Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce HICAP’s support of the YCI program in Asia Pacific. YCI is a global program that partners with the international hotel industry to provide young people with limited socio-economic opportunities with life and work skills. YCI operates in 15 countries across the world.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide financial support to the terrific work being done by YCI in the Asia Pacific region, and look forward to seeing the program grow and create even more positive impact on the lives of young people in the region,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN and HICAP co-host. “HICAP is the most prominent annual gathering of the hotel investment community in the region, and we hope that by shining a spotlight on this program we will encourage more hoteliers and industry leaders to support YCI’s efforts in Asia Pacific,” Burba added.

Currently operating in India, Vietnam, and Australia, with students trained at 17 hotels, and with plans to expand to Thailand, YCI is set to be the employment program of choice for hotels in the Asia Pacific region. With 85% of students graduating and going on to pursue employment or further education, YCI provides students with vital work and life skills, making them economically self-reliant and breaking the cycle of poverty.

Director of International Tourism Partnership and Youth Career Initiative, Stephen Farrant, comments: “YCI, created by the industry for the industry, has the power to transform lives. With an ambitious 5 year growth plan, we are delighted to welcome HICAP as our newest partner. 75 million young people worldwide are seeking employment, and 60% of young people in developing regions are out of employment, education or engaged in irregular employment. Meanwhile, the hotel industry is seeking new talent in local markets as it grows, so initiatives like YCI present a clear win-win for the industry and for some of the most vulnerable young people in society.”

For more information on the Youth Career Initiative or to learn how to get involved visit, http://www.youthcareerinitiative.org/.

The 26th annual HICAP will take place 14-16 October 2015 at the InterContinental Hong Kong. For more information about HICAP please visit, www.HICAPconference.com.

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About HICAP
HICAP is Asia’s largest and longest running hotel investment event, making it the most important gathering of hotel developers, investors, lenders, operators, and other industry executives for information exchange, trend spotting, and deal making. The 25th annual HICAP held in October 2014 in Hong Kong attracted 800 delegates from around the world.

About BHN
BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With almost three decades of experience, over 120 events completed to-date, and over 85,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends. BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific (AOCAP) in Singapore; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London. The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.

About Horwath HTL
Horwath HTL is the world’s largest hotel industry specialized consulting organization, currently with 50 offices in 39 countries. Since the set-up of Asia Pacific operations in 1987, Horwath HTL – Asia Pacific has been involved with over 3,000 projects throughout the region in all phases of the property lifecycle for clients ranging from individually owned businesses to the world’s most prominent hotel companies, developers, lenders, investors, and industrial corporations. Horwath HTL currently operates out of regional offices in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Sydney, and Auckland.

About Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE)
Stiles Capital Events LLC (SCE) has been involved in event management, communications and marketing in the publishing, entertainment and hospitality industries since 1989. SCE has been associated with the development and organization of the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) since its inception and the subsequent launches of HICAP UPDATE in 2009 and AOCAP (Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific) in 2014 together with partners BHN (Burba Hotel Network) and Horwath HTL. SCE is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.