Since its inception in 2008, SAHIC has focused in the hotel and tourism industry, becoming the premier Latin American investment conference organizer.
SAHIC events promote business and related real-estate investment projects in Latin America attracting serious hotel investors, C-level hotel executives, and major developers to this part of the world.
Our events aim at helping understand where the Latin American industry is today, where it is heading, and also where the investment opportunities lie as it coordinates numerous opportunities to meet the right partners and build relationships.
SAHIC events are the “key place” to meet the international industry players: hotel chains and groups, investors, banks, mutual funds, developers, architects, and interior designers, regional government representatives and other decision makers of the industry.
In partnership with Bench Events since June 2016, SAHIC welcomes those interested investors from Europe, the Middle East and Asia to explore opportunities and learn more about our region and consider involvement in our part of the world.
The SAHIC Team
Arturo García Rosa
President & Founder
With over 35 years experience in the industry, Arturo is a major reference in the hotel, tourism and related real estate business in Latin America.
His publications and presentations clearly attest to his interest in keeping updated with industry developments, as well as to his broad and in-depth knowledge of the current and, specially, of the future state of industry.
VP & Managing Director of the Alvear Palace Hotel (1983-1994), he led the project to recover Buenos Aires’ finest hotel, and created the first national luxury management.
Since 1995, the year he founded Arturo García Rosa & Asociados (RHC Hospitality Consulting), he has been dedicated to providing consulting services and has become a renowned specialist in the major markets.
Besides his ongoing involvement in the development of new projects, some of which are trendsetters, he actively collaborates with regional governments on the formulation of hotel and tourism policies and provides assistance to the institutions of the private sector regarding the promotion of travel destinations.
His social commitment and clear business vision has led him to face such challenges as the development of Argentina 2010 Travel & Tourism Plan and the creation of Destino Argentina.
In addition to his role as consultant, he has become increasingly involved as a speaker at the major industry conferences worldwide. His ideas and opinions are regularly published in the main newspapers and industry magazines.
Graciana García Iribarne
Born in Buenos Aires, she begun her career in the hospitality industry in 1992.
Graciana is Vice President of SAHIC and within her role, she is responsible for the business development. On a daily basis, she focuses on programme development, speakers’ acquisition and sponsors liaison, while overseeing SAHIC logistics and operations.
With over 24 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, she held a number of key positions in hotel operations for prestigious international hotel companies such as Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. During that time, she took part in numerous hotel openings in the region, gaining valuable leadership skills.
Apart from her hotel operations expertise, Graciana worked in hospitality consultancy in South America for almost 10 years. During her five-year tenure as Managing Director of HVS Buenos Aires office, she particularly gained experience in strategic planning and hotel & tourism development in South American markets.
Graciana is part of SAHIC since its inception. Working closely with Arturo Garcia Rosa, President & Founder, in the launch of the first edition of the conference in 2008, she was part of the initial team which laid the foundations for the premier hotel investment conference in Latin America.
Pablo García Rosa
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Pablo joined SAHIC in 2015. As Sponsorship Manager he focuses on search of new sponsor and follow up of current ones. He is also responsible for CRM, managing database for marketing and sales actions.
Prior to joining SAHIC, Pablo worked in the operations department of HVS Argentina in 2004. After gaining experience in the hotel industry, he joined the Consulting and Valuation team in 2012 where he performed market research studies and strategic planning for hotels and mixed-use projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Perú.
Managing Director SAHIC Cuba
As Managing Director for SAHIC Cuba, Cecilia is in charge of the overall coordination of the event and is responsable for the day-to day event logistics. She joined SAHIC in March 2008 planning and running the conference since it´s inception until 2012, through Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
Her experience in the hospitality industry started at Sofitel Buenos Aires in 2002 where she worked since it´s opening on Special Events department.
Later then she´d started her carreer as event planner organizing social and corporate events and also for the past three years she´d worked for Gate1 Travel, an north american tourism agency running the operations for Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
Cecilia holds a degree from Ecole pour l´Hotelerie La Suisse and a Diploma in Hotel Management of L´ Ecole Internationale d’hÔtellerie et de Management Vatel, France.
Event Manager South America
As Event Manager for SAHIC South America, Mariela is responsible for the day-to- day event logistics, speaker and sponsor liaison and event marketing. She joined SAHIC in 2014 as Conference Coordinator, after collaborating with the planning and operations of the conference in every edition since it’s inception in 2008.
In 2007, Mariela joined the HVS team, where she performed Human Resources advisory, strategic planning, market research, feasibility studies, and highest and best use studies for hotel and real estate related projects in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. During this period, she also assumed internal operations responsibilities such as the planning and organization of the HVS Global Summit 2011 held in Buenos Aires.
Her experience in the hospitality industry started at the Kempinski Hotels in Buenos Aires where she worked for five years, first as Human Resources Manager and then as Hotel Manager of one of the properties. Prior to her hotel experience, she held marketing positions in various companies such as Avon Cosmetics where she worked on the design and implementation of strategic marketing plans.
Mariela holds a BA in Business Management from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), a postgraduate degree in Strategic Human Resources from IDEA and a Diploma in Marketing from University of California, Berkeley.
Administration & Finance Coordinator
Veronica joined SAHIC as Administration & Finance Coordinator in 2012, assuming responsibility for the overall conference budget, registrations and sales management, among others.
Today Veronica also serves as Personal Assistant to Arturo García Rosa, and Administration & Finance Coordinator of HVS Buenos Aires where she is responsible for administrative tasks, procurement and supplier relationship, general accounting, administration and control of the annual budget, cash flow and monthly reports.
Veronica has extensive experience in the hospitality industry. She worked for three years at the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel where she successfully served as Area Manager for suppliers’ payment, and then assumed a role on the General Accounting area, performing duties related to tax payment, Cash Flow, Monthly Budget, intercompany controls and account analysis.
She participated in the start up and opening of Hotel El Casco in Bariloche, and was also responsible for over two years for Administrative and Human Resources duties at the hotel. Previously, and for five years she was part of the Hotel Arapacis team (former Ramada Resort Pinamar and currently Terrazas al Mar Resort & Spa) as part of the Management and Reservations area based in Buenos Aires.