Hospitality Design - March 2011 - 34
Photography by Andrea Cimini
Industry heavyweights headed to San Diego in January for the 2011 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world. Good news: according to the various speakers, the industry and the economy are on the road to recovery.
1. The Innovative Visionaries panelists: (back row) James Anhut, IHG, and Neil Shah, Hersha Hospitality Trust; (front row) Michael Seyle, WATG; Nicholas Clayton, Viceroy Hotel Group; Bernard Siegel, KSL Capital Partners; and Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre. 2. Three of the opening day’s outlook experts: Warren Jestin, Scotiabank Group; Constantine Korologos, Deloitte & Touche; and Mark Woodworth, Colliers PKF Hospitality Research. 3. Jim Burba, ALIS chair. 4. David Black, Jones Lang LaSalle; Judy Dobin, Valley Forge Fabrics; Roger Hill, Gettys; Michelle Finn, HD Group; Meg Keilbach, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; and Greg Hartmann, Sustainable Cards, at the Cornell reception. 5. Keynote speaker Richard Branson, Virgin Group. 6. The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) panelists, who shared insight on how to break into these global hotspots: Ricardo Rodrigues, Jones Lang LaSalle; Scott Antel, DLA Piper Moscow; Nancy Johnson, Carlson; Vijay Thacker, Horwath HTL - India; and Leo Yen, Hyatt Hotels. 7. The Hotel Leaders, Brand Versus Owners Perspectives session: Eric Danziger, Wyndham Hotel Group; Hubert Joly, 7 Carlson; and Robert Kline, Chartres Lodging Group. 8. Lifetime Achievement Award honoree John Portman, John Portman & Associates.