Florian Sengstschmid, holds a degree in tourism and sociology and has working in almost every field within the tourism sector over the past 18 years. He started his professional career within the private sector, initially as an incoming and incentive operator in Austria before working for an international luxury brand 5 stars-hotel as its sales and marketing director. Some years later he joined the Vienna Tourist Board and set up and led its marketing department for Central and Eastern Europe. In 1999 he joined the Austrian National Tourist Board as their regional director for Russia and CIS countries. Whilst in Moscow he also worked as a Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy before returning to Vienna to run several departments of the Austrian National Tourist Board. Since 2005 he has concentrated on supporting public bodies engaged in tourism promotion and destination management. His work has included acting as the personal adviser to the President of the European Travel Commission and to the CEO at the Austrian Tourist Board. He has advised the Hungarian Tourist Board on destination management, various organisations on regional tourism development and has acted as Project Leader in EU Twinning Project to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Azerbaijan. Currently he is advising on the national tourism strategy for Estonia and the United Nations – UNIDO on a poverty alleviation and community re-vitalization program in Iran and the Vietnam National Tourism Authority on product development and branding. His key asset is his wide base of experience and different perspectives on tourism development combined with his strong strategic and very operational approach. He has built up a strong international network of tourism professionals able to provide know-how transfer and benchmarking. In additional he is actively involved in on-going psychological and sociological research in various fields.
Alexeï is heading Booking.com Partner Services in Eastern Europe - from Czech Republic to Russia, including Ukraine, Baltic States and Georgia. Under his leadership, local teams have been experiencing a tremendous growth and were happy to see an increase in Partner satisfaction. Being closely in contact with headquarters in Amsterdam, a crucial part of his role is to make sure the company's big picture and strategy is known and shared within local offices. Before taking this opportunity in early 2017, he was Managing Director at Dreamlines, a leading cruise OTA based in Hamburg, Germany, and led it from start-up to market leader positions in Russia, Italy and France. Prior to these responsibilities in online travel industry, Alexeï held different Director positions in fashion retail - among others, launched the French clothing brand "Kiabi" in Russia. Alexeï graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and has been working as a Strategy Consultant in Paris until 2009.
Tom Jenkins is the CEO of the European Tourism Association (ETOA), whose purpose is to promote a fair business environment for European tourism. ETOA represents over 1,200 tour operators and suppliers from over 50 countries, who deliver more than €12 billion of business annually within Europe. Under Tom’s stewardship, ETOA’s scope of activity has broadened considerably; he has built close relationships with numerous legislators and other trade bodies at European, national and local levels. He regularly lobbies on our members’ behalf on our core legislative issues of visas, destination engagement, taxation and the Package Travel Directive. He has been responsible for championing tourist access to historic cities, for initiating a Europe-wide coach safety code and for leading a campaign that successfully blocked changes to EU VAT legislation that would have jeopardised 5,000 tourism jobs in Europe. Tom is often called upon by a variety of media including BBC TV, GMTV, CNN, CNBC & Radios 4 & 5, where he is vocal on topics such as visa facilitation, capacity management, the sharing economy and Brexit. Before taking the reins at ETOA, Tom held a number of management positions at American Express, ultimately being responsible for the company’s inbound leisure travel for scheduled tours, independent vacations and customised itineraries. There, he launched a fully integrated computerised booking system, developed the first interactive digital brochure and managed a corps of 350 tour managers operating throughout Europe. Prior to joining American Express he spent 5 years as a tour guide working for American Express and Thomas Cook. Tom graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English & History. Following this, he helped start Galleries Magazine and embarked on two years post-graduate research at London University’s Courtauld Institute. He is married with two grown-up children.
