ALIS Delegates Split On Predictions For Economic Upswing
Poll of Top Hospitality Investors Reveal a Majority of Positive Outlooks for 2009
Respondents were forward-thinking in terms of identifying abundant investment opportunities. More than 77 percent predict money will flow into the acquisitions market before stimulating development. This suggests better times ahead for those involved the buying and selling side of the hospitality industry.
Delegates also sounded a cautionary note, as the majority (65 percent) expressed their belief that the federal government needs to pass more economic stimulus measures to jumpstart the economy.
“It’s encouraging that those in the hospitality investment community are expressing a cautious optimism toward both future industry growth and returning profitability as early as the second half of 2009,” said BHN President and Conference Chair Jim Burba. “It will be interesting to see the mood at this year’s conference, so soon after the Obama Administration takes the reins of government and introduces a revised economic stimulus package.”
ALIS conference delegates are hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers, and members of the professional advisory community in the hotel and tourism industry. This year’s event is January 26-28 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel and features sessions and workshops on topics including capital markets and finance, owner investments and asset management, development, acquisitions, management and franchising, vacation ownership, international opportunities, and green hotels.
Proceeds from the ALIS conference benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA’s not-for-profit affiliate. For general event information, online registration, and sponsor opportunities, contact Jonathon Zink, BHN conference manager, at (714) 540-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ALIS Website. Registration price will increase on January 19. For information on the AH&LA or AH&LEF, visit . Press interested in discussing survey results or more information on ALIS are invited to contact Jessica Soklow, AH&LA media relations manager, at email@example.com.
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.
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With more than two decades of experience and over 65 events completed to date, BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. In addition to ALIS, BHN events include: the Central America Tourism & Hotel Investment Exchange (CATHIE) taking place in Managua in 2009; the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) taking place in Bermuda in 2009; Digital Discovery Day (D3) in New York; the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; and the PATA CEO Challenge in Bangkok. The BHN Website at www.burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.