India, sustainability top AHIC agenda for 2008
THE fourth Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) is set to beat all previous attendance records with 1,000+ delegates expected next year, according to conference organiser, Jonathan Worsley.
The next instalment of the event runs from May 3 to 5 and the agenda will cover topics such as the environment and sustainability, pipeline dynamics, new destinations, staffing, fractional ownership and design issues. In addition, the conference will host a special half-day summit on India for the first time.
Worsley said levels of interest continued to surge from both within the region and from overseas, with delegate numbers looking to more than double in the four years since its launch.
AHIC attracts investors, developers, operators, financiers, consultants, architects and design specialists, further confirming the dynamism of the regional hotel industry.
He said that the primary objectives for AHIC were four-fold: “From the outset, we were looking to raise awareness of the region’s tourism industry; to create a forum for the discussion and establishment of best practice and to encourage high level networking opportunities. “Above all, we wanted to facilitate a conference that became the leading hotel investment conference in the Middle East that attracted key decision makers from the region and beyond.”
Worsley said these objectives were being enthusiastic-ally endorsed by the industry and that the surge in attendance is a sign of its acceptance as the premier event for region’s hospitality investment sector.