Dubai, UAE (April 19, 2012) — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, and The Registry Collection® program, the world’s largest luxury exchange program, are returning as co-hosts of a topical Masterclass at this year’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC). The class will be hosted in partnership with Bench Events, the organizers of the conference.
The event, to be held on April 28 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, offers an interactive Masterclass providing valuable insight into alternative developer finance strategies for key industry stakeholders including hotel brands, resort owners, investors and industry consultants.
Interactive panel discussions with notable industry experts include mixed-use development strategies, luxury branded real estate and considerations for launching a shared-ownership product in the new economic climate.
“RCI and The Registry Collection® program are very excited to be co-hosting the Masterclass for the third year running,” said Shafi Syed, regional director for RCI MENA. “This year we have a much broader theme covering leisure real estate, which is truly relevant to the region, and an exciting line-up of fantastic speakers.”
This year’s event includes a panel of luminary speakers including: Scott Woroch, executive vice president, Worldwide Development – Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Samer Abu Ayash, senior vice president, Kingdom Hotel Investments; and Jurgen Baumhoff, COO, Emaar Hospitality Group, among others. The speakers will share their experiences on mixed-use strategies, highlighting how it has influenced the investment profile of the developments. They will also discuss the state of the luxury branded residential market and highlight success stories from the region’s shared ownership projects.
“The Masterclass has been a great success over the last two years and we are expecting the same this year through our continued partnership with RCI and The Registry Collection,” said Jonathan Worsley, chairman, Bench Events.
“This year promises to be a fantastic forum for key developers, investors and hotel brands to discuss why shared ownership continues to be so relevant today,” said Dimitris Manikis, vice president of Business Development, RCI EMEA. “In these economic times, it is increasingly important to capture long-term customer loyalty and create new revenue streams. This really is a noteworthy event for the hospitality and leisure real estate industries.”
For more information or to register for this event, please visit www.arabianconference.com.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
About The Registry Collection program
The Registry Collection program is the world’s largest luxury exchange program comprising more than 165 affiliates on six continents. Approximately 200 properties are available through The Registry Collection program and are either accessible for exchange or under development. From condo hotels and high-end fractional resorts to private residence clubs and fractional yachts, The Registry Collection program provides members with access to an elite network of the finest vacation properties at some of the world’s premier destinations, as well as personal concierge services that are available 24 hours a day. The Registry Collection program is offered by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center or theregistrycollection.com