HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM PRESENTS AHIC 2016 AWARDS TO RON HILVERT AND AHMED RAMDAN
• On the third and final day of AHIC 2016, two industry leaders are recognised by the Middle East’s leading hotel investment conference
· Ron Hilvert is the founder and former Managing Director of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) and was awarded the AHIC 2016 Outstanding Service to the Industry
· Ahmed Ramdan, Group Chief Executive Officer of Rὀya International was awarded the AHIC 2016 Leadership Award
Dubai, UAE – 28 April 2016 – At the third and final day of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) the patron, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of Dubai Department for Civil Aviation and Chairman and Group CEO of Emirates presented two special awards to tourism and hospitality leaders.
AHIC 2016 Outstanding Service to the Industry Award
Ron Hilvert, is the founder and former Managing Director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM). He is recognised as one of the world’s most experienced Human Resource Executives who was developed EAHM since its founding almost 15 years ago. Under his leadership the academy has gone from strength to strength and it is now one of the most globally renowned and respected institutions in hospitality.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to award Ron Hilvert with our Outstanding Service to the Industry as through the EAHM, he has been dedicated to the development and nurturing of young people into our industry, without which, tourism and hospitality would not be as strong or robust. His creation provides a source of highly trained staff who will be the leaders of the future,” commented Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of AHIC.
AHIC 2016 Leadership Award
Ahmed Ramdan, is Group Chief Executive Officer, Rὀya International, a company which is one of the most recognised hospitality advisory firms in the GCC. Ramdan selected a career path shortly after the UAE had been formed and embarked on a career which would truly make an impact on the regions tourism and hospitality sector. He spent many years in the upper levels of international hotel management before forming Rὀya International.
“Our leadership award is given only to those who have shown a complete dedication to progressing the tourism and hospitality sector and Ahmed Ramdan has devoted his entire career to our industry. This award marks his continued leadership and focus on ensuring we lead the way in terms of industry standards,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events and co-founder of AHIC.
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Sponsors of AHIC 2016 are: Al Marjan Island, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Jumeirah Group and Katara Hospitality as Platinum Sponsors; AccorHotels, Dur Hospitality, Emaar Hospitality Group, Hilton Worldwide, IFA Hotel Investments, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), Marriott International, SMIT Morocco, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, Wyndham Hotel Group and YAS (Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management) as Emerald Sponsors; Wanda Hotels & Resorts as Networking Community Sponsor; AECOM, Bahrain Economic Development Board, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Colliers International, Deloitte, ERC (Egyptian Resorts Company), ESPA, Faithful + Gould, FRHI - Hotels & Resorts, HKS Architects and Planners, HVS, JLL, Mashreq Bank, Melia Hotels International, Modul University Dubai, PwC, Roya, Shaza Hotels and STR and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces as Gold Sponsors and Ruckus Wireless as Connectivity Sponsor.
About Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, was one of the founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum which is now in its nineteenth year (www.berlinconference.com). In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (www.arabianconference.com); and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (www.russia-cisconference.com). In 2011 Bench Events added two events to its portfolio, co-hosting the Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference (www.cathic.com) and the Africa Hotel Investment Forum founded in 2013 (www.africa-conference.com). In 2014 Bench Events launched the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (www.restaurant-invest.com) in Dubai to great acclaim.
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