Friday, August 27, 2010

First Philippine Hotel Investment Conference

International and domestic tourists continue to swell in number and the upward trend is expected to continue well into the next few years. The demand for more accommodations and facilities is therefore inevitable and widens the prospects for immediate investments.

In response to this clamor, Food and Hospitality Events Specialists Inc. and Y&S 1847, a strategic hotel investment company, pooled together leading local and international executives of the hospitality industry for the first ever Hotel Investment Conference at the SMX Convention Center.

Held last Aug. 20, the confab was especially structured to address emerging industry trends and offer valuable insights regarding the business. Delegates were also treated to round table discussions, exhibits, private appointments, and networking opportunities with the international leaders of the hotel and hospitality industry.

Included in the roster of internationally based panelists were Ms. Serena Lim (Vice President, Starwood Hotels), Mr. Thomas Monahan (Executive Vice President For International Development, Wyndham Hotel Group), Ms. Aiyi Lim (Director Of Development, Wyndham Hotel Group), Mr. Patrick Basset (Vice President For Operations, Accor), Mr. Xerxes Mejer Homji (Executive Vice President And Chief Development Officer, Carlson Hotels Worldwide), Mr. Guy Philips (Vice President For Development In Asia Pacific, Hilton International) And Mr. Simon Pearson (Vice President For Marketing And Development, Marco Polo Hotels).

Locally based panelists Included Ms. Annabelle Wisniewski (President, HSAI-Raintree Partners), Mr. Jose Mari Del Rosario (Chief Executive Officer, Microtel Hotels And Resorts), Mr. Al Legaspi (Chief Operating Officer, Ayala Hotels Inc.), Mr. Rey Villar (Executive Vice President, Federal Land), And Mr. Arthur Gindap (Country General Manager, Philippines Ascott International).

Meanwhile, the roster of moderators included Ms. Narzalina Lim (Former Tourism Secretary, Asia Pacific Projects Inc.), Mr. Fraser Hickox (Hall Of Fame, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals), Ms. Vicky Aldaba (President, Shaping Hospitality Now), Ms. Cyndy Tan Jarabata (President, Tajara Leisure Hospitality Group), Ms. Merril Yu (Former Executive Vice President, SM Hotels; Entertainment Chief Executive, Y&S 1847).

Speakers for the event were Mr. David Young, Managing Director for Colliers International; Mr. Roberto Lim, Former Senior Vice President, Philippine Airlines; And Ms. Monica Au, Managing Director Of Landor Associates.

For more information about the event, contact Global-Link MP Events International Inc. at (632) 750-8588, 887-1304; fax (632) 750-8585; email:, or visit their website at


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