The Leading Nordic Hotel Investment Conference

About the Hotel Investment Conference

The NHC Conference is the leading hotel investment and development conference focusing on the Nordic hotel market. The conference has successfully been organized since 2009 and grown to become the premier Nordic hotel investment and development event. The conference offers extensive knowledge and information sharing with a combination of presentations, interview sessions and panel discussions with executives from the Nordic and international hotel market. It is the networking platform bringing together investors, developers, financiers and operators, creating a unique ”deal-making venue”

NHC Conference 2023 - date confirmed: September 14



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NH Hotel Group

Bruun & Hjejle

Krook & Tjäder

AI Gruppen

Marriott International

B&B Hotels

Midstar / Grand Joanne


Radisson Hotel Group

Confirmed speakers 2023

Laia Lahoz

Chief Assets and Development Officer, NH Hotel Group

Felicity Black-Roberts

Vice President Development Europe & North Africa, Hyatt

David Kellett

Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments, Invesco Real Estate

Isabell Fuss

Group Vice President Development & Member of Executive Board, Ruby Hotels

Daniel Stenbäck

Chief Development Officer, Strawberry

Liran Wizman

Founder and Owner, Sircle Collection

Jonas Stenberg

Founder & CEO, Ess Group

Toke Clausen

Partner and Head of Offices, Nrep

Max C. Luscher

CEO Central & Northern Europe, B&B Hotels

Thomas Woldbye

CEO, Copenhagen Airports (CPH)

Marc Henriksen

Partner, Midstar Hotels AB

Christophe Beauvilain

Managing Partner, Pygmalion Capital

Gerhard Maringer

Co-Founder and CTO, Numa

Jan Hazelton

Vice President, Global Business & Real Estate Development, Kerzner International

Keith Evans

Founder & CEO, Lifestyle Hospitality Capital (LHC) Group

Jakob Dahlstedt

Founding Partner, TEAL Capital

Lucas Johansson

CEO, Independent Hospitality Associates (IHA)

Faisal Zanjani

Global Head of Open Innovation & Experimentation, The Coca-Cola Company

Jules Van Gaalen

Vice President Development & Asset Management, Odyssey Hotel Group

Trine Sundt

Senior Vice President, DNB


Heleri Rande

Partner, THINK Hospitality

Christian Kielgast

Partner, Nordic Hotel Consulting

Emil Bodiu-Bentsen

Partner, Nordic Hotel Consulting

Demian Hodari

Associate Professor of Strategic Management, EHL


Wednesday 13 September 2023

Pre-conference day

Hotel Tour (limited capacity - first come first serve basis)

13:00 - 17:30 - Marienlyst Strandhotel 

Ess Group welcomes participants to the newly renovated resort and conference hotel approx. 1 hour drive north of Copenhagen.

17:30 - 18:00 - Grand Joanne 

Meeting point for the trip is:

NH Collection Hotel (main entrance)

Strandgade 7

1401 Copenhagen K


18:00 - 20:00 -Networking reception @ Grand Joanne, Vesterbrogade 9A, 1620 Copenhagen V

Midstar is hosting the networking reception at their newly opened lifestyle hotel Grand Joanne. Join for drinks, snacks and great networking.


Program and speakers are subject to changes


Thursday 14 September 2023

Conference day 


NHC Conference registration and coffee

Registration and coffee

NH Collection Copenhagen

Address: Strandgade 7, 1401 Copenhagen


Welcome to the NHC Conference 2023

09:15 - 09:35

Economic overview - weathering the inflation storm

Deep dive into the outlook for the global and Nordic economy? What can we expect in terms of future interest levels and inflation, and what are the implications for the Nordic hospitality industry?


Ingvild Borgen Gjerde, Senior Economist, DNB Markets


09:35 - 10:00

Hotels & financing - where is the debt?

Where is the debt for hotel investments in the current economic environment? Are traditional lenders being replaced with alternative financing sources and what does it take to obtain financing in the current market?


Jakob Dahlstedt, Founding Partner, Teal Capital

Trine Sundt, Senior Vice President, DNB



10:00 - 10:45

View from the top

What are the overall trends that will impact travel and hospitality in the years to come and what can we expect in terms of future demand?

Hear the thoughts and foresight of one of the leaders shaping the future of hospitality and travel.


Thomas Woldbye, CEO Copenhagen Airports (CPH)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee & networking

11:15 - 12:00

Investor hard-talk

Where are the deals and where is the money? Three leading Nordic and European investors discuss the current hotel investment market, expectations for yields and attractive segments and markets to invest in.


