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2014 Speakers

Russel Sharpe

Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group

Norman Forsyth

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

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Nick van Marken

Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP

Amr Abdel Ghaffar

Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO

Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG

Gordon Drake

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

Paul Lonergan

Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group

Vernon Page

Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa

Geoffrey Lipman

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

Pascal Gauvin

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

Alex Kyriakidis

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

Tom Hasker

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

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Bob Puccini

Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Muhammad Al-Amir

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

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Samer Abu Ayash

Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate, Kingdom Investments

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Adel Jemah

Vice President, Hill International Inc.

Saahil Lalit

Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christopher Lund

Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International

Christoph Härle

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

Piers Brown

CEO, Boutique Hotel Media

Gordon Campbell Gray

Chairman, Campbell Gray Hotels

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad

Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City

Tariq Hameed

Managing Director, Capitas Group International Limited

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.

Bani Haddad

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

Neil George

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

Joe Sita

CEO, IFA Hotel Investments

Bernard Forster

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

Mark Martinovic

Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

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

Trevor Ward

Managing Director, W Hospitality Group

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Mohamed Najia

Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association

Selim El Zein

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

Gert F. Kopera

Senior Vice President RnB, Jumeirah Group

Jim Palmer

Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO

Andrew Briganti

Analyst, Meed Insight

Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet

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

Olivier Granet

Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz

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

Martin Ostermann

Director of Development, Melia Hotels

Barry Curtis

Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

HE Helal Almarri

Director General, DTCM

Mary Gostelow

, Gostelow Report

Kabir Mulchandani

Group CEO, SKAI Holdings

H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority

Paul Macpherson

President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

Rami Moukarzel

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

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief Executive Officer, Seven Tides & Asteco

HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum

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

Animesh Pandey

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

Tim Kiltscher

Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides

Amro Attia Gomaa

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

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Bernhard Bohnenberger

President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Andrew Clough

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

René Beil

Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Adrian Jossa

Co-Founder & Owner, Muse Hotels de Luxe

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Sven Doliwa

VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels

Simon Hage

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

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

Elie Younes

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

Frits van Paasschen

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

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Khalid Anib

Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

Oliver Ebner

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

Hubert Viriot

Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

James Innes

Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP

Christopher Flinos

Managing Director, CH Stirling

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC

Abraham Muthogo-Kamau

Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation

Peter Head

Executive Chairman, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

Lo’ai  Bataineh

DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Yousuf Lootah

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

Khaldoun Rashid Tabari

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Drake & Scull

Costas Verginis

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

Filippo Sona

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

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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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