Institute of Hospitality brings wealth of hotel expertise to World Travel Market

For the fourth year running the Institute of Hospitality has been chosen by WTM's organisers to run its hotels educational programme.   Delegates will listen to the most authoritative experts on the subjects of investment, finance, emerging markets and human resources.

Sir David Michels FIH, President of the Institute of Hospitality, will  draw on more than 40 years experience in the industry.  A co-founder of the Michels & Taylor hotel consultancy, Michels was knighted in 2006 for services to the hotel and catering industry. Previous roles have included that of Deputy Chairman of both Marks & Spencer and easyJet and he retired as Chief Executive of Hilton Group in 2007.

Sir David is speaking on the Investment & Finance panel, which will investigate strategies that investors and owners can use now to stay ahead of the game.

As well as Sir David, the other senior, respected professionals who will take part in the debate are:

Arthur de Haast FIH, Head of International Capital Group and CEO Corporate Finance EMEA; Chairman Hotels & Hospitality Group, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels

Michael Flaxman FIH, former Chief Operating Officer, Accor Americas

Russell Kett FIH, Managing Director, HVS International

Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality

Organised by the Institute of Hospitality, the Investment & Finance session is from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday 6 November, in South Gallery Rooms 15 & 16.

The Institute’s first hotel session, The HR Challenge in Emerging Markets, takes place on Tuesday 5 November and looks at the breath-taking speed of hotel development in growing markets – and how this means well-trained managers are increasingly in demand.

The three confirmed speakers will be Professor Peter A Jones MBE FIH, International Hospitality Educator; Roshan R. Perera FIH, General Manager, Union Resorts Ltd/Union Resorts & Spas, Sri Lanka; and Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality.

The session is organised by the Institute of Hospitality and will take place from 11am to 12pm, in South Gallery Rooms 15 & 16.

Reed Travel Exhibitions, Senior Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said: “The hotel industry in Europe and the US is seeing a revival, while emerging markets are forging ahead, so it’s a crucial time to hear from the top experts, who will be gathered at WTM 2013 to share their knowledge and advice.

“We are delighted to have speakers of Sir David’s calibre who will contribute insightful and inspirational content.

“With such an influential line-up, delegates are sure to learn about the key tactics for success in this rapidly changing marketplace.”

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