China REITs Alliance Working to Expand Industry Knowledge

Fred Wang, secretary general of the China REITs Alliance, joined for a video interview during REITWeek 2015: NAREIT’s Investor Forum, held in New York.

The China REITs Alliance was launched in Beijing in December 2014 and is backed by a memorandum of understanding with NAREIT, the Asia-Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) and the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA).

Wang noted that the alliance includes financial institutions, developers, lawyers and brokerage firms. It aims to establish a functioning REIT industry in China.


Host Hotels CEO: International Business will Expand, but Remain Small Part of Overall Portfolio

W. Edward Walter, chairman and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST), joined for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Walter outlined the lodging REIT’s international strategy, noting that Host started to invest outside North America in 2006 when it acquired a portfolio of hotels from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. under brand names that included Westin, Sheraton, W, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection.