With the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference returning to Dubai, Breaking Travel News talks to Jonathan Worsley, chairman of event founder Bench Events. With the catalysts for change within the Middle Eastern hospitality market coming under the microscope during the show, he brings us up to date with the latest trends in the region.
Next week’s Global Restaurant Investment Forum 2017 will host two exclusive, not-to-be-missed networking receptions for its 300 delegates. GRIF, which will be held on April 10th-12th at Fairmont the Palm, will host its opening reception at Lima Dubai at City Walk, the urban, living destination by Meraas.
Creating a food culture, redefining food and beverage and the emerging food revolution are set to be among the topics at this year’s Global Restaurant Investment Forum 2017. The event acts as the annual networking and intelligence event for the international restaurant and hospitality community.
More than 300 industry leaders are to gather this week at the inaugural Iran Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference. Zahra Ahmadipour, vice president or Iran and head of the country’s cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism organisation, will open the conference alongside Ahmad Jamali, general director for foreign investment at the ministry of economic affairs and finance.
Industry leaders are preparing to meet at The Summit 2017, an event designed for hospitality and tourism insiders to be held on June 6th at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The event falls at an unprecedented time following Brexit and other industry-wide challenges and issues, and as such is expected to attract a much wider representation of the sector.
A report into Sri Lanka’s tourism has confirmed that the Indian Ocean island currently offers some of the region’s best opportunities for investment. The report – produced by Euromonitor International - is not uncritical: infrastructure still needs to be improved; airport capacity is lagging behind demand and telecom connectivity is still a problem. But it goes on to say that these issues are being addressed by a Sri Lankan government that has realised the golden opportunity that tourism offers the island as it emerges from years of conflict.
Sri Lanka has announced plans to attract tourists back to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ with the launch of themed tourism development zones. The new areas are a public-private sector initiative backed by the ministry of lands, the ministry of tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Club, a government-recognised group of industry leaders. At least five, and up to eight, themed international tourism and family entertainment zones are being designated in state-owned land, selected for their outstanding natural beauty.
Iran is to host the first Iran Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, a top-level gathering of international investors, owners, operators, developers and government officials. In addition to rich reserves of oil, gas and metals, Iran has a promising consumer sector with a well-educated population of 80 million inhabitants.