Brand new venue and 15th year for CHIC
TORONTO—The Canadian Hotel Investment Conference will celebrate 15 years of providing timely insights and promoting education and well-trained industry professionals April 12-13 at a brand new venue, The Ritz-Carlton Toronto. (See photos.)
From its inception in 1997, the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference has provided the opportunity for senior executives and other lodging industry experts to gain timely insights into the hotel investment market.
This conference is a vehicle for delegates to reflect on the various issues that impact the industry and discuss future opportunities and trends through in-depth, interactive sessions that are uniquely Canadian.
A portion of the proceeds from the conference are donated to the Canadian hospitality and tourism education programs to promote the long term commitment to education and well trained hospitality industry professionals.
Over the past fourteen years, the conference has raised more than $1.5 million.
Conference hosts, CB Richard Ellis Hotels, Colliers International Hotels, and HLT Advisory Inc., welcome guests to the grand foyer of the newly-opened Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel for an opening reception from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. All registered delegates are invited to this deluxe function to reunite with old acquaintances and strike new relationships.
Morning plenary sessions begin on April 13 at 8:30 a.m. As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference looks back to determine the significant watershed moments and strategic decisions over the last decade.
At 8:50 a.m., Warren Jestin, chief economist Scotiabank Economics, gives delegates an overview of the Canadian economy including an outlook for employment trends, disposable income and consumer confidence.
From 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., leading industry advisors, owners and/or operators look at Canada in the North American context, including hotel performance, supply and transaction activity as they summarize what happened in 2010 and the outlook for 2011 and beyond. The group will look at the best and worst markets and some of the more notable transactions and investment trends of the year. Their comments will be followed by questions via open mike, question cards, Twitter, text or e-mail.
Topics for breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon deal with Mixed Use Projects; How Much Is My Hotel Worth?; American Companies Doing Business In Canada; Where’s The Money?; Opportunities In The Chinese Market; Asset Managers—Friends Or Foes?; Restaurant Partnerships; and Branding And Product Concepts—Canada vs. U.S.A.
The afternoon plenary session deals with The Hotel Real Estate Asset Class In North America.
The conference will wind up as delegates join all the sponsors and speakers at a networking event. This will be held in conjunction with delegates from the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit, which begins the following day.