Leaders in Hospitality

CEE hotel sector continues to boom, with investment levels expected to exceed EUR 800m by year end 2018. With increased number of new hotel openings, new brands coming to region and extensive refurbishment requirements for the existing properties, the CEE Market is becoming a lucrative region for hospitality suppliers. The hotel industry in Romania has grown over the past 5 years by almost 40 % with a turnover of more than Euro 1,13 billion in 2017 and estimates of 2018 developments show that the hotel sector reached over Euro 1.24 billion.

Leaders in Hospitality Summit pioneered, and has been on the forefront for last 8 years proudly supporting, promoting and educating region’s hospitality industry. Bringing together top stakeholders from the regional hospitality industry, the summit, Offers industry leaders a unique opportunity to discuss business strategies, tackle challenges, source solutions for their current and future properties, shaping the future of the industry.

Leaders in Hospitality Series Speakers

  • Geoff Andrew

    Chief Executive Officer

    WorldHotels

  • Dimitris Manikis

    President EMEA

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

  • Gilles Clavie

    President of the Management Board & CEO

    Orbis SA & ACCOR Eastern Europe

  • Calin Ile

    President of FIHR, Romanian Federation of Hotel Industry

    General Manager IBIS Hotels

  • Philipp Weghmann

    Executive Vice President, Europe

    Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Matthieu Beaugrard

    Managing Director Switzerland & CEE

    B&B Hotels

  • Monika Moser

    Regional Managing Director

    WILSON ASSOCIATES

  • Georg Schlegel

    Managing Director Germany & Central Europe

    Choice Hotels

  • Sebastien Denier

    Vice President of International Operations - Subsidiaries, Louvre Hotels Group

  • Alexei Matouchkine

    Regional Manager Eastern Europe

    Booking.com

  • Tess Mattisson

    Director of European Marketing

    Choice Hotels International

  • Murat Yilmaz

    VP Business Development

    Deutsche Hospitality

  • Tamás Flesch

    Managing Director & Owner

    Continental Group Kft

  • Sabina Bartyzel

    Area General Manager Hungary

    AccorHotels

  • Ascan Kókai

    Senior Director of Development & Asset Management Northern Europe, UK & Africa

    NH Hotel Group

  • Peter Kerek

    Deputy Managing Director

    Accent Hotel Management Kft.

  • Dr. Ákos Niklai

    Vice-President HOTREC

    Honorary President, Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association

  • Marius Sucală-Cuc

    General Manager

    Hotel Snagov Club

  • Zoltan Roy Zsidai

    CEO & Managing Director

    The Zsidai Group

  • Event news

    Exclusive Interview With Geoff Andews, CEO, Worldhotels

    Explore hospitality insights together with our speaker and one of the top world's hospitality leaders, Geoff Andrews, CEO, WorldHotels

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    The Federation of Hotel Industry in Romania Endorsed Leaders in Hospitality Summit

    As the number of operation hotels in Romania is expected to grow, FIHR endorses Leaders in Hospitality Summit, recognizing it key role in hotel sector development in the region

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    NFON GmbH will sponsor Leaders in Hospitality again in 2019.

    After a successful inaugural sponsorship of recent Leaders in Hospitality 2018 that took place in Budapest, NFON returns for 2019 edition

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    Federation of Romanian Hotel Industry Endorsed Leaders in Hospitality Summit

    Federation of Romanian Hotel Industry Endorsed Leaders in Hospitality Summit which will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October 2019 in Bucharest, Romania.

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    ANTIK Technology confirms its participation as one of the sponsors

    ANTIK Technology is EU based company dedicated to development, production & distribution of IPTV hardware and software for Telco operators, OTT content providers and Hotels.

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    Gustaffo reconfirms it sponsorship of Leaders in Hospitality Summit for the second year in a row

    "We are excited to sponsor this year’s Hospitality CEE-CIS summit where so many leaders and key influencers are gathering” Thorsten Guggenberger CEO, Gustaffo Digital Service GmbH, Austria

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    Mikropo confirms to sponsor Leaders in Hospitality Summit

    25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
    Due to the 25 year market experiences, high-level professional background, highly qualified staff and our partner global companies’
    supportment, Mikropo has been a determing charact

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    Testimonials

  • Richard Proidl

    Head of Direct Sales AT, NFON GmbH

    "Leaders in Hospitality is a great platform for networking opportunities with industry leaders. Many new contacts were established and existing ones refreshed. Due to the fact that the participation at the event was highly positive for us in 2018, we've already registered for the upcoming event in October 2019.“

  • Calin Ile

    President, Romania Federation of Hotel Industry & General Manager, IBIS Hotels

    ”Leaders in Hospitality Summit is a great opportunity for me and for the entire industry to put in spotlight the beauty of Hospitality and the major role it has in the region, to see the great perspectives arise for one of the biggest industry in the world, and to realize the responsibility we have to design the future of Hospitality in a sustainable manner.”

