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2nd Annual Hotel Investment Forum

Despite a traumatic year, the hotel industry is firmly back on the road to profitability in 2002. The events of…

Despite a traumatic year, the hotel industry is firmly back on the road to profitability in 2002. The events of September 11th 2001 combined with the global economic downturn forced a thriving industry to rethink its growth and expansion strategy in favour of sustainability. However, the first quarter of 2002 proved very positive for hotel companies and did much to boost morale across the industry. Numbers are improving quickly and there is no doubt that a strong recovery is on the way with most hotel players beating analysts` predictions. Recent analyst reports have stated that the industry will make a full recovery by the 1st quarter of 2004 and will have shown a growth of over 6%. However, in order to do this, hotel companies must look for ways to expand and finance that expansion.

Key opportunities for development and growth will be identified and discussed during Euromoney Seminars` 2nd Annual European Hotel Investment Forum taking place on the 17th and 18th September 2002 at Le Meridien Piccadilly in London.

Over the course of two days, delegates will be given the opportunity to question over 30 top speakers as meet and network with senior representatives from across the hotel industry.

Speakers will include:

Melvin Gold, Managing Director, Hotel Consultancy Services, PKF, James Provan MEP, Vice President, European Parliament and Chairman, Cross Party Tourism Group, Graham Windle, Strategic Development Director, Whitbread Hotel Company, Simon Turl, Managing Director, Travelodge, Alasdair McNee, Director of Strategy, De Vere Group, Michael Flaxman, Managing Director, Accor UK, Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, Shane Harris, Vice President, Development and Investment, Six Continents Hotels and Resorts, Andres Gomez Nunez, Managing Director of Development, Europe, Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Arthur de Haast, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, Clive Hillier, Hotel Development Director, Marylebone Warwick Balfour, Chad Pike, Managing Director, Blackstone Group International, Anupam Narayan, Senior Vice President Global Strategy and CFO, Best Western International, Jim Brown, President and COO, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Paul McManus, President and CEO, Leading Hotels of the World, Richard Mahoney, President and Chief Operating Officer, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, Ashley Krais, Group Finance Director, Queens Moat Houses, Henrik Bartl, Head of International Hotel Financing, Aareal Bank AG, Peter Anscombe, Corporate Director, Leisure and Head of Travel and, Hotels, Royal Bank of Scotland, Hans Rijnberg, Head of European Hotel Team, NIB Capital Bank N.V., Warren Chan, Senior Vice President, International Finance, Marriott International Inc., Marvin Rust, Head of Hospitality and Leisure, Europe, Andersen, Pauline Bradley, Head of Joint Ventures, Bank of Scotland

Topics covered during this timely two day event include:

  • A retrospective look over the past year: gaining an industry perspective

  • Assessing tourism and travel trends within Europe

  • Consolidation and mergers and acquisitions in the hotel industry

  • Strategies to make hotels an attractive investment

  • Determining accurate hotel valuations

  • Gaining an accurate picture of the hotel sector on the stock market

  • Sale and leasebacks: splitting the brains and the bricks

  • Assessing the growth of joint ventures in the hotel industry

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