David Kellett, Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments, Invesco Real Estate

Marc Henriksen, Partner, Midstar Hotels AB

Christophe Beauvilain, Managing Partner, Pygmalion Capital 

12:00 - 12:30

Hot Chair - a lifestyle and luxury pioneer

Liran Wizman has spent his career as hotel investor, concept creator, entrepreneur and pioneer. Following the creation of Grand City Hotel Group, one of Europe’s largest white-label hotel operators, he created Sircle Collection. Sircle Collection is an integrated lifestyle hospitality platform including some of Europe’s most unique boutique hotels and F&B venues. He recently launched a new luxury brand and members club. Is the timing a coincidence and what is his vision and outlook for his company and industry?

.....Any plans for the Nordics…?


Liran Wizman, Founder and owner, Sircle Collection

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch & networking

13:45 - 14:30

Mixed-use and office conversions

Hotel operators and investors will discuss the future on implementing hotel concepts in already existing real-estate. What does it require to integrate hospitality in a mixed-use property and how can the hospitality services be utilized to create value for the other tenants, optimizing the overall value for the property owner?

Is hospitality the solution for converting obsolete office and promoting a brown-to-green ESG agenda?


Toke Sundenæs Clausen, Head of Office Business, NREP and Partner, Urban Partners

Isabell Fuss, Group Vice President and Member of the Executive Board, Ruby Hotels

Max C Luscher, CEO Central & Northern Europe, B&B Hotels

Keith Evans, Founder & CEO, Lifestyle Hospitality Capital

14:30 - 15:00

Technology & trends

Technology advancements are moving fast, sometimes faster than the traditional hospitality industry can follow. But how is technology shaping the future of consumerism and hospitality? Is the distribution and consumer behavior changing and what about AI, will it present unique opportunities for hospitality or threat our industry?


Faisal Zanjani, Global Head of Open Innovation & Experimentation, The Coca-Cola Company

Gerhard Maringer, Co-Founder & CTO, Numa

15:00 - 15:25

Coffee & networking

15:25 - 16:00

Luxury & lifestyle

Covid-19 created a boom in leisure travel, with guests looking for unique hotel experiences and luxury hotels having experienced a veritable pricing boost. Will the Nordics in the future pivot more towards luxury and lifestyle hotels? How deep is the Nordic luxury and lifestyle market and what can the Nordics learn from international markets and trends?


Jonas Stenberg, Founder & CEO, Ess Group

Lucas Johansson, CEO, Independent Hospitality Associates (IHA)

Jan Hazelton, Vice President, Global Business & Real Estate Development, Kerzner International

16:00 - 16:40

Development hard-talk

What can the International operators and brands offer the Nordics and what keeps the Nordic players relevant? We ask four relevant operators where they are focusing their growth efforts in the Nordics and their "secret sauce" recipe for winning new deals in the future.


Laia Lahoz, Chief Development Officer, NH Hotels

Daniel Stenbäck, Chief Development Officer, Strawberry

Felicity Black-Roberts, VP Development Europe, Hyatt Hotels

Jules van Gaalen, VP Development & Asset Management, Odyssey Hotel Group

16:40 - 16:50

Closing remarks

16.50 - 18.00

Networking, Drinks and Snacks

Networking reception

Hosted by NH Hotels @ the NH Collection Copenhagen Roof-Top (if weather permits)

Advisory Board

It has been an essential part of the NHC Conference's vision to be the leading Nordic hotel investment and development conference, for the market directed by the market. The advisory board meets once a year in Copenhagen and is constituted of selected top level executives from the industry. With representatives from both leading Nordic as well as international industry players, the advisory board helps to shape the content and format of the NHC Conference. We are grateful and honoured for the time and effort the members dedicate to the event.

  • Adela Cristea, Vice President Business Development, Radisson Hotel Group
  • Trine Sundt, Senior Vice President, DNB
  • Thomas Laakso, Partner, Head of Real Estate Hotel Fund, CapMan
  • Guy Pasley-Tyler, Director, Portfolio & Fund Management, Archer Hotel Capital B.V.
  • Anders Buchardt, Owner & Executive Chairman, AB Invest AS
  • Peter Haaber, Owner & CEO, Zleep Hotels & Core Hospitality
  • Torgeir Silseth, CEO, Nordic Choice
  • Ola Stendebakken, Partner, Midstar AB
  • Laia Lahoz, Chief Assets and Development Officer, NH Hotel Group
  • Ascan Kókai, Principal - Head of Hotels, ECE Real Estate Partners
  • Demian Hodari, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Nordic Hotel Consulting

Kongens Nytorv 3-5
DK-1050 Copenhagen
Tel. +45 4582 1172



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