At right, Burba Hotel Network Founder Jim Burba, and Bob Hayes, vice president
Northstar Travel Group now owns 10 new hospitality investment events after acquiring an investment portfolio that includes events that were previously owned by Burba Hotel Network, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and others.
The largest among those events is the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, which is billed as the largest hotel investment conference in the world. The event, which is put on by AHLA, draws a global audience of CEOs, investors, lenders, developers, and hotel management companies to Los Angeles annually. For the future, AHLA and Northstar have entered a long-term partnership agreement to co-produce that and affiliated events in the United States.
Northstar currently produces more than 60 events worldwide for the travel, meetings, and hospitality sectors. With the addition of 10 new events to its roster, the events segment is now the largest part of the company’s operations, officials said, adding that incorporating Northstar’s various capabilities to the production of events, including information and technology management, will provide a rich catalyst for growth going forward.
Burba’s 10 events, which take place in Mumbai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Miami, London, and Los Angeles, will continue to be run by Burba management led by Jim Burba, founder and president, and Bob Hayes, vice president. “We are thrilled to add the Burba hospitality events to our growing portfolio of global events serving the travel and hospitality industries,” said Tom Kemp, chairman and CEO of Northstar Travel Group. “We have known Jim Burba and Bob Hayes for many years and we believe that the combination of BHN and Northstar is a great strategic and cultural fit with our company. BHN has a substantial event portfolio and this will be the largest acquisition in Northstar’s history. With the addition of BHN, events now become the largest segment of Northstar’s multi-platform solutions serving the global travel industry.”
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