NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism to Host 39th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference June 4-6 at the New York Marriott Marquis

Executives From the Highest Echelons of the Hospitality Industry Will Convene to Explore Emerging Trends and to Provide Insight and Perspective in a Continuously Evolving Global Business Environment


NEW YORK, April 24, 2017—Top executives and thought leaders in the hospitality industry will be among the featured panelists at the 39th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism (sps.nyu.edu/tisch), the Conference will be held June 4-6 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, and will feature panel discussions, workshops, and networking events that provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities for professionals in the field. Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the board and member of the Office of the President of Loews Corporation is the Conference chair; Jeffrey Stewart, founder, Walnut Hill Advisors, serves as the Conference vice chair; and Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies, serves as the Conference host.

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 innovators gather to discuss current issues and the future of the industry. Contributions from the patron and sponsor organizations of the event provide student scholarships and support the educational programs of the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, which has served the industry by producing future generations of global leaders in hospitality and tourism for more than two decades.

Highlights of this year's conference include "The CEOs Check In: A View from the Top," which will take place on Monday, June 5. Moderated by Betty Liu, anchor, Bloomberg Television, and founder and chief executive officer, Radiate, this all-star panel will feature Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Park Hotels & Resorts; Sébastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer, AccorHotels, who is also this year's Hotel News Now Stephen W. Brener Silver Plate Award recipient; Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; and Dara Khosrowshahi, president and chief executive officer, Expedia.

The Leaders' Forum kicks off the second day of the Conference and features Eric Danziger, chief executive officer, Trump Hotels; David Kong, president and chief executive officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts; James J. Murren, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM Resorts; James Riley, group chief executive, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; and J. Allen Smith, president and chief executive officer, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Adam F. Weissenberg, national managing partner of audit clients and industries and global leader of travel, hospitality, and leisure for Deloitte, will moderate the discussion.

Also on June 6, "The Leaders Check In – Part Two" will focus on the most critical issues affecting the hotel industry. Scott D. Berman, principal and industry leader for hospitality and leisure, PwC, will serve as moderator. Featured panelists will include Chris Cahill, chief executive officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels; Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy, franchising, and select service, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Kevin J. Jacobs, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Hilton; Elie Maalouf, chief executive officer, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); and Mit Shah, chief executive officer and senior managing principal, Noble Investment Group.

This year's one-on-one conversations will showcase two industry leaders. Rebecca Jarvis, who is chief business, technology, and economics correspondent for ABC News, will interview Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, on Monday. The following day, during his annual "Beyond the Boardroom" session, Conference Chair Jonathan M. Tisch, will speak with special guest Nicolle Wallace, a political analyst and author.

In addition, Ian Schrager, chairman and chief executive officer of Ian Schrager Company will be presented with The IREFAC C. Everett Johnson Award for his innovation and his bold style, which have influenced hospitality and real estate development for more than five decades.

Members of the media who wish to cover the Conference must request press credentials in advance by emailing Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

As part of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference's continuing initiatives to remain environmentally friendly, the Conference brochure/agenda is available only online. A mobile app featuring the agenda, speaker bios, enhanced networking opportunities, and Conference news and updates also will be available for download. For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/hospitalityconference.

About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism

The NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism has prepared global leaders in the dynamic, expanding industries of travel, tourism, and hospitality for more than 20 years. With widely recognized, cutting-edge undergraduate and graduate degree and noncredit Career Advancement Courses and Professional Diplomas, as well as a deep commitment to integrating theory with practice, the NYUSPS Tisch Center is the perfect environment in which to embark upon an academic journey that prepares professionals for careers in hospitality and tourism. Students have access to the extraordinary resources of New York University, one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Tisch Center students benefit not only from the expertise of dedicated full-time faculty members, but also from adjunct faculty members and guest lecturers who are renowned in their fields, unparalleled access to industry leaders, invaluable site visits and study away opportunities, and highly successful global alumni who serve as mentors. Through rigorous curricula, applicable research, and a hands-on approach to learning, students gain the preparation, knowledge, and skills sought by employers. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, visit sps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) 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 sps.nyu.edu.