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International Society of Hospitality Consultants and Hospitality Asset Managers Association Debut ISHC CapEx 2018: A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel Industry

ISHC · 8 February 2019
Atlanta, Georgia - The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the leading source for global hospitality expertise, in partnership with the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), has released the industry's exclusive resource on hotel capital expenditures, ISHC CapEx 2018: A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel Industry.This is the fifth edition of the study with the aim of providing the industry with publicly accessible data on hotel capital expenditures. The book presents data on trends in capital expenditures by various hotel segments, including full-service, select-service and extended-stay. With the data provided in the CapEx 2018 study, industry decision makers can better evaluate and make informed decisions with regard to capital expenditures for their properties and repairs and maintenance spending."This 5th edition of the CapEx study provides a fresh look at capital expenditures including key comparisons to historical studies and insight from industry experts on related topics. The data demonstrates that hotels are subject to various factors that impact capital spend, including owner objectives, asset management approach, cyclical industry trends and the economic and political climate. Having worked on the previous editions, it is interesting to see the changes in CapEx trends and the huge impact they are having on the industry," commented Alan Benjamin, ISHC, CapEx committee co-chair and president of Benjamin West, the hotel industry's largest global purchasing firm for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) and operating supplies and equipment (OS&E).Chad Sorensen, CHAM, ISHC, CapEx committee co-chair and managing director/executive vice president of CHMWarnick, said, "Data was collected from more than 900 hotels, nearly doubling the sample size analyzed in the prior study, representing 139 markets across the U.S. As with our previous studies and even more so with CapEx 2018, we are confident that the findings will hold value for key stakeholders, including hotel owners, investors, brands, operators, suppliers, among others, tasked with anticipating and balancing spend with available resources, and capital investment with value returned."ISHC and HAMA collaborated with STR, the premium source for global data benchmarking analytics and marketplace insights for the hospitality industry, to compile and analyze the data."The CapEx 2018 book is the cumulative result of numerous partners, and it would not have been possible without the contribution of countless volunteer hours. We are thankful for the CapEx Committee, HAMA and STR helping us compile and synthesize this information to ultimately benefit hoteliers contemplating upcoming property projects," commented Andrea Belfanti, executive director of ISHC.The ISHC CapEx 2018: A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel Industry is available for purchase in the form of a book or downloadable pdf. To order your copy, please visit ishc.com/ishc-cap-ex/.About ISHC The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry's most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at ishc.com.About HAMA HAMA members are involved in asset management, acquisition, financing and disposition of hotels and resorts and are directly responsible for making decisions concerning capital investments, renovations, asset repositioning, operational policies and management selection. Its U.S. members represent more than 3,500 hotels and resorts across every major brand, accounting for 775,000 hotel rooms, 250,000 employees, $40 billion in annual revenue and $3 billion in capital expenditures. The organization boasts an additional 245 international affiliate members, as well.

Nominations open for the 2019 Rising Star Award Caribbean presented at CHRIS

ISHC ·28 January 2019
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) has launched nominations for the prestigious Rising Star Award Caribbean to be presented at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS). This is the ninth year ISHC and CHRIS have collaborated to recognize young, talented leadership in the Caribbean region.Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger, born on or after May 24, 1983Is currently, and has been, working in a hospitality-related fieldIs recognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising starIs currently living and working in the Caribbean with a minimum of two years experience in the marketTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight EST on March 7, 2019. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.Nominations will be evaluated by the Screening Committee and finalists will be voted on by the esteemed Rising Star Award Judges Panel including:Jorge A. Apaez, IHGKenneth M. Blatt, CPG Real EstateIan Carter, HiltonFrank J. Comito, CHTAJohn J. Issa, SuperClubsTessa Jacques Antoine, CAIPADave Johnson, Aimbridge HospitalityDavid Kong, Best Western Hotels & ResortsJared Melnik, KSL Capital PartnersAlejandro Moreno, WyndhamXavier Mufraggi, Club MedKarolin Troubetzkoy, Anse Chastenet & Jade Mountain ResortsBruce D. Wardinski, Playa Hotels & ResortsThe award will be presented to the winner at CHRIS, May 21-23, 2019, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

International Society of Hotel Associations Announces 2019 Board of Directors

ISHC ·13 December 2018
The International Society of Hotel Associations (ISHA) elected its 2019 Board of Directors recently at its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, at the Le Meridien Denver Downtown. The 2019 ISHA Board Chairperson will be Eric Terry, President, Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association.Additionally, elected ISHA Board Officers for 2019 include:-Mindy Hanan, President & CEO, Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association (1st Vice Chair)-Paul Sacco, President & CEO, Massachusetts Lodging Association (2nd Vice Chair)-Lynn Minges, President & CEO, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (Treasurer/Secretary)-Jennifer Flohr, Senior Vice President, California Hotel & Lodging Association (Immediate Past Chair)."ISHA membership is becoming more valuable to each state hospitality and lodging association as we continue to face many of the same issues," said incoming Board Chair Eric Terry. "It is a great resource that allows us to connect with our sister associations across the country on important issues such as membership and government affairs. I am excited for this opportunity to work closer with my colleagues as the 2019 Board Chair."In addition, members at large elected to the ISHA Board of Directors included Alicia Maltby, Executive Director, Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association; Dannette Lynch, Director of Membership, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; Scott Joslove, President & CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association; and Kim Sabow, President & CEO, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association."ISHA is honored to have such an accomplished group guide our association in 2019," stated Christina Pappas, Executive Director of ISHA. "Under the leadership of the Board of Directors, the entire membership is well positioned for another successful year."ISHA serves as a centralized conduit of information that supports its members' efforts, particularly where state and local advocacy is concerned. "We have the collective voice that we use when we talk to AH&LA and AAHOA on national issues. Additionally, ISHA can link our members who need assistance dealing with a particular advocacy issue together with other member hotel and lodging associations that have successfully dealt with similar advocacy or regulatory problems," said continued Pappas.The International Society of Hotel Associations' industry partners include AH&LA, AAHOA, ARDA, AH&LEF, United Health Group, Best Western, IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Fisher Phillips, Heartland, ServSafe and STR.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Young Leader Award presented at IHIF

ISHC ·13 December 2018
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Young Leader Award presented at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany.The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger. Born on or after 1 January 1984Currently works for or directly within the hotel sectorIs recognised by peers and industry members as an emerging leader for the hotel industryWhose contributions are already making an impact on the hotel industryTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 15 January 2019. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by a sponsor from within their organisation or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee.Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, "We began this partnership with IHIF ten years ago to recognise and foster young talented individuals that are truly shaping the future of our industry. Each year we are humbled by the nominations we receive of the very best and brightest in our industry. We are honored to be part of the Young Leader Award and are thankful to our partners at IHIF. We look forward to receiving the nominations and presenting the award in Berlin."Tess Pearson, Event Director, IHIF said: "As we celebrate ten years of collaborative work with the ISHC, it feels prudent to reflect on how leadership, and therefore the ethos of this award, has changed and is continuing to change. We know the next generation of leaders will require a very different skill set to those that came before them with an emphasis on communication, empathy, flexibility and the importance of earning respect. The IHIF and ISHC Young Leader Award was created to shine a light on those who exemplify the leadership skills of their generation and we at Questex are delighted to continue to work with the ISHC and look forward to receiving this year's nominations".The Young Leader Award will be presented during the IHIF Conference 4-6 March 2019 at the InterContinental Berlin.

