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09:00 - 11:00
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Alternative Players Interviews
Technology companies and creative thinkers are changing hospitality and creating new concepts. What can the hotel sector learn from these innovators?
Greg Greeley – President of Homes, Airbnb
President of Homes, AirbnbGreg Greeley leads and manages our Homes business, which includes nearly 5 million listings in 81,000 cities around the world, and our Airbnb For Everybody strategy, including Airbnb Plus, Airbnb Collections, our expanded Superhost program, and our new Superguest initiative.
Ömer Isvan – President, Servotel
President, ServotelCelebrating over 30 years of growth into a global Hotel & Resort consulting boutique, Servotel is now widely recognized as the leading advisor in the investment and development of hotels, resorts, and integrated mixed-use developments worldwide.
Liam Brown – President & Managing Director Europe, Marriott International
President & Managing Director Europe, Marriott InternationalLiam Brown was appointed President and Managing Director for Europe in January 2019 and is accountable for developing and managing Marriott's hotel portfolio in Europe, comprising 24 brands in 43 countries.
Alexi H. Khajavi – Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC
Alexi H. Khajavi
Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLCAlexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties and events including the Hotel Management Group, the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Summit Series, Destination Develop and Destination Development Investment Services, HOTEC and other destination and hotel investment events in the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
10:00 - 10:40
What initiatives will have the most positive impact on customer satisfaction, on revenues and on the value of a property? Looking at technology, innovative customer experience, sustainability and more.
Philip Ward – CEO Hotels & Hospitality Group EMEA, JLL
CEO Hotels & Hospitality Group EMEA, JLLCurrent responsibilities
In conversation with:
Peter Fankhauser – CEO, Thomas Cook Group
CEO, Thomas Cook GroupPeter Fankhauser has over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry. Originally from Switzerland, he attended the University of St. Gallen where he graduated with a PHD in Political Science. During his time at university, Peter completed his military service, rising through the ranks to become a Captain in the Swiss army.
Raúl González – CEO, Barceló
CEO, BarcelóDegree in economics and business administration, Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain). MBA, IESE Business School (Navarra University, Spain).
Merilee Karr – Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormat
Founder and CEO, UnderTheDoormatMerilee founded UnderTheDoormat in July 2014 after a decade-long successful career at oil and gas giant Shell. During her spell at the company she led the Global Retail Partnership Strategy and then the Global Maintenance Operations of its 12,000 petrol stations across 42 countries (a surprisingly transferable experience to managing a dispersed network of homes in the hospitality sector).
Amar Lalvani – CEO & Managing Partner, Standard International
CEO & Managing Partner, Standard InternationalAmar Lalvani is CEO of Standard International (the parent company of Standard Hotels) as well as the CEO of both Bunkhouse Group and One Night. Prior to leading the investment and formation of Standard International he was Chief Investment Officer for Andre Balazs Properties and held various executive roles with Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts including leading the global development of W Hotels. Prior to that, Amar worked for The Blackstone Group and began his career with Starwood Capital Group. In addition to serving on the Boards of Standard International and Bunkhouse Group, he currently serves on the Board of Twyla and was a founding Board member of Peloton Interactive. Amar has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Lindsey Ueberroth – CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
CEO, Preferred Hotels & ResortsLindsey Ueberroth is Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and a member of its Board of Directors. Since joining the company in 2004, Lindsey has helped solidify the position of Preferred Hotels & Resorts as an iconic global hospitality brand, a preferred partner for independent hotels, and a trusted resource for travelers seeking an authentic, independent luxury hotel experience.
10:40 - 11:10
Drawing from a career in the high-performing world of Formula 1 racing, this talk will look at achieving ambitious targets, building winning teams, creating an agile and innovative culture where the focus on performance is teamed with effective partnerships.
Mark Gallagher – Founder, Performance Insights and Formula One industry analyst
Founder, Performance Insights and Formula One industry analystMark Gallagher has worked in the high-performance environment of Formula One motor racing for over 30 years. Today he is a Formula One analyst for the BBC, makes regular appearances on global media outlets and is founder of his own consulting business, Performance Insights Ltd.
