Global Conference 2015

Is bigger better? Global hospitality chains are buying up competitors in a consolidation trend driven by abundant liquidity and low interest rates. But corporate M&A isn't the only disruptor in the industry. Independent "boutique" hotels offering personalized service are growing in popularity. And web-based home-sharing services, like Airbnb, are attracting millions of travelers eager to book cozy lodgings at a fraction of the prices charged by traditional hotels. The industry has shown an appetite for consolidation, but will bigger-is-better satisfy consumers' affinity for low cost and a personal touch? How will the boutique concept expand across the independent and branded global markets? And what categories and locales are ripest for M&A in 2015? Our panel of investors and executives will consider these questions and share their insights about the future of hospitality.


Jesse Sharf

Partner and Co-Chair of Real Estate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Alan Fuerstman

Founder and CEO, Montage Hotels & Resorts

Mahmood Khimji

Co-Founder and Principal, Highgate

David Palmer

President and CEO, Diamond Resorts International

Michael Rosenfeld

Founder and CEO, Woodridge Capital Partners

Henry Silverman

CEO, Cain Hoy Enterprises, LLC

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