MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER

12:30 – 18:30 | POTATO HEAD BEACH CLUB

Welcome to Open House by The House of Beyond. Replacing AWAKEN, Open House is our new half day un-conference, dedicated to celebrating the creativity and innovation in high-end APAC travel. 

 

Hosted at Potato Head Beach Club – Bali’s home of stylish sustainability – Open House will kick-off Further East by focusing on New Horizons and what the future holds for travel in our unique and resilient region. 

 

Expect the thought-leadership you’ll remember from AWAKEN, as well as some surprise magic to mark our long-awaited reunion. Move and groove to live beachside tunes and get involved in one of our immersive workshops, interactive installations, and surprise activities.

WHAT’S THE FORMAT?

BE INSPIRED

LEARN

Let the latest wave of travel trends wash over you. Led by the most insightful industry experts in high-end APAC hospitality. This is your opportunity to learn how to apply the most relevant new ideas to benefit your business.

CONNECT IN PARADISE

CONNECT

The Further East community are a bunch of like-minded travel enthusiasts; people who want to celebrate our region’s heritage, while encouraging evolution and promising to make a positive impact. Spark conversations, make new connections and form lasting friendships.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

DISCOVER

This isn’t traditional thought-leadership. We’re evolving the whole concept, providing you an eclectic range of experiences to spark new perspectives on everything from health and wellness, to design, sustainability and more.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Join our expert-led speakers on the main stage and discover new trends, ways of thinking and unique ways of doing business, all on the beach in Bali.

ANITA KAPOOR

TV Presenter, Writer and MC

ANITA KAPOOR

TV Presenter, Writer and MC

After bringing her unique energy and spirit to the first two editions of Further East, we are delighted to welcome back Anita Kapoor as Open House's official MC. Television host, speaker, writer, advocate and ever-curious learner, Anita travels the world for her work; is forever fascinated by personal stories; and counts her greatest achievement as being able to “get real” with herself over (and over) again, as a tool to continued success.



PATRICK VANHOEBRUCK

Resident Anthropologist, Aman

PATRICK VANHOEBRUCK

Resident Anthropologist, Aman

Moving Mindfully: Using Local Heritage to Foster Deep Connections

As a highly qualified Anthropologist, Patrick has an incurable passion for Javanese and Balinese culture and spirituality. Explore the eastern wisdom of Bali and Java with him in a 30 minute session. You’ll be invited to step back and look at your connection to different cultures, nature and people – the key elements of thriving in travel and hospitality. Finish with a ten minute meditation guided by Frendy Agung; Balian (Balinese shaman), to re-energise and clear the mind before a full-on Further East.

DOMINIQUE BACKHOUSE

Managing Director, Companion Communications

DOMINIQUE BACKHOUSE

Managing Director, Companion Communications

The Art of Storytelling: The PR Journey from Sales Pitch to Brand Building

If all the world's a stage – how do you tell a story that translates across borders and cultures? Brand Communications and PR specialists, Dominique Backhouse of Companion Communications and Samantha Strawford of Pepper & Seed share insights on how to turn your sales pitch into authentic storytelling and explain how to better tell it during a time of huge global shifts and changes.

A practice that helps create a powerful connection with your audiences by tapping into their emotional desires for travel. Dominique and Samantha will discuss how to get your ‘brand house in order’ to help you build the foundations for creative storytelling and how to disseminate the stories in key markets including APAC, UK and Europe.

Originally from Hong Kong, Dominique has spent the last 15 years working in communications in Asia-Pacific and Greater China. She spent many years agency-side where she led the Asian communication strategies for Belmond, Oetker Collection, Qantas, One&Only Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, CE LA VI, Champagne Barons de Rothschild, Longines Horse Masters and many more.


SAMANTHA STRAWFORD

Managing Director, Pepper & Seed

SAMANTHA STRAWFORD

Managing Director, Pepper & Seed

The Art of Storytelling: The PR Journey from Sales Pitch to Brand Building

If all the world's a stage – how do you tell a story that translates across borders and cultures? Brand Communications and PR specialists, Dominique Backhouse of Companion Communications and Samantha Strawford of Pepper & Seed share insights on how to turn your sales pitch into authentic storytelling and explain how to better tell it during a time of huge global shifts and changes.

