SOURCE: Questex Hospitality + Travel

Questex Hospitality + Travel

February 28, 2012 12:37 ET

Questex Partners With BSH to Host Brazilian Hospitality Conference

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2012) - Questex Hospitality + Travel, the world's largest multinational media, event and e-commerce company serving the global hospitality and travel industry, today announced it has teamed up with BSH International to relaunch and produce the Brazilian Hospitality Investment Conference beginning next year.

The 14th Brazilian Hospitality Investment Conference will connect domestic and international investors, developers and senior hospitality professionals, real estate investors, tourism intermediaries and finance companies together in a global setting to facilitate and encourage business networking and deal-making.

The conference will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, on a date in 2013 to be announced soon, ending a four-year hiatus. The partnership merges the collective resources of Questex Hospitality + Travel, organizer of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Summit Series, the world's largest series of hospitality investment conferences, and BSH International, Brazil's leading hospitality investment expert.

Jose Ernesto Marino Neto, BSH International founder and president, will serve as conference co-chair. He founded BSH International in 1989 to attract new investments to his country. The company introduced Sol Melia Hoteles of Spain, SuperClubs International of Jamaica, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Days Inn and Sonesta International of the United States and Tivoli of Portugal to Brazil.

"BSH International is partnering with Questex Hospitality + Travel because it is the most experienced and successful conference company in the world that focuses on lodging and travel," Marino said. "By merging Questex's expertise with our relationships and knowledge of the Brazilian hospitality industry, the 14th Brazilian Hospitality Investment Conference will become our nation's premier investment event."

Kerry Gumas, Questex Media Group LLC president and chief executive officer, said the addition of the Brazilian Hospitality Investment Conference would complement and leverage his company's IHIF Summit Series, which includes the North American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference, and Asia Hotel Investment Conference.

"Questex and BSH International will multiply the impact of the Brazilian Hospitality Investment Conference by launching inward and outward trade missions to promote Brazil," Gumas said. "These missions, to be branded Innvest Brazil, will generate awareness, promote foreign investment initiatives and develop relationships with investors and top industry professionals in key global investment hubs in conjunction with our IHIF Summit Series."

BSH International, based in São Paulo, has been responsible for investments valued at $1.9 billion (or $3 billion Brazilian reais) in the Brazilian hospitality and tourism real estate markets. The company is a complete hospitality asset management firm, partnering development and ownership of hotels. BSH also maintains an advisory services division that performs market and economic-financial feasibility studies and hotel appraisals.

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to hospitality and travel, drives revenue, productivity and value creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

Questex Hospitality + Travel operates throughout the United States and Americas regions, EMEA and Asia/Pacific through a variety of market-leading properties and services including International Hotel Investment Forum Berlin, North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum North Asia, Tourism Destination Investment Conference Asia, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference, HOTEC Design and HOTEC Operations & Technology; lead generation portal HotelManagement.net; industry news delivery services in print, online and mobile worldwide via IHIF: Hotel Investment News along with Hotel Management and HA+D magazines.

In addition, the group serves global travel marketers through TravelAgentCentral.com, LuxuryTravelAdvisor.com, TravelAgentUniversity Online; an award-winning series of events serving the luxury travel and MICE markets such as Luxury Travel Exchange, Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges and CONFEC; and the leading luxury travel booking site, FiveStarAlliance.com; and industry news delivery services in print and mobile worldwide via Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines.

Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to NTOs/DMAs, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, OTAs and travel agents worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.