Parris Jordan, Managing Director for HVS in the Caribbean, has announced that the second annual CHICOS conference will focus on international investment in the region. With the tremendously positive feedback from last year’s inaugural investment conference, and the anticipated return of the key industry players and delegates, Jordan says the focus this year will be “even more specific and practical for our attendees.”
“The market is rebounding strongly since the global downturn, as is evident if you look at recent trends in occupancy and revPAR,” Jordan noted. Yet “to advance the entire region, surpass a recovery, and bring significant growth to the Caribbean, we need to promote accessibility and interest from foreign investors.” HVS CHICOS will welcome an impressive global lineup of speakers and panelists, bringing a truly international perspective to investing in the Caribbean market.
HVS CHICOS 2012 will welcome ministers of tourism, finance, and investment from several Caribbean governments, and has included in its agenda a featured panel on accessing those coveted international investors who are considering the region as an attractive investment. Those looking for funders, financers, and developers will benefit from hearing a discussion on this vital issue from executives with groups including Och Ziff Real Estate, Solid Rock Advisors, and Dolphin Capital. Bernard Van der Lande, Vice President of Hodges Ward Elliott Hotels, will moderate the panel.
Discussions that began last year during CHICOS have continued throughout the year with Task Forces, focusing on particular challenging areas of the Caribbean hospitality market – marketing, airlift, legal issues and training and service. This year attendees will hear these Task Force recommendations and will also have the opportunity to respond and hear other key insiders’ reactions.
“Inspired by the international quality and interest in the region, it seems HVS is accomplishing precisely what we intended – to create an atmosphere where hospitality leaders can cooperate, innovate, and create relationships that strengthen the tourism industry in the entire Caribbean,” adds Jordan.
CHICOS will be held at the Atlantis Resort this November 8th and 9th. Registration is available at www.hvschicos.com, where those interested will also find a working list of speakers and a program of events.
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