11:10 - 11:30
11:15 - 11:30
Spend 15 minutes learning a mindfulness-based breath meditation.
11:30 - 12:30
11:30 - 12:30
Breakout 22: Finance
A look at current trends in the lending market: what are major lenders’ strategies, are lenders more risk averse, who are the alternative lenders?
Chris Gow – Head of Debt Advisory, EMEA, JLL
Head of Debt Advisory, EMEA, JLLAs the Managing Director within JLL’ Hotels and Hospitality team, Chris Gow is responsible for directing the debt finance strategy for the EMEA hotels business.
In conversation with:
Laurent Bigot – Industry Banker Hospitality, Natixis
Industry Banker Hospitality, Natixis
Charlotte Bocquet – Executive Director - Global Lodging Group Credit Agricole CIB
Executive Director - Global Lodging Group Credit Agricole CIBCharlotte Bocquet is co-heading CACIB Global Lodging Group.
Alex Mackenzie – Principal, Blackstone
Principal, BlackstoneAlex Mackenzie is a Principal in the Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies business, based in London. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Mackenzie spent five years at Oaktree Capital Management as a Senior Vice President, focusing on the acquisition and asset management of real estate equity and distressed debt investment opportunities in the UK and Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Mackenzie worked in Deutsche Bank’s Real Estate Special Situations Group as a Vice President focused on acquisition of real estate NPL portfolios and origination of high yield loans in the United States and the UK. Mr. Mackenzie received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a BA in Economic History from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude.
Anthony Say – Director - Hotels, Natwest
Director - Hotels, NatwestAnthony is a Relationship Director for NatWest Corporate Banking’s hotel team, where he is responsible for managing banking relationships with some of the bank’s largest UK hotel connections. Anthony joined the hotels team in 2012 having worked for the RBS Group since 2001, operating across a number of industry sectors.
Michelle Weiss – Head of Hotel Properties, Special Property Finance – Hotel Properties, Aareal Bank
Head of Hotel Properties, Special Property Finance – Hotel Properties, Aareal BankMichelle Weiss is Head of Hotel Properties at Aareal Bank AG, one of the leading debt financing providers within the hospitality industry. The bank currently holds a portfolio of around €7 billion of hotel financing in more than 20 countries across Europe, North America, and Asia. Aareal Bank’s hotel team, which consists of eight hospitality professionals, focuses primarily on lending
11:30 - 12:30
Breakout 23: Development
What are the considerations for developers, investors, operators, architects and designers when working on projects mixing hotels with retail, co-working, residential, student accommodation etc.? What is the best mix to increase revenue per customer/guest, and how do you measure it?
Richard Candey – Partner, Cushman & Wakefield
Partner, Cushman & WakefieldRichard is a Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Hospitality team with over 25 years of Hotel industry experience. Richard leads the business Investor & Development Services team across Europe and is responsible for promoting the business and coordinating hotel assignments across the region. Richard has in depth knowledge of the sector and has led multiple capital markets and advisory assignments, applying his skills in numerous markets and has a particularly close understanding of the hotel development and investment arena.
In conversation with:
Mark Adams – Senior Property Development Manager, McAleer & Rushe Property
Senior Property Development Manager, McAleer & Rushe PropertyMark is a highly experienced property professional and Chartered Surveyor with 24 years experience in commercial real estate development across the UK & Ireland specialising in the hotel and mixed-use sectors working across the various brands.
Mark Daliere – Partner - Hotels and Leisure, Dentons
Partner - Hotels and Leisure, DentonsMark is a partner in Dentons' world-renowned Hotels & Leisure practice. He has a broad based hospitality practice representing hotel owners, developers, third-party operators, hospitality brands, and lenders in connection with the development and operation of hotel and leisure facilities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. His practice focuses on the negotiation of management and licensing arrangements for a broad range of hotel and leisure facilities, including hotels, spas, golf courses, resorts, restaurants, and other recreational facilities and amenities.
