Serviced Apartment Summit expands to focus on the Middle East and African markets

Published on : Wednesday, July 1, 2015

servicedapartmentsummit2013International Hospitality Media is delighted to announce the launch of Serviced
Apartment Summit MEA, with the inaugural conference taking place at
The Fairmont on The Palm, Dubai, UAE on October 26 and 27.

The new conference and exhibition will cover:
• serviced apartments • branded residences • aparthotels
• extended stay hotels • corporate housing • short-term rentals
London-based events organiser and online publisher International Hospitality Media has announced it is taking its successful Serviced Apartment Summit b2b conference to the burgeoning Middle East and African markets.

The inaugural Serviced Apartment Summit MEA will take place at The Fairmont on the Palm in Dubai, UAE, on October 26 and 27. The 26th will feature delegate tours of luxury branded residences on The Palm, a cocktail reception and a speed business card swap.

The 27th will see a full day conference agenda with a top quality cast of industry experts speakers covering serviced apartments, branded residences, aparthotels, extended stay hotels and corporate housing.

Event host Piers Brown said: “The Gulf region is rapidly becoming a global hot spot for serviced apartment and extended stay development, with activity levels ramping up considerably. In December 2013, a Colliers International report said at least 10,000 additional serviced apartment units were needed to fulfill projected demand in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. We have noticed the rapidly increasing development pipeline in the region – including projects from the likes of DAMAC, Emaar, SKAI, Cayan Group, Jumeirah, Al Sawari Holding, Al-Khorayef & Sons Co, Union Properties, NIC, Al Andalus Property, Deyaar and Buroj – and responded to demand from the industry for a dedicated forum for networking, education and sharing best practice. Our team looks forward to staging a high quality event which will build on the fantastic reception our London Summit has received from the industry.”

Patrick Smith, VP asset management at IFA Hotels and Resorts, the event’s headline sponsor, said: “The launch of Serviced Apartment Summit MEA couldn’t be more timely. We are delighted to support an event which will focus on one of the hottest real estate and hospitality sectors anywhere in the world, and look forward to meeting our industry colleagues for a high quality networking and educational event.”

Sponsors already confirmed for the MEA event include IFA Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, and Staycity.

The Serviced Apartment Summit brand was launched with a London event in 2013, and has grown rapidly each year. In 2014 the London conference attracted 300+ delegates and speakers from as far afield as Australia, Singapore, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the US, India and across Europe.

The 2015 London Summit is being held at the Park Plaza Victoria on July 7 and 8.

Who should attend?
• Serviced apartment, branded residence and corporate housing operators
• Serviced apartment, , branded residence and corporate housing developers
• Bankers, lenders and investors
• Advisory and consultancy specialists
• Real estate brokers
• Real estate support services
• Corporate travel buyers
• Lawyers
• Travel management companies
• Vacation rental companies
• Suppliers / Service providers

Delegate feedback from Serviced Apartment Summit 2014 (London)

“I thought the Summit was excellent and certainly confirmed in my mind that this is a sector that our client funds should be looking at very seriously.”
Shailendra Shah, associate director, investment, M & G Real Estate

“A unique gathering of industry leaders and stakeholders. Great education, great networking and new business opportunities.”
Ian Barrigan, commercial director, Go Native

“A great day away from the office, great to get so much in to one day.”
Colm Whooley, financial director, Staycity

“Mountains of information and great people attending.”
Iqbal Razal, managing director, Comfort Zone Apartments

“An excellent industry update, great contacts, lots of good discussions, ideas and opportunities.”
Richard Roberts, general manager, Global Gossip Limited

“A great source of information from industry specialists and leaders.”
Mark Spencer, business development manager, Home Away


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