Martin Kleinmann is the newly appointed CEO of Absheron Hotel Group, the leading hotel management company in Azerbaijan. Martin has a proven executive management track record, bringing more than twenty years of international experience leading luxury hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Martin joined AHG from his previous assignment as the General Manager of JW Marriott Absheron here in Baku, Azerbaijan for the past 5 years. Prior to his arrival in Azerbaijan he was General Manager for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company leading hotels in Bahrain, Cairo / Egypt, Istanbul / Turkey and Shenzhen / China. A hotel career of over 23 years spreading across many countries Martin had international and luxury experience with hotel brands such as InterContinental, Raffles, The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott. Martin earned a BS degree in Hospitality Management at the Hotel Business School Bad Überkingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany as well as numerous certifications from Cornell University. His new role as the CEO of the Absheron Hotel Group represents a perfect culmination of his experience and interest.
Jens Zimmer Christensen - Danish Citizen President of HOTREC since January 2019, member of the board of HOTREC (EXCOM) since 2016 Chairman of HORESTA, Denmark since 2009. Member of the Board since 2001 Chairman of Hotel Stars Union (HSU) since January 2018 Owner and manager of Hotel Maritime, Copenhagen, Denmark since 1994 Member of the Board of The Confederation of Danish Employers since 2009 – and Executive Committee since 2018 Member of the Danish Tourism Growth Council since 2012 Member of the Board of the Bureau for Danish Travel Awards since 2009 Member of the Danish Intelligence Council since 2009 Chairman of Danish Insurance and Management Company since 2003 Expert Judge at the Maritime and Commercial Court in Copenhagen 2004 - 2017 Knight of the Danish order of Dannebrog, first grade (R.1)
Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1965, Ivica completed his academic education with a Master’s Degree at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. He entered the hospitality industry by starting his own hotel consulting company in 1999, specializing in hotel property evaluations and business turnarounds in Croatia. In 2007 he joined Marriott International to turn his efforts toward developing new projects, and since the beginning of 2012 Ivica is in charge of developing new Marriott projects in the Eastern European region.
Moscow, February 20, 2018 – Amadeus, the world's leading supplier of innovative technology solutions for the global travel and airline industries, announced that Leonid Marmer has been appointed as Head of Retail for Russia and Eastern Europe. In this new post, Leonid will be responsible for driving Amadeus Travel Channels business throughout 11 countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel, and will take the formal responsibility for ACO Russia as General Director. His goals in the new post include improving the efficiency of agency distribution, collaborating with industry partners and the development of the strategic advantages of Amadeus in the region. Leonid graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Technology in Kaunas (Lithuania), specializing in Systems Engineering. He has many years of experience in information technology, marketing, aviation and tourism. He held various leadership positions in many regions of Russia and abroad. He was the head of TAL Aviation company in Moscow for six years, representing the interests of the 11 largest international travel companies and airlines in Russia and CIS, including American Airlines, AirEuropa, Bangkok Airways, Qantas, Germania and others. In his previous role, during the last four years he was the head of “Intourist”, the oldest travel company in Russia, part of the largest international travel group Thomas Cook. His responsibilities included the inbound tourism and corporate services segments. Under his leadership, the company retained its leading positions as the largest tour operators, working with international travellers, and strengthened its brand in the domestic and international markets. Leonid is a recognized industry leader and a speaker at the largest professional conferences in Russia and abroad.
Moscow-born Vladimir has over 20 years of Development experience, and a wealth of expertise in Russian and CIS real estate markets. He has Masters Degree in Construction Management. During his time working for a large private bank Vladimir developed a network of retail branches and various mixed-use office complexes across Moscow, Russia as well as Hotels on the south of Turkey. With the Russian-British JV he developed multifunctional office and retail complexes in Moscow. In his first Development Director role, he pioneered the Russian network for the pharmaceutical retail brand, “Apteki 36,6”. Since 1999 as Development Director Russia & CIS of Accor Mr. Ilichev successfully developed several Hotel projects in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Omsk and other regions of Russia and Ukraine. Since 2008 Vladimir Ilichev is joined Hilton Worldwide and actively working on the development of Hilton hotels in Russia & CIS countries. Now Company open and operates 24 hotels in Russia and 34 in Russia&CIS (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belorussia). More than 25 hotel projects are in the pipeline
Andrew van der Feltz Senior Director, Business Development, Expedia Group Media Solutions Andrew van der Feltz is a senior director of business development for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions at Expedia Group Media Solutions. His team works closely with agencies, destination marketing organizations, hotel and airline partners on advertising opportunities and campaigns across the portfolio of Expedia Group brands. Prior to joining Expedia, Andy was the director of business development and operations at the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) since April 2011. Prior to this, he also worked at NBTC in the London office as country manager for the UK and Ireland. He started his career at NBTC as marketing manager, after his role as an international marketing manager at VisitScotland. Andy studied Marketing and French in Scotland, continued his postdoc education at the Institute of Marketing in Edinburgh, and attended the Executive Educational Programme in General Management at the London Business School.