ISHC elects new leadership & recognizes member for his outstanding contribution at 30th anniversary conference

ISHC · 8 November 2018
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) recently held their Annual Conference in Miami Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: The 30th Anniversary Conference with ISHC members, candidates and Friends of the Society. Attendees enjoyed exceptional programming and memorable networking events and while doing so, took care of critical Society business including the election of the new Board of Directors and recognizing one member for his outstanding contribution to the Society.The newly slated ISHC Board of Directors that will lead the Society into 2019 are:Chair - Elizabeth Randall Winkle, STRPresident - Chris Cylke, REVPAR International, Inc.Vice President - Cecilia Gordon, Goulston & StorrsSecretary - Herbert Mascha, MRP hotelsTreasurer - Darlene Henke, Audit Logistics LLCDirectors:Rick Besse, Newmark Grubb Knight FrankKristie Dickinson, CHMWarnickDan Larkin, Seyfarth ShawTodd Leach, Dedica GroupTea Ros, Strategic Hotel ConsultingDavid Neff presented with Chuck Pinkowski Member Service AwardEach year ISHC honors a member for his or her outstanding contribution of volunteer time to the Society with the Chuck Pinkowski Member Service Award during the Annual Conference's Celebration Gala. This year's award was presented to David Neff, Partner of Perkins Coie LLP, a two-time ISHC Chair Emeritus. Neff served as ISHC Chair in 2005/2006 and 2016/2017, has led numerous ISHC initiatives since becoming a member in 1995, and is currently serving on the Professional Conduct Committee.The Chuck Pinkowski Member Service award was established in 2000, in recognition of Chuck Pinkowski's, Founding member and Executive Director of ISHC from 1989-2000, volunteer contributions to ISHC. Previous award winners include David Brudney, Rick Swig, Ron Lustig, Jana Hesser, Judy King, Bruce Goodwin, Maurice Robinson, Bernard Delomenie, Drew Dimond, Rachel Roginsky, Rick Pastorino, Arne Gustafson, Tom Morone, Matt Arrants, Sean Hennessey, Jim Burba, Alan Benjamin, David Berins and Chad Sorensen.ISHC Executive Director Andrea Belfanti remarked, "We have been very fortunate to have a culture that encourages members to volunteer their time and talents in support of ISHC projects and operations. The more our members get involved, the greater value they see from their membership. If not for this tremendous commitment of volunteer time and energy, ISHC would not be the Society it is today. We are grateful to David for his many contributions and continued support and looking forward to working with our new ISHC Board of Directors to continue on this path of strategic growth for the Society."2018 marks a milestone 30th Anniversary for ISHC. While much has changed since its establishment in 1988, ISHC remains committed to the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. ISHC membership is by invitation only and candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues.

ISHC Rising Star Award goes to Kieran Bestall of Hilton at HICAP

ISHC ·30 October 2018
Bestall is the Senior Director of Development in Asia for Hilton Worldwide and is responsible for expanding Hilton's portfolio of brands across the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Bestall was nominated by Benjamin Hirasawa, ISHC, Partner and Head of Hospitality for Asia of law firm Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore Pte Ltd. Hirasawa had this to say about Bestall, "Kieran has helped spearhead Hilton's growth in the region, closing numerous high profile transactions in difficult emerging markets. Kieran's EQ enables him to deftly handle difficult negotiations with owners from different cultural backgrounds and balance the sometimes competing interests of getting deals across the line while ensuring that Hilton is not exposed to excessive risk often inherent in emerging markets. This particular skill has enabled him to close several high profile and multi property transactions."ISHC Executive Director Andrea Belfanti commented, "We are honored to be a part of the Rising Star Award Asia in partnership with HICAP. The nominations we received represent the very best and brightest in our industry. It was humbling and inspiring to see what the nominees are achieving, especially at such a young age. Kieran has had a particularly impressive career and has worked for companies like Alila, Marriott, and HVS. But more than his career accomplishments, he is known for having excellent interpersonal skills, being cool under pressure, being universally well liked by his peers, and having an upbeat attitude. I know we will continue to see great things from him and it is obvious that he is a deserving recipient."ISHC launched the Rising Star Award Asia Pacific in 2014 in partnership with HICAP to recognize young, emerging leaders in the Asia Pacific hospitality community. Nomination criteria requires an individual be 35 years or younger, currently working and living in Asia and working in the hospitality development and/or investment field. Past Rising Star Award Asia Pacific recipients include Peter Harper (2017), Kiichi Mashita (2016), Nihat Ercan (2015) and Christopher Hur (2014).

CHMWarnick's Emily Wilson Receives ISHC Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting

ISHC ·22 October 2018
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) announced Emily Wilson as the recipient of the fourth annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Wilson was honored at the ISHC annual conference, held this year in Miami Beach, Fla. The guest of honor received a complimentary registration and travel allowance to attend the three-day event, including access to global hospitality experts featured throughout the conference program and exclusive ISHC member networking events. Wilson also was awarded a complimentary one-year Associate Membership to the ISHC to further professional relationships and continue experiencing all that the Society has to offer through events and interacting with top hospitality industry consultants from around the globe."It is important to ISHC to recognize and encourage young talented individuals who are on the path to becoming future industry leaders. Emily's achievements and success this early on in her career are quite impressive. We're thrilled to have her join the ranks of the best of the best in hospitality consulting as an Associate Member of ISHC," commented Andrea Belfanti, ISHC executive director.Wilson is a vice president and asset manager at CHMWarnick, a global hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm. She is responsible for enhancing asset value on behalf of a wide range of property types and brands, with direct asset management responsibility for approximately $750 million in client investments. She specializes in implementing strategies for optimizing performance of select-service hotels and large-scale convention properties and has identified significant value upside opportunities through revenue management and group booking strategies. Emily was named as one of "The Hotel Industry's Top Rising Talent Under 30" by Hotel Management in 2014 and has authored several published articles on hotel ownership issues. Prior to joining CHMWarnick in 2013, Wilson worked in operations for Ocean Properties, where she held a variety of management positions within the front office and housekeeping departments, as well as served as a member of the task force team, where she served as an interim general manager. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from the University of New Hampshire and certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University. Wilson is a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers' Association and sits on the Advisory Board as the University Scholarship Coordinator for Come Unity, a non-profit organization that partners with East African communities to develop sustainable solutions to poverty."Being awarded the Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence from the esteemed members of the ISHC is quite an honor. As women in hospitality, I feel it is our duty to build bridges for the next generation, which is exactly what this award stands to do. Becoming a member of this close-knit organization will provide networking opportunities that I plan to leverage, not only for my career, but for the advancement of all women within the industry. In my field of hotel asset management, I am often the only woman sitting in meetings. I've learned how to make my voice heard and my ideas respected, but I look forward to the day when the room is half filled with other women. Since I've only worked in the industry for a decade or so, I look forward to decades to come and the changes we will make together."The award is named in honor of Lori Raleigh, who is well known as an advocate for continuing education in hospitality consulting and for supporting young talent with creative and passionate leadership. Raleigh is the founder of The Travers Group and served as the executive director of the ISHC from 2000 to 2013. She also contributed to two important industry texts, co-authoring Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives and serving as co-editor and contributing author of Hotel Asset Management: Principles and Practices.Candidates for The Lori Raleigh Award had to meet the below criteria at the time of nomination:35 years of age or younger at the time of the award presentationFive years' experience in a hospitality-related field with a minimum of three years of specific hospitality consulting experienceRecognized by leaders within their company or other industry constituents familiar with their work as exceptional and leadership materialMust be working for a company that provides third-party consulting or advisory services to the hospitality industry and be actively involved or responsible for providing advisory services to clients of the firmFor more information on The Lori Raleigh Award, please visit www.ishc.com/awards.

