IHIF success is never left to chance

Marilyn McHugh
Marilyn McHugh

Marilyn McHugh

Famed NFL football coach and TV analyst Jimmy Johnson once said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” When it comes to planning the annual International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin (IHIF)—one of the industry’s most influential global hospitality industry events—success is not left to chance.

This summer, 50-some members of the IHIF Advisory Board met in Lausanne, Switzerland, to shape the content for the 18th annual IHIF event March 2-4, 2015, at the Hotel InterContinental in Berlin. You can imagine the energy and spirited conversations that flowed around the table.

This elite group of senior influencers includes owners, investors, chain executives, designers, architects, real estate agents, lawyers and consultants who are quite passionate about the industry and its future. Ideas included the addition of more roundtable discussions and structured networking opportunities, as well as celebrity moderators and greater use of social media.

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IHIF is known throughout the hotel investment world as the place where deals get done. It is also where companies choose to break their latest news. This year, Choice Hotels Europe, Hilton Worldwide, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, HVS London and Jones Lang LaSalle, or “JLL” as the newly renamed company debuted at the event, shared key announcements or inked development deals, among others.

Jack DeBoer, chairman of Value Place and Consolidated Holdings Inc., will be this year’s keynote speaker at NATHIC in Chicago.

Jack DeBoer, chairman of Value Place and Consolidated Holdings Inc., will be this year’s keynote speaker at NATHIC in Chicago. 

The 2014 IHIF event attracted more than 2,000 delegates from 73 countries and a record number of investors, owners and global hotel chain CEOs. With more than 40 specialized sessions and 180 speakers, the IHIF program is widely known as the most comprehensive in the industry. We want to keep that way by always providing that “little extra” designed to maximize return for attendees. We sincerely thank the advisory board members for their continued support and contributions to IHIF and will share more exciting details in the coming months. 

The IHIF Summit Series continues to span the globe to deliver hospitality investment forums that unite industry executives from around the world. Two more events are scheduled for 2014: The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), planned for October 20-22 at the Radisson Royal Congress Park in Moscow, and the North America Hotel Investment Conference (NATHIC), to be held November 19-21 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.

In the face of political uncertainty, RHIC will engage in hard talks with political and economic speakers on the current Russia-Ukraine situation and the possible impact of sanctions on hotel development in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The event will address economic impact in the short and medium term, the direction of the ruble and share perspectives from international operators.

Stateside, this year’s NATHIC event will feature a keynote address from Jack DeBoer, chairman of Value Place Hotels and Consolidated Holdings Inc. Jack understands the hospitality business, entrepreneurship and building something new. He’s recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the all-suite hotel concept and a guy who shakes up the status quo.

He designed and built the first Residence Inn all-suite hotel in 1975 and sold it to Marriott in 1987. A year later he co-founded Summerfield Suites, which he sold to Hyatt. In 1995, he founded Candlewood Suites, which was purchased by InterContinental Hotels in 2003. Jack trail blazed a short-term apartment concept by founding Value Place in 2002.

As if those achievements are not enough for a guy who started selling real estate while still in high school in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jack flies aircraft in his spare time and holds the three-kilometer world speed record for jet aircraft under 18,000 pounds. His insights are sure to inspire.

NATHIC is expected to attract more than 300 hotel owners, investors, developers, operators, lenders, consultants and brand executives. We hope you mark your calendar.

➔ Meet the IHIF team

MARILYN MCHUGH
VP, global events
Questex Hospitality + Travel Group
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TESS PEARSON
Event director
Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

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CHARIS JIANG
Event director-Asia
Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

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CHELSEA PATRIQUIN
Conference manager-Brasil
Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

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NICK DILIGENTE
Business development manager
Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

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