Rob Mangan – Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, London + Regional
Director of Acquisitions & Asset Management, London + RegionalRob Mangan has worked in the hotel industry for 13 years, spending the majority of his time working for hotel owners, in asset management and acquisition roles. His experience ranges from ultra-luxury iconic brands to select service portfolios. He has worked in the UK, European and US markets. Rob holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin (UCD).
Cristina Paini – CEO and Owner, LHM Hotel Management Company
CEO and Owner, LHM Hotel Management CompanyAfter beginning her career as a Management Consultant to companies such as Chicco Artsana, Banca Agricola Mantovana Bank Group (during the merger with MPS), Verona Fiere, DHL, Eni, Regione Lombardia, etc., she began looking at the Hotel Industry by joining a Real Estate Group based in Brescia.
11:30 - 12:30
Breakout 24: Operational Models
Managing owner/operator alignment is one of the great challenges of the hospitality business. Owners need to know the brand will improve their financial results, not just an attractive loyalty scheme. How do developers pitch to owners with financial data to make them a compelling choice?
Daniel C. Peek – Senior Managing Director, HFF
Daniel C. Peek
Senior Managing Director, HFFPeek is a senior managing director and head of the hospitality practice group for HFF. He is responsible for institutional hotel and resort transactions globally. During his career, he has completed nearly $15 billion in investment sale, debt, and structured finance transactions.
In conversation with:
Sabina Wyss di Corrado – Vice President Acquisitions & Development, PPHE Hotel Group
Sabina Wyss di Corrado
Vice President Acquisitions & Development, PPHE Hotel GroupSabina is responsible for PPHE Hotel Group’s acquisitions and development projects globally, including Arena Hospitality Group for which PPHE has a controlling ownership interest. She has over 15 years experience in the hospitality sector, having worked in advisory, the Unctad/ITC (UN/WTO), hotel operations and the airline industry in Europe, Central America and Australia. Sabina holds a BSC in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and is fluent in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
Claus-Dieter Jandel – Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche Hospitality
Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Deutsche HospitalityWith over 30 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Claus-Dieter Jandel knows the business inside out.
Shafi Syed – Senior Vice President, Hotel Development – EMEA, Caesars Entertainment
Senior Vice President, Hotel Development – EMEA, Caesars EntertainmentShafi Syed is the SVP Hotel Development at Caesars Entertainment, and leads the Group’s development for EMEA based out of London. Caesars Entertainment is distinctly positioned as a global leader in experiential hospitality and entertainment, offering luxury/lifestyle hotels, world-class entertainment, signature dining, vibrant nightlife, and celebrity partnerships.
María Zarraluqui – Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels International
Global Development Managing Director, Meliá Hotels InternationalMaría Zarraluqui is Global Development Managing Director for Meliá Hotels International Group, she is heading the worldwide development for the Group and is responsible for executing together with her team of developers the growth strategy of Meliá worldwide, having signed over the last 3 years more than 110 deals worldwide.
11:30 - 12:30
Short talks introducing the need-to-know points of major tech trends in hospitality.
Mastering Data Analytics for Hotels
Vassilis Syropoulos – Founder and CEO, Juyo Analytics
Founder and CEO, Juyo AnalyticsVassilis Syropoulos is the Founder and CEO of Juyo Analytics leading the company to become a leader in Hotel Analytics. Vassilis has graduated from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and has followed a master course at Cornell University. He has a 20 year experience in Hotel Revenue Management, Distribution, Pricing and Digital Marketing in senior roles in some of the largest Hotel Companies (Intercontinental hotels Group NASDAQ: IHG, Pandox Hotels, NASDAQ: PNDX-B) These roles have been highly strategic where in the last one before founding Juyo he developed the overall Business Intelligence strategy for Pandox and implemented plans for deploying BI across hotels and other key areas. Furthermore he researched and developed Analytical and Predictive Capabilities across the organisation. Profitability is crucial when working for a hotel owner as this has an impact on property value. So the next natural step was to Implement NET REVPAR Analytics and build predictive models to optimise Sales and Marketing Spent. This knowledge led to him founding Juyo Analytics. Digitalisation brings more opportunities to improve Business Performance. However, datasets become more complex, and Managers are increasingly required to connect the dots across many disciplines. Today one can only succeed aligning all areas, from revenue to distribution, marketing, sales, digital acquisition, and finance.