ISHC WorldView: Compensation and Career Advancement are the keys to attracting employees

ISHC ·17 July 2018
43% of ISHC members surveyed see better compensation (i.e. higher salaries and performance-based pay) as a key to improving our industry's employment outlook, followed by 30% touting career advancement as critical according to the ISHC WorldView study. Benefits, Flexibility, Training, and Recruitment were also noted as key factors.ISHC's Aurora Dawn Reinke, Founder of Astrapto LLC, weighed in, "A spectrum of dignity and equality matters to future generations - from living wages and benefits for the lowest line staff to opportunity and ability to have a positive impact for managers and college grads."Many ISHC members feel a greater awareness of hospitality as a viable career path should be the focus. "Education/exposure earlier on in the hospitality industry. No one ever heard a fifth grader say 'I want to be a hotel manager.' The hospitality industry is virtually unknown as an opportunity for employment," commented Ted Mandigo, ISHC, President of TR Mandigo & Company.Cecilia Gordon, ISHC, Director, Goulston & Storrs noted "I have seen our industry truly offer real opportunities for advancement, which is increasingly unusual in the world, and I think the industry should emphasize that much more strongly."Several ISHC members felt the industry should evolve to attune to generational nuances. Leora Lanz, ISHC, Owner of LHL Communications indicated, "So much has to change in the recruitment process to keep millennials and gen z's even interested in our industry. Today's generation looks at hotels from a real estate perspective or not at all; if it does not make them money, very few are interested in the service and hospitality aspects."Debby Cannon, ISHC, Director of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality advised, "Clearer career paths that are more realistic for millennial advancement expectations; Emphasizing the role of creativity in the workplace and how entrepreneurial talents are tapped even if working for a large corporation."About ISHC WorldViewTo shed light on the critical issues affecting the hospitality industry, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants tapped into the brain trust of its 230+ members from around the globe. The ISHC WorldView provides an honest perspective on the state of the industry and how some of the key concerns can be addressed going forward. This year's report focuses on the major issues impacting the hospitality industry today in regards to Brands, Consumers, Innovation & Technology, the Sharing Economy, Hotel Performance, Security and the Workforce. In some cases, the responses are blunt or may even reflect opposing views. Nevertheless, the diversity of viewpoints within the organization provides valuable insights as we confront the challenges impacting our industry.

Passionate General Manager wins Rising Star Award at the CHRIS Conference

ISHC ·30 May 2018
Investors, Owners, Developers, Consultants, Hotel Executives and Government Tourism Officials recently gathered together in Miami to discuss the current and future state of the Caribbean hospitality industry. During the summit, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the leading source for global hospitality expertise, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) took time out to celebrate and recognize a young leader who has already made a big impact in the Caribbean.Saul Nunez Tirado received the honorable 2018 Rising Star Award Caribbean and was acknowledged by industry leaders in the Caribbean during the plenary session at CHRIS.Saul began his career at 8 years old working in his parent's restaurant as a dishwasher. He got his first start in hotels in the Entertainment Department, working his way up to Rooms Division and being part of the pre-opening team for 5 different hotels. Today he is the General Manager of the beautiful Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica for which he has just accomplished the milestone of getting 4 diamonds by Triple A awarded to his hotel.Saul's goal was to become a General Manager by age 33 and he accomplished his goal at 32 years old. When asked about his passion for hospitality, Saul exclaimed, "I love that there is no routine job in hospitality. Every week you have the opportunity to correct an issue. Every day you have the opportunity to create memories for a guest. I love creating memories for people."Ricardo Bravo, AMResorts Regional Vice President of Operations, Latin America/English Caribbean who nominated Saul for the award had this to say about him, "Saul is an exemplary leader, adapting to different cultures and leading by example with a positive attitude and emotional intelligence during the most challenging moments. It has always been a pleasure for me to be his immediate supervisor, as he is not only a remarkable professional, but also an extraordinary human being."ISHC Chairman John Fareed who presented Saul with the Rising Star Award Caribbean commented, "It is with great excitement that we recognize a young and talented individual so passionate about our industry. Saul is a great example to us all. We would like to thank CHRIS, the Judges Panel and sponsors for their support in making this possible."This is the eighth year ISHC and CHRIS have collaborated to recognize young, talented leadership in the Caribbean. Finalists for the award included Carlos Garcia, Executive Assistant Manager of the InterContinental San Juan and Samuel Pizarro, Security Director of the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel and Casino, two impressive young leaders in the Caribbean. The esteemed Judges Panel included:Jorge A. Apaez, COO, IHGJose Carlos Azcarraga, CEO, Grupo PosadasKenneth M. Blatt, COO, CPGIan Carter, President, Global Development, HiltonFrank J. Comito, CEO/Director General, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism AssociationDiane Edwards, President, CAIPAMaryLynn Elizondo, Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott InternationalJohn J. Issa, Chairman, SuperClubsDave Johnson, President & CEO, Aimbridge HospitalityEugenio Macouzet, SVP & Managing Director, RCIXavier Mufraggi, CEO, Club MedBerthia Parle, General Manager, Bay Gardens HotelKarolin Troubetzkoy, Executive Director, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts, and President, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism AssociationAbout Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS)Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean's most important hotel and tourism investment conference. The conference immediately follows a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami. CHRIS and HOLA are produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with Burba Hotel Network (BHN).About Northstar Travel Group (www.northstartravelgroup.com)Northstar Travel Group is the global leader of business intelligence, information, data, research, digital marketing services and events for senior-level professionals in the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. The Northstar portfolio includes; Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, The Beat, Travel Procurement, Web in Travel, Phocuswright, Burba Hotel Network, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Conventions China, Incentive, Association News, Sports Travel and 75 annual events in thirteen countries including leading events such as ALIS, HICAP, Phocuswright, TEAMS, Web in Travel, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital and is based in Secaucus, NJ, with offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Edwards, CO; Glen Ellyn, IL; Costa Mesa, CA; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.About Burba Hotel Network (BHN)BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and in excess of 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London; and HotelsWorld in Sydney. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. BHN is a division of Northstar Travel Group.

