The Hoftel team

Simon Allison

Chairman and CEO is Simon Allison:

  • 1987-98: J.P. Morgan investment banking, hotel specialist. Involved in deals like Accor’s acquisition of Motel 6, Prince Alwaleed’s acquisition of a stake in Moevenpick, the sale of the UN Plaza hotel and the first ever privatisation of a hotel group in Hungary
  • 1998 – 2002: CFO of hotel ownership company, Hospitality Europe BV holding US$ 500 mm of assets, where he saw the issues that face owners who rely on third party brands/operators and realised the need for a network that brought them together
  • 2005 – 2013: CFO of luxury resort operator and then head of development of large Thai hotel management company, so seeing the world from the brand perspective
  • 2005: Founded HOFTEL and gradually built it up, until making it a main focus of activity in early 2013

HOFTEL is guided by a Global Advisory Council made up from among its leading members including:

  • Monty Bennett, CEO of Ashford Inc (large US listed REIT Manager)
  • Jay Shah, CEO of Hersha Hospitality Trust (listed US REIT)
  • Pirjo Ojanperä, Partner, CapMan Real Estate (largest real estate fund in Finland)
  • Ricco de Blank, CEO of Sun Hung Kai Hotels (the largest owner of hotels in Hong Kong); and
  • Ian Lien, Partner, Managing Director, SC Capital Partners/RECAP (active Asian property fund and controlling shareholder of the manager of the Japan Hotel REIT)
  • Dr Aron Harilela, CEO & Chairman, Harilela Hotels Ltd (major global family office owner of hotels)
  • Jean-Philippe Chomette, Administrateur Délégué, Algonquin SA (major pan-European hotel owning fund)

“There were some really interesting discussions among owners about opportunities and challenges, and…the networking opportunity was just great.”

Arjun FornerodSwiss Development Group