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BCQS International attends the South American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference in Westin Lima, Peru


BCQS International directors Sanjay Amin, Liam Day and James Slattery recently attended the South American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (SAHIC), in Lima, Peru.

The conference was the fifth such annual event, organised by the global hospitality service provider, Hospitality Valuation Services, (HVS) targeting developers, funders, government officials, operators and consultants specifically focused on the hotel and tourism sectors in Latin America.

BCQS International began sponsoring the event after opening their two South American offices in Brasil and Guyana in 2010 and based upon the opportunities that have materialised from those previous events is was decided to continue sponsoring the event for the foreseeable future.

The two day event covered a wide variety of related topics ranging from a ‘CEO’s check-in’ looking at the opportunities and challenges of achieving sustainable growth in today’s weakened international environment to the ‘Evolution of Mixed-Use Developments’ looking at the myths and realities about the assumed benefits of combining hotels with other uses.

BCQS International director, James Slattery successfully moderated a lively interactive session on the ‘Mid-Market’ looking at the intrinsic realities of this segment, asking if this segment will generally out perform the rest of the industry and examining the advantages and disadvantages of joining a well positioned and internationally recognised brand in lieu of creating a new one. Once again the general vibe of the conference was one of confidence. The hotel sector in Latin America continues to post positive growth in both occupancies and ADR's and the demand for hotel rooms throughout Latin America remains strong, particularly in the larger more established markets of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

BCQS International managing director Liam Day commented, “ the event continues to grow every year in terms of number of attendees and the markets that they represent. Given our long term expansion strategy and the importance of the hospitality sector in the region, this event is significant and remains one of our key marketing efforts for developing business in Latin America.”

James Slattery, BCQS International’s director responsible for Latin America, based in Sao Paulo added “ the contacts we have made at previous SAHIC events have already generated a number of business opportunities in the hospitality sector and as demand for hotel accommodation continues to escalate, particularly in our home market of Brazil, we anticipate many more projects emanating from those previous contacts and new contacts made at this years event.”

Image (left to right): BCQS Director based in Brazil, James Slattery, BCQS Director based in Barbados, Sanjay Amin, BCQS Managing Director based in the Cayman Islands, Liam Day