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 Key Speakers Set for International Hotel Conference; 
October 17-19, 2004, Monte Carlo, Monaco


CHICAGO, Ill., USA / MONTE CARLO, Monaco, July 9, 2004 — Organizers of the International Hotel Conference are expecting record attendance at their second annual event, in response to the beginning of a rebound in the global hotel industry. 

Approximately 400 participants are expected at this year’s conference on October 17-19 at the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel in Monte Carlo, Monaco—up from 250 in the conference’s inaugural year.  Cost for the three-day event is $1,395.

With attendees from at least 30 different countries expected, 100 high-profile speakers, 22 interactive sessions and 14 roundtable discussions, the International Hotel Conference will provide a setting for attendees to exchange ideas on financing, development and management with the world’s hotel industry leaders.  Among the planned highlights of the event will be a retrospective of 2004 global industry trends and the first worldwide projections for 2005.

“We exceeded attendance expectations in our first year and already are well ahead of that pace,” said Morris E. Lasky, conference chairman and president of Lodging Unlimited.  “The largest contingent is European, followed by Asian, North American, African and South American.  We still have a limited number of sponsorship and exhibits available.”

Key speakers include:

  • Russell Kett, managing director HVS International 
  • Roeland Vos, president, Europe, Africa & Middle East of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Michael Flaxman, managing director for Accor Hotels Northern, Central & Eastern Europe
  • Rod Taylor, relationship director & hotels team leader for Business Banking – Hospitality & Leisure Team, Barclay Bank Plc
  • Peter M. Anscomb, corporate director, leisure, and head of hotel finance corporate banking for The Royal Bank of Scotland
An addition to this year’s conference will be a pre-conference gala, which will be held on October 16-17.  The gala will kick off with a tour of two wineries, including Chateau Forte du Broc and Les Arch Chateau, in neighboring Provence.  The following day will feature a six-hour tour of Old Town Monte Carlo, including a stop at the Prince of Monte Carlo’s private car collection.  The tour will include with lunch in the mountain village of Eze, which is just north of Monte Carlo.  The pre-conference gala will cost $325.  Spouses are encouraged to attend. 

Conference co-founder Mary Lou Koys noted that dress for the event is casual, which sets the stage for better networking.  “The content of the presentation is world-class,” she said.  “Although the conference attitude is informal, the networking is intense.  Anecdotally, we have learned of a number of mergers, acquisitions and financings that began at this event.”

The International Hotel Conference is targeted to senior level hospitality executives, including owners, operators, brands, leading institutions, bankers, architects/designers, attorneys, brokers and other members of the hotel and related communities.



Morris Lasky


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