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GIOHIS 2018 is still some way off, but we already have a plethora of top speakers lined up, many of them new to HOFTEL Summits.  They include:

  • Mustafa Al Hashimi, Chief Hospitality Officer, WASL
  • Khalid Anib, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
  • Aboudi Asali, CEO, HMH
  • Samir Baidas, Chief Development Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International
  • Luca Bandecci, Vice Chairman SBK Holding Hospitality Committee
  • Ignace Bauwens, Regional VP MEA, Wyndham
  • Olivier Chavy, CEO, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts
  • Hanley Chew, CEO, Berjaya Hotels and Resorts
  • Nehme Darwiche, CEO, DWL
  • Stuart Etherington, Director, Hospitality Assets, Dubai Properties
  • Mariano Faz, Head of Asset Mgmt, The First Group
  • HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Abu Dhabi TCA
  • Paul Jones, CEO, Lux* Hotels and Resorts
  • Garfield Jones, CEO, Gulf Hotel Group
  • Lourie Kruger, EVP / Co CFO, Kingdom
  • Amruda Nair, CEO, Aiana Hotels and Resorts
  • Roy Paul, Development Advisor, Rocco Forte Hotels
  • Jahed Rahman, Head of Hotels, Aldar Properties
  • Sara Rosso, CEO, Planhotel
  • Tony Ryan, Global Head of M&A, JLL Hotels
  • Russel Sharpe COO, Citymax Hotels
  • Joe Sita, CEO, IFA

The GIOHIS 2018 programme is currently being put together. We will cover topics of specific interest to owners and investors from across the region including:

·         Can the OTAs actually add some value for owners (in ways the brands aren’t telling you about?)

·         Dubai – crazily overbuilt or creating an unbeatable hub?

·         The challenge of investing in the new frontier markets

·        Are hotel management agreements enforceable in the GCC courts?

·        Coping with a regional downturn  – strategies for cost savings and revenue creation

·        Franchise agreements – should they have a performance test?

·        The changing nature of Indian Ocean Tourism  – owners, tour operators and airlines discuss the new drivers

·        The Holiday Homes market  – where will it go and how much of a threat is it to hotel owners?

·        The market for debt in Africa – is it maturing at last?

·        What are the economic of investing into resort lodges?

“I heard lots of good feedback from other delegates in particular with regards to the high number of hotel owners and investors”