NewsOctober 24, 2014

Inaugural Rising Star Award Asia Pacific winner is announced

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Press Release

Christopher Hur of Host Hotels & Resorts Honored at HICAP          

Hong Kong, 17 October 2014:  The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) presented Christopher Hur with the 2014 inaugural Rising Star Award Asia Pacific.  As the Vice President of Acquisitions & Development of Host Hotels & Resorts, Hur plays an important role in the investment decisions that Host makes in the Asia Pacific region.  Hur has lived and worked in Asia for the past seven years and is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

“We are very pleased to have launched this important award at HICAP, and even more so with the amazing response it has received from the hotel industry in Asia Pacific”, said Jim Burba, President, BHN, and HICAP co-host. “The accomplishments already achieved by the candidates were truly impressive, and the future of the hotel industry in the region will be in good hands with these young leaders”, Burba added.

“ISHC is ecstatic to have this opportunity to honor a Rising Star in the Asia Pacific region.  Christopher Hur is a great example of a young person, in the hospitality industry, who is a natural leader and a superb strategist. It has been a privilege to get to know him and to recognize his accomplishments”, said Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director for ISHC.

The Rising Star Award Asia Pacific was created in 2014 by the ISHC and HICAP, to recognize emerging leadership talent in the Asia Pacific region from the hospitality industry.  Award criteria require that a nominee be 35 years and under, 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 hotel development and/or investment field. 


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


HICAP is Asia’s largest and longest running hotel investment event, making it the most important gathering of hotel developers, investors, lenders, operators, and other industry executives for information exchange, trend spotting, and deal making.  The 25th annual HICAP held in October 2014 in Hong Kong attracted approximately 800 delegates from around the world. 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 almost three decades of experience, nearly 120 events completed to-date, and over 80,000 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 Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; 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 Horwath HTL

Horwath HTL is the world’s largest hotel industry specialized consulting organization, currently with 50 offices in 39 countries. Since the set-up of Asia Pacific operations in 1987, Horwath HTL – Asia Pacific has been involved with over 3,000 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, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Sydney, and Auckland.

About Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE)

Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE) – Event management, communications and marketing in the publishing, entertainment and hospitality industries since 1990. SCE has been associated with the development and organization of the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) since its inception and the subsequent launch of HICAP UPDATE in 2009. SCE is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.