Simon is the founding chairman of HOFTEL, the leading global association for hotel real estate investors who pay management or franchise fees to, or get rents from, the brands, with members’ portfolios now around US$ 100 billion. Members and subscribers include significant investors worldwide such as Host Hotels & Resorts, Union Investment, ADIA, Blackstone, Credit Suisse, Schroders, Canyon Equity, CapMan, CTF Development, Swire Properties, Sun Hung Kai Properties SC Capital, Frasers’ Hospitality Trust, Aldar, Dubai Properties and Harilela Hotels. We also have domestic players like Topland and Starboard Hotels in the UK, HR Group and LFPI in Germany, Boutique Group in Thailand; and Lionstone Development in the USA. HOFTEL holds meetings for its members annually in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as publishing a quarterly Hotel Owners Journal.
In addition, HOFTEL runs two larger-scale hotel conferences which are open to the public – the Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit in Abu Dhabi and the South East Asia Hotel Investors’ Summit in Bangkok. These events are high-level with around 30 industry CEOs in each, but unlike most competing conferences, have 40-50% hotel owners, investors and developers in the room.
Simon has widespread hotel industry experience, having been Chief Development Officer at Onyx Hospitality in Thailand from 2009 – 2013 and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer of both luxury operator Six Senses and of US$ 500 mm hotel ownership company Hospitality Europe. Before that he worked for ten years in the corporate finance division of JP Morgan in London, coming to head up their global hotel industry coverage.
Simon has an MA in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford
““There’s a lot of energy, it’s a great forum. What’s interesting is there is the expansion in terms of coworking, student housing and retirement living, there’s a lot of movement and a lot of these brands on the fringes are now coming into the fold.”