The fifth Annual China Hotel Development & Financing Conference, jointly hosted by Horwath HTL, STR Global, and the China Tourist Hotels Association, will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, on March 25-27, 2009.
The China Hotel Development & Financing Conference aims to be the leading industry forum to analyze and discuss the latest trends for the hotel industry in China. The goal of the conference is to provide the most comprehensive analysis of industry data by having leading firms present the latest industry data to keep all delegates abreast and up-to-date. The conference also has a pure focus on the China hotel market, allowing the maximum number of sessions to focus on important issues to the local hotel industry.
Starting from the 2008 conference, each year conference proceeds will be used to present a scholarship award to the leading final year student of the hospitality program of the Tianjin University – Florida International University program. The scholarship will fully fund the final year of the program. Students from this program are also given the opportunity to gain experience through volunteer work at the conference.
The conference will also aiming to take a leadership role in highlighting the importance of environmental sustainability in the hotel industry in China. This year there will be a plenary session focusing on environmental sustainability, which will emphasize that a focus on sustainability is not only important for the future environment, but can also lead to financial savings and in the longer term, a competitive advantage for hotels. Sustainable development is set to become a regular topic for years to come at this event.