Monday 4 March 2019


12:30 - 13:30


Pre-Event Workshop: A First-Timer’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Time at IHIF

13:45 - 18:00


13:45 - 14:00


Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC

Jonathan Langston – Chair, IHIF Advisory Board

14:00 - 14:30

Economic Overview

Navigating the Storm: An Economic and Geopolitical Debate

An economist’s look at how stable the world’s political and economic situation is, with a special look at elections, Brexit, trade policies, interest rates.

Thanos Papasavvas, CFA – Founder and CIO, ABP Invest Ltd

14:30 - 14:50

Trends Talk

Past, Present and Future: A Global Hotel Market Overview

An overview of who travels where and why, key emerging destinations, spending patterns across the travel experience, and how to manage the impact of over-tourism.

Robin Rossmann – Managing Director, STR

14:50 - 15:05

Trends Talk

Buyers and Sellers: The Global Picture on Hotel Transaction Trends

An overview of trends in valuations and transactions, looking at capital sources, demand trends and prices.

Chris Day – Global Managing Director, Christie & Co

15:05 - 15:30


Lifetime Achievement Award

Received on behalf of Sol Kerzner (KCMG) by Chantal Kerzner

Sol Kerzner (KCMG) – Founder, Kerzner International

Presented by

Michael Hirst OBE – Consultant, CBRE Hotels

Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC

15:30 - 16:20

Investors' Panel

Money Makes the World Go Around: Identifying the Key Trends in Global Money Movement

Examining the state of hospitality investment and trends to come, including key investors and alternative sources of capital and debt, key markets and next investment hotspots, and major trends to expect in the coming years.


Michael Fishbin – Global Hospitality Leader, EY

In conversation with:

Abhishek Agarwal – Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

Khaled Bichara – Chief Executive Officer, Orascom Development Holding

Cody Bradshaw – Managing Director and Head of International Hotels, Starwood Capital Group.

Mai-Lan de Marcilly – Mai-Lan de Marcilly, Director and Head of Hotels Europe, KKR

Christophe Vielle – CEO & Co-Founder, GCP Hospitality (Gaw Capital Group)

16:20 - 16:30


HAMA Award

The Hospitality Asset Managers’ Association Europe presents the 2019 HAMA Award.

Theodor Kubak – Managing Partner, Arbireo Hotel Invest

Christian Youens – Principal, Cedar Capital Partners and VP HAMA Europe

Michael Grove – Director of intelligence and customer solutions, EMEA, HotStats

16:30 - 17:10

AM Panel

Improving Performance: The Rise of the Asset Manager

Examining the rising importance of asset management in investors’ strategies, and how it affects the relations between owners, investors and operators.


Ben Godon – Head of Hospitality Asset Management, Colliers

In conversation with:

John Brennan – CEO, Amaris Hospitality

Gaël Le Lay – Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Covivio Hotels

Ömer Müftüler – Partner, Odien Group

17:10 - 17:35


Leading for Performance: The CEO’s Vision

What’s on the mind of a CEO leading a 100-year-old brand into the future? Hear from a hospitality leader on strategy to sustain and boost the performance of a major company.

Christopher J. Nassetta – President and CEO, Hilton

Interviewed by

Nick Ross – Broadcaster, Journalist, Campaigner and Conference Host

17:30 - 17:45

Closing remarks

18:00 - 19:00

CEO Council (invitation only)

The IHIF CEO Council is a gathering of hospitality CEOs, offering an informal environment to share ideas and experiences with peers at the top of the sector. The discussions follow Chatham House rule, ensuring confidentiality and free debate.

18:00 - 19:00

Networking Xpress

18:30 - 20:30

Global Welcome Reception

The opening night Global Welcome Reception is a delicious way for attendees to “taste” the opportunity at IHIF, with a trip around the globe: a walk through the exhibition hall to experience flavours from all around the world, a celebration of culture, diversity and the coming together of so many nations.

Hosted by

Questex Hospitality Group

Our Other Events

The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC)

9-10- October 2019
Manchester, UK

Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum (MR&H)

29-31 October 2019
Athens, Greece

Israel Hotel Investment Summit (IHIS)

Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course

Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference (APHIC)

25-26 April 2019
Bangkok, Thailand