NewsDecember 9, 2016

CEO of AIANA Hotels & Resorts receives 2016 Rising Star Award South Asia at HIFI


Mumbai (17 November 2016): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) honored Amruda Nair, young CEO of Aiana Hotels & Resorts with the Rising Star Award South Asia on 17 November 2016 at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar.

“The ‘future’ of the tourism industry in South Asia is bright, and we are happy to honor the exceptional Amruda Nair with the annual Rising Star Award. The nominees this year were stellar, and Amruda rose to the top of the list,” said Jim Burba, President, BHN.

As Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Aiana Hotels & Resorts, Amruda brings a global perspective and experience with leading international hospitality brands. She is responsible for the design of the brand’s signature programing as well as spearheading the company’s overall business development with a unique proposition that will define the next wave of smart hospitality. Amruda serves on multiple boards and organizations including Camphor and Allied Products Limited, Entrepreneur’s Organization Mumbai and Apne Aap Women’s Collective, an anti-trafficking organization that serves women and children in Mumbai’s red light district.

Andrea Belfanti, ISHC Executive Director commented, “Amruda is truly a Rising Star and has already accomplished so much in her career. It will be exciting to see how she continues to shape the future of the hospitality industry in India. We are honored to continue this partnership with HIFI to recognize emerging talent in the South Pacific region. ”

ISHC launched the Rising Star Award South Asia in 2014 in partnership with HIFI to recognize young, emerging leaders in the rapidly expanding hospitality market. Nomination criteria requires an individual be 35 years or younger, have a minimum of five years in a hotel development and/or investment related field and be currently living and working in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) with a minimum of two years experience in the market.


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.

Phone: +1.678.735.9453

About HIFI

HIFI is India’s most important hotel investment conference.  It is the annual meeting place for the leaders in the Indian hotel and tourism industry to discuss important trends, network, identify new opportunities, and do deals through a combination of plenary sessions, breakout panels, and interactive workshops.

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.