Arabian hotel meet gears up for growth

The fourth Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) is set to beat all previous attendance records with 1,000+ delegates expected next year—May 3-5 2008.Conference organiser, Jonathan Worsley said levels of interest continued to surge from both within the region and from overseas, with delegate numbers looking to more than double in the four years since its launch.

AHIC attracts investors, developers, operators, financiers, consultants, architects and design specialists, further confirming the dynamism of the regional hotel industry.

He said that the primary objectives for AHIC were four-fold: “From the outset, we were looking to raise awareness of the region’s tourism industry; to create a forum for the discussion and establishment of best practice and to encourage high level networking opportunities.


“Above all, we wanted to facilitate a conference that became the leading hotel investment conference in the Middle East that attracted key decision makers from the region and beyond.”  Worsley said that these objectives were being enthusiastically endorsed by the industry and that the surge in attendance stands as a sign of AHIC’s acceptance as the premier event for region’s hospitality investment sector.



“We are thrilled to see that AHIC has become the place where introductions and contacts are made enabling new ventures and business opportunities”, he said.


AHIC is one of the fastest growing conferences in its sector of which nearly 50% of delegates come from outside the Middle East. 




The agenda for the 2008 will cover topics such as the environment and sustainability, pipeline dynamics, new destinations, staffing, fractional ownership and design issues. 


In addition, the conference will host a special half-day summit on India for the first time.



The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference is organised by The Bench and MEED.  Details can be found on