Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: HOFTEL, the only global alliance of hospitality real estate investors, will host the first annual Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) in Abu Dhabi next month – see www.giohis.com

This brand new summit will take place from February 8-9, 2016 at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel and will provide a fresh, unique approach to hotel investment conferences, with sessions designed specifically for hotel owners and investors and speakers selected on quality not based on sponsorship payments.

Summit Programme
The summit programme includes presentations, debates and round tables that are designed to be useful, informative and entertaining. This allows fresh perspectives to flourish and encourages lively disagreement in order to stimulate new ideas and create innovative strategies.
Topics for the two day conference, include “Challenges Facing Hotel Owners,” “Frenemies – are the disruptors helping us or hurting us” and “New Kids on the Block – Executives at new & fast-rising companies pitch for your US$ 100 million investment.”

Key Speakers
A key objective of the conference is to focus on how to make hospitality real estate a profitable asset class and how to overcome the key issues that can make that objective difficult to achieve.
Over 80 senior hotel industry speakers will take part in debates and round table discussions and attendees will include delegates from the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. Anyone who has an interest in investments in the region will find it a highly useful event.
High profile speakers at this year’s Summit include Mr. Mohammed Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar properties and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi TCA, Mr. Anton Bawab, Regional Vice President of Viceroy Hotel Group, Mr. Oliver Ebner, Executive Director of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Mr. Joe Sita, CEO of IFA Hotels, Mr. Craig Cowie, Head of Real Estate at Q Invest, Mr. Omer Kaddouri, President and CEO Rotana and Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO Jumeirah Hotels.
HOFTEL Chairman Simon Allison stated, “We are thrilled to inaugurate GIOHIS in the GCC, focusing on topics of relevance to all hotel owners, while hosting many of the region’s leading CEOs as speakers.”

Networking Opportunities
The 200-plus attendee conference size will make it the perfect place to meet and network with key decision makers, while the low registration cost makes it extremely attractive to those who may be interested to learn more about the world of hotel investment and understand the diverse hotel owner universe.

Registration
Hotel owners receive a significant discount on the Summit fees and all delegates will benefit from a special rate at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi hotel, the official Summit hotel and at hotels operated in Abu Dhabi by Rotana, another host partner. Additional Summit sponsors include Rotana, the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, Bespoke Hotels, Club Med Open Key, Centara, Meininger, Scottish Development, JLL & HVS and more.