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The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) 2014 has been a tremendous success, again attracting over 2,000 people from over 73 countries including more Investors and Owners and Global Hotel Chain CEOs than ever before.

There has been a fantastic up-beat feeling amongst attendees and a great deal of news and business has come out of the event.

Announced during the globally acclaimed conference was the news that Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group have signed two Radisson Blu hotels in Sousse, Tunisia, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa and the Radisson Blu Pearl Resort Sousse. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announced the signing of two more hotels in Russia and the CIS - InterContinental® Tbilisi and Holiday Inn Express® Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport as well as the signing of two more hotels in Germany, the Holiday Inn Express® Siegen and Holiday Inn® Düsseldorf. Hilton Worldwide announced expansion plans in Qatar with the signing of a management agreement with First Qatar Real Estate Development Company to open Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences, Qatar. Bloomberg TV also took the opportunity to attend, report on the breaking news and interview CEOs, Tourism Ministers and Ian Schrager, the recipient of the IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award. Watch the interview with Angela Brav, Chief Executive Officer Europe, IHG here. Against a backdrop of deals, HVS London reported that total hotel transactions across Europe reached a value of €7.7 billion (US $10.6 billion) in 2013 whilst Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) launched its first European Hotel Market Survey at the event, the results of which suggest that confidence is returning to the sector.

If you were at IHIF 2014 thank you for joining us, and if not don’t miss it next year. Further details of IHIF 2015 will be added soon.


Jonathan Worsley
Bench Events
Tess Pearson
Event Director
Questex Hospitality+Travel Group



IHIF Awards

Ian Schrager was this year’s recipient of the IHIF  Lifetime Achievement Award, he was presented with the award on the general session stage at the 2014 IHIF.  Omer Isvan, President, of Servotel and Kerry Gumas, Chairman and CEO of Questex Media Group, owners of the IHIF presented the award to Schrager.

Schragers’ business vision has been widely associated with the introduction of global concepts such as the “boutique hotel”, “lobby socializing”, “cheap chic” and “urban resorts”. His talent for reading the mood and feel of popular culture are undoubtedly significant factors to his success. From his initial ventures, nightclubs Studio 54 and Palladium, through to the opening of Morgans Hotel in 1984 and subsequent creation of the Ian Schrager Company which owns, develops and manages hotels, residential, and mixed used projects, Schragers’ passion for the hospitality industry has been his driving force.

Patricia Gallardo, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts was the winner of the IHIF 2014 Young Leader Award. The award was presented to Gallardo on Wednesday 5th March in the general session of the IHIF by Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director, International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).  On presenting the award Belfanti said of Gallardo that she was “truly passionate and cares deeply about making the world a better place”. During her acceptance speech Gallardo urged everyone in the industry “to think about responsible business”. She stated that it was “time to start doing things differently”.