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BCQS International attends SAHIC 2013 in Bogota, Colombia


BCQS International directors, Sanjay Amin, Liam Day and James Slattery recently attended the South American Hotel Investment Conference, SAHIC, held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Bogota, Colombia.

Over three hundred senior executives and decision makers from over twenty-five countries attended the two day conference held on the 25th and 26th September and organized by Hospitality Valuation Services, more widely known as HVS.

James Slattery, BCQS' Director with overall responsibility for South America, moderated an informative panel discussion entitled 'Luxury Experiences'. The discussion posed such question as, is there any room for new luxury projects in South America? Which markets are more appealing for this business model? What are the main challenges this segment is facing in the current market? and what is the relationship between development costs and ADR's vis-à-vis the achievement of appealing IRRs? The questions provoked a lively interactive discussion between both panelists and the attending audience.

Speaking about the conference Liam Day commented 'This is the sixth event organized by HVS specifically focused on the South American hospitality sector and the fourth year we have been one of the main sponsors. The location of this years event was particularly poignant for BCQS as we have just finalised our association with Bogota based Tectonica Proyectos S.A.V. and the conference gave us the perfect opportunity to market that association on home soil, so to speak. Jorge Avilan, the head of Tectonica Proyectos S.A.V., attended the event as part of the BCQS team and we were able to introduce him to our existing clients as well as marketing the association to a wider audience and our ability to conduct business throughout Colombia in conjunction with Jorge and his team.

James Slattery added, "We look forward to continuing the relationship with HVS and will indeed be returning as sponsors for SAHIC 2014, planned for September 2014 in Quito, Ecuador".