Monday 5 March


12:30 - 13:30

Pre-Event Workshop

Start your participation to IHIF with an overview of the global hospitality market, its most strategic trends, and a who’s who of the market’s key players. Over an hour, this informative and interactive session will provide you with the key facts and questions to make the most of your attendance at the event, as well as a great starting point for your networking

Led by IHIF experts, the session will help you:

  • Assess the market: Review the fundamentals of hotel investment and the major trends for now and in the coming years
  • Plan your IHIF visit: See how you can use the event’s networking and conference opportunities to gather the knowledge you need for your business.
  • Know the companies to watch: Examine the major stakeholders’ positions in the market and who’s being most active


Student Challenge

14:00 - 17:45


14:00 - 14:10

Welcome Remarks

Kerry Gumas – President & Chief Executive Officer, Questex LLC

Session hosted by

Michael Hirst OBE – Consultant, CBRE Hotels

14:10 - 14:40

The Big Economic Debate

The state of the world's economy and prospects for 2018 and beyond:
  • To what extent are geopolitical events affecting the world’s economy?
  • What key factors will most likely influence investment in the years to come?
  • Hot spots and slow movers: examining the growth prospects of the world’s economies (Europe, Americas, Asia, MEA)

Megan Greene – Managing Director and Chief Economist, Manulife Asset Management

14:40 - 14:55

Hotel Performance Overview

An overview of key performance data in the hotel industry worldwide.

Robin Rossman – Managing Director, STR

14:55 - 15:25

Hotel Investment Today

Analysts share their views on the hospitality investment landscape, latest transaction, deal structure.

Moderated by

Ömer Isvan – President, Servotel

In conversation with

Chris Day – Global Managing Director, Christie & Co

George Nicholas – Global Head of Hotels, Savills

15:25 - 15:40

Lifetime Achievement Award & Interview

Presented to

Adrian Zecha – Co-Founder, Regent International Hotels, & Founder, Amanresorts, Azerai

Followed by an interview with

Liv Gussing Burgess – Managing Director, ‎Luxury Hotel Consulting

15:40 - 16:25

Investors’ Intentions in 2018 and beyond

Investors discuss the drivers for their strategies: where are they planning to invest, which asset classes are most attractive, what is the money for?

Keith Lindsay – Managing Director EMEA, CBRE Hotels

In conversation with

Abhishek Agarwal – Managing Director Real Estate, Blackstone

Martin J. Brühl – CIO and Member of the Management Board, Union Investment

Desmond Taljaard – Managing Director – Hotels, London+Regional

16:25 - 16:40

The Rise of the Asset Manager: HAMA Award

The Hospitality Asset Managers’ Association presents the 2018 HAMA Award, followed by an interview with the winner.

Presented by

Theodor Kubak – Board Member and Co-Founder, HAMA Europe, Senior Investment Manager, Union Investment

Christian Youens – Principal, Cedar Capital Partners and VP HAMA Europe

16:40 - 17:20

The Owners’ View: Increasing Profitability

  • Understanding the owner’s drive for value growth and business models to increase returns
  • Increasing operational efficiency, productivity and cost efficiencies: what are the key areas where efficiency can be increased and how?
  • Aligning owners and operators: what do owners need from operators to increase profitability, and are brands really adding value through revenue premiums and operating efficiencies

Jonathan Langston – Managing Director, HotStats

In conversation with

Cody Bradshaw – Managing Director and Head of European Hotels, Starwood Capital Group

Anders Nissen – CEO, Pandox

John Ozinga – Chief Executive Officer, AccorInvest

Neil Kirk – Principal, Henderson Park

17:20 - 17:45

Keynote: Adapting to change

Understanding the nature of human experience to create great places that engage people’s emotions and keep them coming back - whether in retail environments, workplaces or hotels.

Tom Ito – FAIA, LEED AP, Principal and Global Lifestyle Sector Leader, Gensler Los Angeles

Lauren Adams – Principal and Strategy Director, Gensler New York

17:45 - 18:00

Closing Remarks - Day One

18:00 - 18:45

Networking Xpress

18:30 - 21:00

Networking Reception - Day One


Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is looking forward to hosting you for the 2018 IHIF Welcome Reception on Monday, March 5th 2018 at the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin.

The entire team is looking forward to celebrating a new milestone in its own history as it enters a new era under a new ownership and new leadership. All delegates of the 2018 International Hotel Investment Conference are invited for an evening which promises to be an extravagant do…

 Join the party! 

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

Our Other Events

The Annual Hotel Conference

10-11 October 2018
Manchester, UK

Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum

17-19 October 2018
Athens, Greece