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Press Release

03 Oct 2012

Majid Mangalji to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 16th International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany: Majid Mangalji, President of Westmont Hospitality Group, has been named as the 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF).

This year’s conference will take place on the 4-6th March 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin, Germany.

The IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award is renowned throughout the hospitality community and recognises an individual who has made a significant difference in the industry over the course of their lifetime.

The Westmont Group was founded in 1975. What started with a single hotel in North America, has today become one of the largest privately-held hospitality organizations in the world. Having built the company with his family, Mr. Mangalji has been involved in all aspects of the development of the Westmont Group. During this period it has grown to become one of the largest hotel owner operators in the world with a significant presence in North America, Europe, and Asia. As the head of this global  group, Mr. Mangalji has developed an extensive knowledge of international hospitality markets, investing and operating in these markets and has created strong relationships with major international hotel brands, leading financial institutions, and investment funds.

Mr Mangalji is the Chairman of the Board of InnVest REIT, the largest publicly listed hotel company in Canada. He sits on the Board of IREFAC (Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council to the American Hotel Association) and IHIC (International Hospitality Investment Council based in Europe).

Mr. Mangalji holds a business degree with a double major in Accounting and Marketing. 

Throughout the years, the Westmont Group has had an ownership interest in and operated over 1000 hotels; currently this stands at over 500 hotels across three continents. Westmont has formed several strategic alliances and branding relationships with all the major hotel brands in the world. The company is one of the largest owner/operator and franchisees of IHG Hotels and Hilton Hotels worldwide. Westmont has a very diversified portfolio ranging from budget and extended-stay apart-hotels to mid-market business and conference hotels to boutique hotels and a few luxury resorts.

Tess Pearson, Event Director Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF commented; “The Lifetime Achievement Award engenders such respect throughout the industry and never was there a more worthy recipient than Majid. He has guided the team at Westmont through the most challenging period in its history and remained level-headed and inspiring throughout.”

Jonathan Worsley, Chairman and CEO Bench Events, who works in association with IHIF congratulated Mr Mangalji on the award and said; “The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the real highlights of the conference and highly anticipated every year. We are delighted to honour Majid’s accomplishments over the course of his career and admire and value his contribution to our industry.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is selected by a committee comprised of the IHIF’s Patrons, Sponsors, Hosts, and Organizers.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners, in no particular order, include: Isadore Sharpe, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Lord Forte, Forte Hotels; Gabriel Escarrer, Sol Melia; Paul Dubrule & Gerard Pellison, Accor; Georg Rafael, Rafael Hotels; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson; PRS Oberoi, Oberoi Hotels; Kurt Ritter, Rezidor; Jim Sherwood, Orient-Express; Sir David Michels, Hilton International, Michael Hirst OBE, CB Richard Ellis Hotels and Alan Parker CBE, Chief Executive of Whitbread plc and Edwin D. Fuller, Marriott International.

IHIF is known as THE place where deals get done and is Europe’s largest gathering of senior-level global hotel industry leaders. Visit www.berlinconference.com  for programme details (coming soon) and to register for the 2013 event.

 

Editors notes:

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 (www.berlinconference.com). In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (www.arabianconference.com); and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (www.russia-cisconference.com).  In 2011 Bench Events added two events to its portfolio, co-hosting the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference  (www.cathic.com) and launching the Hotel Investment Conference Africa which in 2012 was held in Nairobi, Kenya (www.africa-conference.com ). www.benchevents.com.


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