The leading conference for hotel owners and investors looking to develop business in the Gulf and Indian Ocean region is set to return to Viceroy Yas Island, Abu Dhabi for its third year. Building on the success of the inaugural GIOHIS 2016, the event gives participants a unique opportunity to share insights and investigate opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian Ocean.

GIOHIS is a part of the HOFTEL hotel investors’ summit series, which also includes SEAHIS, covering investment in Southeast Asia. The underlying philosophy is to tackle the issues openly from an owners’ perspective, with contributions from leading real estate investors in the hotel sector. A majority of the speakers represent owners of hotels or serviced apartments, with almost half coming from the CEO level or its equivalent.

The result is a conference dedicated to addressing topics which affect owners, where the key decision makers are readily accessible, and the quality of the program content holds attendees’ attention in a way that few other events can match.

As Pride Inn’s MD, Hasnain Noorani, said of GIOHIS 2017, “It was a very well-organized event and was very precisely aimed at the right audience and speakers.”

Some of the program highlights for the upcoming 2018 event include Investing in frontier markets; Supply and demand in Indian Ocean markets; Halal tourism; The role of OTAs, Downturns and disruptors; Franchises, white label operators and leases; Diversification of Gulf markets, and the Changing face of Indian Ocean tourism.

In addition, there will be country-specific sessions held to discuss Turkey, Tanzania, Oman, the Maldives, Uganda, and Saudi Arabia, along with a debate on whether Dubai is currently in danger of being overbuilt and heading for a hard landing.

Other breakout round table sessions will cover finance, acquisitions, brands, franchises, and cost control, to name but a few.

Also in attendance will be’s Wimintra Jangnin who will be moderating a panel discussion in which four of the sector’s leading ladies examine the challenges and opportunities facing their organizations in the year ahead.

Registration remains open until the event, with significant discounts for HOFTEL members, and as HOFTEL Chairman and CEO, Simon Allison, explained, “Anyone wanting to have a dialogue with major hotel owners from the entire Indian Ocean region will find GIOHIS invaluable – our attendees are high-level, with around 35-40 CEOs expected, and our sessions are informative and hard-hitting – all at a price that is well below other comparable events.”