Former Accor Hotels CEO to Receive HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award

Published February 2017

Burba Hotel Network (BHN), host of the upcoming Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) 2017, is pleased to announce that the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Roland de Bonadona. This prominent award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry over his or her lifetime through their actions, deeds, and great accomplishments.

Roland de Bonadona
Roland de Bonadona

Roland de Bonadona retired in 2015 as CEO of Accor Hotels Americas & Caribbean. Today, he acts as a consultant for hospitality and real estate companies. He graduated in Business Administration at Paris IX Dauphine University and began his career with Accor Group in 1973 where he held diverse management positions in public restaurants, airport catering, and later Sofitel development for Europe. At the end of 1989, he moved to São Paulo to settle the Sofitel brand and to lead Accor Hotels development in Brazil. In 1994, Bonadona was entrusted with the mission to assume Accor in Brazil, taking benefit of the new economic perspective opened after “plano real” to re-launch the then 40-hotels company. Leaning upon the existing platform, Bonadona took charge in the renovation and fast expansion of the network in Brazil, further expanding to South America. Accor Hotels runs today 300 hotels & 50,000 rooms in the region with a secured pipeline of 180 hotels and 25,000 rooms. Bonadona is the co-founder and first President of FOHB (Forum de Operadores Hoteleiros do Brasil). He is a member of ABIH Nacional, Academia Brasileira de Eventos, and the President of the French Brazil Chamber of Commerce.

“We are so pleased to be able to present the HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award to Roland de Bonadona,” said Jim Burba, President of BHN. “For the nearly two decades that I have known Roland, he has been both a dynamic leader of his company and a passionate supporter of the growth of tourism in Brazil and the whole of South America. Bonadona has inspired our industry and helped set the stage for our industry’s future leaders,” Burba added.

HOLA will be held in Miami, Florida on April 25-26, 2017, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. For more information about the conference, including registration and sponsorship details, please visit the website.


About HOLA
The HOLA conference is designed to provide an annual meeting place for hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers, and the professional advisory community who are interested in doing deals in one of the world’s hottest hotel markets, Latin America. HOLA immediately precedes a second important event, the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS), which will be held in the same hotel on April 26-28, 2017. The back-to-back nature of the two events is a great way for the hotel investment community that is interested not only in Latin America, but also in the Caribbean region, to conduct their business while in Miami. HOLA and CHRIS are hosted by Burba Hotel Network (BHN).

About BHN
BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With three decades of experience, over 140 events completed to-date, and nearly 100,000 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 Mumbai; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.

The BHN website is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.