Leading CEOs and Record Attendance Expected in 30th Anniversary Year
Registration is now open for the 30th Anniversary New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, hosted by the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. NYU’s annual industry forum for hotel investment and finance will be held from June 1 to June 3, 2008 at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
As the NYU conference enters its third decade, preliminary registration figures indicate a 15% increase over last year’s record attendance. NYU conference organizers strongly encourage advance, online registration, and advise that walk-in registration will be available on-site only on a space available basis. Participants can visit www.nyu.edu/hospitalityconference to register online.
Special anniversary programming at this year’s NYU conference includes the new “The Business of Hotels” general sessions on hotel branding, entertainment, investment, and deal making. In “One on One with the CEOs,” Jonathan D. Gray, senior managing director and co-head of the real estate group, The Blackstone Group; J. Willard Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Marriott International, Inc; and Barry S. Sternlicht, chairman and chief executive officer, Starwood Capital Group will discuss insights and future trends with Dr. Lalia Rach, NYU Tisch Center divisional dean and HVS international chair.
Donald J. Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization, will be the featured luncheon speaker, and Frits van Paasschen, chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, will share his views for building, marketing, and sustaining brands in his Beyond the Boardroom interview with conference chair Jonathan M. Tisch. 2008 marks Mr. Tisch’s fourteenth consecutive year as chair.
As part of the NYU conference initiatives to remain environmentally friendly, in lieu of a traditional printed brochure, the conference brochure is available only online this year. Participants can download a PDF copy at www.nyu.edu/hospitalityconference.
About the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
Now in its 30th year, the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference (www.nyu.edu/hospitalityconference) is hosted by the NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. The hotel industry’s foremost annual gathering of hospitality finance and investment leaders, the NYU conference gives attendees the chance to network, gauge trends, attend workshops and seminars, and make deals in a dynamic setting. Revenue and sponsorship derived from the conference support scholarships for students attending New York University.
About NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management
The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, a division of NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (www.scps.nyu.edu) offers undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs that develop professionals with in-depth industry knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary for leadership roles in the fields of hospitality, tourism, and sports management. The Center’s full-time and adjunct faculty is composed of leading practitioners and researchers. Its board of advisors includes senior executives who advise on curricula development and help ensure that coursework reflects the latest industry trends and needs. The Tisch Center’s location in the heart of New York City - one of the world’s premier tourism and sports destinations - provides its students with multiple internship and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to study at several on-site “industry classrooms” at such venues as The New York Marriott Marquis, The Waldorf=Astoria, Chelsea Piers, and the NBA Store.