CHICOS 2023 | 12th Edition | Nov 12-14, 2023 

CHICOS 2023 was held over November 12-14 at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, at Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) is reputed the premier hospitality conference in the region. Having completed its 12th edition, CHICOS brings together over 300 regional and international investors and operators, as well as the region’s leading decision makers. Also participating as attendees or speakers are governmental representatives, opinion leaders, developers, bankers and other lenders, tourism officials, investment funds, hotel brand executives, individuals/companies seeking investors for their tourism projects, franchise and operations companies, public and private institutions, consultants, advisors and architects and designers.  Attendees network and discuss the region’s markets and possibilities, while analyzing the most important trends that can impact their investment decisions.

CHICOS is tasked with showcasing the varying destinations and spectacular hotels throughout the Caribbean. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Owners
  • Operators
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • Financial Advisors
  • Investment Bankers
  • Investment Fund Representatives
  • Real Estate and Financial Intermediaries
  • Architects, Designers and Planners
  • Legal Advisors and Specialist Consultants
  • Hotel Chain and Management Company Executives
  • Hotel and Tourism Industry Entrepreneurs
  • Government Agencies (Tourism, Planning and Investment)
  • Public and Private Hotel, Tourism, and Convention Agencies
  • Hotel Associations
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CHICOS 2023

The Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) is reputed the premier hospitality conference in the region. Having completed its 11th edition, CHICOS brings together over 300 regional and international investors and operators, as well as the region’s leading decision makers. Also participating as attendees or speakers are governmental representatives, opinion leaders, developers, bankers and other lenders, tourism officials, investment funds, hotel brand executives, individuals/companies seeking investors for their tourism projects, franchise and operations companies, public and private institutions, consultants, advisors and architects and designers.

Pricing
  • $1795 USD Late Registration
Registration Closed
CHICOS 2023 – 12th Edition

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Westin Beach Resort & Spa, at Frenchman’s Reef

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Agenda

November 12-14, 2023


Sunday - November 12, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Flying Frenchman afternoon sail, Sponsored by RED Hospitality and Leisure

*Attendees must RSVP to Nicole Roantree at [email protected] to board the catamaran. Spots are based on availability.


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception, hosted by the U.S. Virgin Islands.
*Attire is Island Chic


Monday - November 13, 2023

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast


8:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Welcome, Global, and Caribbean Overview


9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Hospitality Leaders Outlook


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking & Exhibitor Coffee Break


11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Equity Investors Outlook


11:50 AM - 12:40 PM

GENERAL SESSION: Caribbean Hotel Investments: Industry Perspectives 2023


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch


1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

GENERAL SESSION: U.S. Virgin Islands Investment Panel – United States Virgin Islands Rise 2017-2023


2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

GENERAL SESSION: Frenchman’s Reef – Dream to Reality


3:20 PM - 4:10 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 1A: All-Inclusive Hotels: Continual Strengthening of Asset Class


3:20 PM - 4:10 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 1B: The Caribbean Lodging Industry as it Relates to Design, Development, Construction Cost and Insurance


4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Networking & Exhibitor Coffee Break


4:40 PM - 5:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 2A: Hotel Management Trends in the Caribbean


4:40 PM - 5:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 2B: Opportunities in the Caribbean – Which Products and Islands


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cocktail Reception, hosted by Aimbridge Hospitality and Fortress


Tuesday - November 14, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Government Leaders Panel


10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Luxury and Resurgeny of Mixed-Use in the Caribbean


10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Networking & Exhibitor Coffee Break


11:20 AM - 12:15 PM

GENERAL SESSION: Lenders Panel


12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

GENERAL SESSION: Caribbean Airlift Panel


12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Remarks


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Speakers

Alex Mai

Alex Mai

Regional Vice President, Development - Latin America & Caribbean
Intercontinental Hotel Group
Alexandra Lalos Church

Alexandra Lalos Church

Managing Director
Hodges Ward Elliott
Ali Elam

Ali Elam

Managing Director
Fortress
Amy Ironmonger

Amy Ironmonger

Partner
K&L Gates
Andrew Dickey

Andrew Dickey

Managing Director
JLL Hotels & Hospitality - Miami
Andrew Farkas

Andrew Farkas

Chairman
Island Capital Group
Andy Burrows

Andy Burrows

Investment Consultant
Bahamas Investment Authority
Angela Musgrove

Angela Musgrove

Chief Executive Officer
Invest Turks And Caicos
Arjun Channa

Arjun Channa

General Manager
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas
Bill Brown

Bill Brown

Executive Vice President at dck Worldwide Group
dck Worldwide Group
Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg

Regional Director, Franchise Development
BWH Hotels
Bojan Kumer

Bojan Kumer

Vice President, International Hotel Development, Caribbean and Latin America
Marriott International
Bruce Wardinski

Bruce Wardinski

Chairman
Playa Hotels & Resorts
Camilo Bolaños

Camilo Bolaños

Senior Vice President Development- Latin America & the Caribbean
Hyatt
Cathy-Ann Joseph

Cathy-Ann Joseph

Regional Manager Eastern Caribbean Airport Operations
American Airlines
Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Director
BCQS International
Clay Dickinson, ISHC, CHE, HSMP

