With over 2’000 people from over 70 countries, the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) is considered as an invaluable platform from which to promote business and meet business partners.

EHL is IHIF’s key academic partner and has been ever since the conference was launched 18 years ago. The EHL delegation is present in many of the conference’s activities with interventions by faculty members in the plenary sessions and in the more specialized workshops.

In addition, every year EHL sends students to help run the three day event. They work alongside Tess Pearson the Event Director to welcome delegates and VIP’s, to facilitate the operational aspects and ensure the various sessions run smoothly.

Back from this event, Chalana Perera, an EHL Bachelor student, shares his impressions with us:

Each year 7 EHL students actively participate to the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, the most important hospitality investment fair in the world

"It was a privilege to attend the 18th annual IHIF, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, from 2nd to 4th March 2015. I traveled as one of seven students selected to represent the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne as a part of its Educational Travel Program. Eager to pursue a career in hotel development, I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate in the world’s leading event for hotel development and investment.

Besides being an exceptional networking platform for students interested in hotel development and investment, IHIF provided us with first-hand exposure to the industry's deal-making and deal-breaking platforms.The various keynote speeches, panels, and breakout sessions shed light on some of the industry's most pressing issues, including the rise of alternative accommodation providers and the consolidation of travel distribution.

It was exciting to support Questex Events, the forum's organizers, as all students were able to acquire on-the-job event management skills, for what was a high-caliber event patronized by influential decision makers, game changers, and leading players from the global hospitality industry. Needless to say, IHIF added significant value to my educational experience at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne."

 

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