Have some room in your budget and September’s calendar for a business trip? If so, you might want to consider ICSC’s Retail Real Estate World Summit—at least if you’re in the big leagues.
The International Council of Shopping Centers has just released an updated agenda and speaker lineup for the summit, which takes place September 12 – 14 in Shanghai. It’s a high level forum where some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders will address the critical role and socio-economic impact of the worldwide retail property market.
Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of ICSC, said, “We are honored to have the most senior representatives from the political, retail and capital markets join us for this historic event at which we hope to define a roadmap for long-term innovation, fiscal and social responsibility.”
“2011 marked a period of noteworthy growth in retail real estate. US$400 billion was made available as direct investment in commercial real estate markets around the world, a 25% increase from 2010, and it is expected that this positive trend will continue in 2012,” he said. “In today’s volatile economy, consistent investment in retail real estate is a critical element for fueling increases in employment, revenue, and standard of living. By gathering in Shanghai, we have created a truly open environment to closely examine what new opportunities exist for our industry and how collectively, we can implement positive, sustainable changes in the years to come.”
Some of the far-reaching discussions will include things like Reinventing Retail and the Future of Shopping, Fulfilling Global Retailers Future Property Needs, Future Growth Trends: Emerging Markets, Expanding globally, and a lot more. This is where the seeds will be planted for big decisions that will affect all our futures, so if you’re interested in what that future holds you might want to be there. Keynote speakers include big names like Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc. and The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada.
Intrigued? You can learn more about it right here.