At GIOHIS in 2016. At GIOHIS in 2016.

The Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) will bring together 70 speakers, including 36 hospitality industry CEOs from around the region when it returns to Abu Dhabi in February 2017.

GIOHIS was launched in 2016 by the global hotels owners’ alliance Hoftel. Its inaugural summit in February last year, supported by founding patron Aldar Properties, saw hundreds of business executives to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the hotel industry, with 40% of participants from hotel-owning groups, developers and investors.

The event will return to the Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi on February 6-7, 2017 with a speaker line-up including 35 CEOs, heads of hotels and other industry executives.

Speakers include: Mohammed Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar; Mike Goodson, head of hotels at ADIA; Joe Sita, CEO of IFA Hotels; Gaurav Bhushan, chief development officer of AccorHotels; Mohamed Awadalla, CEO of Time Hotels; Bob Warman, CEO of Langham Hotels; Olivier Chavy, CEO of Mövenpick Hotels; Nehme Darwiche, CEO of Jannah Hotels and Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO of RAK National Hotels.

The speakers are attending from across the region including representatives from Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Mauritius, the Maldives, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The two-day event will explore topics of direct relevance to owners in a series of short sessions based around presentations, debates and round tables.

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