conference program

29TH
JAN

Monday

30TH
JAN

Tuesday

12:00 -

Registration



13:00 - 14:00

Speed networking



14:00 - 14:05

Opening welcome



Horwath HTL Hungary, HOTCO: Marius Gomola, Managing Director, Founder & Organiser

14:05 - 14:25

Geopolitical round-up & Economic overview



Corvinus University of Budapest: Péter Ákos Bod, Economist, Professor

14:25 - 14:50

The Age of Assistance - The future of travel by Google



Google: Stefan Trienen, Head of Vertical Search Travel

14:50 - 15:25

Greenfield: how to successfully develop hotel projects and create brand roll-out opportunities



Moderator: Horwath HTL Hungary, HOTCO: Marius Gomola, Managing Director, Founder & Organiser

Immochan Hungary: Philippe Beurtheret, General Manager
Marriott International: Markus Lehnert, Regional Vice President Development
B&L Gruppe: Andreas Gross, Head of Hotel Investment
German Real Estate Advisors: Dr. Frank Rackensperger, CEO

15:25 - 16:00

Blockchain disrupting distribution, will it be the first real contender to OTAs?



Moderator: Nomad Advisory: Luke Bujarski, CEO & Co-founder

Winding Tree: Max Izmaylov, Entrepreneur

16:00 - 16:25

Coffee break



16:25 - 16:45

Overview of CEE and Caucasus



Horwath HTL Hungary: Attila Radvánszki, Associate Director
Horwath HTL: Siniša Topalović, Managing Partner

16:45 - 17:20

Brands - How they stay vital in the era of disruption?



Moderator: Hilton: Jean-Paul Herzog, Former President Middle East & Africa -

Hilton: Marybelle Arnett, Vice President, Development, Central and Eastern Europe
Marriott International: Silvija Lovreta, Director SEE International Hotel Development
Deutsche Hospitality: Murat Yilmaz, Vice President Business development
Wyndham: Christian Michel, Vice President Development

17:20 - 17:45

Trailblazers of the Silk Road nations and why they are attractive for hotel investment



Moderator: T3 Hospitality Manager: Keti Mikashavidze, Business Development Manager

AccorHotels Russia, Georgia & CIS: Alexis Delaroff, Chief Operating Officer
Hyatt International (EAME) LLC: Takuya Aoyama, Vice President Acquisitions & Development
PMD Group: Haji E. Gurbanov, Deputy CEO Business Development

17:45 - 18:10

Story of the largest hotel transaction in CEE: how to achieve €169m selling a hotel complex



Elbit imaging Group: Ron Hadassi, Chairman

18:10 -

Opening reception



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