The Decade of Action:
How Sustainability leads the agenda, how Digitalisation enables it.


13-14 September 2021
at the Smart Village Munich & Virtual


DAY 1: MONDAY, 13 September 2021
(all times CET)


Registration open

Welcome to HITT!

The Think Tank Agenda 2021 – Goals
Tim Davis, Founder, Pace Dimensions (Moderator) & Maria Pütz-Willems, Editor-in-Chief,

IMPULSE 1: New values.

The Decade of Action. Why are Sustainability & Digitalisation the catalysts for change? The big picture, from planning to investing and operating, and its potential for the future growth of the hospitality industry.
Wes Paul, Executive Chairman and Founder, Gemin-i Analytics

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 2: Consumers & Sustainability

How is Customer Behaviour driving and shaping the Sustainability Agenda? The digital natives have turned into sustainable natives. For them digitalisation broadens and empowers their choice.
Fflur Roberts, Global Head of Luxury Goods, Euromonitor

30-minute Break

IMPULSE 3: Architecture & Building

How is design and construction evolving to create more sustainable hotels, and transform aged buildings? How do sustainable buildings influence costs and concepts, where are the barriers in sustainable material?
Alex Duckworth, Principal Consultant, AECOM Sustainable Development Group

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 4: Legal

How is the Regulatory Framework shaping sustainable Hotel Investment and Development. Become aware of the dependencies between the different sectors and learn how changes in regulation will encourage greater sustainability for the hospitality business.
Xavier Junquera, Head of Public Law Department, Baker McKenzie Barcelona, Dr Ulrich Hennings LL.M, Partner, Baker McKenzie Berlin

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 5: Digitalisation

How does Technology enable Sustainability in the Future?
What are biggest technology innovations, ways to connect facilities and services with customers. What is Digital enabled Sustainability? What’s the role of IoT, the Internet of Things?
Floor Bleeker, Chief Technology Officer, Accor; Andreas Ewald, Managing Partner, Engel & Völkers Hotel Consulting; Klaus Kohlmayr, Chief Evangelist and Development Officer, IDeaS


Today’s Findings.
Tim Davis

Followed by a Get-Together

at the Kongress Bar (8 walking minutes)


DAY 2: TUESDAY, 14 September 2021
(all times CET)


Registration open

Welcome back

Feedback on Day 1.
Tim Davis

IMPULSE 6: Lifestyle

Authentic Sustainability, the new Wellbeing. How real estate creates communities and meets with people’s new way of living, working and playing. Insights of an industry pioneer.
Neil B. Jacobs, CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 7: City Centre Development

Urban Hospitality under Fire. Mixed Use will reflect the future demand and a new blend of target groups, re-shape the city centres and change hotel concepts.  – Including live presentation of a new “Demonstrator”.
Gesa Rohwedder, Head of Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

60-minute LUNCH

IMPULSE 8: Practical test

We’ve done it! Movers & Shakers talk about their Experiences and Challenges to bring Sustainability and Social Responsibility to Life. Learn from construction companies, investors, private owners and operators.
Adrian Flück, Director of Hotel Asset Management, Invesco Real Estate; Olaf Demuth, Executive Board Member, Zech Group; Thomas Schlereth, Architect, Developer & Owner, Soulmade

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 9: Benchmarks & Tools

Master the Measurement! Which sustainable & digital tools in the market benefit operators and owners? Brainstorming and searching for innovations, systems, benchmarks and certifications.
Group Discussion stimulated by Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Founding Partner, Considerate Group

15-minute Break

IMPULSE 10: Management

Make it happen! Leadership & Collaboration. Why sustainability begins in the boardroom and inspires staff and locals
Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chairman, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance


Today’s Findings and What’s next?
HITT post-Events, future topics.
Tim Davis & Maria Pütz-Willems