Clay Dickinson, ISHC, CHE, HSMP

Professor of Hospitality and Commercial Real Estate
FIU
David Larone

David Larone

Special Advisor
CBRE
Digvijay Gaekwad

Digvijay Gaekwad

Owner
Danny Gaekwad Development and Investments
Fernando Fernandez

Fernando Fernandez

VP of Development, Hyatt Inclusive Collection
Hyatt Hotels
Fernando Mulet

Fernando Mulet

EVP, Chief Investment Officer
Playa Hotels & Resorts
Gary Brough

Gary Brough

Managing Director
BakerTilly
George Spence

George Spence

Managing Partner at Luxe Capital Americas
Luxe Capital Americas
Gerald Tellez

Gerald Tellez

General Manager
Carambola Beach Resort
Gustavo Viescas

Gustavo Viescas

President LATAMC
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Senior Analyst
STR
Ian Gooding-Edghill

Ian Gooding-Edghill

Minister of Tourism
Barbados Tourism Authority
Isabel de Caires

Isabel de Caires

Director Investment Banking at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank
CIBC FirstCaribbean
Isaias Peret

Isaias Peret

VP, CRE & Hospitality Americas
Banco Sabadell
Jamie Sharpe

Jamie Sharpe

Senior Vice President - Real Estate & Hospitality Team
McGriff
Javier Coll

Javier Coll

Group President, Global Business Development & Innovation
Hyatt Inclusive Collection
Joan Bertran

Joan Bertran

Global Head Commercial Real Estate & Hotels
Banco Sabadell
Joe Gould

Joe Gould

Managing Director
Fortress Investment Group
John Lancet, MAI

John Lancet, MAI

Senior Managing Director, Practice Leader- Southeast and Caribbean Regions
HVS
Jose Azcarraga

Jose Azcarraga

Chief Executive Officer
Posadas
Joseph Boschulte

Joseph Boschulte

Commissioner, USVI Department of Tourism
US Virgin Islands
Juan Corvinos Solans

Juan Corvinos Solans

Senior Vice President Development and A&C Latin America & Caribbean
Hilton
Juan Mosseri

Juan Mosseri

Sourth East US and Caribbean Sales Manager
E-Finity Distributed Generation
Keith Oltchick

Keith Oltchick

EVP Business Development
Remington
Kristina D'Amico

Kristina D'Amico

Senior Vice President - Director, Caribbean Region
HVS
Kurt Wiksten

Kurt Wiksten

Managing Director
Aimbridge
Lee Steiner

Lee Steiner

President and Owner
Hideaway at Hull Bay
Liam Day

Liam Day

Managing Director
BCQS International
Lisa Hamilton

Lisa Hamilton

President
USVI Hotel & Tourism Association
Louis Alicea

Louis Alicea

Senior Director of Development Latin America / Caribbean
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Martyn Bould, FRICS, MCIArb, MAPM

Martyn Bould, FRICS, MCIArb, MAPM

Chairman
Bould Consulting
Matthew Norton, Esq

Matthew Norton, Esq

Practice Area Leader - Real Estate
K&L Gates
Mauricio Elizondo

Mauricio Elizondo

Director Corporativo de Desarrollo
Posadas
Michael Dalezman

Michael Dalezman

Principal
Kollin Altomare Architects
Michael McQuilkin

Michael McQuilkin

Manager Investment Banking Division
Republic Bank
Michael Register

Michael Register

Partner
Trust Hospitality
Nicholas Hecker

Nicholas Hecker

Executive Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
Sculptor Real Estate
Nicolas Valle Vieytes, CFA

Nicolas Valle Vieytes, CFA

Vice President, Development & Investments
Playa Hotels & Resorts
Nicole Tilzer

Nicole Tilzer

Senior Director All-Inclusive & Resort Strategy
Hilton
Nuno Sales da Ponte

Nuno Sales da Ponte

Director Marketing
Expedia Group
Pablo Botero

Pablo Botero

Director of Development and Affiliations – Caribbean & Latin America Region
Marriott International
Pablo Maturana

Pablo Maturana

Vice President of Development, Latin America & Caribbean
Hilton Hotels
Parris Jordan

Parris Jordan

Managing Director
HVS CHICOS
Paul Altomare, AIA, NCARB, USGBC, LEED GA​

Paul Altomare, AIA, NCARB, USGBC, LEED GA​

Chief Operating Officer
Kollin Altomare Architects
Paula Cerrillo

Paula Cerrillo

Director of Development, The Caribbean Region
Marriott International
Phylicia Woods-Hanna

Phylicia Woods-Hanna

Director of Investments at Bahamas Investment Authority
Bahamas Investment Authority
Rebecca Cocchiola

Rebecca Cocchiola

Sr. Vice President
Singerman Real Estate
Robert MacLellan, ISHC

Robert MacLellan, ISHC

Chief Executive Officer
MacLellan Associates
Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Divisional President, Full Service
Aimbridge
Rogerio Basso

Rogerio Basso

Head of Tourism, Corporate Division
IDB
Roland Mouly

Roland Mouly

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Hospitality Advisors
Shack Hawkins

Shack Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer
Triton Energy
Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Director
BCQS International
Sloan Dean

Sloan Dean

Chief Executive Office & President
Remington
Stefan Wright

Stefan Wright

Lead Investment Officer
IDB
Stephanie Ricca

Stephanie Ricca

Editorial Director at Hotels News Now
Hotel News Now
Tiffany Cooper

Tiffany Cooper

Chief Development Officer, Americas & Caribbean
Aimbridge
Todd Ruff

Todd Ruff

Group Director of Residences
Mandarin Oriental
Vijesh Patel

Vijesh Patel

Senior Development Manager, Americas
Six Senses
Wayne Biggs Jr

Wayne Biggs Jr

Chief Executive Officer
USVI Economic Development Authority

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