Arabian Hotel Investment Conference to welcome Ranulph Fiennes | News

Organisers at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference have announced the event will welcome the legendary Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Thursday April 19th.

The intrepid explorer completes the stellar line-up of speakers at the annual gathering for the world’s hospitality investment community.

Described by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest living explorer, Fiennes is world famous for being the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by foot and for completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery.

He is also the oldest Briton to conquer Mount Everest, having made it to the summit at the age of 65.

With teamwork, determination, patience, discipline and creative thinking critical in both expeditions and business alike, his keynote speech is set to give the 700+ hotel investors, developers, financiers, and C-level hotel executives in attendance a unique perspective on the parallels of surviving the challenges of an expedition in nature and surviving the business world.

Held in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, the 14th edition of AHIC takes place from April 17th-19th at the purpose-built AHIC Village in the grounds of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, and promises to address the critical issues of innovation, leadership, destination development and industry disruptors amid the macroeconomic outlook from the investors’ perspective.

The annual gathering for the Middle East’s hospitality investment community organised by global hotel investment event organiser Bench Events in partnership with MEED Events.

AHIC creates a knowledge and networking platform for global and regional investors of all backgrounds, offering essential insights to investing in hotels, showcasing regional and international hospitality investment opportunities and facilitating direct connections with hospitality industry stakeholders.

For registrations and for more information, visit the official website.

World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke will welcome winners from across the region to the Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018

Taking place alongside AHIC, World Travel Awards recently revealed its Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018 will be hosted in Ras Al Khaimah on April 19th.

The red-carpet ceremony heralds the opening leg of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2018 – a search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world.

The Grand Tour also marks World Travel Awards’ 25th anniversary of honouring excellence in the international hospitality industry.

It will be World Travel Awards first visit to Ras Al Khaimah, the most northerly of the UAE’s seven emirates.

The burgeoning tourism hotspot boasts an enviable climate, traditional culture, sandy beaches and a wealth of activities.

Hospitality leaders from across the region will gather for World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah to see who among them has been voted the best in the business.

Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “It will be an absolute pleasure to visit Ras Al Khaimah for the very first time.

“Fringed by the majestic Al Hajar Mountains amid swathes of terracotta coloured dunes, Ras Al Khaimah promises an authentic Arabian experience.”

“World Travel Awards has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 25 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality business.”

Find out more about the event here.

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