Property Forum

Now in its 8th year, our very popular Property Forum (previously known as the Technical Seminar) will run on Day One of the conference.

Where: Cordis, Auckland

When:  Wednesday 04 July 2018

Time:    3pm - 5:30pm

Registration from 2:45pm.

Drinks from 5.30pm.


*  New Zealand Hotel Key Performance & Investment Update
   presented by Stephen Hamilton and Dean Humphries

*  Challenges facing the Development of New Hotels in NZ

*  How to successfully build new hotels in New Zealand
   Walk the Talk, a success story by Rob Neil of Safari Group

Stephen Hamilton

Managing Director, Horwath HTL

Stephen jointly established the specialist tourism and leisure consulting practice, Horwath HTL (formerly Horwath Asia Pacific Limited) in 2002. With more than thirty five years consulting experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Stephen has also undertaken engagements in Australia, Fiji and the Cook Islands.

Stephen’s enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand tourism industry adds value for clients, by providing a well-balanced and sound approach to their specific needs and assisting clients to progress their business with quality information for decisions and strategies.

Stephen assists lenders, investors, funding sponsors, and purchasers/developers in both the public and private sectors, with the ability to quickly ascertain what financial and market analysis or research will be of most benefit.

Stephen’s service lines include market demand analysis, financial feasibility analysis, market research, economic impact analysis and strategy development.

Dean Humphries

National Director, Hotels, New Zealand / South Pacific, Colliers International

Dean is recognised as New Zealand's leading hotel investment advisor specialising in the disposal, acquisition and valuation of hotel and tourism assets.

Dean is responsible for running the Colliers New Zealand National Hotel Division, the largest team of hotel consultants in the country. Since 2015, Dean has been responsible for the sale of over $430m in hotel assets and was awarded the New Zealand Commercial & Industrial Salesperson of the Year by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand in 2016.

Dean also provides advice to many institutional and private entities including; CDL, Heritage Hotels, CP Group, Colwall Investments, Distinction Hotels Group, Reddy Group, Scenic Hotel Group, AccorHotels, Auckland International Airport, Infratil, Russell Group of Companies and M&L Investments.

With one of the most notable recent assignments being the co-author of the New Zealand Regional Hotel Market Analysis and Forecasting Study (Project Palace) for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Tourism New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Robert Neil

Director, Safari Group of Companies

Safari Group (NZ) Limited is a well-established and forward thinking Property Development & Construction Company. The Company is a privately owned family business and was founded by Robert Neil and Stephen Taylor in 1996. Since 2003 Robert & Stephen have integrated their construction focus and expertise into the  development of their own projects. In 2012 Robert and Stephen were proud to include Damien Taylor, youngest son of Stephen, into the business. Damien along with Robert’s two younger sons will be the strength of the business in future years. With a vast knowledge base in project, site and people management across a diverse range of commercial, industrial and residential projects, Robert, Stephen and Damien ensure reliability and top performance enabling Safari Group to achieve high standards of quality workmanship to satisfy the client's need.

Safari Group is dedicated to their clients and maintains a 'hands on' role, by working closely with all the professional consultants and sub-contractors alike, thereby staying true their motto of producing Value through Quality & Efficiency. Safari Group is a small team of people, yet has a professional team of project and development managers together with a financial controller who are able to adapt in these changing times to achieve the best results at all times. This small proficient team provides expertise in not only finding exciting projects, but making sure that they convert effectively from the initial conception stage through to development and completion, whereby providing acceptable returns. Both Robert and Stephen are registered and are Licensed Building Practitioners.

Recent projects include “Wyndham Garden” located in Queenstown, “Ramada Federal Street” located in Auckland, “Ramada Remarkables Hotel” located in Queenstown, “Quest on Thorndon” located in Thorndon Quay, Wellington, “Quest Taupo” located in Taupo, “Ramada Suites Tuam Street” located in Christchurch, “Quest Beaumont” located in Beaumont Street, Auckland, “Quest Hamilton” located in Victoria Street, Hamilton and “Quest Tauranga” located in Durham Street, Tauranga.

PLEASE NOTE:  If someone from your company has registered for Day Two of the Conference, registration to Day One is free of charge. If your company isn't registered to attend the Conference, Property Forum Registration is $100 (incl GST).

Registrations will open on 16 April – please register for the Property Forum for catering purposes.

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