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42nd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Webinar Series

November 6-12, 2020

A series of online webinars, planned by the Conference Committee, took place on November 6-12, 2020. November webinar series brought the best of the world-renowned NYU Hospitality Conference leaders to an even larger audience, and did so at a time that is critical for members of the industry to gain the latest information on trends and forecasts from the best in the business.

We sincerely hope you will join us in person at the 43rd Annual NYU International Hospitality Investment Industry Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City,  June 6-8, 2021.

2020 Scholarship Information

The Conference is hosted by the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the hospitality industry. Since the pandemic, demand for enrollment has hit an all-time high as has the demand for financial aid. We are proud of the talented and diverse students we attract and strive to make it accessible for all.

Each year, through the generosity of patrons, sponsors and attendees, the Conference contributes over $2 million dollars to support student scholarships and other academic programs. With no in-person conference this year, and a sponsor-free webinar platform in its place, we kindly ask that you and your company consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Tisch Center Scholarship Fund and help support these incredible students and our future industry leaders. Thank you for your consideration and for your ongoing support. 

Click here to Give to the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality Scholarship Fund


In addition to the onsite event in November, the Planning Committee developed a virtual version of the ever-popular CEOs Check In panel, which was broadcast on June 2 at 2 p.m. Moderated by Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, it featured a star-studded lineup of executives and provided deeply informative insights on trends and projections.

Virtual CEOs Check In Video - Watch Now


Jonathan M. Tisch
(Conference Chair) Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation


Keith Barr
Chief Executive Officer
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Sébastien M. Bazin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mark S. Hoplamazian
President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

David Kong
President and Chief Executive Officer
BWH Hotel Group

Christopher J. Nassetta
President and Chief Executive Officer

Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marriott International

November 6-12, 2020

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Watch 2019 Highlights Video

The NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference convenes top industry executives who discuss the latest trends, economic influences, and projections. From strategically focused general sessions to breakout sessions that explore timely topics, the Conference offers something for professionals at every phase of their career.


Hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, the NYU Hospitality Investment Conference featured general sessions, and networking events that provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities.


Join us as we open the 2020 NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Meet, mingle, and network with the professionals who drive this stimulating, evolving, and fascinating industry. (Dress is business casual.)



Who should attend?

Student Scholarships


2019 Sponsors

If your firm is interested in learning about the benefits of a 2020 sponsorship opportunity with the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, please email


2019 Sponsors are listed below. 2020 Sponsors coming soon.



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Media Supporters

Jonathan M. Tisch
Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation

Jonathan Tisch is chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation.

Tisch has led Loews expansion and emergence as a leading hotel company with a widely praised culture that embraces the power of partnerships—with team members, guests, communities, and owners. He was voted “Hotelier of the World” by HOTELS magazine.

Recognized nationally as a leader of the multi-billion dollar travel and tourism industry, Tisch is chairman emeritus of the United States Travel Association, and previously founded and served as chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable, as well as the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Committed to a vibrant tourism industry locally, for nearly six years Tisch served as chairman of NYC & Company, the City’s official tourism agency, and was chairman of New York Rising, established to bring back visitors and revive the economy after 9/11. Crain’s New York Business named him one of the "Top Ten Most Influential Business Leaders," and inducted him into their Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have transformed the City in both their professional work and in their civic and philanthropic activities.

Tisch is the author of three best-selling books: The Power of We: Succeeding through Partnerships; Chocolates on the Pillow Aren't Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience; and Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World. He was the host of the Emmy-nominated television series Beyond the Boardroom.

Tisch is a champion of corporate responsibility and active citizenship. More than 25 years ago, he initiated the Loews Hotels Good Neighbor Policy, a recipient of the US President's Service Award. He is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater Tufts University, and is also the naming benefactor of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. And last year he was honored by the NYU School of Professional Studies with the naming of the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, of which he has been a driving force for years. He is a founding board member of The Shed, New York’s new arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.

A co-owner of the New York Giants, Tisch was instrumental in bringing the 2014 Super Bowl to the metropolitan area and served as co-chair of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.

2019 was Tisch’s 25th year as conference chair.

2020 Executive Planning Committee

The University is grateful for the efforts of the Executive Planning Committee and for the financial contributions made by the conference patrons and sponsors. These contributions assure the quality, enhancement, and continuation of the conference, as well as support hospitality and tourism students at NYU.

Reza Akhavi

Deutsche Bank

Gary E. Axelrod

Latham & Watkins

Geoff A. Ballotti

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Scott D. Berman


Michael D. Bluhm

Morgan Stanley

Janis Cannon

Choice Hotels International

Greg Doman


Joel M. Eisemann

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

James Francque

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sean Hennessey

NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality

Jeffrey A. Horwitz


Kevin J. Jacobs


Dorothy A. Jennings


Caroline Mahl

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Amanda Maltos


Tyler Morse


Francis J. Nardozza

REH Capital Partners

Gilda Perez-Alvarado

JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Ron Pohl

Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Scott P. Rosenberg

Jonathan Nehmer + Associates

Rick Ross


Karen Rubin

Karen Rubin Hotels

Noah J. Silverman

Marriott International

Mitesh Shah

Nobel Investment Group

Jeffrey Stewart

Conference Vice Chair Walnut Hill Advisors

Adam F. Weissenberg


Len Wolman

Waterford Group

New York Marriott Marquis

The New York Marriott Marquis is the host hotel for the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. Located in the heart of Times Square, at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY (45th Street), the New York Marriott Marquis is ideally situated in the Theater District, and is in walking distance of many of the City's top restaurants and tourist attractions.

Special lodging rates, starting at USD $349 (ask for the NYU Hospitality Investment Conference), have been arranged for conference attendees for the dates November 10 - 13, 2020. These rates are available until the room block has been fully reserved by attendees. At that time, the New York Marriott Marquis will accept reservations on a rate-and space-available basis only.

To make hotel reservations, please go online or call 212-398-1900 or 877-303-0104.

Attendees and speakers are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and expenses.

Learn more about the New York Marriott Marquis.

Hotel Info
New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway, New York, NY (45th Street) 212-398-1900 or 877-303-0104 Google Maps New York Marriott Marquis
Hotel Info
Location Name: New York Marriott Marquis Location Address: 1535 Broadway, New York, NY (45th Street) Location Phone Number: 212-398-1900 or 877-303-0104 Google Maps New York Marriott Marquis

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Media Contacts

Paola Curcio-Kleinman
Assistant Dean, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Alka Gupta

Associate Director, Public Relations