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Bench Events appoints new MD

Bench Events appoints new MD

Bench, the organiser of leading hospitality conferences including the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) and Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC), has appointed Matthew Weihs as Managing Director of Bench Events.

In his new role, Weihs will be responsible for delivering the Bench Events portfolio of events and working with key partners to develop and execute the vision, mission and overall strategy for the businesses conferences.

Weihs has over ten years experience in the events industry. For the past three years, he worked at Guardian News and Media as Group Head of Sales for the business to business conference division. Before that he worked for IQPC in London and New York.

He said: “I am delighted to be given this position at Bench Events. They deliver such high quality events and have such high standards it is easy to see why they are so well respected in the industry.”

Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events added: “This appointment is very exciting for the future of the business. This appointment means we can continue to provide exceptional service to our customers and enable us to look to expand our offerings.”


Over the last twelve years, Bench Events and its partners have developed and launched the gold standard in hotel investment events across Europe and the Middle East.

Events in Berlin, Moscow and Dubai are the definitive meeting places for the hotel investment community to learn, network, and most importantly do deals. Speakers and delegates are the leaders of the hotel industry and investment community.

AHIC takes place at the Madinat Jumeirah from 1-3 May, with the theme of this year’s conference “Unlocking Investment Potential in the Middle East and North Africa”. Key to the success of AHIC has been the support of the AHIC Advisory Board which comprises over 40 of the most influential names in hospitality in the Middle East. The board meet in advance of the event to discuss and agree on the hot topics and key issues for the future in the region and map out the programme for 2010.