The People Business: Technology solutions to win the war on attracting, and retaining, top talent?
Connie Rheams – VP of Hospitality, Beekeeper
VP of Hospitality, BeekeeperHighly experienced global business executive with a career marked by consulting hotel companies to align business priorities and information technology investment. Helping hotel companies embrace new trends in technologies and strategies to drive customer loyalty, increase revenues, and define and deliver a better/unique guest experience. Recognized and respected as a highly innovative visionary and proven leader in the hospitality space. A proven track record in leading teams to drive incremental revenue and to identify new product development opportunities. Experienced in managing customer, alliances, partner and vendor relationships as well as contract management and complex negotiations. Recognized in 2014 by the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals as one of the hospitality technology industry’s notable and influential female IT executives.
Enhancing the Guest Experience with Personalized Self-Guided Routes and Local Recommendations
Alfonso Franco – CEO, Arrivedo
CEO, ArrivedoAlonso has a passion for welcoming travelers to Peru. That's the reason why in 2008, Alonso quit his investment banking job in New York City and returned to Lima. In Peru, he found a hospitality business known today as, Pariwana Hostels. To date, Pariwana Hostels hosts 500 beds in three properties in South America including Lima, Cusco (Peru) and now in Santiago (Chile). As CEO, Alonso led the development of the hostels' management software and has positioned Pariwana Cusco as the #3 largest hostel worldwide.
11:30 - 12:30
Adjacent Spaces In-the-Round
Membership-based hotels: understanding the business model and investment opportunity of hotel products where loyalty is much more than a points scheme
Jeff Baillet – Vice President Real Estate Europe, Selina
Vice President Real Estate Europe, Selina• Currently Vice President of Real Estate/Business Development for Europe at Selina, overseeing the expansion and building a hospitality network for digital nomads in the UK, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Greece and Israel, and more countries to come soon
Tony Kurz – Founder, Brandmark Collective
Founder, Brandmark CollectiveTony has carved out a niche in intelligently translating fashion and lifestyle brands into hospitality experiences. With a wealth of deep owner relationships on a global basis, as well as a rather unique access to, and demand from, many brands looking to extend into the hospitality space in one form or another, the idea for Brandmark Collective BV was born. That of a multi-brand hotel company, with one key filter running through each brand – a globally recognizable name with an existing customer base. The first brand on the BMC platform is Karl Lagerfeld, with the second, a global travel company, to be announced soon.
The New Lifestyle: Examining how the lifestyle landscape is evolving from expensive designer boutique hotels into affordable hotels with individual design
Joseph Fischer – Owner, Vision Lodging & Hospitality
Owner, Vision Lodging & HospitalityWith over 30 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry and a strong focus on development, Joseph Fischer is the Owner of Vision Hospitality & Travel - International Lodging & Travel Solutions. The company is focused on assisting hotel owners/developers in finding the right brands and operators for their properties. Currently VH is working on several selected projects both in Israel as well as in Continental Europe.
Leon Avigad – Founder, Leopard Hospitality/Brown Hotels
Founder, Leopard Hospitality/Brown HotelsLeon Avigad (46) is the founder and CEO of Leopard Hospitality, a company which specializes in conceptualizing, creating and operating boutique hotels, and the founder and co-owner of Brown Hotels, a Tel-Aviv based boutique hotel collection.
Bram Van Der Hoek – CEO & Partner, EHPC
Bram Van Der Hoek
CEO & Partner, EHPCBram van der Hoek is CEO & partner of Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC). The portfolio’s brands—Sir Hotels, Max Brown Hotels, Park Hotels and the concept store X BANK—all bring an artful touch and fresh energy to Europe’s most vibrant neighborhoods. He is responsible for EHPC’s overall global strategy, and he is passionate about maintaining EHPC’s unique brand values and company culture.