Tina Yu of KSL Capital Partners honored with ISHC Young Leader Award at IHIF

ISHC ·19 March 2018
Tina Yu, Senior Vice President of KSL Capital Partners was awarded the prestigious ISHC Young Leader Award at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) with an audience of over 2000 senior leaders from 80 countries worldwide. The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) presented Yu the award in partnership with Questex Hospitality Group, the organizers of the IHIF conference.Andrea Belfanti, ISHC Executive Director commented, "It is quite impressive the career Tina Yu has had under the age of 30. She is respected and well known in the industry. We are thankful for Questex Hospitality Group and our successful partnership that has allowed us to recognise 10 young professionals for their leadership and advancement of our industry with the Young Leader Award."Yu works in the European office for KSL Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm. She began working for KSL in 2011 and has a background in investment banking.Tess Pearson, Event Director for IHIF said on behalf of Questex, "Recognising talented young individuals from within the hospitality industry is always a highlight of the event but that this year's conference took place in the same week as we celebrated International Women's Day, gave particular merit to the extraordinary achievements of this young woman in her career so far. Congratulations Tina and we wish you all the best for continued success."The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Nominees for the award must be 35 years of age or younger whose contributions are already making an impact on the hospitality industry.About Questex Hospitality GroupQuestex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector's entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit https://www.questex.com/markets/hospitality.

Tina Yu awarded IHIF and ISHC Young Leader Award

ISHC ·15 February 2018
BERLIN -- Tina Yu, Senior Vice President at KSL Capital Partners has been announced the winner of The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Young Leader Award 2018.Ms. Yu works in the European office for KSL Capital Partners, based in London. KSL is a private equity firm dedicated to investing in travel and leisure businesses. Since 2005, KSL has raised over $7.5 billion of equity capital commitments. KSL's investments range across travel and leisure businesses, such as hotels and resorts, clubs, fitness, family entertainment, skiing and resort real estate.Ms. Yu joined KSL Capital in August 2011 after working as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup in their Real Estate group. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she holds a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.Respected CEOs from across the hotel industry reviewed a short list of applications from outstanding candidates before agreeing on the 2018 winner.Described as 'incredibly sharp, detail-oriented and wise beyond her years at a negotiating table' in her nomination form, on being announced winner of the IHIF and ISHC Young Leader Award, Ms. Yu said; "I am honoured and incredibly humbled to receive this award. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my colleagues at KSL Capital that continue to both inspire and support me in my endeavours. I feel privileged to work in an industry that inspires such a passionate group of individuals and I look forward to joining everyone in Berlin for this year's IHIF."Tess Pearson, Event Director for IHIF said on behalf of Questex; "It is genuinely a joy to work with ISHC on this award. We are all thrilled for Tina who has such a passion for the travel and hospitality industry which translates into hard work, successful outcomes and productive relationships. She is a truly deserving recipient of the Young Leader Award. I hope her career continues to flourish and we look forward to presenting her with the award during IHIF 2018 next month."Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented; "We are looking forward to IHIF and celebrating Tina Yu. ISHC members come from all over the world to attend the conference, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with IHIF on the Young Leader Award. Tina has had quite the impressive career under the age of 30 and we're very excited to see the impact she continues to have on the hospitality industry for the next 30 years."Presentation of the Young Leader Award will take place at 10.30am (CET) on Tuesday 6th March during a plenary session at IHIF.Continue to follow IHIF on Twitter @IHIF_News and use #IHIF2018 to stay up to date with the latest news from the leading annual meeting place for the industry. Also find us on Facebook, Instagram and join our LinkedIn group for industry insight and discussion.

Nominations open for the 2018 Rising Star Award Caribbean presented at CHRIS

ISHC · 8 February 2018
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) has launched nominations for the prestigious Rising Star Award Caribbean to be presented at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS). This is the eighth year ISHC and CHRIS have collaborated to recognize young, talented leadership in the Caribbean region.Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger, born on or after May 19, 1982Is currently, and has been, working in a hospitality-related fieldIs recognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising starIs currently living and working in the Caribbean with a minimum of two years experience in the marketTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight EST on March 8, 2018. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.The award will be presented to the winner at CHRIS, May 16-18, 2018, at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami.About Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS)Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean's most important hotel and tourism investment conference. The conference immediately follows a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami. CHRIS and HOLA are produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with Burba Hotel Network (BHN). About Northstar Travel Group (www.northstartravelgroup.com)Northstar Travel Group is the global leader of business intelligence, information, data, research, digital marketing services and events for senior-level professionals in the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. The Northstar portfolio includes; Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, The Beat, Travel Procurement, Web in Travel, Phocuswright, Burba Hotel Network, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Conventions China, Incentive, Association News, Sports Travel and 75 annual events in thirteen countries including leading events such as ALIS, HICAP, Phocuswright, TEAMS, Web in Travel, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital and is based in Secaucus, NJ, with offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Edwards, CO; Glen Ellyn, IL; Costa Mesa, CA; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. About Burba Hotel Network (BHN)BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and in excess of 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London; and HotelsWorld in Sydney. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. BHN is a division of Northstar Travel Group.

Wing T. Chao receives ISHC Pioneer Award at ALIS

ISHC · 2 February 2018
Los Angeles -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), presented Wing T. Chao with the 2018 ISHC Pioneer Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the largest hotel investment conference in the world.Upon receiving the award, Chao remarked, "I am profoundly honored and deeply humbled to receive this prestigious award. In honoring me, in essence you are also honoring many other people." Chao went on to acknowledge and thank Disney leaders, colleagues and designers he worked with and his mother and father who inspired him to be an architect.The ISHC Pioneer Award was established in 1996 to recognize one individual each year who has made an outstanding contribution, achievement and/or improvement in the hospitality industry. Past recipients include J.W. Marriott, Barry Sternlicht, Jonathan Tisch, Bill Kimpton, Kathleen Taylor, Ian Schrager and many other notable industry leaders. Winners are selected on a basis of three criteria: Active involvement in the hospitality industry; Contribution to the industry; and Personal/organizational attributes and qualities adhering to professional standards recognized and respected by industry peers.ISHC Chairman John Fareed and Pioneer Award Chair Stephen Hennis presented the award. Fareed commented, "It is a privilege and honor to present Wing with the ISHC Pioneer Award among hospitality's top leaders here at ALIS. Wing brought to life the unimaginable through his work with Disney and is without a doubt a pioneer for our industry."Stephen Hennis, ISHC Pioneer Award Chair, commented, "We would like to thank our partners at ALIS for the opportunity to celebrate Wing and his extraordinary career that will have a lasting impact on generations to come."Chao is an internationally renowned master planner, architect and developer. He is greatly admired and highly respected in both the hospitality industry and the design & architecture communities. Chao began his career at Disney in 1972 and went on to become Vice Chairman of Development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Asia Pacific. He was also Executive Vice President for Master Planning, Architecture & Design at Walt Disney Imagineering.During the course of his 37-year career at Disney, Chao oversaw the master planning, design and development of its worldwide businesses worth over $12 billion. He directed development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and the world's leading architects and designers on projects including Disney theme parks, 100,000 new and renovated resort hotel rooms, 200 restaurants, 4 million-square-feet of retail space, 3 million-square-feet of entertainment venues, 4 million-square-feet of office buildings, 2 million-square-feet of mixed-used development and numerous convention and exhibition centers at Walt Disney Company's resorts in California, Florida, Hawaii, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. Chao also directed the design for the four Disney cruise ships.Chao remains actively involved in the hospitality industry and he has been working on numerous multibillion-dollar integrated resorts, theme parks, hotels, water parks, retail, entertainment, commercial, convention and exhibition projects.About the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS)Produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry's leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community. Proceeds benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA's not-for-profit affiliate. ALIS 2018 took place January 22-24, 2018 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE. Visit the ALIS website, www.ALISconference.com, for additional information.About Northstar Travel Group (www.northstartravelgroup.com)Northstar Travel Group is the global leader of business intelligence, information, data, research, digital marketing services and events for senior-level professionals in the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. The Northstar portfolio includes; Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, The Beat, Travel Procurement, Web in Travel, Phocuswright, Burba Hotel Network, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Conventions China, Incentive, Association News, Sports Travel and 75 annual events in thirteen countries including leading events such as ALIS, HICAP, Phocuswright, TEAMS, Web in Travel, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital and is based in Secaucus, NJ, with offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Edwards, CO; Glen Ellyn, IL; Costa Mesa, CA; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. About the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests' stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com. About Burba Hotel Network (BHN)BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and in excess of 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London; and HotelsWorld in Sydney. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. BHN is a division of Northstar Travel Group.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Young Leader Award presented at IHIF

