The 12th Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) is taking place from April 26-28 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
Due to attract attendees from across the globe, the event strives to encourage growth and strength within the tourism and hospitality sector in the region by securing and nurturing international investment. So far in 2016, six business briefing events have been arranged by AHIC and various sponsor partners in Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which have granted insight into a range of topics which have shaped the official AHIC 2016 discussion programme.
Five ‘hot topic’ issues identified by AHIC include the drop in the oil price and the fallout that this has on the industry from an investment stance and a tourism point; how the industry goes about embracing change and how adaptable it is; addressing a new era in supply and demand; discussing whether Iran is a future ‘top five’ destination; and security issues surrounding international travel.
AHIC 2016 will provide in ideal platform for delegates to hear from industry leaders across the packed three-day programme including global head of research, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Christof Rühl; emerging markets editor, CNN, John Defterios; President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, HE Maithripala Sirisena; president and CEO, Marriott International, Arne Sorenson; president and CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group, Wolfgang Neumann; president and CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group, Geoff Ballotti; chief hospitality and leisure officer, wasl, Mustafa Al Hashimi; and president and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, David Scowsill.
A full list of the 119 planned speakers and subjects is available at the event’s website.
Adding to this, a variety of different formats will be made available throughout the event, all of which have been designed to maximise potential business connections including evening receptions, break-out areas, networking lunches, speed networking, round table discussions, online networking and even onsite staff called ‘Networking Angels’, who can assist delegates with making connections and introductions.
AHIC 2016 is organised by Bench Events and MEED Events. Last year’s event welcomed over 700 delegates from 40 different countries.
“This year’s event is our 12th AHIC. We are constantly looking for ways to offer fresh observations, engaging speakers and creative platforms for networking. By providing the right environment, we facilitate high-level discussions which shape the region and the industry’s future and as such, that is why AHIC is such an important event for all our stakeholders,” explained managing director Middle East, Bench Events, Jennifer Pettinger-Haines.