NewsNovember 1, 2023

Vicky Jian Receives 2023 Rising Star Award Asia Pacific

Singapore (1 November 2023): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), in partnership with the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) awarded Vicky Jian, Project Director at Horwath HTL Singapore, with the Rising Star Award Asia Pacific during the HICAP event on 24 October 2023.

Vicky started her journey in hospitality consulting while in college, interning at Horwath HTL Singapore and Shanghai offices, where she developed a strong passion for the field. After graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 2014, she joined Horwath HTL as a consultant. Since then, Vicky has gained extensive experience conducting market and financial feasibility studies, valuations, renovation/ repositioning studies, large-scale destination master planning, and operator selections through her involvement in more than 70 projects across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, she leads the publication of the Horwath HTL Hotel Industry Survey of Operations and is a frequent contributor to regional hotel market reports.

“Vicky has proven herself time and again as a dedicated, precise, reliable team member who takes full responsibility for her work and leading and coordinating team members on critical projects. She continuously demonstrates her commitment to quality and going beyond expected parameters of projects. She recognizes and acts upon opportunities to develop her capabilities and ways to generate benefits for the company. She’s good about challenging assumptions as a means of ensuring fully conceptualized and considered results. She’s great at creating strong relationships with her colleagues while maintaining their respect when positioned in a leadership role.” commented Robert Hecker, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Horwath HTL.

Added Andrea Belfanti, CEO of ISHC, “ISHC realizes the importance of recognizing the future leaders of the hospitality industry and Vicky is an excellent representation of who the Rising Star Award was meant to embody.  I look forward to seeing her continue to grow her career.  Congratulations Vicky!”

“It was truly a pleasure to honor Vicky with the 10th Rising Star Award Asia Pacific at HICAP in Singapore. Vicky embodies the passion and relationships required to be a very successful leader in the hotel industry – our future is in exceptional hands,” added Jonathon S. Zink, COO at The BHN Group.

Of her award, Vicky Jian said, “I am truly honored and grateful to be recognized by ISHC and industry leaders.  This award inspires and motivates me to keep doing the things I love and loving the things I do.”

ISHC launched the Rising Star Award Asia in 2014 in partnership with HICAP to recognize young, emerging leaders in the Asia hospitality community. Nomination criteria requires an individual be 35 years or younger, currently working and living in Asia and working in the hospitality development and/or investment field. Past Rising Star Award Asia recipients include Calvin Li (2022), Siddhant Jhunjhunwala (2021), Corey Hamabata (2020), Daniel Yip (2019), Kieran Bestall (2018), Peter Harper (2017), Kiichi Mashita (2016), Nihat Ercan (2015) and Christopher Hur (2014).

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. For over 30 years, HICAP has been the essential 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. The HICAP portfolio of events consists of three key events across the region — Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Singapore; HICAP UPDATE in Hong Kong, and HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ) in Sydney. Visit for more information.

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Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B media company providing information and marketing solutions for the global travel industry. The company owns 14 media brands connecting 1.3m industry professionals through a comprehensive portfolio of digital, social, print and more than 100 events in 13 countries. Northstar Travel Group is owned by EagleTree Capital. Northstar Travel Group is based in Rutherford, NJ, and more information is available at

About The BHN Group

The BHN Group is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. The BHN Group has completed more than 170 global events attracting more than 120,000 delegates over 30+ years. The current slate of events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS DESIGN+ in Los Angeles, the ALIS Summer Update series held in various U.S. cities; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Singapore; HICAP UPDATE in Hong Kong, and HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ) in Sydney. The BHN Group also publishes Hotel Investment Today, a digital media outlet focused on the ROI of hotel investment.