Save the Date: 2012 MLIS

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At the very first MLIS in July of 2008, keynote speaker Laurence Geller told a crowd of approximately 500 owners and operators to “stop whining.” Four years later, at the fifth installment of the global lodging investors summit, the head of Strategic Hotels & Resorts will kick off the event on July 16 with a look back at what's transpired since the first MLIS.

His take will probably make you laugh, maybe even cry and possibly both — just like the last four years in the lodging industry. The event will return to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago from July 16-18. Registration will open next month, so please save the date.

Bruce White of White Lodging will be honored with the 2012 MLIS and Lodging Hospitality Game Changer Award. General and breakout session topics will include the state of the industry (recovery, rebound or recession?), where and how to find financing, the market for acquisitions and development, using social media to drive revenue, repositioning and recapitalization strategies and more.

We're putting the finishing touches on the program and agenda, so please send me an email with any ideas, topics or speakers you'd like to see. We've got some exciting new features and plans slated for the event, but we're always looking for more. Click here for a look back at all the highlights and coverage from MLIS 2011. Hope to see you in Chicago next year!

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