BERLIN — The International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) is taking place in Berlin this month from May 15 to 17 under the theme Fortune Favours the Bold.

The popular industry-leading event returns after a successful 2022, where 2,400 forward-thinking professionals, including investors, owners, operators and developers, met to forge deals, network and gain valuable insight from experts in economics, investment, development, asset management and hospitality.

At this year’s event, attendees will be able to find hospitality leaders under one roof, get equipped to face the future, expand knowledge and maximize opportunities, explore the alternatives and forge valuable connections. Event sessions include:

May 16

  • CEO Interview: Raising the Stakes with Keith Barr, CEO of IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Discourse on Method: A Global CEO on Adapting to a New Environment with Sébastian Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor Hotels
  • In Managing the Macro: An Economist’s View on Structural Forces and Current Trends with Oxford University professor Ian Goldin
  • Adjacent Spaces with Ngor Houai Lee, managing director Europe, Ascott, who will talk about Ascott’s new brand lyf, and Natalia Kolotneva, head of European living and hospitality, La Salle Investment Management, who will chair a discussion about how investors can better understand opportunities in the operational real estate (OpRE) sector

May 17

  • CEO Panel: Scale or Niche – The Value of Partnerships for Competitiveness with Oliver Bonke, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels, and Gilda Perez-Alvarado, CEO of JLL Hotels and Hospitality Global
  • Driving Alpha: Efficiency, Productivity and Profitability will see a host of experts, including Ruslan Husry of HR Group and Allison Reid of Aimbridge Hospitality, examine tools to drive operational efficiencies and ensure profitability
  • All About the Data: The Mathematics Shaping the Future with Hannah Fry, professor in the Mathematics of Cities, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, author, radio and TV presenter

Additionally, new this year are two conference tracks dedicated to areas of increasing importance to the industry, ESG and food and beverage. The ESG hub, delivered in partnership with the Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA) and sponsored by EEA, MindClick and Naked Energy, will play host to a number of thought-leadership case studies and product showcases. Sessions include Capital Outlook: How is ESG Really Influencing Investors’ Decisions Now? and Adapting the Supply: Refurbishing Hospitality Properties for ESG Compliance. The F&B hub will feature its own content stage with operational champions and concept pioneers, alongside live demos and samples. Sessions include Thoughtful F&B Design: Breaking Free of Uninspiring Spaces to Maximize Guest Experience and Drive Revenue.

The full program is available here.


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