AHIC 2019 programme revealed

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2019 has rolled out its programme for the 15th edition of the forum.

The event will unite more than 900 hotel investors, owners and operators at the AHIC Village in Ras Al Khaimah.

The programme, featuring more than 100 speakers from around the world, has been curated around this year’s theme – Synchronised for Success – which aims to address the current tensions in the owner-operator relationship, uncover innovative approaches to business, analyse market trends, foster harmonious relationships between all stakeholders and help them future-proof against evolving demands.

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Chairman of bench events and founder, AHIC, Jonathan Worsley stated: “This year’s programme has been painstakingly developed in consultation with hotel owners, investors, operators and consultants from across the region. Time and again, they have told us that amid challenges of new supply, more needs to be done to educate the market and synchronise the efforts of all stakeholders.

“AHIC will once again provide a forum for owners and operators to gather and discuss the issues at the heart of their business. A ‘day of disruption’ will bring invaluable learnings from outside of the industry, with sessions led by Google, the Foundation for Art and Blockchain and The Coca-Cola Company, while plenary sessions include exclusive data analysis on future market demand from the likes of HVS, STR, Colliers and Drees & Sommer,” he added.

Programme highlights include the official opening by the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi; a keynote AHIC Talk by chairman and CEO, AccorHotels, Sébastien Bazin, who will address the topic ‘What is Your Compass in Times of Disruption, Innovation and Global Turmoil?’; and a talk by head of investment and finance, The Red Sea Development Company, Jay Rosen on ‘Sustainable Investment Tourism Development for the Future’.

The AHIC Village for 2019 is currently being built by Al Hamra Real Estate Development Co. on the beachfront close to the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah.

AHIC 2019 promises to provide more opportunity than ever for delegates to deepen existing relationships and forge new ones among the leaders of the hospitality investment community, with more than 900 hotel investors, major developers, leading financiers and C-level hotel executives expected to attend three days of content, networking and events.