11:30 - 12:30
Keynote presentation followed by in-the-round discussions
Otto Lindner – Chairman, Lindner Hotels AG
Chairman, Lindner Hotels AGOtto Lindner was born in Krefeld in 1962. He first started a pilot training in Germany and the US after graduating from Highschool 1982. After his military service 1984 Otto Lindner successfully finished his apprenticeship as a hotel managemenet assistant. Followed by his studies in business administration at the University of cologne. Since 1991 Otto Lindner, a graduate in business, has been the executive director of Lindner Hotels AG. He is also the spokesman for the Executive Board of Destination Düsseldorf. Since 2016, Lindner represents the hotel industry as the chairman of the German Hotel Association (IHA).
DACH In-the-round 1: Rollercoaster Hospitality – Are you ready for another downtrend?
Wolfgang Gattringer – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, partner for strategic consulting and successful management solutions for the hotel and tourism industry. Certified tourism manager with emphasis of process
Willy Weiland – Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbH
Managing Director, Solutions dot WG Hospitality Advisory Alliance GmbHManaging Director at Solutions dot WG GmbH, focusing on strategic Consulting and sucessful Management Solutions for the Hotel and tourism industry. He worked as Regional Director for one of the largest Hotel Groups worldwide and is member of various committees of different tourism organizations and advisory boards
DACH in the Round 2 : Entry Strategies for the “Closed Shop” Germany
Michael Lidl – TREUGAST Solutions Group
TREUGAST Solutions GroupMichael Lidl stems out from a family of true hoteliers. He has been with TREUGAST Solutions Group since 2009. In his position as executive partner, Mr. Lidl is managing the TREUGAST Unternehmensberatungsgesellschaft mbH since 2016. Beyond that, he is an active hotelier with a four-star superior golf and wellness hotel as well as a low-budget city hotel. As part of his academic curriculum, Michael Lidl holds a Bachelor's degree (BA) in Hospitality Management from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) and a Master's degree (MBA) in General Management from the University of Augsburg and the University of Pittsburgh. Today, Michael Lidl is lecturing at the University of Applied Sciences Munich as well as the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University
Alexander Trobitz – Head of Hotel Services, BNP Paribas Real Estate
Head of Hotel Services, BNP Paribas Real EstateAlexander Trobitz has been Head of Hotel Services at BNPPRE since the unit was founded in 2014. A qualified Hotel Management and Trading specialist and graduate in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.) as well as a Real Estate Economist, Trobitz has been active in various positions in the hotel real estate sector for around 15 years. In addition to providing consulting services and valuations of hotel properties and portfolios, he has focused since 2008 on transaction advisory and the leasing of hotel properties. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and since 2014 has accompanied transactions with a combined volume of around € 1,5bn.
Dennis Spitra – Director of Business Development, Hotels - STR
Director of Business Development, Hotels - STRDennis Spitra is Director of Business Development, Hotels at STR in London. Having discovered his passion for hospitality early, Dennis earned his BA in Hospitality Management from Hotelschool The Hague in 2012 before working in the luxury hospitality industry across Europe.
12:40 - 13:30
12:40 - 13:30
Breakout 25: Development
Hear from the most innovative new brands entering the hospitality market. A series of case studies assessed by an expert panel to be inspired from new concepts.
Michael Widmann – Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbH
Managing Partner, PKF hotelexperts GmbHBefore joining PKF hotelexperts, worked for Stouffer Hotels & Resorts in Seattle after a management training programme with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Singapore and Bangkok.
Panel of Judges:
Blanche van Berckel – Managing Director, BvB Hotel Management & Strategic Development
Blanche van Berckel
Managing Director, BvB Hotel Management & Strategic DevelopmentBlanche van Berckel is one of the leading authorities in hotel management and one of the few female entrepreneurs in hospitality today.
Tina Norden – Partner, Conran and Partners
Partner, Conran and PartnersTina is an interior designer and architect with a diverse portfolio stretching across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential. She is a Partner of Conran and Partners with studios in London, Brighton and Hong Kong.
