Networking opportunities at IHIF are plentiful. The most engaging is the annual Networking XPress session of timed one-on-one meetings.
It’s a good time to be in the hotel investment community. If I can summarize this year’s IHIF in six words, I would say “confidence is returning to the sector.” Optimism about hotel development, financing and property values prevailed among the 2,000 delegates from a record 73 countries who attended the 17th annual International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin last month.
The positive tone was reflected in presentations by 200 speakers including chief executives, economists, ministers of tourism and government delegations. There was consensus that property values are increasing, banks are more willing to lend at sensible loan-to-value ratios and substantial growth in the Asia Pacific region will continue to dominate the development agenda. If you were not at IHIF 2014, don’t miss it next year: IHIF 2015 is scheduled for March 2-4, 2015, in Berlin. Visit www.berlinconference.com.
Interstate Hotels & Resorts' president and CEO Jim Abrahamson anchored an IHIF panel of CEOs.
Ian Schrager, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. He's shown here with Omer Isvan, president of Servotel.
Patricia Gallardo, global director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, received the 2014 IHIF Young Leader Award.