Rutger Smits of HVS International in Sydney joins ISHC

Rutger Smits, Managing Director of the recently established office of HVS International in Sydney, Australia, has recently accepted a prestigious invitation to join the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
According to the Society's President, Gary Bernes, of Bernes & Company, "ISHC is made up of 165 members in 18 countries that represent a variety of disciplines in the hospitality industry. We are a group of leading consultants in the industry that have demonstrated their integrity and are qualified by their experience and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on hospitality issues. Through research and education, ISHC members are committed to providing quality service and professionalism with integrity and ethics." Membership in the ISHC is by invitation only for those individuals who meet the membership criteria, demonstrate previous business ethics adherent to the society's code of Professional Conduct, and demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate areas of expertise with a detailed review of previous assignments. Once the application process is completed, those meeting the Society's standards, are presented to the membership for election as a new member. There are currently 165 active members in the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. Members are located throughout the world, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ISHC member expertise includes the major hospitality consulting areas of construction, development, facility design, financial, food and beverage, human resources, litigation, management, marketing, real estate, research, and technology. Members include senior partners from major hospitality consulting firms, as well as private entrepreneurial consultants. Rutger has wide-ranging operational experience in the hospitality industry, including nine years with Inter-Continental Hotels in various executive positions in Europe and the Far East, including Operations Analyst for Central Europe, Executive Assistant Manager and ultimately as resident manager of a luxury hotel in Asia. He subsequently joined a privately owned hotel group in Dubai, where he was responsible for asset management of three luxury hotels and involved in various hotel development projects. Rutger's hospitality consulting career started in 1995 with Pannell Kerr Forster Associates in London. He subsequently joined Andersen and transferred to Bahrain in 1996 to help establish a hospitality consulting practice, providing professional services across the Middle East and Africa. Rutger moved to Sydney in 2000 to take on the leadership of Andersen hospitality practice in Australia and, following the demise of Andersen in May 2002, he transferred to Ernst & Young holding the same position. He went on the become a founding director of HVS International in Sydney in April 2003. Rutger’s consulting experience encompasses a wide range of services and product types in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, including hotel, resort and serviced apartment feasibility studies; operational and market reviews; strategic advisory, investment and valuation analyses; due diligence research; destination resort assignments, in both mature and emerging markets; mixed-use developments, including multiple hotels, golf courses, marinas, spas and residential real estate, requiring a practical understanding of market issues, phasing and master-plan considerations; land development assessments, alongside leading developers, architects and planners in the industry, where a mix of land-uses including hotel, office, residential, retail and recreational uses were under review. Over the years, he has authored various industry publications and he regularly speaks at industry seminars and conferences. HVS International is a hospitality services firm providing industry skill and knowledge worldwide. The organization and its specialists possess a wide range of expertise and offer market feasibility studies, valuations, strategic analyses, development planning, and litigation support. Additionally, HVS International supplies unique knowledge in the areas of executive search, investment banking, environmental sustainability, timeshare consulting, food and beverage operations, interior design, gaming, technology strategies, organizational assessments, operational management, strategy development, convention facilities consulting, marketing communications, property tax appeals and investment consulting. Since 1980, HVS International has provided hospitality services to more than 10,000 hotels throughout the world. Principals and associates of the firm have authored textbooks and thousands of articles regarding all aspects of the hospitality industry. For more information, please contact: Rutger Smits Managing Director HVS International – Sydney 5 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Tel (61)(02) 9233 1195 For more information concerning the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, please contact the Society's office: ISHC Headquarters office 515 King Street, Suite 420 Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Phone 703-684-6681 Fax 703-684-6048 Email: