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Wednesday, November 20


Welcome Brunch and Case Study: The Fabric
Start IHIS 2019 with a welcome brunch and case study session at your choice of The Fabric Hotel or The Link Hotel.

The Fabric: Situated on the vivacious street of Nahalat Benyamin, Fabric acts as the “neighborhood saloon” that combines the cosmopolitan and urban culture of modern Tel Aviv. Just a short walk away from some of the city's main attractions,you'll find yourself at the center of all the action.

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Michael Hay

Founder and Managing Partner, Vision Hospitality
Michael transformed the Tel Aviv hotel market into a major boutique hotel destination, with over 40% of current hotels qualifying as boutique, many of which were developed by Hay himself. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Michael became fascinated with hotels by the age of ten. He’d... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Fabric


Welcome Brunch and Case Study: The Link
Start IHIS 2019 with a welcome brunch and case study session at your choice of The Fabric Hotel or The Link Hotel.

The Link: Immerse yourself in contemporary Tel Aviv street art on display throughout the property. Curator/photographer Daniel Siboni, winner of a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes Film Festival, has dedicated each floor to a distinctive Tel Aviv street artist.

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Ron Federmann

Head of Development at LINK hotel & hub, Dan Hotels

Wednesday November 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Link, Tel Aviv


Late Networking Lunch and Hotel Visit: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
Enjoy a late networking lunch and take a tour of one of Israel's most iconic hotel properties.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem


Networking Xpress
Continue the event by making more contacts in a session than you would over two days: meet, exchange business cards, find out in short burst 4 minute meetings whether they are a potential business partner, and then follow-up with them either during the event (if your schedule permits) or afterwards. It’s a great way to start your IHIS experience.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem


Opening Reception
Enjoy a warm welcome at one of Jerusalem's finest hotels, which truly showcases Israel's Crossroads of Culture and Innovation, complete with traditional Israeli food and cocktails.
Including a Welcome Address by the Mayor of Jerusalem.

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Moshe Lion

Mayor of Jerusalem
Mr Moshe Lion has been the Mayor of Jerusalem since December 2018. Prior to his election to his current position Mr Lion had a rich and varied career in both public and private realms of almost 25 years. For the past  5 years he was a member of the Jerusalem Municipality holding... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem
Thursday, November 21


Beach Run
Start the day with a run along the Tel Aviv seafront to prepare for a full day ahead of debate and networking.

Thursday November 21, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Tel Aviv Beach


Deal-Making Networking Breakfast
A networking session with pre-arranged meetings allowing you to make contacts and develop deal opportunities.

Thursday November 21, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Exhibition, Coffee & Networking

Thursday November 21, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Welcome by Questex and Israel Ministry Of Tourism
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Amir Halevi

Director General, Israel Ministry of Tourism
Amir Halevi is a Law graduate (LL.B.) from Bar Ilan University, and has a BA in Geography from Tel Aviv University.Born in Jerusalem as the 15th generation of his family in the city, Mr. Halevi now resides in Tel-Aviv. In recent years he established ARTTIC Israel, a branch of the... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
Hilton, Tel Aviv


CEO Opening Keynote: Between Luxury and Innovation
An inspiring overview of one of Israel's leading hospitality and travel companies: Dan Hotels' new CEO shares the company's story, what has happened in the past year since he joined, and introduces the recently-launched hotel concepts.

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Ronen Nissenbaum

President & CEO, Dan Hotels
Ronen Nissenbaum is an accomplished executive with strengths in Hotel, Casino, Retail, MICE, Education, Contract Catering, Airport VIP lounge and Food & Beverage Operations. 35 years of extensive global experience spanning Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia. Expertise in... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Market Overview: Economic Trends
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Dr Michel Strawczynski

Director, Research Department, Bank of Israel

Thursday November 21, 2019 10:15am - 10:35am
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Travel & Tourism Trends
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Elisa Moed

Founder, Travelujah

Thursday November 21, 2019 10:35am - 10:55am


Hotel Performance Overview: What are the numbers telling us?
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Thomas Emanuel

