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Partner Hospitality & Leisure EMEA, PwC

Philip is a Partner in PwC’s Hospitality & Leisure practice in the UK where he focuses on the Hotels and Attractions sectors.  He has over 20 years of experience advising companies and financiers on their strategies covering the commercial, operational and technology risks and opportunities of their growth strategies and transactions. He works with hotel owners and operators, travel and destination management companies and operators and investors of leisure and entertainment attractions, restaurants and sports facilities.

Philip also has extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa where he led the PwC Regional Real Estate, Hospitality & Leisure practice until recently.  Philip has been very involved with the substantial recent leisure development in the region particularly of theme parks and attractions. He has been the strategic and commercial adviser to the leading theme park development Dubai Parks & Resorts which included the planning for, and IPO of, , a four park resort opened in 2016, which will be the largest leisure attraction in the Middle East.

Philip authors reports on the hospitality and leisure sector including the PwC Annual Hotels Forecast, and white papers on the Rise of Sharing Accommodation, ‘UAE’s transformation into a world class Leisure & Entertainment destination’, The Digital Sandstorm – the impact of digital technology on operators and its follow up The Digital Mindset.