The Premier Nordic Hotel Industry Conference

About the Hotel Investment Conference

The NHC Conference is the leading international hotel investment and development conference focusing on the Nordic hotel market. The conference has successfully been organized since 2009 (previously the HotCop conference) and grown to become the premier Nordic hotel investment and development event. The conference offers extensive knowledge and information sharing with a combination of presentations, interview sessions and panel discussions with some of the top-level executives from the Nordic as well as the international hotel market. It is the networking platform bringing together investors, developers, financiers and operators, creating a unique ”deal-making venue”.


Find information about the previous NHC-Conferences here:
Conference-2017, Conference-2016

2018 Program

Proudly Sponsored By

We are proud to once again present Radisson Hotel Group as key event sponsor in 2018. The 9th annual NHC Conference is being hosted at the Copenhagen conference hotel Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.

We are grateful and honoured for the support and involvement.

If you wish to be a sponsor at the NHC Conference 2018, please contact for more information.

Nordic Hotel Professional of the Year 2017

The Nordic Hotel Professional of the Year Award is an award given to recognize leadership in our industry and for playing an essential role in developing the Nordic hotel market - an award from the industry, for the industry.

The 2017 nominees were:

  • Oscar Crohn - Solstra Capital Partners
  • Pirjo Ojanperä - CapMan
  • Anders Buchardt - AB Invest
  • Petter A. Stordalen - Strawberry Group

The 2017 recipient was Petter. A Stordalen from Strawberry Group. Congratulations!


Speakers will be presented continuously as they are being confirmed - stay tuned!

Nikola Reid

Director and Head of Hospitality Advisory in UK, Deloitte

Torgeir Silseth

Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Choice Hotels

Carlton C. Ervin

Chief Development Officer in Europe, Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Lambis Pahiyiannakis

Director Hotel Group, Barings Real Estate Advisors

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group

Jesper Engman

Vice President Business Development, Scandic Hotels

Frank Hildwein

Head of Hotel Acquisitions and Sales, Deka Immobilien

Rasmus Nørgaard

Partner & CIO, NREP

Erik Florvaag

Head of Hotel Acquisitions, Art-Invest Real Estate

Truls Nergaard

Head of Real Estate, Storebrand Asset Management


Demian Hodari

Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne & NHC Conference Chair

Christian Kielgast

Partner, Nordic Hotel Consulting

Frank Fiskers

Program NHC Conference 2018

The NHC Conference will take place Thursday 24 May 2018 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.

8:25 - 8:55

Registration & Coffee

Locatioon: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Amager Blvd. 70, 2300 Copenhagen

8:55 - 9:00

Welcome to the NHC Conference 2018

Christian Kielgast – Partner, Nordic Hotel Consulting

9:00 - 9:20

State of the Union - a 360° view

A 360° view on changing geopolitical factors, shifts in global demand patterns, hotel market performance in a European context, what segments are growing, and new investment and development activity.

9:20 - 10:00

Hot Chair - View from the top

What are the major challenges facing the big players in the Nordics? What are the CEO's doing to drive value and prepare for the next cycle and what strategies are they pursuing to secure their market position?

10:00 - 11:45

Coffee & Networking

10:45 - 11:30

Investment session - the passive investor

Transaction levels are at a historic high in the Nordics. Institutional investors have been increasing allocation to hotel real estate significantly. Why have hotels become so interesting? What is the institutional capital looking for and what does it take to make it an attractive investment?

11:30 - 11:55

Hot Chair - Investment

Breaking the conventional and driving superior value - A case study on a unique hotel investment

11:55 - 12:15

NHC Conference Award Ceremony


The 2018 NHC Conference Award Ceremony preceded by a 5 min. Q&A session with 2017 award recipient as well as the 2018 award winner.

12:15 - 13.30

Standing Lunch and Networking

13:30 - 14:10

Investment session - the active investor

What are the active investors doing to achieve high returns in a very active Nordic investment market? Is development and conversions replacing operating assets? Who are some of the new investors and what are they looking for?


14:10 - 14:40

Hot Chair - The future outlook of the Nordic hotel investment market

14:40 - 15:25

Coffee & Networking

15:25 - 16:05

Development hard talk

The development pipeline is heating up in the Nordics. What operators are closing new deals and what products are they pushing? How will they drive higher prices and more revenue to outperform the market?

16:05 - 16:45

Future trends - what is shaping the industry in the years to come?

How will the hotel industry change in the years to come? How will technology and intermediaries change the game? What products and services will be in demand how will new players disrupt the market?

16:45 - 17:00

Closing Remarks


Networking, Wine and Snacks

At Radisson Blu Scandinavia Sky Lounge


Nordic markets performance and update

Location: Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Hammerichsgade 1, 1611 Copenhagen

In-depth presentation and workshop on performance in the Nordic markets, supply/demand trends, new projects pipeline and transaction activity.


Hotel Tours

Visit to some of the newest hotel concepts in Copenhagen:

Radisson Collection Royal | Hotel Skt. Petri | Nimb Hotel | Nobis Hotel


NHC Conference - Networking Reception

Venue: Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Niels Brocks Gade 1, 1574 Copenhagen

Cocktails and networking


Advisory Board

It has been an essential part of the NHC Conference's vision to be the leading Nordic hotel investment and development conference, for the market directed by the market. The advisory board meets once a year in Copenhagen and is constituted of selected top level executives from the industry. With representatives from both leading Nordic as well as international industry players, the advisory board helps to shape the content and format of the NHC Conference. We are grateful and honoured for the time and effort the members dedicate to the event.

  • Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group
  • Trine Sundt, Senior Vice President, DNB
  • Pirjo Ojanperä, Partner, Head of Real Estate Hotel Fund, CapMan
  • Christopher Raanaas, Director of Asset Management, KLP Eiendom
  • Guy Pasley-Tyler, Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Feasibility, Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Keith Evans, Vice President of Hotel Acquisitions, Starwood Capital Group
  • Anders Buchardt, Owner & Executive Chairman, AB Invest AS
  • Peter Haaber, Owner & CEO, Zleep Hotels & Core Hospitality
  • Torgeir Silseth, CEO, Nordic Choice
  • Frank Fiskers

Register now

To register for the NHC Conference 2018, please fill out the details below. After successful registration, a confirmation e-mail with payment details will be sent to the indicated e-mail address.

If you register several participants, the e-mail confirmation and payment link will be forwarded to the participant specified in the first row. If you wish to send the e-mail confirmation and payment link to a separate recipient, please indicate the e-mail address in the field "Billing e-mail".

Payment can either be done with credit card or via issued invoice and bank transfer.


Standard Registration Fee:         DKK 4.995,-  (€ 670,-)*


Registration fee includes:

> Full access to the NHC Conference (incl. lunch and coffee breaks at the day of the conference)

> Full access to conference presentations** 

> Pre-conference networking event and activities


*Please note that all prices are excl. VAT. 

** The conference material and presentations will be shared with participants as possible, some presentations or videos might be regarded as confidential.


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If you have any questions regarding the registration process - please contact us here.

Nordic Hotel Consulting

Nørre Voldgade 16
DK-1358 Copenhagen
Tel. +45 4582 1172




If you have any inquiries or questions about the conference, please contact Kristian Haaber,