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07 Feb 2014

Global CEOs to Attend IHIF 2014 in Record Numbers

BERLIN (7 February, 2014): More chief executive officers are expected to attend the 17th annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) at the InterContinental Berlin 3-5 March than in any previous year. 

“With more than 1,900 delegates from more than 60 countries expected to attend, IHIF is the largest gathering of its kind, consistently attracting the most senior professionals from across the hotel investment industry,” said Kerry Gumas, president & chief executive officer of Questex Media Group LLC, the event’s manager. “The conference addresses all the main areas influencing and affecting the hotel investment industry.”

Michael Hirst OBE, Consultant to Founder Patron of IHIF, CBRE Hotels, will moderate The World According to the Global CEOs session with panellists Jim Abrahamson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts; Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Accor; Eric Danziger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group; Henri Giscard d'Estaing, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Club Méditerranée; and Michael Glennie, President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts.

On his forthcoming session, Hirst said: “Every year this panel is the must-attend scene-setter and establishes the tone for the rest of the conference. I will be asking the panellists about their vision for their businesses, the strategies they are adopting for future prosperity and growth and their leadership values. I’ll be probing their investment sources and development opportunities, so we can get a better understanding whether they believe we really are entering a sustained period of growth in the economy and what challenges the hotel sector continues to face in terms of new markets and changing guest demands.”

The World According to the Global CEOs session is scheduled Tuesday 4 March from 9.55 to 10.45 in the InterContinental Berlin’s Potsdam Ballroom.

The IHIF 2014 programme includes more than 30 chief executive officers from throughout the global hotel community including:

Arnaud Bertrand, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, HouseTrip
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer, IHG
Anders Nissen
, Chief Executive Officer, Pandox AB
Clive Hillier
, Chief Executive Officer, Vision Hospitality Asset Management
Jim Abrahamson
, President & Chief Executive Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Sébastien Bazin
, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Accor
Eric Danziger
, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group
Henri Giscard d'Estaing
, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Club Méditerranée
Michael Glennie
, President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Ian Schrager
, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ian Schrager Company
Alan Leibman
, Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International Josep Ejarque, Chief Executive Officer, Explora
Giorgio Palmucci
, Chief Executive Officer, Hotelturist S.p.A
Navneet Bali
, Chief Executive Officer, Meininger Hotels
Duncan Berry
, Chief Executive Officer, Choice Hotels Europe, UK
Robert Hornman
, Chief Executive Officer, Worldhotels
Budl Tirtawisata
, Chief Executive Officer, Panorama Group
Ramiro Alem
, Chief Executive Officer, CAT-Cámara Argentina de Turismo
Jonathan Hubbard
, Chief Executive Officer Northern Europe – Hotels and Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
Sean C. Worker
, Chief Executive Officer, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality
Paul Johnson
, Chief Executive Officer, Kew Green Hotels
Dr. Edward Wojakovski
, Chief Executive Officer, Tonstate
Denis Sorin
, Chief Executive Officer, Mangalis Management Group
Francisco J. Meliá Fullana
, Chief Executive Officer, Centro Canalejas Madrid S.L
Christoph Härle
, Chief Executive Officer Continental Europe - Hotels & Hospitality, Jones Lang LaSalle
Wolfgang M. Neumann
, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Jean-Philipps Chomette
, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin
Federico Gonzalez Tejera
, Chief Executive Officer, NH Hotel Group
Chris Bolton
, Chief Executive Officer, Yoo Group
Frank Wolfe
, Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
Susan Harmsworth
, MBE Chief Executive Officer, ESPA International (UK) Ltd

A new focus for 2014 is a session dedicated to understanding how tourism ministers from around the globe are attracting new investment to their regions. More information on this session will follow next week.

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 full programme details and to register for the 2014 event. Advance rate registration ends Friday 7 February.

Follow IHIF 2014 on Twitter @IHIF_News and use #IHIF2014 to stay up to date with the latest news from the leading annual meeting place for the industry.

Editors notes:

About Questex Media Group

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to hospitality and travel, drives revenue, productivity and value creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

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 Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference, Brasil Hospitality Investment Conference, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference, HOTEC Design North America and HOTEC Operations & Technology North America; lead generation portal; industry news delivery services in print, online and mobile worldwide via IHIF: Hotel Investment News along with Hotel Management and HA+D magazines. For more information please visit

About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is a professional organization of 200 members with work experience in over 60 countries. Membership in ISHC is by invitation only and members are viewed as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. And with over 40 different areas of specialty expertise represented within the organization, ISHC represents a one of a kind collection of experience and expertise worldwide in the hospitality industry.  In 2013, ISHC commemorated a special milestone, as it marked the 25th anniversary since its founding in 1988.  Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at 

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