights into action

17.30 HITT Closing

  • Tim Davis, Managing Director, Pace Dimensions / HITT Moderator & Facilitator
  • Maria Pütz-Willems, Editor-in-Chief,

Followed by a Farewell dinner nearby. Relax!

Speakers 2023

Sophie Herrmann
Partner, Systemiq

Cris Tarrant

Dr Crispian Tarrant
Chairman, BVA-BDRC
Consumer Research

Eric Hofmeister
Head of Global Lodging
Procurement, Siemens AG

Fabio Fornari
Product Manager for
Sustainability, HRS Group

Zaneta Sedilekova
Director of Climate and
Biodiversity Risk, Climate Law Lab

Florian Huber
Co-Founder and Lead
EYCarbon / EY

Dr Felix Krieglstein
Partner, Jung & Schleicher

Malin Lindfors Speace
Founder and CEO,

Anthony Tuffour
Director, Global Lead GIS &
Digital Twins, Buro Happold

Xenia zu Hohenlohe
Founding Partner,
Considerate Group

Anthony Williams
Program Director Tourism & Sustainability Development,
Buro Happold

Glenn Mandziuk
CEO, Sustainable
Hospitality Alliance

Willem van der Zee
Director of Operations
Belgium, Pandox

Sven Wiltink
Global Senior Director
Radisson Hotel Group

Sponsors 2023

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A serial event

HITT edition 5, 2022: “Embrace ESG for people, planet and prosperity.”

See Programme / Summary / Impressions

HITT edition 4, 2021: “Sustainability & Digitalisation: The Change Drivers.”

See Programme / Video / Summary

HITT edition 3, 2020: “Boost your Service Delivery.”

See Programme / Summary

HITT edition 2, 2019: “Digitalisation. The New Value Creator.”

See Programme / Video / Summary

HITT Premiere 2018: “Emerging Technologies. Friend or foe?”

See Programme / Video / Summary


The HITT Advisory Committee

We thank our advisors for their inspiration and support.

Tim Davis &
Louise Burns


M. Neumann

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zu Hohenlohe

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The story of HospitalityInside starts in 2004 when founder and editor-in-chief Maria Puetz-Willems, a specialized international hotel trade journalist, and her husband Michael Willems, a business economist, consultant and today’s Managing Director of the publishing house decided to focus on delivering quality content for the top management in the hospitality industry.