A practice that helps create a powerful connection with your audiences by tapping into their emotional desires for travel. Dominique and Samantha will discuss how to get your ‘brand house in order’ to help you build the foundations for creative storytelling and how to disseminate the stories in key markets including APAC, UK and Europe.

Managing Director of Boutique Communications Agency, Pepper & Seed, Samantha has a wealth of experience creating award-winning and brand defining campaigns for international brands as well as small independent businesses.

ZAG ASGHAR

Managing Partner and Joint-CEO, Predixa

ZAG ASGHAR

Managing Partner and Joint-CEO, Predixa

The Journey You Need to Take: The Road to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Luxury travel has always been about providing exceptional experiences and about making human connections. Learn how to face the new, post-pandemic reality of the luxury travel industry and understand why DE&I within the APAC region should be an integral part of your business strategy. Sit tight and buckle up for this engaging learning journey to a destination every business leader should know more about!

You’ll discover:
-Why you should care about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
-The impact of DE&I in the Luxury Travel Market
-Regional considerations in the APAC region
-How regional organisations who have implemented DE&I have benefitted
-The seven steps you need to take to get on the DE&I journey
-How financial, social and competitive value is typically achieved and measured as a result from the seven steps
-Key takeaways to set you on track

With 30 years of experience in strategic business change and digital transformation, Zag’s background in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advisory services has been key in formulating Predixa’s development of unique AI-based diagnostics. He's passionate to help organisations achieve a level of social excellence whereby employees at all levels are heard, engaged and valued, whilst at the same time, benefiting financially and positioning themselves stronger competitively.

PAULA NEWBY

Joint-CEO, Predixa

PAULA NEWBY

Joint-CEO, Predixa

The Journey You Need to Take: The Road to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Luxury travel has always been about providing exceptional experiences and about making human connections. Learn how to face the new, post-pandemic reality of the luxury travel industry and understand why DE&I within the APAC region should be an integral part of your business strategy. Sit tight and buckle up for this engaging learning journey to a destination every business leader should know more about!

You’ll discover:
-Why you should care about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
-The impact of DE&I in the Luxury Travel Market
-Regional considerations in the APAC region
-How regional organisations who have implemented DE&I have benefitted
-The seven steps you need to take to get on the DE&I journey
-How financial, social and competitive value is typically achieved and measured as a result from the seven steps
-Key takeaways to set you on track

Paula also draws on a wealth of experience from over 30 years in industry, globally. Throughout her career Paula has been passionate about Sustainable Business Growth and believes creativity and originality are the cornerstones to bringing tangible business benefits to the bottom line, to create sustainable, profitable organisations.

CHECK OUT OUR KITCHEN TABLE SESSIONS

Join our Kitchen Table and hear what topics the leaders within the Further East and APAC community are championing. In this group discussion format, we encourage open dialogue and engagement – sharing ideas, inspiring one another and pushing these topics to the forefront of the industry.

Got a burning topic or question you’d like to discuss with fellow Further Easters? Sign-up for a Kitchen Table session at Open House and introduce your topic, then facilitate a discussion with the audience. Send your suggestions to  and we’ll be in touch.

WHO’S AT OPEN HOUSE

The whole Further East crew. Open House is the first official day of Further East 2022 – the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone you’ll be spending the next few days with.

WHERE IS IT?

Further East Open House will take place from 12:30 – 18:30pm on
Monday 7 November at Potato Head Beach Club.

WHY HEAD TO OPEN HOUSE?

 

01 / PLAN YOUR NEXT MOVE

The past few years have proved there’s no place for abstract ideas. Open House is your opportunity to come together to feel inspired and define tangible goals – for your business and our industry.

 

02 / REDISCOVER YOUR COMMUNITY

Missing your Further East friends? We are too! Open House will give you the chance to reconnect with long-lost connections and meet new members of the Further East community in a casual, yet inspiring poolside setting.

 

03 / DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Here, things are breezy. This is the place for informal networking and reminding yourselves that although you’re in Bali for business, fun comes first at Open House.