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2008 Hotel Investment Conference Sets Event Theme of
“The Money & The Marketplace: Hotel Investing in
Today’s Financial Climate”
Proceeds from the Event Benefit Georgia State University’s Hotel School
|ATLANTA, Ga., January 10, 2008—The Hotel Investment Conference
today unveiled a timely theme for its upcoming meeting, one that acknowledges
the complexities of the current economic environment: “The Money
& The Marketplace: Hotel Investing in Today’s Financial Climate.”
In addition, officials announced the keynote speakers for the 2008 event
to be held March 9 to11 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta,
Ga. The Hotel Investment Conference is one of the industry’s four
major annual nationwide events and the only one designed specifically for
hotel owners and investors. Proceeds from the event benefit Georgia State
University’s hotel school.
The event will feature 106 speakers from 24 states, seven main event sessions, 16 breakout sessions and 15 roundtables.
John Murray, president and chief operating officer of Hospitality Properties Trust, who oversees one of the largest hospitality portfolios in the nation valued at more than $6 billion, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, March 10. Tom Keltner, CEO Americas & Global Brands, Hilton Hotels Corporation, will keynote the Tuesday, March 11 luncheon.
“With the subprime crisis and a difficult-to-read economy, financing has become one of the most important issues facing hotel owners in the coming year,” said Bob Hunter, CHB, ISHC, Hotel Investment Conference chairman, and President, Hunter Realty Associates, Inc.
“We have a strong emphasis on hotel financing: 20 speakers who are hotel financing and equity experts; 6 finance roundtables and 3 finance panels dealing with various aspects of finance, ranging from financing fundamentals to advanced finance strategies. Our focus as a conference is on the owner, and we believe the emphasis on financing, along with more than 30 other educational sessions on topics ranging from Green Hotel Trends to Using Emerging Trends to Build Revenues, will appeal to our attendees.”
Preliminary registration numbers bear out Hunter’s observation. “Advance registration is significantly ahead of last year, which was a record year for the conference,” he noted. “We continue to grow at a measured rate. We are at a size that helps us attract the top speakers but one that also provides excellent access to owners in a setting that allows everyone to network comfortably.”
The conference will begin with an overview of the economy and its impact on the hotel industry by Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, George State University.
The lead-off “main tent” panel on Leadership and Experience will feature Don Landry, CHA, owner, Top Ten; Stephen Joyce, EVP Global Development, Owner and Franchise Services, Marriott International; Nancy Johnson, CHA, executive vice president, Carlson Hotels Worldwide; Mark Woodworth, president , PKF Hospitality Research, and Sam Winterbottom, president and CEO, eSuites Hotels.
The popular President’s Panel will be moderated by Isaac Collazo, vice president, Performance Strategy Planning, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and will feature Stephen Schwartz, chairman and CEO, First Hospitality Group, Inc.; Dennis Quaintance, president & CEO, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels; and Mitesh Shah, president and CEO, Noble Investment Group and Walter Isenberg, President of Sage Hospitality of Denver, Colorado.
A cross-section of other speakers includes:
The Hotel Investment Conference, designed for hotel owners and operators,
is one of four annual nationwide events that attract the hotel industry’s
top leaders. Proceeds from the event benefit Georgia State University’s
|Also See:||The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University Offering a Masters of Business Administration in Hotel Real Estate; First Such MBA Specialization in the Nation / July 2007|
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