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BLLA’s Hospitality Conference, taking place in New York City on June 5th, is focused on investment solutions in the boutique hotel space

Hotel projects seeking capital will be presented on stage, as well as a unique keynote and discussion on technology investment in hospitality. The ...

Hotel projects seeking capital will be presented on stage, as well as a unique keynote and discussion on technology investment in hospitality.

The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference, the premier event focused exclusively on independent boutique hotel investment, will take place next week on June 5, 2024, in New York City at The Florence Gould Hall beginning at 8 am. This one-of-a-kind conference promises a day of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and unparalleled industry expertise tailored specifically to the needs and interests of boutique hotel owners, operators, and investors.

A Unique Focus on Boutique Hotel Investment

Unlike any other event in the hospitality industry, this event is 100% focused on boutique hospitality, offering a filtered lens. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the unique challenges and opportunities within the boutique hotel sector, including market trends, investment strategies, and innovative business models that drive success in this niche market.

Presenting a hotel project on stage will be Jason Liebman, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Auric Road, and others, with feedback from investors immediately following,

Keynote Speakers: Alan and Michael Fuerstman of Montage International

The conference is honored to feature Alan and Michael Fuerstman, the visionary leaders behind Montage International, as keynote speakers. Alan Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, and Michael Fuerstman, Co-Founder of Pendry Hotels & Resorts, have built Montage International into a leading luxury hospitality brand renowned for its commitment to exceptional service, personalized experiences, and timeless design. Montage Hotels and Resorts is the only hotel company in the world to earn Forbes 5-star ratings across all its properties, as announced in February. 

Their keynote address will delve into Montage International’s journey and offer insights into leadership, luxury, and the evolving landscape of boutique hotel investment. Attendees will have the exceptional opportunity to learn from the Fuerstmans’ experience, gaining inspiration and practical knowledge to apply to their ventures.

New Partners for BLLA Members Announced

During Ariela Kiradjian’s welcome address, two new partnerships will be warmly welcomed to the boutique community. The first is HotelsByDesign, which has partnered with BLLA to showcase some of the best boutique hotel locations in the world. Ariela will also present on the shows featured on CBS and numerous streaming platforms (and more to come). This series inspires discerning travelers who seek out, appreciate, and indulge in exceptional design and the stories behind it all. Each focuses on the hotel, the environment in which it is set, the people, and the experiences and offerings the environment provides. She and Mike Chapman, the Executive Producer, will announce the first properties for Season 3.

Additionally, BLLA welcomes our partnership with EQUITE by Daniel Andre Langer with the launch of the BLLA Luxury Academy for hospitality. embodying our unwavering dedication to education and forward-thinking within the boutique hospitality realm. Our mission is clear: to empower hospitality professionals globally, irrespective of their hotel’s star rating, with the knowledge and skills needed to exceed the expectations of today’s sophisticated travelers. bllaluxuryacademy.com

A Must-Attend Event

This year’s conference will bring together industry professionals, investors, financial institutions, developers, and operators for a full day of panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions. Topics will include market analysis, financing strategies, sustainability practices, and the latest innovations shaping the future of boutique hotels.

This year’s speakers include Adam Maisel, Principal at Ramsfield Hospitality Finance; Alan Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman & CEO at Montage International; Alex Lee-Bull, First Vice President at CBRE | Hotels Group; Alex Levin, Founding Partner at Liquid Crystal; Andrew Miele, Chief Development Officer at Proper Hospitality; Basak Tan, Founder & CEO at KReMM; Ben Leahy, Partner at Cedar Capital Partners; Ben Weinberg, Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Trailborn; Benjamin Rafter, President & CEO at Springboard Hospitality; Brad Bloom, Managing Director at Citi; Channing Henry, Managing Director, Head of US at PKF Hospitality Group; Chris Hemmeter, Managing Director at Thayer Ventures; Ernest Lee, Chief Commercial Officer at citizenM; Guy Maisnik, Partner & Vice Chair of Global Hospitality Group at JMBM; Jason Liebman, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Auric Road; Joe Levine, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Mercer Street Partners; John Schultzel, Chief Growth Officer at Olympia Hospitality; Lilian (Lily) Hu, Executive Vice President, Business Strategy at Crescent Hotels & Resorts; Marcus R. Lee, Executive Vice President, Development at HVS Asset Management & Advisory; Matt Livian, Managing Director at Prospect Ridge Advisors; Michael Fuerstman, Co-Founder at Pendry Hotels & Resorts; Samantha Ahuja, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig; Tara Berman, Managing Partner at TaraPaige Group; Vanessa Mange, SVP Investments at Blue Flag Capital

Registration Information

Registration for The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference is still open. We highly encourage registration to be completed before the start of the event. For more information and to register, please visit www.bllaevents.com/2024-bhic

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