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2016 Rising Star Award Asia Pacific recipient honored at HICAP


Hong Kong (21 October 2016): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) presented 31 year-old Kiichi Mashita of Japan Hotel REIT Advisors Co., Ltd. with the Rising Star Award Asia Pacific on 21 October 2016 at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

“Kiichi played a critical role in the two large complex transactions in his second year at JHR. We find it quite an achievement to become a valuable acquisition professional at the largest Hotel REIT in Asia (in terms of market capitalization) just within two years,” remarked Ian Lien, Managing Director of SC Capital Partners Group.

ISHC launched the Rising Star Award Asia Pacific in 2014 in partnership with HICAP to recognize young, emerging leaders in the Asia Pacific hospitality community. Nomination criteria requires an individual be 35 years or younger, be currently working and living in the Asia Pacific region and have a minimum of two of the most recent five years’ experience living in the Asia Pacific region and working in the hospitality development and/or investment field.

Andrea Belfanti, ISHC Executive Director commented, “The Rising Star Award allows us to recognize future leaders who will be influential in shaping the hospitality industry in the region. It is our aim as a society to contribute to the advancement of the industry and we are thankful to share that common goal with our partners of HICAP. We applaud Kiichi for his achievements this early in his career and HICAP for another successful conference.”


About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at       

For more information, contact Lauren Marshall, Senior Manager of Marketing & Membership Services.

Email: Phone: +1.678.735.9453


For over 25 years, HICAP has been the unequaled annual gathering place for Asia-Pacific’s hotel investment community, attracting the most influential owners, developers, lenders, executives, and professional advisors from around the globe.  With energetic sessions and workshops and unrivaled networking events, HICAP presents you with the opportunity to meet and connect with the people who really matter.  Program and registration information is available at HICAP is hosted by BHN, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events.

About BHN

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 130 events completed to-date, and more than 90,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends.

BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.

The BHN website at is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.

About Stiles Capital Events

Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE) has been involved in event management, communications and marketing in the publishing, entertainment and hospitality industries since 1989. SCE has been associated with the development and organization of the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) since its inception and the subsequent launches of HICAP UPDATE in 2009 and AOCAP (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) in 2014 together with partners BHN (Burba Hotel Network) and Horwath HTL. SCE is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About Horwath HTL

Horwath HTL is the world’s largest hotel industry specialized consulting organization, currently with 45 offices in 38 countries. Since the set-up of Asia Pacific operations in 1987, Horwath HTL – Asia Pacific has been involved with thousands of projects throughout the region in all phases of the property lifecycle for clients ranging from individually owned businesses to the world’s most prominent hotel companies, developers, lenders, investors, and industrial corporations. Horwath HTL currently operates out of regional offices in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok (Health & Wellness), Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Sydney, and Auckland.