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While many hotel investment gatherings tend to start quietly and tail off at the end, GIOHIS will start and finish with high-profile and outspoken contributions from very senior speakers.

GIOHIS will kick off with an outbound investment panel, featuring Joe Sita, the highly experienced CEO of IFA Hotels; Craig Cowie Head of Real Estate at Qatari investment firm Q Invest and Gordon Drake, CFO of Kingdom Holding, which just sold its stake in FRHI and swapped part of it for a shareholding in Accor.

Just over 24 hours later, we finish with a “grand finale” session featuring some of the hotel sector’s most straight talking executives – Monty Bennett, CEO of the two listed Ashford REITS in the US; Gordon Campbell Gray, who runs boutique hotel group CampbellGray Hotels and Anton Bawab, the Regional President of Viceroy Hotel Group. They will debate – “Fight, flight or just say it’s alright” – how best to deal with your brands and expect some fireworks.

In between these, every session is designed to entertain and impart new information. GIOHIS has speakers flying in from right across the Indian Ocean – Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Maldives, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as further afield (Germany, the USA, the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and Nigeria), making this a truly international event that combines a global range of perspectives.

GIOHIS takes place at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi on 8/9 February. Places can be booked online at