1. A window on Italy: scenarios and perspectives for investing in hospitality
Italy offers much more than the over-targeted Milan, Rome, Florence and Venice. Nevertheless, international and domestic investors known few about destination specifications, since the market is yet not very liquid and the information on transactions is poor. Through this section, hospitality experienced analysts and senior executives in finance, real estate, consulting and investment banking will offer an overview on risk, expectations and yields among key product types (sun & beach, art cities, ski resorts, etc.), segments (budget, upscale, luxury, etc.) and all along most promising destinations of the country. Learn how to navigate Italy specifications from success stories and what is the future scenario for hospitality investments in the country.
2. Where to invest in Italy: navigating the country specs and opportunities
Besides being one of the world top tourism destinations, Italy is also believed to be a though country for expansion through direct investments, especially due to a huge variety of alternatives not coupled with enough data transparency. This session addresses the “how to do it”, learning from successful players in hospitality, real estate and leisure. Learn the reason why of their success, the way they have navigated opportunities, what has driven their decision to invest in top and secondary destinations of Italy and where they see a clear potential for the next years.
Moderates: Paola Dezza, Journalist at Il Sole 24 Ore Speakers: Ted Teng, Former President, CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World, Inc. Olivier Harnisch, Former CEO Emaar Hospitality Group Panel 1: Georg Schlegel, Managing Director Germany & Central Europe, Choice Hotels International Francesco Cefalu, Regional Development Director, EMEA & SA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Panel 2: Maurizio Saccani, COO, Rocco Forte Hotels Alcide Leali, Managing Director Lefay Resorts
13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:00
3. Owning vs Leasing vs Financing in Italy: challenges and success stories
While most markets in Europe witness today the growth of management and franchising contracts, these business models are yet less diffused than lease in Italy. Indeed, since the recent boom in investment funds’ interest for hospitality, hotel chains accepting to expand in lease are massively enlarging their footprint in the all country. Furthermore, direct ownership is the choice of some hotel chains in luxury, such as Belmond or Rocco Forte, owning today some of the most prestigious assets in Italy. What are then the perspectives for chains’ development in the country? What are the constraints to expansion posed by management contracts? How will lease contract evolve in the next years? Follow this section to get an overview of management models and their future from protagonists and leaders in the field.
4. The mechanisms of lifestyle, mixed use and hybrid models in Italy
Not at all a mature market for mixed use developments, lifestyle concepts and condominium hotels, Italy has only recently been listed among Mediterranean destinations where to invest in leisure serviced and branded residential. New boost has been provided by the 2018 national law introducing the “condo-hotel” model for the first time. Hybrid models such as student hotels, hotel-hostels, branded and serviced apartments and villas are the object of this session, discussed with the investors who have successfully completed their development in major cities. Learn what is the story about and what is the market and opportunity for new and hybrid models.
5. Construction and restructuring costs in hospitality: Report 2019
For the first time in Italy, based on a Horwath HTL survey, we will present field data on development costs associated with refurbishment of existing hotels and resorts, construction of new ones or conversion from other asset classes. This 2019 survey is expected to provide industry analysts, developers and investors with a full picture of hospitality development costs, through a dedicated view on hotel segments, locations and scales.