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Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit Returns to Abu Dhabi

The Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) is set to return to Abu Dhabi for its 2019 event, which will take place at the Park Hyatt hotel from 4th to 5th February. The Summit, supported by Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, which is part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will gather business leaders, developers and key decision-makers together to discuss the most pressing issues in the hotel industry today.

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be the destination and culture partner for the Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit, as it takes place once again in Abu Dhabi. As worldwide travel and tourism continues to rapidly grow, the hotel industry is continually expanding – particularly in countries in the Indian Ocean region. It is imperative that hospitality sectors invest in innovative, proactive strategies to drive sustainable growth in an increasingly competitive market.

“We will continue to support conferences and summits that align with Abu Dhabi’s tourism proposition as well as work as catalysts for industry growth and capabilities.”

Organised by HOFTEL, one of the world’s leading hotel property investors associations, GIOHIS 2019 is set to bring together more than 250 top hotel owners, developers and operators from the Gulf, East Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and Australia. Discussions will cover topical issues affecting the industry such as changing investment opportunities, oversupply crunch, franchising and sector-associated economies.

There will be a total of 75 speakers taking part in the summit, including Khalid Al Yahmadi, the CEO, Muscat National Development and Investment Company, Simon Allison, Chairman & CEO of HOFTEL, Khalid Anib, the CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels, Ludwig Bouldoukian, the Regional Vice President Development for Hyatt, Robin Clifford, the Serviced Apartment Lead EMEA from Airbnb and Ben Dedopulos, the Regional Project Director for Marriott Vacations Worldwide amongst many other leading names in the hospitality industry.

The programme for the summit will include discussions entitled The Gulf and Indian Ocean Markets – supply/demand balance is key; Changing investment opportunities as resort and leisure markets mature; Dealing with the oversupply crunch – slash rates to fill, hold out – or just cut costs?; Franchising – is now the time?; Creating a new destination – challenges and lessons to learn, and a debate entitled Bigger brands make for richer owners – discuss. There will also be a talk on What is the best hotel investment vehicle? and round table discussions on topics including What is your F&B/meetings sales team up to – and how to benchmark it? and What are the economics of owning lodges?

GIOHIS 2019 will take place at the Park Hyatt hotel, Abu Dhabi from 4th to 5th February 2019. For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://giohis.com.

Established in March 2013, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau fosters the development and promotion of business events throughout the emirate. The Bureau’s core mandate is to champion the emirate as a dynamic global business events leader.

A bespoke Advantage Abu Dhabi programme supports international event organisers, functioning as a catalyst and seeding innovative and viable business events aligned to the core pillars of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

Operating as a one-stop shop for all business event planning requirements, the Bureau offers assistance including tailored research and bid strategy to ensure competitiveness, provision of destination promotional collateral and boosting delegate numbers through combined efforts with a network of international offices.

The Bureau’s team coordinates with local partners, arranges introductions to relevant local stakeholders and secures support from mainline industry and tourism contacts. The entity also facilitates government liaison, offers PR and marketing support and offers detailed recommendations for delegate pre- and post-event activities.

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