IHIF: Ministers' Destination Investment Symposium

  • IHIF at WTM London

    This event is open to Investors, Ministers’, Ministers Aides, City Mayors, National/Regional & City Directors of Tourism, Senior government officials.

    See below for last year's programme. 2018 programme coming soon!
  • Bringing together IHIF's leadership on hospitality investment and WTM London's expertise of the international travel industry. This session will provide an exclusive meeting point for Ministers and investors in travel destination development.

    Successful destination development can bring a town, a region or a country, tremendous economic gains, bringing in currency from travellers, employment opportunities and investment in real estate and infrastructure.

    How can governments create the right environment to bring on board the right stakeholders when developing a destination, and attract investors, businesses and travellers?

  • The Ministers' Destination Investment Symposium will focus on the following issues:

    1. The critical success factors of a travel destination and how market trends are impacting them
    2. Generating investors’ interest by creating a favourable business environment
    3. Facilitating partnerships between investors, businesses and governments and local authorities
    4. Developing a destination for long term success of residents, visitors and private sector businesses; dissecting hot-topic issues like over tourism and sustainable development and tourism.
    5. Understanding best practice and key challenges to ensure the successful promotion of a travel destination
  • Programme

    14:30-14:45
    Registration
    14:45-14:55
    Opening Remarks by Questex and WTM London
    15:00-15:35
    Investors’ Panel: What makes a destination attractive to investors?
    What criteria do investors use when assessing the potential of a destination?
    What regions/countries appeal most to what types of investors?
    What travel trends are likely to have an impact on investment decisions in the coming years?

    Moderator:
    Michael Hirst, Consultant, CBRE Hotels

    Panellists:
    Keith Evans, Vice President – Hotels, Starwood Capital
    Henri Wilmes, Vice President - Hotel Acquisitions, London & Regional
    Tina Yu, Senior Vice President, KSL Capital
    15:35-16:05
    Destination case study

    Speakers:
    David Margason CEO, Porto Montenegro
    Matthew Morley, Brand Director, Porto Montenegro
    16:05-16:40
    Ministers’ Panel: How are governments working with the travel and hospitality sector to make destinations successful?
    Providing the right level of infrastructure around the destination
    Ensuring land and building regulation facilitates sustainable development
    Building effective public-private partnerships to develop the destination and encourage investment
    Promoting the destination internationally

    Moderator:
    Mr. Carlos Vogeler, UNWTO Executive Director for Member Relations

    Speakers:
    Mr. Vinícius Lummertz, President of EMBRATUR
    Mrs Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism, Bulgaria
    H.E. Mrs. Lamia Boutaleb, Secretary of State of Tourism of the Kingdom of Morocco
    16:40-16:45
    Sponsors remarks
    Jon Wildman, VP Advertising Sales EMEA, A+E Networks
    16:45-17:35
    Networking Reception
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