ISHC ·15 December 2017
Berlin, Germany -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Young Leader Award presented at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany.The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger. Born on or after 1 January 1983Currently works for or directly within the hotel sectorIs recognised by peers and industry members as an emerging leader for the hotel industryWhose contributions are already making an impact on the hotel industryTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 10 January 2018. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by a sponsor from within their organisation or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee."It was such an honour for me to receive the IHIF Young Leader Award in 2017. It is a great recognition for my contribution to this industry which I am so passionate about. It has given me a lot of confidence and motivation regarding my future career in this industry," said Eva Bachmann, Director Acquisitions & Strategy at MEININGER Hotels. Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, "We are looking for young, talented individuals who are a driving force in advancing the hospitality industry. Each year we look forward to receiving nominations and presenting the award at IHIF. It is important to us to give back, and we're thankful to our partners at Questex for the opportunity to recognise and foster young talent that will shape the future of our industry."Tess Pearson, Event Director of IHIF Berlin said, "Championing young and brilliant individuals is not only vital for the future of the industry but also an energising and uplifting experience and it is a privilege to work with the ISHC on this element of the conference. The theme for IHIF 2018 is Reaching New Heights and there are so many talented young people in the industry today doing just that, and we look forward to receiving their nominations and learning more about the significant contributions they are making."The Young Leader Award will be presented during the IHIF Conference 5-7 March 2018 at the InterContinental Berlin.About Questex Hospitality GroupQuestex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions the group serves the sector's entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit http://www.questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

ISHC Welcomes Silver In Its 2017 Membership Class

ISHC · 4 December 2017
ISHC is the leading source for global hospitality expertise. Membership in ISHC is by invitation only, and members are viewed as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. Candidates for membership undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training, and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues.Stacy Silver is President of the Silver Hospitality Group, LLC, and has had over 20 years creating successful brand strategic direction and launches, key partner relationships, marketing collateral and events such as roundtables, specialty corporate conference as well as focus groups for the hospitality industry. Since the inception of Silver Hospitality Group 5 years ago, she has been recognized as an industry leader and most recently as one of the top 30 influential women in hospitality by Hotel Management magazine. She has also founded timely and innovative hospitality events such as the Distressed Hotel Summit and the Revenue Strategy Summit, now in its 6th year. She is a frequent speaker at major industry events.Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC, commented, "ISHC is honored to have Stacy Silver join as a member of the Society. We feel she fulfills our 30-year tradition of the best-of-the-best consultants in the hospitality industry and looks forward to her contributions.""Being chosen as part of the class of 2017 is a true honor," said Stacy Silver, President of Silver Hospitality Group, LLC. "I look forward to joining my esteemed colleagues in being able to contribute to the organization in a positive way. Through the history of my career, being in this society has always been a goal of mine, and I am excited to have it realized this year."ISHC is composed of, individuals, not organizations, corporations, or groups. To be eligible for membership, an individual must be an owner, officer, partner or principal of his or her own company, or the equivalent thereof, and be qualified by his or her years experience consulting.ISHC proudly welcomed the following twenty-four new members in its 2017 membership class:* Roger Allen, Resources for Leisure Assets* Amanda Chivers (Associate), Crown Hospitality Consulting* Aurora Dawn Reinke, Astrapto LLC * Scott Dyde, Sala Design Group* Jorge Garcia, GarciaStrombergGS4studios * Rick Garlick, JD Power* Leora Halpern Lanz, LHL Communications & Boston University * Christopher Henry, Majestic Hospitality Group * Ben Hirasawa, Clyde & Co Clasis Pte Ltd * Joanne Jia, Christie & Co* Peter Joehnk, JOI-Design* David Larone, CBRE Limited, CBRE Hotels* John McCarthy, Leisure Partners * Karen McSteen, brandMatters, LLC* Hayden Pace, Stokes Wagner, ALC * Tony Ryan, JLL Hotel & Hospitality* Margaret Shutze, WilsonRed* Stacy Silver, Silver Hospitality Group, LLC * Kenneth Taylor, MarkeTeam Inc* Sinisa Topalovic, Horwath HTL Southeast Europe* Jacquel Tucker (Associate), Global Hospitality Expert Solutions LLC * Mark VanStekelenburg, CBRE* Bruno Walter, PRATTO Consulting GmbH* Mary Winslow (Associate), Luckie & Co

ISHC to honor Wing T. Chao with the Pioneer Award at ALIS

ISHC ·31 October 2017
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), is proud to present Wing T. Chao with the 2018 Pioneer Award, an award established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution, achievement and or improvement in the hospitality industry. Chao is an internationally renowned master planner, architect and developer. He is currently working on numerous multi-billion dollar integrated resorts, theme parks, hotels, retail, entertainment, commercial, convention and exhibition projects.Chao began his career at Disney in 1972 and went on to become Vice Chairman of Development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Asia Pacific. He was also Executive Vice President for Master Planning, Architecture & Design at Walt Disney Imagineering.During the course of his 37 year career at Disney, Wing T. Chao oversaw the master planning, design and development of its worldwide businesses worth over $12 billion. He led development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and the world's leading architects and designers on projects including Disney theme parks, 100,000 new and renovated resort hotel rooms, 200 restaurants, 4 million-square-feet of retail space, 3 million-square-feet of entertainment venues, 4 million-square-feet of office buildings, 2 million-square-feet of mixed-used development and numerous convention and exhibition centers at Walt Disney Company's resorts in California, Florida, Hawaii, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. Chao also directed the design for the four Disney cruise ships.Stephen Hennis, ISHC Pioneer Award Chair, commented, "As ISHC celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, we wanted to honor an individual known for innovation in hospitality. Wing T. Chao without a doubt has had an incredible career and brought to life inconceivable ideas through his work at Disney that will impact generations to come. Wing is still actively contributing to the hospitality industry and continues to drive innovation. We are honored to present him with the ISHC Pioneer Award at ALIS."Chao is greatly admired in the hospitality industry and he is highly respected in the architecture and design community. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his achievements including, but not limited to, the American Institute of Architects' Outstanding Achievement Award and the Legend Award by Contract Magazine, the leading publication for the commercial design industry.About the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS)Produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry's leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community. Proceeds benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA's not-for-profit affiliate. ALIS 2018 will take place January 22-24, 2018 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater L.A. LIVE. Visit the ALIS website, www.ALISconference.com, for additional information. About Northstar Travel Group (www.northstartravelgroup.com)Northstar Travel Group is the global leader of business intelligence, information, data, research, digital marketing services and events for senior-level professionals in the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. The Northstar portfolio includes; Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, The Beat, Travel Procurement, Web in Travel, Phocuswright, Burba Hotel Network, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Conventions China, Incentive, Association News, Sports Travel and 75 annual events in thirteen countries including leading events such as ALIS, HICAP, Phocuswright, TEAMS, Web in Travel, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital and is based in Secaucus, NJ, with offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Edwards, CO; Glen Ellyn, IL; Costa Mesa, CA; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.About the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests' stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.About Burba Hotel Network (BHN)BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and in excess of 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. BHN is a division of Northstar Travel Group.

