Inaugural Rising Star Award Asia Pacific Winner Announced

Hong Kong, 17 October 2014: The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) presented Christopher Hur with the 2014 inaugural Rising Star Award Asia Pacific. As the Vice President of Acquisitions & Development of Host Hotels & Resorts, Hur plays an important role in the investment decisions that Host makes in the Asia Pacific region. Hur has lived and worked in Asia for the past seven years and is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

“We are very pleased to have launched this important award at HICAP, and even more so with the amazing response it has received from the hotel industry in Asia Pacific”, said Jim Burba, President, BHN, and HICAP co-host. “The accomplishments already achieved by the candidates were truly impressive, and the future of the hotel industry in the region will be in good hands with these young leaders”, Burba added.

“ISHC is ecstatic to have this opportunity to honor a Rising Star in the Asia Pacific region. Christopher Hur is a great example of a young person, in the hospitality industry, who is a natural leader and a superb strategist. It has been a privilege to get to know him and to recognize his accomplishments”, said Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director for ISHC.

The Rising Star Award Asia Pacific was created in 2014 by the ISHC and HICAP, to recognize emerging leadership talent in the Asia Pacific region from the hospitality industry. Award criteria require that a nominee be 35 years and under, be currently working and living in the Asia Pacific region and have a minimum of two of the most recent five years’ experience living in the Asia Pacific region and working in the hotel development and/or investment field.

About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at


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 approximately 800 delegates from around the world. HICAP is hosted by BHN, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events.