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Caribbean Hospitality & Tourism Summit

Development, Investment and Opportunity

Event Ended On: Thursday August 1 2019

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Presented By

Speakers and Panels

Spotlight on Puerto Rico

Patricia George-Iguina
Dorado Beach Resort, Coco Beach Resort, Hyatt House San Juan

Patricia George-Iguina

Partner & Vice Chair, Real Estate, McConnell Valdés
Brad Dean

Brad Dean

CEO, Discover Puerto Rico
Francisco Luis

Francisco Luis

Partner, Kevane Grant Thornton

Hotel & Resort Development

Frank Comito

Frank Comito

CEO and Director General, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
Juan Corvinos Solans
British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

Juan Corvinos Solans

VP, Development, Hilton
Fernando Fernandez
Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets Resorts & Spa

Fernando Fernandez

VP, Development-Caribbean, Apple Leisure Group
Ing. Emilio Colón Zavala
Discovery Bay Resort & Marina

Ing. Emilio Colón Zavala

President, Puerto Rico Builders Association/ ECZ Group
William Pitts
Moderator

William Pitts

CEO, WG Pitts

Financing and Investing in the Caribbean

Cole Shephard

Cole Shephard

CFO, Lifeafar
Rogerio Basso

Rogerio Basso

Head of Tourism, Inter-American Development Bank
Jake Epstein
Indigo Bay

Jake Epstein

, Ellington Management Group

Venue

Intercontinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

Ballroom/Level: Biscayne Ballroom, 2nd Level

Parking Information: Discounted Valet $18.00

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Agenda

Time Activity
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM
9:45 AM
Spotlight on Puerto Rico
9:45 AM
10:30 AM
Financing and Investing in the Caribbean
10:30 AM
11:15 AM
Hotel & Resort Development
11:15 AM
11:45 AM
More Networking & Deal Making
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Post-Event Aperitifs: Presented by the Puerto Rico Builders Association. All Bisnow attendees are welcome and invited. (Note: this is not a Bisnow production)
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Caribbean Project Showcase: Presented by the Puerto Rico Builders Association. All Bisnow attendees are welcome and invited. (Note: this is not a Bisnow production)

Summary

1) Following a devastating year of storms, the Caribbean is now awash in new and reopened incentive-level properties. What projects are coming back online and what new developments are being planned?

2) What are some creative tax incentives and loopholes that Puerto Rico has implemented to spur both business and real estate investment? What are some ways investors can be 100% tax exempt? 

3) What were the biggest lessons hoteliers and tourism officials took away from the hurricane season of 2017? How did they communicate to travelers that hotels were up and running again?

4) What barriers to entry are there to investing in the Caribbean? What pitfalls should investors and sponsors be aware of?  

5) How did recent damage caused by storms like Maria uncover risks that threaten investment and how will it evolve the future design of hospitality, retail and housing assets in the Caribbean? 

6) The whole island of Puerto Rico is an opportunity zone. What impact will that have on the CRE market and what projects are developers building?