Speaker Resources

Welcome to the Speakers Resource Page. Here you will find arrival and meeting arrangements, as well as any FAQs regarding your participation in the Conference Program. Please bookmark this page – we will add any new information here between now and the show.

Please see here for the conference agenda.

Helen Blantz has been confirming with speakers: 

  • Format, topics, speaking order etc.
  • Onsite meeting arrangements
  • Your session briefing notes (following your speaker briefing call you will receive briefing notes which confirm format/ key topics/ questions for the moderator to shape the conversation)

Should you require any changes to the online program, please let Lucy Bonney know.

Registration and Badges

We are requesting that speakers register themselves for the show. The registration process is a simple one. It’s the same for everyone – please follow this link and fill in the requested information. Once registered, your badge type will be upgraded to reflect your primary role at the show.  For example, if you are an Exhibitor, you will receive an Exhibitor Pass. If you are eligible for a VIP Pass, your pass will be upgraded accordingly.

You can collect your badge upon entry to the show.

Opening Party

All speakers are warmly invited to attend our Opening Party on the evening of 5 June 2023.

We are looking forward to bringing the industry together for informal drinks and networking ahead of the expo.

Venue: New World Center
Times: 7pm – 10pm.


Please arrive at least an hour before your conference session.

On your arrival at the venue, please make your way to the Registration Desk. Let them know you are a Speaker and they will print your badge for you. You will be able to collect your badge from 8:00 am.

Please come and meet us in the HRDS Conference Lounge so we can register your arrival.

Speaker pre-meetings are set to take place in the HRDS Conference Lounge as follows: 

7 June 2022

Keynote: HRDS Leaders Debate – Travel horizons and design trends for southern states and CALA – speaker meeting at 9.15am, 7 June

A tale of design – creating an emotional connection speaker meeting at 12pm, 7 June

Shaping hospitality design through regional influences – speaker meeting at 1pm, 7 June

What’s new in fast design, guest loyalty and micro experiences? – speaker meeting at 1.15pm, 7 June

Conference speakers – we request that speakers arrive at the HRDS Conference Lounge at least 15 minutes before their session so that we can test your mic and make sure everything is working.

Presentation Guidelines

  • We are aiming for an informal, motivating and collaborative/interactive feel for the conference
  • We are not requesting presentations, but in places we may decide in our speaker briefing meetings that a few visuals on a rolling slide deck in the background will help make the session feel dynamic
  • If you are planning on providing slides for the group slide deck, please let Helen know
  • If you are planning on using a few slides, the final deadline to submit these is Friday 26 May 2022 and the organisers will collate slides from each speaker into one slide deck
  • It is important that presentations are in the 16:9 format and in point size no less than 16
  • Please ensure you have a backup copy of your slides with you on a memory stick/thumb drive on the day
  • We request that all presentations use the Hotel & Resort Design South branded slide for the first slide. The organisers will provide this.
  • Speakers are welcome to use their own slide templates for slides in between
  • We will ask for presentations to be uploaded using a link, which we will provide here shortly
  • Please don’t email your presentation directly

Invitation to join HRDS Welcome Breakfast

You are invited to join us for an HRDS Welcome Breakfast in the HRDS Conference Lounge at 10.15am on 6 June. Please let Helen know if you are able to attend.

Fellow Speakers

Helen has arranged for speakers to meet in the HRDS Conference Lounge ahead of conference sessions (unless a different venue has been stated). Please see “Arrival” section above for those meeting times.

Social Media

Our marketing team will be promoting sessions on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

Make sure you are following our pages and if you are posting about speaking at the show, please tag us.

Official hashtag – #HRDS




The team will also create banners to announce you are speaking at the show. Please contact Lucy Bonney for these.

Key Contacts

Conference Director – Helen Blantz

Operations Director – Caroline Pepper

Marketing Manager – Olivia Irving