Director, STR
Thomas Emanuel is a Director at STR. He is based in London, and leads a team focused on driving business with Industry Partners.He has spent his entire career in the hotel industry, beginning in 2000 with Miki Travel, before joining Hyatt Hotel & Resorts, where he gained experience... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 10:55am - 11:15am


Coffee & Refreshments Networking Break

Thursday November 21, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


A Chief Economist's View on Hotel Investment
How does a major lender view the hospitality sector? Bank Hapoalim's Chief Economist shares his view on hotel investment in Israel.

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Dr. Leonardo Leiderman

Chief Economic Advisor, Bank Hapoalim
Prof. Leo Leiderman is the Chief Economic Advisor of Bank Hapoalim.  He is a faculty member at the School of Economics, Tel Aviv University.Among previous senior positions, Leiderman was Senior Director at the Bank of Israel, and Head of Emerging Markets Economics at Deutsche Ba... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 12:00pm - 12:20pm


Investment Panel: Examining the Investment and Funding Environment
A discussion on what makes Isreal an attractive market and what new investors need to know before entering the market.

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Evan Weiss

Principal, LW Hospitality Advisors
Evan Weiss serves as Chief Operating Officer, Principal of LW Hospitality Advisors®. He was previously an associate at CBRE Hotels – Hospitality & Gaming Valuation Advisory Services Group, where he was awarded Silver and Gold production awards during each year of his tenure. He... Read More →

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Shahar Perry

RFR Israel Ltd
EDUCATIONCOLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL, New York, NY: MBA - Finance - May 1998, Dean’s List. Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.TEL-AVIV UNIVERSITY, Tel-Aviv, Israel : BA, Double Major, Accounting and Economics - June 1993EXPERIENCE2007- Present:  RFR ISREAL LTD, REAL ESTATE HOLDING COMPANY... Read More →
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David Zisser

CEO, Omnam Group
Founder and CEO of Omnam Investment Group in 2011 and a highly experienced visionary in real estate. The driver behind a large pan-European portfolio of mixed-use and hospitality projects. Constantly looking to seize the next transformation opportunity.Background: Managed the launch... Read More →
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Russell Kett

Chairman, HVS London

Thursday November 21, 2019 12:20pm - 12:50pm


Networking Lunch

Thursday November 21, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


International Operators’ Panel: What can international brands bring to Israel's hotel market?
A panel discuss the benefits of international brands for Israel's hotel market, how their expertise can complement local knowledge, and partnership and operational models.

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Ronit Copeland

Managing Director, Copeland Hospitality

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Alexis Delaroff

COO, Accor Israel
A graduate of Technological University in Saint-Denis, Alexis Delaroff began his professional career in one of the largest privately owned hotels in Paris, before joining Queens Moat Houses where he held several General Manager positions in France and Europe, managing hotels under... Read More →
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Ilana Edelman

Director of Development, Hyatt
Ilana Edelman serves as Director of Development for Hyatt and is currently responsible business development and strategic expansion of Hyatt into Central Eastern Europe, Greece, Turkey, Israel and CIS.Ilana has ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. She previously managed... Read More →
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Christian Michel

Vice President Development Europe, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
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Nelson F. Migdal

Co-Chair, Hospitality Practice, Greenberg Traurig
Nelson F. Migdal is Co-Chair of the Hospitality Practice at Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on the acquisition and disposition of hotels, hotel operations and management, franchising, licensing and branding, development and finance, large mixed-use projects, hotel management... Read More →
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Georg Schlegel

Managing Director, Germany & Central Europe, Choice Hotels

Thursday November 21, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Getting a Deal Done
Developers, investors, operators and regulatory authorities discuss how to get deals done in Israel, covering all aspects including financing, due diligence, legal requirements.