In Moscow since 1995, David Jenkins joined the Radisson Hotel Group in 2015 as Vice President Business Development for the region covering Russia, Baltics, CIS, Ukraine, Georgia, Balkans and Israel. This followed on from a 10-year period as one of the most respected hotel consultants in the Russian market with JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ and Horwath. Prior to consulting, David spent 8 years with Interstate in Moscow working for the Marriott properties. David has a degree in Hospitality Management and now has over 25 years of experience in the industry from operations, consulting and development.
Mr. Philippe Bone was born in France in 1969. In 1993 he graduated from году l’Ecole nationale des travaux publics de l’Etat in Lyon, France with a Diploma in civil engineering with double major in construction and international trade. After graduation from the university he occupied different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France. From 2002 to 2007 Mr. Bone worked as Commercial Attaché for Construction, Transport and Environmental Issues in the French Embassy in Moscow. Mr. Bone works in AссorHotels since 2007 in the position of VP Development and is responsible for definition of AссorHotels development strategy in Russia, Georgia and the CIS, search for business partners and investors and project following from signing of Hotel Management Agreements until hotel opening.
Sergey Egorov is responsible for growth and business development for both Wyndham Hotel Group and Resort Condominiums International across Russia and CIS. Mr. Egorov is based in Moscow executing strategic plans for expansion Wyndham Hotel Group brands in Russia and CIS Sergey graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics and a Masters’ Degree in Hospitality, and has a wealth of experience in the hotel operation and development business in Russia, Asia, Europe and Africa. Sergey is working in hospitality business over 19 years; He started out in the business working within the hotel development team for Absolute Development Corporation in Spain, Montenegro and Thailand. He has held several executive posts in the resort development and hotel management industry. Outside of work, his hobbies are free diving and spearfishing in blue deep water.
Takuya Aoyama is Vice President - Development with Hyatt International (EAME) LLC, responsible for expanding Hyatt’s portfolio of brands in Russia & CIS, Ukraine, Georgia, CEE and the Baltics, Greece, Turkey and Israel. Prior to joining Hyatt in 2008, he worked as Assistant Vice President, Acquisitions & Development – Japan, Korea & Micronesia, with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Takuya has been working in the field of real estate and hotel development since early ‘90’s, and held positions with companies including Saison Group (former owner of InterContinental Hotels), Holiday Inn Worldwide and Andersen, focusing on projects in Central and Eastern Europe.
Alexis Feuillat is French, but has lived and worked in the former Soviet Union region since 2001. He studied history at the Sorbonne University in Paris and holds an MBA degree from the Moscow State University. Alexis joined InterContinental Group (IHG) from AccorHotels, where he has been working for 8 years as Project Manager in the Technical Department overseeing technical support for the hotels design, construction, interior design, equipment and opening and as Deputy Development Director for the last 5 years. Currently Alexis Feuillat works at IHG as Development Director for Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, CIS & Baltics. IHG is one of the key international hotel operators in the region with 32 managed and franchised hotels and with a pipeline of 20 hotels to open in the next 3 years.
