May 24, 2021

The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Will Host A Free Webinar Series with Hospitality Industry Leaders June 7-8, 2021

This Summer Update Will Offer Stimulating Content Leading Up to the On-Site Annual International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference Now Scheduled for November

New York, May 24, 2021— In lieu of its annual in-person NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference normally held in June, the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality will host a series of online webinars that will convene top industry executives to discuss the latest industry trends, economic influences, and projections on June 7-8, 2021. The 43rd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, which usually takes place on-site at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City in June, will now be held in-person at the same location on November 7-9, 2021.

“As the world begins to turn the corner on the pandemic that has held us captive for the past year, we are seeing signs of a turnaround in the hospitality, hotel, and travel industries,” said Nicolas Graf, associate dean and Jonathan M. Tisch chair of the NYU SPS Tisch Center of Hospitality. “This webinar series will share the latest trends, forecasts, and news from industry leaders and innovators to help better prepare professionals for the challenges and opportunities in these industries post-pandemic.”

One of the premier conferences in the world, the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference is always a highly anticipated event that brings together thought leaders from across the US and around the globe. Attendance for the June webinar series is free of charge to members of the hospitality and tourism sector, as well as members of the press. Register here for the June event.

PLEASE NOTE: Members of the press will receive an alert for the November on-site event in early fall and can register for the fall conference at that time.


MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021
1:15 PM EST
Welcome Remarks

  • Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
The CEO’s Check In:  Where Are We, Where Are We Going, and When Will We Get There?

We are emerging from unprecedented times.  Which business conditions have changed permanently, and which are looking as though they are snapping back into their prior shape? Where are the hazard signs, and where are the tremendous opportunities? What are the imperatives of lodging industry leaders right now?


  • Sara Eisen, Anchor, Closing Bell, CNBC


  • Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Sébastien M. Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Accor
  • Tony Capuano, Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International
  • 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, Hilton

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM EST
Policy Matters: Emerging Considerations for Evolving Conditions

The economic and societal stresses of the past 16 months have thrown into high relief the role of public policy in shaping the lodging and travel industries.  As we emerge into the post-pandemic world, what are the top issues and, as importantly, how are they being addressed in the public forum?  Learn about today’s most compelling policy issues from the individuals who are not only leading the national dialogue, but who are also leading the organizations that most directly influence Washington. 


  • Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation


  • Roger Dow, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Travel Association
  • Andy Ingraham, President, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD)
  • Chip Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA)
  • Cecil P. Staton, President and Chief Executive Officer, AAHOA

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
The Money Talks: Navigating Cash and the Capital Stack in These Times

Whether it is the after-effects of debt forbearance, a hard stop to capital spending, needed renovations, or other of the many ramifications of the cash flow decimation that has resulted from so many hotels being closed or under-occupied for so long, many hotel asset owners need capital.  But can rescue capital end up sinking you, your company or your asset? Hear these leaders’ thoughts on how and where to get and structure cash and capital.


  • Jeffrey A. Horwitz, Senior Partner, Proskauer


  • Michael D. Bluhm, Managing Director, Global Head of Gaming and Lodging, Morgan Stanley-Investment Banking
  • Michael I. Lipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Access Point Financial
  • R. Tyler Morse, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MCR
  • Mit Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Noble Investment Group

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
CEOs’ Think Tank:  How Strong Leaders Adapt to Change

In times of stress, successful organisms adapt. The same is true of organizations and their leaders.  In the midst of the unprecedented pressures of our time, how have the brands adapted? Top leadership from the brand side of the business shares what is being done, what is being learned, and what we can expect next.


  • Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global Chief Executive Officer, JLL Hotels & Hospitality


  • Jim Alderman, Chief Executive Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, Americas
  • Geoff Ballotti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Sloan Dean, Chief Executive Officer and President, Remington Hotels
  • Patrick Pacious, President and Chief Executive Officer, Choice Hotels International

More details on the November on-site Conference will follow as they become available.

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About the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating 25 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. The Tisch Center recently launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub), which will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it serves. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, established industry partners, and investors opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest.

For more information about the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Celebrating 86 Years of Excellence in Applied Professional Education

For 86 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of non-degree courses and credentials.

NYU SPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYU SPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 30,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS visit:

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