Thailand Hotel Investment Conference sees record growth

The Thailand Hotel Investment Conference has registered a record number of overseas registrations, topping 24 countries ahead of the May 19-21 event. The show will be held at the Dusit Thani Bangkok and opened by Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Thawatchai Arunyik.

Marilyn McHugh, Questex Hospitality + Travel VP, global events and organizer of THIC, said, “It’s very gratifying to see the international confidence in Thailand,” she said. “The high sign-up rate of overseas delegates is proof of the Thai hospitality sector’s resilience in the face of the political uncertainty and demonstrates that there are no real concerns.”

The event’s highlights will include a high-level investment-focused discussion, “Regional Hotel Investment Roundup: What Areas in Asia are Hot for Investment and Why?” Tourism Solutions International Managing Director Eric Levy will moderate the discussion, and the panelists will include Faez Jumabhov, managing director and head of real estate for CIMB Investment Bank, Royal Group of Companies Managing Director Bobby Hiranandani and Peter Meyers, Host Hotels and Resorts managing director – Asia Pacific.

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Other discussion highlights include “Insight Panel: Proactive Risk Management for Investing in Growth Markets” and “Risk Management Panel: Managing Cyclical Businesses, Epidemics, Currency Wars and Other Risks.”

The first panel will be moderated Prab Thakral, Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies. The panelists will include The Ascott Limited Chief Investment Officer Gerald Yong, Amburava Hotels & Resorts Managing Director Ashwani Bajaj and Lombard Investments Managing Director Pote Videt.

The second panel will be moderated by CFO Innovation Asia Editor-in-Chief Cesar Bacani, and will feature Nova Group Founder Rony Fineman, Minor Hotel Group Vice President Finance Wayne Williams and Sipim Srisuro, Group Financial Controller for the Bandara Group.

Other notable speakers and panelists include Nigel Cornick, CEO of Kingdom Property and Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Owner and Managing Director of AHMS Hotels, a pioneering boutique hotel group. She is also the Chairman of the Board of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Networking highlights include IHIF Networking Express, a successful speed dating meet and greet based on that from the IHIF flagship Berlin event, as well as interactive roundtables – discussions on investment niches and hot topics with like-minded individuals.

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