Adam Konieczny joined Louvre Hotels Group in May 2017 as a Development Director for Poland and Eastern Europe. His goal is to develop the brands of the group through franchise, management and lease contracts in the region. Previously he was a Country Head Poland at Christie & Co. Based in Warsaw, he was responsible for identifying hotel opportunities across Poland and CEE for the development and expansion of the company in the region. He has been involved in a number of advisory and valuation assignments as well as operator search and section processes. In 2016 Adam was involved in sale of two 4-star hotels in Wrocław and Gdańsk on behalf of an American fund. Prior to Christie & Co, Adam worked several years as a Senior Consultant in the hospitality area, at DTZ´s (now Cushman & Wakefield) hospitality department in Warsaw. Adam Konieczny has a Master of Arts in Mangement from Warsaw School of Economics and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He also obtained a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Invesments and Asset Management from Cornell University. Adam is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
After hitchhiking to Afghanistan from London, via an unplanned few months in the Greek Islands, Richard had caught the travel ‘bug’. He has now spent over 35 years in hospitality, media companies and service industries. He’s visited 87 countries - working in seven of them, including 11 years in the UAE. Senior roles: MD Preferred Hotel Group EMEA; VP CNN International; Director Le Meridien Hotels; CEO Best Western Hotels GB; CEO Whisper Hotels; and CEO Landmark Hotels. He has a deep understanding of Digital Transformation and Disruptive Innovation after helping to pioneer changing travel booking patterns with WorldRes in the late 1990s and launching Clickworker’s crowdsourcing platform in the UK in 2010. Along the way, he invented a word game, launched by Hasbro as Boggle Master!
Over 20 years in Hotel Sales, Marketing, Revenue and Distribution, Rob has worked for a range of brands including international chains like Accor Hotels through to local Boutique lifestyle brands such as Malmaison and Hotel du Vin. Over the last 5 years Rob has managed a number of Hotel brand transformational programs including a major technology overhaul at Village Hotels where they completely built a Hotel technology stack from ground up in a legacy brand. At the end of 2017 Rob was appointed CEO of Best Western UK and has grown the groups presence with record new hotel acquisitions. The record growth is underpinned by a range of new brands and award winning, innovative technology platform
Onur Kurc launched his hospitality career in 1995 and has worked on several hotels as well as different positions and he has been working hotel development since 2007. In 2012, he joined the AccorHotels as a developer and he is responsible for hotel development of AccorHotels Brands from luxury to economic segments in Turkey. Now he is working as a VP Development and in charge of Turkey and Azerbaijan at AccorHotels. His previous position was a Vice President Finance at Servus International Hotel Development and Consulting Company which is based in Istanbul. He is a graduate of the Tourism & Hotel High School in Istanbul and Tourism & Hotel Management Faculty in Ankara Turkey
Appointed Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland in 2009, Adrian has significantly increased RAI membership as well as established a National Restaurants Awards program, in the form of The Irish Restaurants Awards, now in its 11th Year. With a keen interest in politics and current affairs, Adrian has played a dominant role in lobbying for issues that impact the Restaurant Sector and in particular the cost of doing business and being an employer in Ireland. Adrian is currently lobbying for the re-introduction of CERT, the Council for Education, Recruitment and Training for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. Adrian currently sits on the National Hospitality Skills Forum and the Steering Group for the development of a National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme and is the Industry lead for the development of the Chef de Partie and Sous Chef apprenticeships. Through his work in the RAI, Adrian has also founded the annual Foodie Destinations Award - a competition highlighting and recognising the excellent produce, restaurants, talents and foodie destinations that the island of Ireland has to offer. At European level, Adrian represents Ireland at HOTREC, the hospitality industry lobby group in the EU. Adrian has chaired the Food Taskforce since 2012 and in October 2018 was elected Treasurer of Hospitality Europe - HOTREC.
Maad Hospitality Towers, Maad International's first development, is one of Mecca's most prominent projects in close proximity of the Holy Kaabah and consisting of 21 towers of 4 and 5 star hotels and serviced apartments. The first phase is slated for completion in Q1 2019 and will be branded and managed by one of the world's major hotel operators.