ISHC Chuck Pinkowski Service Award presented to Chad Sorensen

ISHC ·17 October 2017
Ron Lustig, a previous Chuck Pinkowski Award winner, presented the award with Sorensen's son Jack on stage. After receiving the award, Sorensen commented, "It was an amazing experience to be recognized by the top hospitality consultants from around the globe. The ISHC represents the best of the best in the industry and to be affiliated with the Society is truly an honor."Each year ISHC members collectively contribute several hundred hours in volunteer time to help support ISHC projects and operations. Members are involved in helping support virtually all aspects of ISHC; from membership development, conference planning, marketing and promotion programs, special projects, fundraising to the leadership of the organization.The Chuck Pinkowski Member Service award was established in 2000, in recognition of Chuck Pinkowski's, Founding member and Executive Director of ISHC from 1989-2000, volunteer contributions to ISHC.Executive Director of ISHC, Andrea Belfanti commented, "Chad has already made a lasting contribution to ISHC, and continues to contribute his time and talents for the betterment of the Society. He is a driving force in the international growth of ISHC and the CapEx Study. We could not be more pleased to honor Chad with this award and thank him for his leadership and dedication to ISHC."Previous award winners include David Brudney, Rick Swig, Ron Lustig, Jana Hesser, Judy King, Bruce Goodwin, Maurice Robinson, Bernard Delomenie, Drew Dimond, Rachel Roginsky, Rick Pastorino, Arne Gustafson, Tom Morone, Matt Arrants, Sean Hennessey, Jim Burba, Alan Benjamin and David Berins.

Amy Mierzwinski Receives Third Annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting

ISHC ·21 September 2017
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) today announced Amy Mierzwinski, MSc CHDM, as the recipient of the third annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Mierzwinski was honored at the ISHC annual conference, held this year in Bangkok, Thailand. The guest of honor received a complimentary registration and travel allowance to attend the three-day event, including access to global hospitality experts featured throughout the conference program and exclusive ISHC member networking events. Mierzinski also was awarded a complimentary one-year Associate Membership to the ISHC to further professional relationships and continue experiencing all that the Society has to offer through events and interacting with top hospitality industry consultants from around the globe."Amy's many accomplishments, achieved within her own career and on behalf of the clients she represents, are a testament to her deep knowledge of hospitality marketing strategies, leadership, professionalism, creativity and continual pursuit of growth," said Kristie Dickinson, ISHC award committee chair and executive vice president of CHMWarnick. "Amy has risen as a leader and trusted advisor within her own firm and throughout the industry, receiving many awards and accolades for her work. She is actively engaged in a number of organizations, including HSMAI. Amy is a hospitality professional deserving of this recognition, and we are confident that this award will inspire and support her continued journey towards becoming a top industry leader, for which she is well on her way."Mierzwinski currently is a director at Horwath HTL, a global leader in hotel, tourism and leisure consulting, where she is responsible for branding, sales and marketing and revenue management consultancy. Additionally, she oversees Horwath HTL's client service team in New York and Florida. Prior to joining Horwath HTL, Mierzwinski held key positions with The Lacek Group, a specialty agency of Ogilvy & Mather based in Manhattan, where she managed a number of hospitality accounts, including the former Starwood, Denihan Hospitality Group and Anson-Stoner. Mierzwinski holds a Master of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Florida State University, as well as a Certified Hospitality Digital Marketing professional designation from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She currently serves on HSMAI's Digital Marketing Council."The International Society of Hospitality Consultants represents the best of the best in consulting, and becoming a member has been a long-term aspiration of mine," Mierzwinski noted. "To be recognized with the Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence gives me a great opportunity, not only to further my career aspirations, but to build long-lasting relationships. Over the course of my decade in hospitality, I have seen the industry go through numerous changes in technology, the competitive landscape and, particularly in my field of marketing, with the importance of digital strategy. The one thing that hasn't changed is the significance and value of the relationships I've made with fellow industry professionals. I look forward to my future involvement in ISHC and hope to set an example for other young hospitality consultants."The award is named in honor of Lori Raleigh, who is well known as an advocate for continuing education in hospitality consulting and for supporting young talent with creative and passionate leadership. Raleigh is the founder of The Travers Group and served as the executive director of the ISHC from 2000 to 2013. She also contributed to two important industry texts, co-authoring Hotel Investments: Issues & Perspectives and serving as co-editor and contributing author of Hotel Asset Management: Principles and Practices.Candidates for The Lori Raleigh Award had to meet the below criteria at the time of nomination:35 years of age or younger at the time of the award presentationFive years' experience in a hospitality-related field with a minimum of three years of specific hospitality consulting experienceRecognized by leaders within their company or other industry constituents familiar with their work as exceptional and leadership materialMust be working for a company that provides third-party consulting or advisory services to the hospitality industry and be actively involved or responsible for providing advisory services to clients of the firmFor more information on The Lori Raleigh Award, please visit www.ishc.com/awards.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Rising Star Award South Asia

ISHC · 1 August 2017
Mumbai -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) is now accepting nominations for the Rising Star Award South Asia to be presented at HIFI 20-21 November 2017 at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar.Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger, born on or after 20 November 1981Have a minimum of five years in a hotel development and/or investment related field with a minimum of one year with the current companyRecognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising starCurrently living and working in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) with a minimum of two years' experience in the marketTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight IST on 28 August 2017. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.About HIFIHIFI is India's most important hotel investment conference. It is the annual meeting place for the leaders in the Indian hotel and tourism industry to discuss important trends, network, identify new opportunities, and do deals through a combination of plenary sessions, breakout panels, and interactive workshops. HIFI is produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with BHN and Horwath HTL. Visit www.HIFI-India.com for more information.About Northstar Travel Group (www.northstartravelgroup.com)Northstar Travel Group is the global leader of business intelligence, information, data, research, digital marketing services and events for senior-level professionals in the travel, meetings and hospitality industries. The Northstar portfolio includes; Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, The Beat, Travel Procurement, Web in Travel, Phocuswright, Burba Hotel Network, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Meetings & Conventions China, Incentive, Association News, Sports Travel and 75 annual events in thirteen countries including leading events such as ALIS, HICAP, Phocuswright, TEAMS, Web in Travel, and Mountain Travel Symposium. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital and is based in Secaucus, NJ, with offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Edwards, CO; Glen Ellyn, IL; Costa Mesa, CA; and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. About Burba Hotel Network (BHN)BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and in excess of 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world. BHN is a division of Northstar Travel Group. About Horwath HTLHorwath HTL (Hotels Tourism and Leisure) is the global leader in hospitality consulting providing unequalled expertise through a combination of detailed local knowledge and international experience. Horwath HTL is currently the world's largest consulting brand specialised in hotel, tourism and leisure with over 45 offices in 39 countries. Horwath HTL is a member of Crowe Horwath International, a professional association of accounting and management consulting firms founded in New York in 1915. Crowe Horwath International is currently ranked as the 8th largest international professional service group with offices in over 600 cities in 129 countries.