Sarah Miller – Founder and CEO, Sarah Miller and Partners
Founder and CEO, Sarah Miller and PartnersSarah Miller, Luxury Brand Ambassador of The Wall Street Journal, runs Sarah Miller and Partners (www.sarahmillerandpartners.com), an independent agency that creates brand strategies, place-making, curation, storytelling, content and experiences for a range of cultural, luxury and lifestyle brands from The Beaumont, London and The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia to 67 Pall Mall Private Members Club, Bicester Village and Ian Schrager.
Sascha Gechter – Schulz Hotels
Schulz Hotels- Grew up in Berlin
Will Yell – Head of Voco, EMEAA, IHG
Head of Voco, EMEAA, IHGIn his six years at IHG, Will has occupied a range of Strategy, Brand Development and Implementation roles at a Global and Regional level. Most recently, Will has supported the development of voco, IHG’s new upscale conversion-led brand, with a focus on supporting go-to-market and owner engagement activity. In his new role, Will has overall responsibility for the growth and ramp up of the brand in IHG’s EMEAA region.
Rohan Thakkar – SVP, Development and Strategy (EMEA), Yotel
SVP, Development and Strategy (EMEA), Yotel
12:40 - 13:30
Breakout 26: Operational Models
Negotiating of a balanced franchise agreement that produces a win-win proposition for franchisee and franchisor.
Dr Mark Abell – Partner, Bird & Bird
Dr Mark Abell
Partner, Bird & BirdDr Mark Abell has over 35 years' experience of the hotel sector and the use of franchising in it in particular. His first work in the sector involved in advising Whitbread on its hotel portfolio back in the 1980's and over the years since then he has acted for a wide range of well-known US, European and Asian hotel brands, advising on their use of franchising as a key part of their global growth strategies.
In conversation with:
Helena Burstedt – Head of Hotels, Aliseda Inmobiliaria
Head of Hotels, Aliseda InmobiliariaHelena is currently heading up the Hotel department at Aliseda (owned by Blackstone and Bank Santander) in Spain, carrying out active asset management and/or disinvestment of the more than 60 owned hotels across Spain. Previously, Helena co-headed the Transaction Real Estate department at EY and led the Hotel Real Estate team, she has also worked at JLL and Knight Frank as well as run her own business, always in the hotel sector.
Max Cergneux – Senior Director of International Investments, Choice Hotels International
Senior Director of International Investments, Choice Hotels InternationalMax Cergneux is Head of International Investments and Portfolio Management at Choice Hotels International. He is responsible for the development of the international portfolio with a focus on achieving the company’s ambitious growth goals through investment-led deals, multi-unit transactions and strategic partnerships. His is also responsible in developing and maintaining relationships in the investment community worldwide.
Panos Loupasis – VP Development MEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
VP Development MEA, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Mehmet Onkal – Founding & Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting
Founding & Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality ConsultingMehmet is a graduate of Robert College of İstanbul, Turkey and has a BA in Accounting and Finance. In 1970 he joined London office of Arthur Andersen & Co., and five years later he opened the firm's İstanbul office.
12:40 - 13:30
A Place in the Sun: Is Greece Ready for More Investment? Examining how Greece’s economic recovery is boosting real estate investment, and the unique market conditions for investors, developers and operators
Alex Robinson – Senior Manager, Industry Partners – STR
Senior Manager, Industry Partners – STRAlex leads STR's AM:PM platform and is focused on scaling the product across STR’s global supply and pipeline databases. He began his career in New York, gaining experience in fixed income with Lazard, Merrill Lynch, and Scotia Capital. He then moved into the hospitality industry when he joined Expedia’s sales and development team, working in both their New York and San Francisco offices. Alex subsequently moved to London for HotelTonight, with responsibility of managing partnerships with global brands and industry organizations. He then joined STR in August 2016, and has since overseen the acquisition, integration, and global launch of the AM:PM platform.
Grigoris Stergioulis – Chairman and CEO, Enterprise Greece
Chairman and CEO, Enterprise GreeceGrigoris Stergioulis was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Greece in June 2018. He is a chemical engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Integrated Design from the Houldsworth School of Applied Sciences, University of Leeds in the UK, from where he graduated with distinction. He has extensive professional experience in the oil industry and has worked in various companies both in Greece and abroad.