Dr Ray F. Iunius is the author of various academic and professional articles published by journals in the management of services, technology, and innovation. He is also the author of a number of books such as « Industrie de l’accueil », « Hôtellerie de Luxe », « La gestion des spas », “Un Hôtel, un modèle ?” in de Boeck editions and co-author of the “Lausanne Report on the future of Hospitality Industry.” He is the founder of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (EHLITE), the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INTEHL), the Students Business Projects (SBP), the EHLITE magazine, and the Chair of Innovation Paul Dubrule. Ray earns a BSc, MS and PhD in Technical Sciences from the University of Transylvania Brasov and an MBA and PhD from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the Lausanne University. He is currently Director of Business Development at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, an Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Swiss Hotel Association company.
Zdenek is the Chief Business Development Officer at Kiwi.com, a position he has held since January 2017. His experience includes completing exchange programs in Finland, France and Russia as part of both his Bachelor’s and Master’s studies, and working as part of large corporations such as L'Oréal, Nintendo and Amazon. In 2014, Zdenek joined a travel startup called Clickbus as a Business Development Lead and was tasked with executing the expansion of a bus metasearch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In August 2014, Zdenek was asked to join Kiwi.com, then known as Skypicker, and went on to help build the company from scratch. He started as the first business developer in the company and drove the B2B2C global expansion. Currently, Zdenek manages a team of 40 professionals, pushing Kiwi.com and its Virtual Interlining technology through the travel industry.
A marketing consultant and an educator with over 20 years of teaching and consulting experience in prestigious Swiss Hotel and Business Schools as well as British and American Universities. He was an adjunct professor at SBS Swiss Business School, Florida International University, Schiller International University, IHTTI School of Hotel Management and Glion Institute of Higher Education. In addition, he has over 15 years of managerial and marketing experience in luxury hotels, resorts and tour operators in the Middle East and Switzerland. He is a graduate of SSTH Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality and holds a joint M.Sc. degree with the Imperial College of London. He is pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration degree (DBA) at Heriot-Watt University with a specialisation in services marketing.
Professional and business experience: Chairman of the New Branches Subcommittee EAZ International Wine & Food Society, Chairman of Moscow (National) based Russian Branch of the IWFS; Vice president of the Federation of Restaurateurs & Hoteliers of Russia for gastronomy tourism and cooperation with international organizations; President of the National Association of Guardians of the gastronomy heritage and tourism "Family Hearth"; Member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Gastronomy Network; Member of the UNWTO Silk Road Task Force; Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the "Russian Gastronomy Weeks" project; Member of the Board of Trustees of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia; Member of the Russian-Mexican Joint Commission on cultural cooperation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Member of the Board for standardization of cultural-cognitive tourist route "The Golden Ring of Russia" under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation; Member of International union of non-governmental organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly";
Alex Morriss is Director of Business Development, Middle East, Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), the B2B division of Expedia Group. In this role, Alex drives EPS’s business across the region by defining its Middle East sales strategy and areas of focus, securing key partnerships and diversifying EPS’s client portfolio across multiple travel segments. Alex is an EPS veteran with over 10 years’ experience, serving in a variety of business development roles for the business. Prior to EPS, Alex worked for Expedia’s corporate travel brand, Egencia, with the inside sales team and First Protocol Event Management as sales and marketing executive
Parviz Azerelli has been a business developer for more than 15 years and has been instrumental in marketing and development of more than 100 companies. As a business development specialist, he has been involved in building international relations and business processes with in more than 40 countries. Graduated from China's Tsinghua University, had exchange programs with the German Academy of Export and USA Institutions. Achieved successful results of 5 star hotels in Azerbaijan - developed and implemented “Galaalti Hotel Spa” and “Chinar hotel”s growth strategy. Implemented new sales formulas in the hospitality sphere of Azerbaijan. Moreover, as a head of the Azerbaijan Farmers Association, he is the main initiator of Eco-tourism programs in the country.