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Jonathan Falik

CEO, JF Capital Advisors

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Shaul Ben-Amotz

Partner, PwC Israel
Shaul Ben-Amotz is a Tax Partner at PwC Israel, and the firm's Real Estate practice leader.Shaul specializes in issues concerning corporate taxation and controlling shareholders in the traditional and hi-tech industries.As the leader of the Real Estate practice, Shaul has gained extensive... Read More →
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Doron Aharon

Senior Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism
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Carmit Bar-On

Partner, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal
Carmit Bar-On is a partner in the firm’s Hotels and Leisure practice.Carmit specializes in hotels and the tourism industry, with broad experience in management agreements and license agreements for major international and local hotel chains. Carmit serves as legal counsel for numerous... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Discover Israel: An Introduction to Key Destinations
Brief presentations introducing the investment opportunities in some of the most interesting destinations in Israel.

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Nir Kedmi

Deputy CEO and CFO, Dead Sea Preservation Company Ltd.
Nir was born in Jerusalem, Israel where he still lives today with his family. Nir is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, having completed a BA in Economics in 1997; he then completed an MA in Geography with a specialization in planning.After completing his army service... Read More →
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Shira Sprecher Segalovitz

Head of City Planning Department, Bat Yam Municipality
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Eytan Schwartz

CEO, Tel Aviv Global & Tourism
Eytan Schwartz is the CEO of Tel Aviv Global, a municipal initiative aimed at positioning Tel Aviv as a global city. Previously he was Senior Advisor to Tel Aviv-Yafo's Mayor Ron Huldai for International Affairs, where he was in charge of managing all diplomatic and international... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv



Hotel Case Studies: The Drisco Tel Aviv, The Post Jerusalem, 1KD Netanya
Discover the diversity and innovation of Israel's hospitality. Two case studies showcase some of the latest openings that are bringing new hospitality concepts to Israel:
- The Drisco, Tel Aviv
- The Post, Jerusalem
- 1KD - 1 King David St., Netanya

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Yariv Ben-Ari

Partner - Real Estate, Herrick
Yariv Ben-Ari is a partner in Herrick's real estate department, and a co-chair of the firm's Israel practice group. He advises real estate lenders, trustees, servicers, owners, operators, developers and contractors on a variety of sophisticated matters. An Israeli-American, and a... Read More →

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Rami Ohana

Co-Founder, The Post
Rami Ohana, B.B.A., is an entrepreneur and businessman with 30 years of experience, of which for the last 21 years he has been focused on the accommodation and tourism industry. Rami founded and managed holiday villages and accommodation solutions, including Achziv Holiday Village... Read More →
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Avi Zak

Managing Partner, The Drisco Tel Aviv
Mr. Zak has been involved in different roles in the hospitality management since 1997.1997-2001- Restaurants’ Manager, Tel Aviv, Israel.2001-2004- Managing Director of 3 boutique hotels in London, UK.2004- to date- Founder and managing partner of The Vital Hotel, business boutique... Read More →
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Asaf Shuster

Founder and CEO, Terrace Investments Ltd
Asaf Shuster is the founder and CEO of Terrace Investments Ltd, a commercial and residential real estate development company active in Israel and New York since 2004. Terrace is an Israeli subsidiary of the Shuster Group who is active in real estate development for 30 years. Asaf... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Closing Keynote: The Power of the Sea - A Tale of Leadership, Vision and Perseverance
An inspiring talk on leadership, vision and perseverance from the TEDx speaker who broke the world record with five of his friends in the longest relay open-water swim, from Cyprus to Israel.

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Ori Sela

Founder and Owner, Water World and WEST swimming technique
Ori is The National Israeli open water coach and an Expert in Hydrotherapy.Ori has over 30 years of experience as a professional swimmer, a qualified HydroTherapist, swimming coach, toddlers’ swimming instructor, Watzu, Jahara and Shiatsu therapist, triathlon coach, open water coach... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 5:15pm - 5:40pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Closing Remarks
Thursday November 21, 2019 5:40pm - 5:45pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv


Closing Reception

Thursday November 21, 2019 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Hilton, Tel Aviv