ATLANTA—Event organizers revealed the lineup for the 29th annual Hunter Hotel Investment Conference to be held March 22-24 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Opening the event is Google Travel Managing Director Rob Torres who will share Google’s travel vision, including the future of all stages in the travel process. Also topping the list is Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, who will be the keynote speaker and recipient of the 2017 Hunter Conference Award for Excellence and Inspiration. Thomas Baltimore, chairman, president and CEO of Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. and co-founder of RLJ Lodging Trust, will take the stage on March 24 as part of the endowed Bharat Shah Leadership Series.
The three-day agenda offers a cross-section of diverse topics led by industry innovators, economists, investors and thought leaders in both main sessions and panel-style breakout discussions. Speakers will share their expertise and experience on a diverse range of topics including hotel values and investment, new development, brand updates, up-and-coming markets and financing.
Conference highlights include Finance Friday, a day dedicated to hotel financing and raising equity, with a panel lineup of more than 20 active lenders and borrowers; a panel titled Your Government and Your Business will provide updates from association leaders on the latest political developments and issues that face the industry; and Young Hoteliers Seize the Day will be about lodging’s future.
“Our goal is for our attendees to understand current market conditions and industry trends so they can make informed decisions in the year ahead,” said Lee Hunter, co-chair of the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference. “But the heart of our conference is providing time and opportunity for our attendees to have one-on-one conversations and meaningful exchanges. Networking and deal making is an important part of the Hunter Conference.”