The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference will return to Ras Al Khaimah for 2019, with the event set to take place from April 9th-11th.
The annual knowledge and networking platform for the hotel investment community will take place in an all new purpose-built AHIC Village in the grounds of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah.
Bench Events will host AHIC 2019 in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events and founder of AHIC, said: “We were incredibly pleased to have more than 40 of our Advisory Board members attend this year’s meeting, which is such an important part of the programming for AHIC.
“It was also great to see the enthusiasm and anticipation for our return to Ras Al Khaimah in 2019 following the success of the inaugural event with our partners at Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.”
The 2019 programme, themed ‘Synchronised for Success’, is being developed following the AHIC Advisory Board, held at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, at which more than 40 of the Middle East’s leading hotel owners, developers, operators and consultants gathered to discuss the main issues and opportunities that drive the hotel investment industry in the Middle East.
The board revealed shared sentiment about the importance of creating harmony amongst hotel investment stakeholders, the need to discuss the shift in hotel operating models the industry is witnessing, the desire for insights from other business sectors in terms of disruption, and the opportunity to explore the impact and opportunity of new technologies and sustainable design and development – all topics that will be featured in the AHIC 2019 programme.
Haitham Mattar, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “We are delighted to be hosting AHIC in Ras Al Khaimah for the second year following last year’s phenomenal success.
“Under the patronage of sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi we look forward to welcoming the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and world-class speakers to share insights, exchange knowledge and opportunities that will drive the tourism and hospitality sector forward.
“AHIC will serve as a great platform for us to showcase Ras Al Khaimah’s new Destination Strategy as we aim to attract three million visitors by 2025.”