Is Spain Europe’s Most Attractive Growth Market? Discussing the major players active in the Spanish hospitality market, what destinations are attracting most investment (Cities, coastal, islands?) and overcoming challenges including overtourism.
Sophie Colvin – Senior Business Development Manager, STR
Senior Business Development Manager, STRSophie has always been drawn to the hospitality industry and has held various positions in luxury properties in Europe and the United States.
Nicolás Lleixá – Chief Commercial Officer, Sercotel Hotels
Chief Commercial Officer, Sercotel HotelsNicolás Lleixà – Nicolas count with a bachelor Degree in business admistration and International trade Management from the University of Girona, and later on specialized in Marketing and Communication International Management. He also completed its background in well know spanish business schools, and got a Postgraduate Degree in Tourism Companies management at UOC, a Master’s Degree in Online business from Pompeu Fabra University, and finally a General Management program at IESE.
Off-Med Southern Europe: Investing in Portugal
What opportunities does Portugal offer for investors interested in leisure hospitality in Southern Europe?
Ana Mendes Godinho – Secretary of State of Tourism, Portugal
Ana Mendes Godinho
Secretary of State of Tourism, PortugalAna Mendes Godinho was appointed Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism in November 2015.
Nele Magi – Senior Account Manager STR
Senior Account Manager STRNele Magi is based in London and is responsible for managing relationships with STR’s key clients.
12:40 - 13:30
Breakout 27: Tech Hub
How can hospitality companies benefit from being involved in the tech start-up scene? Discussing partnerships between hospitality companies and the tech start-up scene to further innovation.
Ian Millar – Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
Manager of Inst. of Business Creativity & Senior, Ecole hôtelière de LausanneIan Millar’s double expertise in the areas of hospitality and information technology sets him at the forefront of new developments in the international hospitality industry.
In conversation with:
Carson Booth – Chief Executive Officer, SnapShot
Chief Executive Officer, SnapShotCarson Booth is the Chief Executive Officer of SnapShot GmbH, a leading hospitality data platform, and has recently joined the Company to help lead the next stage of growth. Just prior to joining SnapShot, Carson was active in the vibrant hospitality technology startup space, and previously served as the Global Vice President of Property Technology at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and concurrently as General Manager of Starwood’s International Licensing Company. Carson serves on several boards, including HTNG’s Vendor Advisory Council and HFTP Global Board of Directors, and is the former Chair of the HITEC Europe Advisory Council for its first 2 years. Carson lives in Berlin with his young family.
Timo Kettern – Director, IT, EVENT Hotels
Director, IT, EVENT HotelsTimo Kettern is an experienced Hotel Technology Expert. Timo has been involved in many large scale pan-European Technology Projects working with all major global brands.
Hampus Ljunggren – Head of Strategy, Travel Appeal
Head of Strategy, Travel AppealHampus has been involved in the strategic growth of Travel Appeal since beginning of 2017, and is now leading the International Business Development efforts. He is also in charge of Partnerships in International markets, as the company continues it's emphasis on growing their of strategic partnerships.
Florian Montag – Co-Founder, Hotelhero
Co-Founder, HotelheroFlorian is co-founder and CEO of Hotelhero since 2017. Hotelhero’s mission is to improve hoteliers understanding and adoption of technology to enable them to run more profitable businesses. The online platform enables hoteliers to make sense of their hotel software and receive actionable recommendations based on localised market data.
Wytze Van den Berg – Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Wytze Van den Berg
Managing Director Belgium & The Netherlands, Best Western Hotels & ResortsWytze is a hospitality veteran with over 20 years of experience in the International Hospitality industry. Wytze joined Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2006. Prior to this he held different roles with Accor hospitality in corporate marketing and revenue management. Currently Wytze oversees the Best Western territories of Belgium and The Netherlands where he is responsible for all of the services provided by Best Western to 50 branded Hotels. Besides providing best in class services to the existing hotels, his other key focus is the development and growth of brand family in the territory.
13:30 - 15:00
9-10- October 2019
29-31 October 2019
Exact dates and location to be confirmed in due course
25-26 April 2019