New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to Deliver Luncheon Address at 2014 NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference

Event Runs June 1-3 at the New York Marriott Marquis


NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2014) –Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the featured luncheon speaker at the 36th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference (, hosted by the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS). Held June 1-3, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis, the NYU Hospitality Conference will feature general sessions, workshops, and networking events that provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities.

Mayor de Blasio will be introduced by Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts and co-chairman of the Board and Office of the President of Loews Corporation, at the Conference luncheon on Monday, June 2.

“Every year, we are fortunate to have the most influential leaders in government and business share their experience, perspectives, and vision with our attendees,” said Conference Host Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center. “We are honored to have Mayor de Blasio address our conference attendees.”

Mayor de Blasio joins a full line-up of global leaders in lodging development, investment, and finance. On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch will interview Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of Development and Acquisitions at The Trump Organization, during his annual “Beyond the Boardroom” segment.

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News chief business and economics correspondent, will interview Jonathan D. Gray, global head of Real Estate at Blackstone, in a special Conference session “A Conversation with Jonathan Gray.”

Moderated by NYU-SCPS Tisch Center Academic Chair Robert Boland, the annual “CEOs Check In” panel features top industry executives J. Allen Smith, president and chief executive officer at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Richard Solomons, chief executive officer at InterContinental Hotels Group; Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer at Marriott International, Inc.; and Frits van Paasschen, president and chief executive officer at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Sponsored by leading hospitality organizations, the Conference is the premier hospitality finance and development forum of its kind, during which global hotel CEOs, owners, developers, investors, lenders, analysts, and other hospitality leaders gather to discuss current issues and the future of the industry. 

As part of the NYU Hospitality Conference’s continuing initiatives to remain environmentally friendly, the Conference brochure is available only online. A mobile application featuring the agenda, speaker bios, enhanced networking opportunities, and Conference news and updates will also be available for download. For more information, please visit or follow the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center on Twitter at

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management
Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.

Hospitality, sports, and tourism are major global economic sectors, and the Tisch Center serves these growing and evolving industries by offering relevant, cutting-edge curricula that attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through undergraduate degrees in hotel and tourism management and in sports management; graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies, sports business, and tourism management; a plethora of noncredit programs; and the Center’s world-renowned conferences, the Tisch Center provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. For more information, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit