$30 Billion Worth Of Hotels To Be Built In MENA By 2023

by Mahak Mannan | 21 Jan 2019

Second annual AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast identifies UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia as the markets to watch in 2019 The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2019 has released the second annual AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast, which reveals that close to $30 billion worth of hotel construction contracts will be awarded in the Middle East and North Africa between

The times- They are changin’

by Mahak Mannan | 19 Jun 2018

Dr Martin Berlin, deal partner, PWC Middle East, talks about the future of the industry in the region. It is fair to say that nobody can see into the future but if there is one person who is entitled to talk about what is coming up for the hospitality industry in the region – then

Feature: Looking ahead to AHIC 2018

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Jan 2018

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines, managing director Middle East at Bench Events talks about organising the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) What inspired you to launch AHIC? AHIC came into being after Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, acted as an advisor to WTTC’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Doha in 2004. The event highlighted the enormous, and as

2018 will see record high for hotel investment in MENA region

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Dec 2017

The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018 (AHIC) is forecasting significant opportunities for hotel investors targeting the Middle East in light of new data from MEED Projects, which predicts that more than US$14bn worth of hotel construction contracts will be awarded in 2018. According to MEED Projects, the online projects tracking service, the value of new hotel

OPINION: Jonathan Worsley, founder of AHIC

by Patrick Ryan | 05 Oct 2017

Bench Events chairman and founder of AHIC, Jonathan Worsley, explains the value of face-to-face interactions in an increasingly online world… Take a moment to recall your recent business transactions. Whether you’ve signed a contract with a supplier, employed a new team member, agreed a corporate partnership, or invested in a new product for your hotel,

Catalysts of change discussed at AHIC

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Apr 2017

While artificial intelligence and robots are going to be a big part of Hilton’s future, the company will always retain a “people serving people” ethos, said president and CEO Chris Nassetta. Nassetta made the comments during a keynote address at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) on Wednesday 26 April. “Our team members differentiate Hilton by delivering

Emerging technologies on the agenda at AHIC

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Apr 2017

The Middle Eastern hospitality industry will be under the spotlight at next week’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC). The event takes place in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah from 25-27 April. Chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of AHIC, Jonathan Worsley, said: “AHIC is the premium networking and knowledge platform for the hospitality investment community in the

Looking to the future: AHIC preview

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Apr 2017

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) returns for its 2017 edition at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. The focus of this year’s event is being a catalyst for change and with that in mind, Hotel News Middle East hosted a special roundtable with students from The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management to see how the next generation of

South America’s potential for international investment in hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Jun 2016

South American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (SAHIC) has inked a deal with Bench Events to produce a joint venture for investors. SAHIC, now in its ninth year, has achieved a reputation for drawing serious hotel investors, C-level hotel executives, and major developers, and is the only event of its kind held in the region.

Wyndham Hotel Group to expand in Africa

by Sophia Soltani | 05 May 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has signed three new hotels in Ethiopia following last year’s opening of its first Ramada in the country, the Ramada Addis Ababa, as part of a strategic decision to expand its management services in the African market.  Construction of the four-star TRYP by Wyndham Addis Ababa Bole Road is due to begin

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