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23 Jan 2013

Dr Jacques Attali, top three French influential intellectuals, to present key note presentation at IHIF 2013

Berlin, Germany: The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), are delighted to announce that Dr Jacques Attali, former Special Adviser to President Mitterrand, professor, writer, president of A&A and president  of Planet Finance, will deliver the key note presentation at the beginning of the closing lunch on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at 13.00 – 14.45.

Dr Attali has exceptional knowledge and experience. His global insight is vital to understanding European economies and in turn how the challenges Europe currently faces will impact the hotel industry. Dr Attali has recently submitted a report to the French President and the Prime Minister advising how to strengthen growth in France and allow the country to maintain its position amongst the global competition while preserving its social model and solidarity.

Dr Attali is a renowned politician and economist having founded the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He held the post of President of the EBRD from 1991 to 1993 and assisted many Eastern European countries during their reconstruction.

On the prospect of delivering the key note presentation to the global hotel investment community at the forthcoming IHIF, Dr Attali said “We live in a global marketplace where economic decisions made on the other side of the world can have an almost immediate impact on the European community. Increasingly, market sectors are interlinked and it is therefore critical to be aware of how to steer industries through these challenging times to ensure their sustainability and growth for the future.”

Dr Attali has long argued in favour of the creation of a global government, this being essential in order to maintain democracy. Dr Attali also believes that regulation of the economy by a global financial institution is a viable solution to the recent global financial crisis.

Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group, said of Dr Attali’s involvement; “we are delighted to welcome Dr Jacques Attali to IHIF and sincerely believe his economic, political and literary experiences will come together to provide a thought-provoking and engaging key note speech for our delegates. We believe that this macro perspective will frame the conference for all delegates. Dr Attali is an extremely well respected expert with vast knowledge and will provide a dynamic presentation during lunch on the final day of the conference.

This year’s conference will take place on the 4-6th March 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin, Germany.
IHIF is known as THE place where deals get done and is Europe’s largest gathering of senior-level global hotel industry leaders. Visit for programme details and to register for the 2013 event. Follow us on Twitter @IHIF_News and use #IHIFBerlin.

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About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel drives demand for travel and hospitality organizations as the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to these related industries. It includes a dynamic collection of strategic investment and deal-making forums as well as tactical services such as powerful lead generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications to help hospitality and travel organizations drive revenue, productivity and value creation. Questex Hospitality + Travel operates throughout the United States and Americas regions, EMEA and Asia/Pacific through a variety of market-leading properties and services including International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum Asia Pacific.


About Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events in Europe and the Middle East. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, works in association with the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum which is now in its sixteenth year ( In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (; and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (  In 2011 Bench Events added two events to its portfolio, co-hosting the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference  ( and launching the Hotel Investment Conference Africa which in 2012 was held in Nairobi, Kenya ( ).

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