ESG Hub to debut at IHIF 2023 


The International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) 2023 will host the ESG Hub, a space dedicated to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and explore the wider impact for investors when it returns to Berlin on 15-17 May.

Running alongside the main conference programme, the ESG Hub, delivered in partnership with the Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA), will play host to a number of lightning talks , thought-leadership case studies and product showcases borne out of the requirement for knowledge, products and services relating to ESG from investors, asset managers and operators. Highlighted discussions to look out for on this subject include:

Greenprint: Building Environmentally Efficient Hospitality Properties – Tuesday 16 May 3:15pm

What does it take to future-proof a hospitality development? Taking into consideration the regulatory environment, development frameworks, construction materials, the local environment and biodiversity, this panel assesses the key considerations in constructing sustainable hospitality buildings.

Aligning Owners and Operators’ Sustainability Strategies - Wednesday 17 May 1pm

How can owners and operators align their ESG strategies effectively? Our panel of owners, brands and operators share the strategies to ensure sustainability objectives are implemented in the most effective way, how the associated expenses are managed, and how HMAs are evolving to take them into consideration.

With panellists: Adrian Flück, Director Asset Management (Hotels), Invesco Real Estate and Thomas Page, Partner, CMS.

Commenting on the importance of a focus on ESG within the hotel industry this year, Joe Stather, VP market lead, operational real estate at Questex, said: “Certainly with the cost of living crisis being felt by all, the industry may have to be bold in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented. However, a focus on longer term ESG plans needs to be had, to enable progress and the legacy of hotel groups to be protected, as the world works towards a more sustainable future. Certainly, with businesses carbon footprints at the forefront of management teams minds, now is the time to act and start to implement rather than just discussing. IHIF 2023 is shaping up to be a key event in the diary with key focuses like ESG to help everyone’s fortunes over the next 12 months.”

As well as the new hub being introduced to this year’s conference, there will also be focused speakers and panels on the main stages to discuss the topic in depth.

Under the headline theme, Fortune Favours the Bold, the popular industry-leading event returns following what was a terrific event in 2022, attended by 2,400 forward-thinking hospitality professionals, including investors, owners and developers. The forum moves from strength to strength with another inspirational billing of over 200 guest speakers, who will focus on bold movements within the market being the key to a successful trading year.

As well as offering a plethora of insightful talks and discussions, IHIF 2023 also provides multiple opportunities to network, including a welcome reception for delegates new to the forum.