James Bates is the President and CEO of International Hospitality Partners LLC. He is also President and CEO of DHP, Inc. and Vice Chairman/CEO of DHP Asia LLC, a China-based joint venture hotel development company, President/CEO of Hospital Lodging Systems, LLC. and President/CEO of Collegiate Lodging Partners, LLC.
Jim has a long and successful track record in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. His innovative and dynamic approach to building brands, developing new product and executing excellent return on investment makes him a sought-after expert in the market. He has held senior management positions with Hilton Hotels, Canadian Pacific, Best Western International, Hampshire Hotels and Resorts, Helmsley Hotels, Boutique Hotels & Resorts International, as well as several independent properties and projects worldwide.
He began his career in Beverly Hills, CA at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jim served on several advisory boards including: Travel Industry Association of America, Pow Wow Planning Committee, World Travel Mart, ITB Berlin, Luxury Travel Expo, Best Western International EMAC Committee, Choice Hotels, Cendant Preferred Partners Committee, NYSAE We Love New York Day Chairman and NYSAE Chairman Associates Committee, Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International and Leading Hotels of the World Marketing Advisory Committee. He has served on numerous Convention and Visitors Bureaus Boards of Directors and advisory boards worldwide; and has participated in numerous panels and guest speaking engagements worldwide including NAFEO Conference, CHIC, Nixon Peabody IPED Conference and White House Initiative on HBCU’s, and Shangri La Asia Conference.