Accom events giant buys into Sydney

Asia Pacific’s biggest accommodation event is coming to Sydney following a takeover of the annual HotelsWorld conference.

The Hong Kong-based HICAP group (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific) announced this week that it will relaunch and rebrand HotelsWorld as HICAP Australia New Zealand.

HICAP is a giant of the Asian hotel community; the largest and most established accommodation conference in the region held each October in Hong Kong.

Now it is extending its reach across the Pacific, targeting hotel investors, owners and developers Down Under at the Sydney event, held each July.

“We are very excited to be bringing HICAP ANZ to Sydney in July 2019,” said spokesperson Jim Burba.

“Delegates can expect to see a reshaped and laser-focused program, like HICAP in Hong Kong, designed to serve the needs of the hotel investment community in Australia and New Zealand.

“In addition to creating great content and business development opportunities at the event, we will also be aiming to bring new players to the market by shining a spotlight on the region throughout our extensive network in Asia, the Americas and Europe.”

The conference will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and the offices of co-hosts Ashurst next year from July 17 – 19.

HotelsWorld founder John Smith welcomed the takeover, saying: “I am delighted to see HotelsWorld become a part of the HICAP family of events.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to see this event grow over the years to become a must-attend event for hotel operators, owners, developers and brands.

“Becoming part of HICAP will make it even more relevant to the investment community in the region.”

The Sydney expansion follows the introduction of two events in Singapore each March, HICAP Update focusing on hotel investment and development opportunities in southeast Asia, and The Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific concentrating on timeshare, fractional, club and branded residential products.

HICAP ANZ will focus on hotel development and investment opportunities across the Pacific region.

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