Global Restaurant Investment Forum

"The quality of peers I met at GRIF I think are of a very high standard. There are CEOs, experienced international players but it also has some younger entrepreneurs so it’s a nice mix!”

Robin Rowland, Founder, YO! Sushi

"GRIF was one of the first conferences that we got involved in since it's inception and it's been extremely rewarding for us in terms of meeting with other business leaders.

Rohit Sachdev, Soho Hospitality

"GRIF is a world class restaurant forum that brings top class industry stalwarts to speak, share and debate on today’s topics that matter thus creating and adding value to its delegates and their businesses. Networking is the cherry on the top."

Ravi Chandran – Managing Director, Marka PJSC

"Excellent. Great event, Great speakers, very Informative discussions and great networking with Global industry leaders. Definitely one of the better F&B conferences in the region if not, ‘the benchmark’."

Nicholas Couvaras – Managing Director, Kroma

"It was a great three days of networking, meeting industry leaders and gaining important insights on the international hospitality trends."

Akhilesh Bahl – Founder & CEO, Malt & Salt Hospitality

"I think if you see how many people are coming here and how many concepts can be talked to, people we can talk to, I think that makes it very interesting to see so many people in one time."

Lesley Bamberger, Kroonenberg Groep

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

"Indeed it was one of the best conference I have attended. We got very positive feedback from the owners"

Rudi Jagersbacher, Chairman (Non-Executive), Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Hilton

"It is a unique event in the year, where I look forward to meeting new players in the industry or related businesses and moreover, learn about new trends and current industry news. AHIC 2019 witnessed a significant uplift from the past AHIC's"

Hassan Ahdab, President Hotels Operations, Dur Hospitality

"Excellent, couldn't have asked for more. Excellent event, very well organised in a great venue with good atmosphere in addition to educative and networking sessions."

Mohamed Awadalla, Chief Executive Officer, TIME Hotels

"This was my first AHIC, and having heard good things beforehand, my expectations were high; I was not disappointed and I will certainly be back next year."

Martin Smith, Director of Corporate Interiors, Perkins + Will

"We are here every year. This is the first time we are sponsoring. It is really the premiere networking event in the region and our goal is dominantly networking. It worked very well, made a lot of good new contacts, got several leads for the Mecca region, where we will be focusing on, and Oman. We are extremely happy and we will definitely be back next year."

Norbert Vas, VP Business Development, Archipelago International

"It’s the first time we are attending AHIC with a stand and a bigger presence. The key reason we are here is to showcase the ten brands that we represent as Millennium Hotels & Resorts globally and as well the expansion that is happening in the Middle East currently for the brands."

Alexander Suski, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing - MEA, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

"Great event as usual, excellent platform for building new partnerships and catching up on latest industry trends as well as networking with friends and partners in a fun atmosphere."

Ahmed Bin Madhi, Director of Asset Management, Rua Al Madinah Holding Company

Africa Hotel Investment Forum

"AHIF is an event where opportunities to meet with regional investors exists and it offers all parties the chance to review and compare their offerings."

Karl De Lacy International Development Director, Best Western Hotels & Resorts

“It was an outstanding event. Opportunity to network with key players in the industry."

Eyob Tolina, Director, Schulze Global Investments

"The best conference in Africa by some distance...if you can only attend one hotel conference a year this should be it!"

David Harper – Head of Property, Hotel Partners Africa

“AHIF is the most comprehensive and focused hotel investment forum in Africa.”

Othmane Jabri, Kingdom Hotel Investments

“This was probably one of the best and most productive conferences I have attended recently. It was the right size and the calibre of the attendees was great.”

Neil George, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

"For us it was the best conference ever - lots of exposure and a good deal of fun of course! Time will tell if the seeds we planted will develop - but I am very confident. It is all organised excellently and went swimmingly.... Well done to you all."

Gordon Pickering, Senior Partner, G1 Architecture


“High quality participants with strong views and opinions on how to drive regional, with a good atmosphere, good positive vibe and that's essential.”

Laurens Van Den Oever, Forward Keys

“We, as a mid-sized airport, definitely appreciate the new conference format by AviaDev, so their theme is Regional is Rising, and we thing AviaDev should rise in this market as a new conference opportunity.”

Christian Kaeser, Nurnberg Airport

“AviaDev is a place to meet people and it was planned with that thing in mind. It's probably one of the best conferences I've been to so far in the sense that people get to actually spend time with each other and the organisers really focus on the time that is allocated to spend with other carriers networking with other airports and I think it's very fruitful."

Guilherme Rosas Da Costa, Stobart Air

“This is an example of getting everybody together around the table and making it work as an industry, it's not just the airlines or the airports or Uber, It's all of us doing it together."

Frans Hiemstra, Uber

“Choosing events like this provides an opportunity for collaboration, for dialogue, for insights, for sharing knowledge and information and that's why I do support events like this, and hopefully some good long lasting partnerships and commercial agreements will come out of it."

Nico Bezuidenhout, Fastjet

“I think forums like AviaDev bring stakeholders from across the aviation divide togethe,r to look at the current developments of the industry and also see how the future can be improved for the better of the industry and it is such forums which bring both suppliers and operators together that can help with creating the dialogue that the region needs."

Raphael Kuuchi, IATA