IHIF 2023: Fortune favours the bold

International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), returns to Berlin on May 15-17 2023 under the headline theme, fortune favours the bold, providing a stage for world-class experts in hospitality investment to deliver insight and forge valuable connections…

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Positioning itself as the event for hospitality innovators and game-changers to help steer industry towards success, IHIF returns following the success of 2022. Last year’s event was attended by 2,400 forward-thinking hospitality professionals, including investors, owners and developers. The forum plans to build on this, moving from strength to strength with another inspirational billing of more than 200 guest speakers, who will focus on bold movements within the market being the key to a successful trading year.

Confirmed headline speakers include Keith Barr, CEO of IHG Hotels & Resorts; Sébastian Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive of AccorHotels; Christophe Beauvilain, Managing Partner, Pygmalion Capital; Anna Cohen, Fund Manager, Extendam; Dr Peter Ebertz, Managing Director | Head of Hotels, Art-Invest Real Estate Management; Ruslan Husry, CEO & Owner, HR Group; Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, Energy & Environment Alliance; Jeffrey O, CEO, St. Justine Hotels and Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO, JLL | Hotels & Hospitality.

“One sector with real potential in 2023 is limited service hotels,” said Joe Stather, VP Market Lead, Operational Real Estate at Questex, commenting on the opportunities for the hotel industry this year. “More investors are looking at this sector relative to full service hotels. The index score in the Investor Sentiment Index was 61.9 for limited service compared to 45.2 for full service hotels. The reason could be that the cost base is typically leaner and these businesses are not exposed to some of the operational cost headwinds that full service hotels are, so mitigating what they’re expecting from a demand, revenue and profitability point of view within their investment strategy.”

As well as offering a plethora of insightful talks and discussions, IHIF 2023 also provides multiple opportunities to network, including a welcome reception for delegates new to the forum.

Created for the market by the market, based on delegate feedback and Advisory Board recommendations, the IHIF programme promises challenging and thought-provoking sessions with specific areas of focus for each day.

Tuesday May 16 – Assessing the Macro-Environment and Travel & Hospitality Trends:

Focusing on the challenges faced by the industry in the current economy, the day will shine a spotlight on managing the impact of structural forces and current trends. In addition to this the afternoon’s Big Interview will see a leaders’ perspective, sharing their insights into setting clears ESG goals to meet shareholders’ needs.

Wednesday May 17 – Partnerships & Performance and Looking Forward to Future Growth:

The insightful programme looks to analyse the value of partnerships and how aligning growth strategies can build long-term success including talks on efficiency, productivity and profitability. Later in day discussions between a panel of innovators, trailblazers and entrepreneurs will explore the increase of asset output as well as a keynote from Andrew Cosgrove, global business insights leader, EY, which will see the forums final talk discuss getting ahead of the future consumer.

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