Northstar expands portfolio with ALIS DESIGN+ launch

Published April 2023

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Michelle Finn
Vice President, Design & Construction, Products and Services
The BHN Group

RUTHERFORD, New Jersey – Northstar Travel Group, owner of global hotel-investment conferences including the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the world’s leading and largest hotel investment conference, is expanding its footprint with the launch of ALIS DESIGN+: The Gathering for Hotel Architecture, Construction & Design.

ALIS DESIGN+ ( is led by veteran design-community events expert Michelle Finn, Vice President, Design & Construction, Products and Services for The BHN Group.

The new event is being launched in partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and will debut January 24-25, 2024, as a separate event following ALIS at the JW Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. ALIS DESIGN+ is operated by The BHN Group, Northstar’s hospitality-focused division.

“Michelle brings three decades of expertise in this space and a unique blend of relationships, expertise and credibility,” said Jeff Higley, President of The BHN Group. “Investment, development and financing are the predominant pillars of ALIS, so it makes sense to build on that foundation and incorporate key elements and processes that bring those pillars to life.”

ALIS DESIGN+ will bring together industry investors, owners, developers, financiers, designers, architects, construction companies, renovators, purchasers, and suppliers. It will feature pre-scheduled meetings in addition to an intimate setting for exhibitors to share their latest product offerings. Thought-provoking content designed to educate and stimulate industrywide conversations will drive undivided interaction during the two-day affair.

“This will deliver a unique experience that connects owners and developers with top design, construction and architectural professionals and manufacturers essential to the renovation and new construction of hotels,” Finn said. “Leveraging the affiliation with ALIS for such a venture is a rare opportunity, and I am excited to collaborate with the team at The BHN Group and Northstar to launch ALIS DESIGN+.”

ALIS DESIGN+ will complement the existing ALIS and ALIS Law events, creating a comprehensive and unique gathering of the global hospitality community. “The congruent nature of the subject matter of ALIS, ALIS Law and ALIS DESIGN+ is a perfect fit with what is already the industry’s kick-off event of the year each January,” Higley said.

“ALIS DESIGN+ is a natural extension of our ALIS conference as the focus on design, architecture and construction is the perfect complement to the investment-specific focus of ALIS,” said Bob Sullivan, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Northstar Travel Group. “We look forward to delivering a best-in-class experience for our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors and continuing to extend our strong presence in the hotel sector.”

“AHLA is pleased to be a partner with Northstar and see the footprint of the industry’s most influential investor event grow,” said Chip Rogers, president & CEO of AHLA. “Expanding into a space that naturally complements the hotel-investment dialogue that ALIS facilitates is a win-win for all. ALIS DESIGN+ will surely be a hit with all aspects of the hotel design, construction and development communities.”

ALIS DESIGN+ is the second endeavor launched by The BHN Group during 2023, following January’s launch of Hotel Investment Today. Hotel Investment Today provides the latest content and information services including written and video components of breaking news, analysis of key deals and profiles of dealmakers and developers.


About The BHN Group
The BHN Group is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With over three decades of experience, more than 150 events completed to-date, and more than 100,000 international delegates, these conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business, and to learn about the latest trends. The current slate of events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; ALIS Law in Los Angeles; ALIS Summer Update; Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Singapore; Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ) in Sydney.

About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, corporate and sports meetings, incentives, hospitality, and travel technology. Northstar is the owner of leading brands serving these travel segments, including The BHN Group. The company produces more than 100 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, sports travel, and the meetings & incentive industry. Based in Rutherford, NJ, the company has six offices in the U.S., UK, and Singapore. Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.

About EagleTree Capital
EagleTree Capital, formerly Wasserstein Partners, is a leading independent private equity and investment firm, focused primarily on leveraged buyout investments and related investment activities. EagleTree manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors. The firm is focused on investments primarily in the media and communications, consumer products, and water and industrial sectors. EagleTree is located in New York.