Adjacent Spaces 2023: Industry leaders set to explore alternative concepts 

Ascott, Citizen M and Accor among those discussing opportunities beyond the hotel room 

Adjacent Spaces, the dynamic event that explores opportunities and investments across alternative asset classes , is returning to Berlin on Tuesday 16 May 2023.

Running alongside the International Hospitality Investment Forum (15-17 May) the one-day conference at The Pullman Hotel Berlin Schweizerhof will discuss alternative asset classes , including co-living, co-working, serviced apartments, hostels and student accommodation.

This year’s speaker line-up is reflective of the growing interest in alternative asset classes by hospitality investors, developers and operators, with representatives from hospitality businesses such as Accor, NomadX, Citizen M and Ascott joining asset and investment managers.

Speaker and session highlights include:

Jeff Tisdall, chief business officer, Accor One Living and global head of mixed-use at Accor – Next Level Residential Hospitality: Shaping The Future of Living.  As the person recruited to lead Accor One Living, an industry-first mixed use platform, Tisdall is well-placed to demonstrate how hotel groups can make headway in the branded residences category

MariaPia Intini, development & investment director Europe, Citizen - Intini will share her expertise on financing expansion from the perspective of the company that raised over $1bn from existing shareholders and a $210m loan from JP Morgan Chase.

Ngor Houai Lee, managing director Europe, Ascott. This will be the first appearance from Lee who will talk about the expansion of Ascott’s new brand lyf – – a new concept combining the best of serviced residences, hotels and co-living apartments – into Europe and reveal exciting plans for the brand.

Natalia Kolotneva, head of European living and hospitality, La Salle Investment Management – Valuing, Financing and Pricing OpRE Assets. Kolotneva will chair a discussion looking into how investors can better understand opportunities in the operational real estate (OpRE) sector and look at ways to balance risk and returns.

The Adjacent Spaces programme will also discuss ways to thrive in the serviced apartment marketplace, take a look at the ‘workation’ trend and explore the great merger of hospitality concepts.

The full programme can be found here.

Joe Stather, VP market lead, operational real estate at Questex, said: “Limited-service hotels and alternative concepts offer real potential for investors and operators. We are aware that more investors are showing interest, no doubt attracted by the lower cost base and lack of exposure to the same operational headwinds as full-service hotels. With its focus on alternative concepts and its targeted programme of discussions highlighting the opportunities within this space, Adjacent Spaces is the ideal forum for those both active in these markets and those looking to join them.”

Created for the market by the market, based on delegate feedback and Advisory Board recommendations, the IHIF programme promises challenging and thought-provoking sessions with specific areas of focus for each day.