Industry Update
Press Release 3 August 2020

SAHIC 2020 To Be Held Virtually

SAHIC´s virtual conference for the Latin American and the Caribbean hotel and tourism investment community will take place on 5-6 October.

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Latin America - SAHIC, the Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference for Latin American and the Caribbean community, has announced its Virtual Conference for next October 5-6 th. Due to global travel restrictions and health authorities' recommendations to keep safe distancing measures, the annual event will be held on an online platform.

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Supported by the effort of SAHIC´s sponsors and team, committed to promote regional collaboration and offer a Latin American & Caribbean perspective of the COVID-19 worldwide crisis, registrations will be released at a special price.

For Arturo Garcia Rosa, President & Founder of SAHIC, "The crisis we are facing due to the COVID-19 outbreak has become a day to day challenge. As part of the industry, we feel the need to send out an encouraging message and facilitate encounter and close exchange between all members of our community."

Since COVID-19 impacted our industry, SAHIC committed to hold its community together. As an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak, SAHIC rolled out SAHIC e-meetings, a collaborative tool to help navigate the uncertainties of this new reality. The initiative provided learnings and encouraged the team to deliver today an interactive platform for its first virtual conference.

Garcia Rosa, says "Every year since 2008, we look forward to meeting, shaking hands, and learning from each other. It's the way we do business. Our 15th edition finds us facing challenging and changing times, but more than ever, eager to connect." And continues, "This is why SAHIC will stick to its calendar and remain, although remotely, as the annual meeting point for hotel and tourism business."

The two-day virtual event for SAHIC 2020 conference will be featuring 9 hours of great networking opportunities, inspiring sessions and innovative speakers, and will incorporate key features such as live video-networking and a virtual industry brands exhibition. The experience has been designed to deliver the same benefits as the in-person event. Interactive features will provide meaningful networking to help build new partnerships and explore future projects:

  • Networking area where to match with another decision maker in the room for a quick video call and "exchange business cards".
  • Interactive roundtables where to join a select number of attendees through multi-screen live video conversation to exchange business ideas on specific industry topics.
  • Live sessions following a program of Inspiring speakers sharing valuable data and insights, and the opportunity to join in.
  • Exhibition booths to meet exhibitors and engage with their team at their virtual booths.

Topics on the agenda will cover: the economic impact of COVID-19 in our industry and how to live through it, the importance of inspiration and leadership in our organizations, the possible post scenarios and how to detect opportunity on an unfavorable reality, between other day to day challenges.

Arturo Garcia Rosa concluded: "Our industry is living an unprecedented situation. We continue to work with optimism hoping that by 2021, for the good of humanity, the pandemic will be over and we can meet face to face again in our traditional annual Conference on September 27-29, 2021.

Registration for SAHIC VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020 is open and available online at https://www.sahic.com/registration.

More information on upcoming program and speakers will be released shortly.

About us. SAHIC VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2020 is organized by SAHIC, the leading hotel and tourism investment conference in Latin America and the Caribbean that promotes business projects in the region. SAHIC is an annual event where the key players in the industry meet year after year to exchange experiences, build and foster relationships, explore new opportunities and close business deals. SAHIC´s venue rotates every year through different cities and has covered the region for more than 12 years in 15 editions.

With the participation of over 400 senior executives and industry leaders from more than 30 countries, including investors, Banks, private funds, developers, hotel groups, architects, interior designers, regional government representatives, decision makers, operators, financial advisors, real estate agents, representatives from the tourism industry, SAHIC is the meeting point for the hospitality, tourism and real estate that seeks to capitalize on opportunities in a region that continues to grow. www.sahic.com

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