ISHC Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Rising Star Award Asia Pacific to be presented at HICAP

ISHC ·23 June 2017
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) is now accepting nominations for the Rising Star Award Asia Pacific to be presented at HICAP on 20 October 2017 at the InterContinental Hong Kong.Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger, born on or after 20 October 1981Have a minimum of five years in a hotel development and/or investment related field with a minimum of one year with the current companyRecognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising starCurrently living and working in the Asia Pacific region with a minimum of two years experience in the marketTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight HKT on 27 July 2017. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

International Society of Hospitality Consultants Launches 2018 Capital Expenditure Data Survey

ISHC ·12 June 2017
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), today announced that the organizations have begun preliminary research for the 2018 CapEx Data Survey, placing an open call to all U.S. hotel owners, management companies and asset managers to participate by July 31, 2017. The data collected will be presented in the upcoming 5th edition of "ISHC CapEx - A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel Industry". STR, the leading industry provider of global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights, will again manage all collected data to ensure the strictest confidentiality.Since the inaugural release in 1995, the study has become an invaluable resource for owners, operators, asset managers and consultants in the hospitality industry. "The long-standing collaboration between ISHC, HAMA and STR truly has brought some of the best and brightest minds in the industry together for this publication", said Chad Sorensen, ISHC, CHAM, of CHMWarnick, the CapEx committee co-chair.About the ISHC CapEx - A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel IndustryThe study presents in-depth analysis on hotel capital expenditures within differing hotel segments, ownerships types, location and positioning through the life-cycle of lodging assets. Included in the study are perspectives on capital expenditures from leaders of different facets throughout of the hotel industry. The statistical analysis and supporting editorial have made the study a must-have for hotel owners, operators and industry investors. The most recent version, ISHC CapEx 2014, currently is available in print and eBook formats.Alan Benjamin, ISHC, Benjamin West president and CapEx committee co-chair, commented, "The study provides stakeholders expansive data and perspectives for the planning of capital expenditures and repair and maintenance expenses across a broad spectrum of hotel assets. This one-of-a-kind sourcebook examines the historical spending of hotels and also provides current, up-to-date cost estimates for forecasting a hotel's future needs."About HAMAHAMA members are involved in asset management, acquisition, financing and disposition of hotels and resorts and are directly responsible for making decisions concerning capital investments, renovations, asset repositioning, operational policies and management selection. Its U.S. members represent more than 3,500 hotels and resorts across every major brand, accounting for 775,000 hotel rooms, 250,000 employees, $40 billion in annual revenue and $3 billion in capital expenditures. About STRSTR provides clients from multiple market sectors with premium, global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 16 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and an international headquarters in London, England. For more information, please visit str.com.

Nominations Open For Third Annual International Society Of Hospitality Consultants' Lori Ralgeigh Award For Emerging Excellence In Hospitality Consulting

ISHC · 1 June 2017
Atlanta, GA -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) today announced that nominations are open for the third annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting.Launched in 2015 in honor of Lori Raleigh, founder of the Travers Group and executive director of ISHC 2000-2013, the award honors young, successful industry professionals with leadership qualities in hospitality consulting."The Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting gives young professionals who demonstrate early career success a chance to be recognized for their leadership qualities and efforts," said Kristie Dickinson, ISHC award committee chair and executive vice president of CHMWarnick. "For any industry to succeed, there must be a constant influx of new perspectives, innovation and talent. The ISHC would like to recognize the best-of-the-best in the emerging class of hospitality consultants who are on the path to becoming future industry leaders and joining the exclusive ranks of ISHC membership."Candidates for The Lori Raleigh Award must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the award presentation and meet the criteria for ISHC's associate membership, including five years' experience in a hospitality-related field with a minimum of three years of specific hospitality consulting experience. They also must be recognized by their company leaders or other industry constituents who are familiar with their work as an exceptional example of a future leader within the field of hospitality consulting. At the time of nomination, a candidate must be working for a company that provides third-party consulting or advisory services to the hospitality industry and be actively involved or responsible for providing advisory services to clients of the firm (e.g., hospitality consulting firms, third-party asset managers, architects, designers, food and beverage consultants, hospitality lawyers, purchasing companies, etc.). Prior award winners are not eligible for nomination, while prior nominees who have not previously won remain eligible. Winner must be available to attend the annual conference for the award presentation in Bangkok, September 14 - 16, 2017.Nominations are due by June 30, 2017. The winner will be announced in mid-July and presented at the ISHC Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, September 14 - 16, 2017, at the InterContinental Bangkok Hotel. Winners will receive a one-year associate membership in ISHC, where networking opportunities with the industry's top consultants become available with this invitation-only group of hospitality experts, as well as complimentary registration and travel allowance to attend to the event itself.Last year's winner was Ali Hoyt, director, Consulting and Analytics at STR. During her five-year tenure with STR, Hoyt continually undertakes leadership roles on internal committees, having already been promoted twice since joining. Her responsibilities include overseeing consulting assignments, developing analytical models and templates, creating custom products and presenting industry data. Additional duties include finding new industry applications for 30 years of hotel performance data, training new associates, assisting with internal projects such as STR's online data platform and representing the company as a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Early highlights with STR have included developing custom data solutions for several clients, designing underwriting templates in order to streamline client due diligence processes and working with several of the major hotel firms in evaluating the validity of their competitive sets. Prior to STR, Hoyt worked at Starwood and at her family's ski resort in New Hampshire. She attended Cornell University's Hotel School, is president of the Colorado-Rocky Mountain chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society and is certified in hotel industry analytics from AH&LA. She also is vice president of adoptions for Save the Giants Rescue, a volunteer dog rescue organization."It is important to ISHC to give back to the hospitality industry and foster new talent, and it is wonderful to recognize emerging consultants that are already making an impact," said Andrea Belfanti, ISHC executive director. "Since the award winner is invited to be an associate ISHC member for a year and to attend our annual conference, we hope this will be a real catalyst for their career by providing unique educational and networking opportunities. ISHC believes in the power of collaboration and idea exchange and the immense impact that can have on an individual and the industry.""Through the Lori Raleigh Award, ISHC is introducing young professionals to a group of distinguished hospitality consultants and investing in the future of this industry," Hoyt added. "I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 ISHC Annual Conference in Seattle and was warmly welcomed into the group. Throughout the past year, I have continued to connect with members at conferences and through consulting work. I hope other young hospitality consulting professionals recognize the unique experience and exclusive opportunities this award can bring to their career progression. I look forward to a long and continually rewarding relationship with ISHC."For more information on The Lori Raleigh Award, please visit www.ishc.com/awards or go directly to the nomination form here.

