NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Hosts the 43rd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, Convening Renowned Hospitality Thought Leaders In-Person in NYC.
Featured Speakers Jamie Dimon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase, and CEOs from Accor, BWH, Hilton, IHG, and Marriott, Among Others, Share Insights and Forecasts.During Enlightening General Sessions Complemented by Innovative Breakout Discussions.
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality convened top hospitality industry executives and thought leaders from across the US and around the world for its 43rd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. This leading hospitality forum is one of the first major industry conferences to resume in-person in NYC since the pandemic struck.
Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels and Company, and Co-chairman of the board of Loews Corporation, who serves as Conference chair, opened the event, which spans three days (November 7-9) by delivering remarks on the state of the industry and providing a preview of the content to come. In his opening remarks, while he focused on the issues the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries continue to face due to the pandemic, he also stressed the opportunities at hand, specifically in the areas of business travel, global events, and the power of these industries to bring people together.
The first day of content was highlighted by thought-provoking general sessions with high-profile leaders and innovators sharing their insights.
“The CEOs Check-In: A View from the Top,” featured hospitality executives who discussed the evolving investment landscape, and how the hospitality industry is growing once again. Sara Eisen, anchor, “Closing Bell,” CNBC, moderated this discussion with Keith Barr, chief executive officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts; Sébastien M. Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer, Accor; Anthony Capuano, chief executive officer, Marriott International; David Kong, president and chief executive officer, BWH Hotel Group; and Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton. The executives shared positive outlooks as the industry focuses on 2022. From foreign travel resuming to family members and friends eager to be back together, they expect to see continued growth in the sector, with people feeling more comfortable with traveling. While the pandemic caused tremendous hardship, these leaders are clearly embracing the accelerated change that has come from it—particularly in the area of customer experience. They also see efficiencies across the sector, technology, and remote work, as being key influences now and in the months ahead.
We covered the 43rd Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Conference-2021, for the first time in our World Liberty TV, Business channels and blogs, and as Mr Andrew Hamilton, President of New York University said, this is our first live Conference in the last one year and half. Close to 1100 hundred people were in attendance, great speakers from around the world in attendance.
A touching tribute to Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International, who passed unexpectedly on February 15, 2021. In May 2019, the company announced that Mr. Sorenson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. David S . Marriott, Director of Marriott Board of Directors went on to stay he was truly a great man who made great changes for all people in the Hospitability business. He would be never forgotten; a special video tribute was played in his honor.
I had met and spoke to to Mr Sorenson on two different occasions, one being at the Clinton Global Foundation and other times at the Times Square Marriott hotel events, he was a down to earth guy and would take time to speak to you and listen to you. The two times I met him I was very highly impressed with him and what he was doing for people of color in the Hospitability business and had his heart in the right place. His work will continue to be done and he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend.