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2014 Speakers

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer and Head of M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Alexandre Sogno

President, Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Nicholas Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations, Jumeirah Group

Ashley Scott

Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM

Yousuf Lootah

Executive Director Tourism Development & Investments , Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Tom Hasker

UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME, Faithful + Gould

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Pascal Gauvin

Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Simon Hage

Associate Vice-President, Interior Design and Procurement, Design & Construction Department, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Rami Moukarzel

Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa , Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Elie Younes

Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

Rui M. Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

Immediate Past President, Maldives

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Geoffrey Lipman

President & Managing Director, ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Kevin Underwood

Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.

Bernard Forster

Director - Asset Management (Hospitality & Real Estate), Rani Investment

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Selim El Zein

Head of Hotel Asset Management, MENA, Colliers International MENA Region

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Bani Haddad

Regional Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

President & Managing Director, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Amir Lababedi

Associate Director, HVS Dubai

Filippo Sona

Director | Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Ron Hilvert

Founder and Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Fergal Harris

Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, Inc.

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Frits van Paasschen

President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Costas Verginis

Senior Director of Lodging Development, Marriott International Inc. & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Amro Attia Gomaa

Investments Principal, Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels & Cineama (HOTAC)

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Nenad Pacek

Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group, President, Global Success Advisors

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Norman Forsyth

Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)

Sumair Tariq

Managing Director, R Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Andrew Clough

Senior Vice President Development Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Animesh Pandey

Senior Manager Commercial Development, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Market Intelligence

Welcome to the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014, we aim to provide you, through our publications, reports and features, with up-to-date industry information on the hotel industry and opportunities across the region.

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August 2014

  • Q2 Perspective


May 2014

  • AHIC Quarterly Newsletter 'Perspective' in conjunction with Cain Hospitality Innovation
  • Colliers International  -  Egypt Hotels Market Snapshot
  • Colliers International - Serviced Apartments - Fostering High Returns
  • Colliers International - KSA Holy Cities
  • Collers International - Hotel Asset Management - Managing your hotel life cyccle
  • Colliers International - KSA Economy Hotels II
  • Colliers International - UAE & KSA Hotel Branded Residences - A Premium Opportunity
  • Colliers International - UAE Spa Market Overview


February 2014

  • Jumeirah to open more hotels in Dubai
  • Al Habtoor promotes exec to oversee $3bn Dubai project
  • Positive results for Dubai hotels
  • Dubai real estates gets smarter
  • STR Global - Focus on Middle East - Qatar
  • Colliers International - Market Snapshot - The Hot Asset

January 2014

  • Saudi tourism project set for $13.3bn Investment
  • Saudi Economic Tourism Statistics - Colliers International
  • Dubai Real Estate Market overiew Q4 2013

December 2013

  • Colliers International Qatar Hotel Market Overview
  • Colliers International Saudi Arabia-UAE and Qatar Serviced Apartment Research-Fostering High Returns
  • Expo win cements recovery
  • Abu Dhabi folds reviews into hotel ratings

November 2013

  • Muscat in Focus - HVS
  • Muscat Oman Economy Hotels - Market Gap Research - Colliers International
  • Middle East Hotel Performance Trends - November 2013 - STR Global
  • UNWTO - World Tourism Barometer
  • Oriens Dubai AHIC Article
  • Investing to accomodate: hotel purchases up 50%, Middle East considered 'most active buyers'
  • Hotel Investments up 50%
  • Star hotels’ revenues surge

October 2013

  • Carlson Resizor to open Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Bahrain in Q4 2015
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts debuts Conrad Dubai
  • Oman sees more luxury development as high-end hotels report strong numbers


September 2013

  • Al Ghurair Centre to complete DH2 billion expansion this summer
  • Saudi to spend $71.6bn on projects in 2013
  • Upcoming projects in Saudi Arabia are expected to hit SAR269.7bn (US$71.6bn) in 2012, as the kingdom aims to improve infrastructure and services
  • Saudi, UAE markets boost IHG performance 


May - August 2013

  • IHG plans major revamp of Festival City F&B op
  • Saudi hospitality sector seen to reach $18.1 billion by 2016
  • Jumeirah set to re-launch kuwait Hotel
  • Hilton makes debut in Sharjah after Conversion
  • Oman Hiltop resort set to open in December
  • Oman forecast to see 63% hotel sector growth
  • Dubai's Hospitality Sector: Boom or Bust in 2013?
  • Abu Dhabi notches up record hotel guest numbers
  • Taj Mahal replica developer in talks with hotel operators
  • Egypt's hotels see resurgence
  • Dubai among top hotel investment cities
  • UAE Tourism Industry upbeat
  • UAE's economy continues to grow robustly
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Majid Al Futtaim Properties sign deal to open Sheraton Hotel at Mall of Emirates in Dubai

Industry reports

  • Top Trends for UAE 2013 By Jones Lang LaSalle
  • HVS - GCC 2012 - A region in review By HVS
  • Dubai Real Estate Market Overview Q4 2012 By Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Abu Dhabi Real Estate Overview Q4 2012 By Jones Lang LaSalle
  • GCC Hospitality Industry Report - 2012 Alpen Capital Investment Banking
  • Saudi Arabia 2011 Accomodation Statistics report  by the Centre for Tourism and Research (MAS) Centre of Interest from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
  • Tripoli, Libya, a Three part tale, before during and after by HVS Global Hospitality Services
  • Sri Lanka Tourism, A step forward in the growth story by HVS Global Hospitality Services
  • Dubai Real Estate Market Overview Q2  2012 by Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Jeddah Real Estate Overview Q1 2012 by Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Riyadh Real Estate Overview Q1 2012 by Jones Lang LaSalle