South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference –SAHIC

Medellín will host the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference -SAHIC, the most important investment promotion event for the tourism and hotel industry. As a result of the arrival of new hotel chains in Medellín, investment in hotel infrastructure in the last two years exceeds 100 million dollars.

Juliana Villegas Restrepo, ProColombia’s Vice President of Exports; Alba Cristina Suárez, Director of Tourism of the Government of Antioquia; María Fernanda Galeano, Secretary of Economic Development of the Medellín Mayor’s Office and the President and founder of SAHIC, Arturo García Rosa, officially announced Medellín as the host of the Conference which brings together the most important exponents of the hotel, tourism and real estate industries in the region.

We are very grateful and satisfied with this edition of SAHIC in Medellín. The effort of all the entities which have actively participated during this process shows us that we made the best decision,” said Arturo García Rosa, president of SAHIC.

More than 400 participants, among investors, funds, financial institutions, hoteliers and public officials are expected to attend this new edition of SAHIC South America. The meeting will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel between September 24 and 25 and will feature more than 60 lecturers, 6 thematic tables, 1 express networking session and 4 main speakers.

This event is expected to generate an economic income of more than US $300,000 for Medellín

“This type of events are strategic in the city. We want you to see a destination full of opportunities, with the capacity to grow and a great potential for business and investments. In the last year, Medellín received more than 100 million dollars in new hotel openings. The Mayor’s Office is committed to investing and developing this sector,” said María Fernanda Galeano Rojo, Secretary of Economic Development.

In the last two years, the investment in the hotel industry in Medellín has shown a significant growth which reflects in the arrival of international companies such as Marriott, City Express, Oxo Hotel, Hilton, Viaggio and Atton. New openings are also highlighted, as it is the case of two new suite hotels of the Estelar chain, which already has five hotels in the city and the three new hotel projects of the Accor group.

Medellín continues to consolidate itself as a benchmark for business and recreational tourism at a national and international level. Its social and urban transformation, the originality and versatility of its tourism experiences, the infrastructure of services and the warmth and hospitality of its people, are some characteristics that mark Medellín as an international benchmark in this sector.



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