Jonathan Humphries
Jonathan Humphries

Almost twenty years’ experience in the hotel and real estate sectors. For the last eleven years he covered Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), supporting the expansion of Marriott International’s fifteen brands, for hundreds of projects, across the region in the role of Vice President Development Planning, based out of the regional HQ in Zurich. During this time the company doubled its presence in Europe and become one of the largest hotel companies in the Middle East and Africa. He created the company’s first ever comprehensive development strategy, across 55 countries, for the African continent.

Personally, he was the lead for a two-year project which brought about the tailor-made extended-stay Residence Inn by Marriott concept to Europe in 2008. He was instrumental in the subsequent roll-out of the Residence Inn by Marriott portfolio across Europe and the Middle East, including the now open projects in Edinburgh, Munich, Sarajevo, Bahrain and Kuwait.

He has been engaged on major acquisitions, renovations, extensions, re-brandings, contract extensions and terminations and created strategic road maps for both countries and cities across EMEA.

A repeat speaker at international major conferences such as International Hotel Investment Forum and Serviced Apartment Summit. He was also on the Serviced Apartment Advisory Board of the British Hotel Association during 2014-15.

In the past two years, Jonathan was in charged with creating and delivering new industry focused courses in Hotel Asset Management and Hotel Planning and Development, as a Senior Lecturer, for École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). Over 1,000 students completed the first ever Hotel Asset Management course for Europe and courses in Hotel Development & Planning.

Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum

Breaking New Ground: New Hotel Development Case Studies

How to manage a hotel development: from planning to construction and design? A series of case studies will look at greenfield hotel developments.