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)
Royal Plaza Hotel Hong Kong

“As hotel owners there really is no other organisation that gets us together to discuss similar issues that benefit us all. HOFTEL is the place to be a member of, if you like to benchmark what other owners are doing.”

Ricco de Blank, CEOSun Hung Kai Hotels