2017 Rising Star Award Caribbean presented at CHRIS

ISHC ·16 May 2017
ISHC (International Society of Hospitality Consultants), in partnership with BHN (Burba Hotel Network), took time to recognize a Rising Star at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami.The Rising Star Award Caribbean only added to the sense of excitement and opportunity at the CHRIS conference amidst lessening public health concern over Zika and a cautiously optimistic hotel & tourism investment community.This year's recipient of the Rising Star Award was Caribbean native Marlen Mena, Rooms Division Manager of the Dreams La Romana in the Dominican Republic."Marlen is a great example of someone, through hard work and dedication, has worked her way up in such a short amount of time by empowering her team and being a strong leader in the midst of uncertainty. ISHC is proud to recognize her with the Rising Star Award and we're excited to see where her career takes her. Our members really value this opportunity to encourage young talent in the Caribbean region - a region that depends on the hospitality industry. We are thankful for the support of BHN, the judging panel, and the sponsors who helped make this happen," said Andrea Belfanti, ISHC Executive Director."We're pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on the 'future' of the tourism industry in the Caribbean with the annual Rising Star Award. The nominee list in 2017 included numerous talented young leaders from across the region. When the judges reviewed the candidates and voted, Marlen rose to the top. She is truly an exceptional executive and we are looking forward to watching her help shape the future of travel/tourism in the Caribbean," added Jim Burba, President, BHN.The Rising Star Award Caribbean was presented to Marlen on April 28, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, FL. This is the seventh year ISHC and BHN have joined together to recognize emerging talent in the region at CHRIS with the Rising Star Award Caribbean. Nomination criteria requires a candidate to be 35 years of age or younger, currently living in the Caribbean, working in a hospitality-related field and recognized in the industry as a rising star.About CHRISCaribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean's most important hotel and tourism investment conference. The 2017 conference immediately followed a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami. HOLA and CHRIS are hosted by Burba Hotel Network (BHN). For additional information on the CHRIS conference visit: www.CHRISconference.com.About BHNBHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 140 events completed to-date, and nearly 100,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.

2017 ISHC Young Leader Award presented to Director Acquisitions & Strategy for MEININGER Hotels at IHIF in Berlin

ISHC ·17 March 2017
Berlin, Germany -- The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) in partnership with Questex Hospitality Group, presented the Young Leader Award to a Eva Bachmann, Director Acquisitions & Strategy of MEININGER Hotels at the IHIF conference, attended by over 2,000 hospitality and tourism decision-makers from over 80 countries.Upon receiving the award, Eva commented, "It is a great privilege to be recognised for my contributions to an industry which I am truly passionate about. I am equally humbled and delighted to have won the 2017 Young Leader Award."The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Nominees for the award must be 35 years of age or younger whose contributions are already making an impact on the hospitality industry."It is important to our members to give back to the industry and be part of IHIF. We are delighted to present Eva with the Young Leader Award as a shining example of someone who is passionate about the hospitality industry and already making an incredible impact through her career. ISHC is proud to continue this partnership with IHIF to recognise and encourage the future leaders of our industry."Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Hospitality Group, hosts of IHIF commented, "Eva is a remarkable young woman shaping the future of the hospitality industry. Her achievements to date are outstanding and very deserving of this high profile recognition. We wish her every success for the future."About Questex Hospitality GroupQuestex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector's entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit http://www.questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

ISHC honors visionary Ian Schrager with 2017 Pioneer Award

ISHC · 3 February 2017
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the leading source for global hospitality expertise, presented hospitality legend Ian Schrager with the prestigious Pioneer Award for his revolutionary impact on the hospitality industry.For over five decades, Ian Schrager set an unrivalled standard for hospitality, real estate and nightlife. Throughout his illustrious career, Schrager not only changed nightlife with Studio 54, but also pioneered the design-forward boutique boom and achieved international recognition for concepts such as: "lobby socializing", "the hotel as home away from home", "the hotel as theatre", "cheap chic", "the indoor/outdoor lobby", "the urban resort", and "the urban spa" that have revolutionized the entertainment, residential and hospitality industries.With the new opening of Schrager's private label, PUBLIC Hotels, several luxury residential projects under development in New York City and over 20 EDITION hotels around the world in the pipeline under his partnership with Marriott, now is the ideal time to celebrate his groundbreaking five decades in business.Schrager was presented the Pioneer Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the largest hotel investment conference in the world attended by nearly 3,000 of the hospitality industry's leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community.During the award presentation, David Neff, Chairman of ISHC, had the opportunity to interview Ian about his illustrious career and had this to say about him, "ISHC created the Pioneer Award over 20 years ago to recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry. This year's recipient, Ian Schrager, is someone who has had such an incredible impact on the hospitality industry over the span of his career. I was honored to interview such a visionary. What great insights he had to share with us all."The Pioneer Award was established in 1996 by ISHC to recognize one individual each year for making an outstanding contribution, achievement and or improvement in the hospitality industry. Winners are selected based on three criteria: active involvement in the industry, their contribution to the industry, and personal/organizational attributes and qualities. In addition to their contribution, the individual or organization, on a consistent basis possesses certain attributes and adheres to professional standards, which are recognized and respected by his/her peers.About ALISCo-hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities. The conference attracts the lodging industry's leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community. Proceeds from ALIS benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA's nonprofit affiliate. For information on the Foundation, visit www.ahlef.org. About the American Hotel and Lodging Association Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests' stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational FoundationFounded in 1953, the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation has spent 60+ years identifying, cultivating, and supporting the human talent, research, and initiatives most vital to the progress and prosperity of the lodging industry. The Foundation works in tandem with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) to educate the future hospitality workforce, research trends and opportunities that will impact the sector, and empower the industry to grow stronger and faster. For more information visit: www.ahlef.org.About BHNBHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 130 events completed to-date, and more than 90,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.

Nominations open for the 2017 Rising Star Award Caribbean presented at CHRIS

ISHC ·13 January 2017
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) has launched nominations for the prestigious Rising Star Award Caribbean to be presented at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in partnership with Burba Hotel Network (BHN). This is the seventh year ISHC and BHN have collaborated to recognize young, talented leadership in the Caribbean region.Candidates must meet the following criteria:35 years of age or younger, born on or after April 28, 1982Has been working in a hospitality-related fieldIs recognized by leaders in the hospitality field as a rising starIs currently living and working in the Caribbean with a minimum of two years experience in the marketTo nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination form. The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight EST on February 8, 2017. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organization or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.The award will be presented to the winner at CHRIS, April 26-28, 2017, at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami.About CHRISCaribbean Hotel & Resorts Investment Summit (CHRIS) is the Caribbean's most important hotel and tourism investment conference. The conference immediately follows a second important event, the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference. The back-to-back nature of the two events provides a venue for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in the Caribbean, but also in Latin America, to conduct their business while in Miami.About BHNBHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 130 events completed to-date, and more than 90,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become "must attend" events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.

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