CEO, The Americas, IHG
"It’s a real delight to be here in Medellin, Colombia. I just spent some time onstage with Peter Greenberg and we covered the industry, the region, consolidation, brands, guest service, technology. I’m pleased to have been here and look forward to coming sometime soon and spending time with Latinamerican owners that are very important to us, and to spending more time in SAHIC”. “Global scale matters, and we have it, but local relevance and strength will always be a paramount. Technology is important but humanity will always be more important."
CEO, South America, AccorHotels
"This is my number 7th SAHIC. To me this conference is very important for one main reason: to put tourism and hospitality, our industry in the map. We represent southern countries in the southern region, up to 15% of the GDP of those countries, and in Latinamerica we are still struggling, we still have a lot of potential to double or triple the size of our industry. This conference allows us to talk to investors, to colleagues, to trendsetters in order to make sure that we put this industry, which is hospitality, tourism and travel in the middle of the concern or the program that we have with our different governments."
VP & Managing Director, Real Hotels & Resorts, Grupo Poma
"Me siento honrado de que me invitaron a participar como keynote speaker este año en SAHIC en Medellín. Aprendí muchísimas cosas, tuve una experiencia fabulosa, pude compartir con mi amigo Arturo Garcia y me sentí muy en casa. He experimentado muchísimas relaciones con personas aquí, aprendiendo muchísimo y he podido ver a viejos amigos. Recomiendo SAHIC."
Senior Vice President, Latin America & the Caribbean, Hilton
“This is my 11th SAHIC that I’ve attended. I reset the first one in Buenos Aires. And I’ve watched the conference grow in importance within the region, the attendance has grown, the quality of the networking, the quality of the people I meet. It’s one conference I will not miss. It’s very important for what we do in Latin America and the Caribbean: to network with people at SAHIC. Arturo Garcia Rosa and his team do an excellent job on putting one of the best lodging conferences in the world.”
On behalf of the SAHIC team and myself, a big Thank You! to everyone who made it possible to have a memorable event at Medellín, Colombia last September 24 & 25. While planning this 11th edition of SAHIC South America, there have been two pillars that guided our team: Innovation & #YoSoySAHIC (I am SAHIC). In today’s world, that is changing every day in a faster pace, we believe that innovation is essential to keep evolving. Core values always remain; as fresh ideas need to be embraced.
#YoSoySAHIC: SAHIC is networking, SAHIC is business, SAHIC is opportunities, SAHIC is debate, SAHIC is inspiration, SAHIC is meetings, SAHIC is the Latin American platform for Hotel & Tourism Deal Making, but above all, SAHIC are you, SAHIC is every single attendee, speaker, sponsor, supporter and media partner. It is you that make this tool useful to develop your business and careers; so we encouraged you to participate and get involved.
Therefore, this year's success has been due to your participation, because we share the belief that the region has a great potential for our industry.
SAHIC keeps growing and so our commitment to the hospitality industry in our region. We invite you to Save the Date for our next event:
• SAHIC South America, September 16-17, 2019 in Quito, Ecuador.
In the following weeks we will be uploading all the news for the next edition. We will keep you in the loop!
We look forward to meeting you soon.
Arturo García Rosa
President & Founder
World Class Speakers
SAHIC's speakers are prominent members of the hotel, tourism and real-estate investment community. Their expertise, practical advice and forecast will provide attendees with the latest information on development, trends and best practice in the hotel investment industry.
Keynote Speaker: Elie MaaloufCEO, The Americas, IHG
Keynote Speaker: Fernando PomaVP & Managing Director, Real Hotels & Resorts, Grupo Poma
Keynote Speaker: Herman BernPresident & Founder, Empresas Bern
Keynote Speaker: Juan Manuel BarrientosChef, Founder of ElCielo Restaurant & ElCielo Foundation
Federico GutiérrezMayor of Medellin
Peter GreenbergTravel Editor, CBS News
Cristián Roberts CastroPresident, PRIME
Patrick MendesCEO, South America, AccorHotels
Ted MiddletonSenior Vice President, Latin America & the Caribbean, Hilton
Laurent de KousemaekerChief Development Officer Caribbean & Latin America Region Marriott International Inc. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
“My suggestion is that if you are involved in the hospitality business, you shouldn’t miss SAHIC because here is where you feel, vibrate and get to know what is happening in the tourism industry.”
Alejandro Ginevra, President & CEO, GNV Group
Initiate contact with the attendees before the event
Meet numerous strategic contacts in 75 minutes
Networking Culinary Receptions:
The perfect opportunity to network and celebrate what is best about our industry
Meet the key stakeholders in the market
20/20 Showcase your Project
“20/20 Showcase your Project” is the platform aimed at showcasing and submitting innovative ideas and attractive projects to be developed in different destinations around the region and at facilitating the encounter between opportunities and interested investors.
The initiative comprises micro-presentations featuring 20 slides to be shown for no longer than 20 seconds a piece. The goal is to present the project’s key points in an agile and straight forward manner that may draw the audience’s attention by appealing to the effectiveness of images and project highlights.
“SAHIC is an excellent platform that unites investors with developers and brands. It generates new ideas and contacts to be able to develop projects in the future."
Rogerio Basso - Principal Investment Officer - Head of Tourism, IDB Invest
World Class Sponsors
Thank you to all our SAHIC South America 2018 Sponsors.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for SAHIC South America 2019 please contact:
Pablo García Rosa, firstname.lastname@example.org +54 11 5217-4535