  • Dimitris Manikis

    President & Managing Director Europe/Middle East/Eurasia/Africa Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

    "Leaders in Hospitality is a great platform for networking opportunities with industry leaders. Many new contacts were established and existing ones refreshed. Due to the fact that the participation at the event was highly positive for us in 2018, we've already registered for the upcoming event in October 2019.“

  • Vaclav Matz

    Partner, Channels Sales Leaders EE, Honeywell

    "Getting access to the market out here is not easy so this event is really going to expose to some very interesting people to take our business in the direction we want long-term. We've met very high -profile individuals - those we wouldn't have met before and we have actually picked up some very good quality inquiries."

  • Akos Kulcsar

    Sales Representative, Wall Concept

    "It was our pleasure to participate in Leaders in Hospitality summit, as this event created a basis for the representatives of hotel industry and the service providers connected to this industry to meet personally. For Wall Concept Ltd as distributor of wall-coverings and floor coverings, it proved really useful. We hope this event will mean the start of new fruitful cooperation."

  • Edouard Dumas

    CEO, La Compagnie Dumas

    I was very honored to be invited to the Leaders in Hospitality, it was a very rewarding event. I particularly appreciated how much the luxury vision of the bedding according to Dumas Paris is in line with the vision of the leaders in hospitality, I hope to return to the next event

  • Philipp Whegmann

    Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels Group

    "I enjoy Leaders in Hospitality a lot. The "quality¨ of the attendees is extremely good. We made valuable contacts."

  • Thorsten Guggenberger

    CEO, Gustaffo

    "We are excited to sponsor this year's Hospitality CEE CIS Summit where so many leaders and key influences are gathering."

  • Irek Weglowski

    President - Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry & Vice President, Orbis SA

    "In more challenging business environments it is always good to listen to experts and to participate in debates on our industry That is why the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry IGHP welcomes the Leaders in Hospitality CEE amp CIS Summit as an important industry event that gathers hotel experts to share the most recent information on regional trends and challenges for the future I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me here It s a great platform to exchange ideas and current trends it is an important and unique event"

  • Christopher Cox

    Regional Director Central & Eastern Europe - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

    "I think such an event is very important for the hospitality industry in the region which is definitely a very important region with unlimited potential I definitely like the structure and it needs a good ratio and combination of panel discussion and guest speakers I really appreciated that I was invited and enjoyed the Summit and will definitely be pleased to come back"

  • Inge Huijbrechts

    Vice President - Responsible Business The Rezidor Hotel Group

    "The Hotel Industry has a responsibility to reduce its carbon energy and water footprint to ensure a sustainable future for tourism in mature and emerging markets At Carlson Rezidor we ensure sustainability through Think Planet minimizing the environmental footprint of hotels in operation and embedding sustainability in new hotels The Leaders in Hospitality Summit is key because it brings together precisely those leaders in hotel development to ensure the sustainability and profitability of the hotel industry and its destinations in the long run"

  • Ivona Meissner

    Director - Western Central Europe, Best Western

    "The hotel industry sector in this region needs annual events like this for attuned people to meet under one roof to discuss - to find elucidation to our concerns and walk away enriched like I did from this event"

  • Hans Koch

    President - European Hotel Managers Association

    "I would like to thank International Business Council for creating such an interesting event which has so many great ideas Good luck for the next event I look forward to being a part of it again"

  • Christian de Barrin

    CEO HOTREC The Umbrella Association of Hotels - Restaurants and Cafes in Europe

    "Leaders in Hospitality Summit has been extremely positive both in terms of content and in terms of networking Thank you very much International Business Council for such an interesting event where the future of the hospitality industry in Europe and worldwide is being set I look forward to participating in your next event in Hungary"

  • Testimonials

  • Richard Proidl

    Head of Direct Sales AT, NFON GmbH

    "Leaders in Hospitality is a great platform for networking opportunities with industry leaders. Many new contacts were established and existing ones refreshed. Due to the fact that the participation at the event was highly positive for us in 2018, we've already registered for the upcoming event in October 2019.“

  • Calin Ile

    President, Romania Federation of Hotel Industry & General Manager, IBIS Hotels

    ”Leaders in Hospitality Summit is a great opportunity for me and for the entire industry to put in spotlight the beauty of Hospitality and the major role it has in the region, to see the great perspectives arise for one of the biggest industry in the world, and to realize the responsibility we have to design the future of Hospitality in a sustainable manner.”

  • Dimitris Manikis

    President & Managing Director Europe/Middle East/Eurasia/Africa Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

    "Leaders in Hospitality is a great platform for networking opportunities with industry leaders. Many new contacts were established and existing ones refreshed. Due to the fact that the participation at the event was highly positive for us in 2018, we've already registered for the upcoming event in October 2019.“

  • Vaclav Matz

    Partner, Channels Sales Leaders EE, Honeywell

    "Getting access to the market out here is not easy so this event is really going to expose to some very interesting people to take our business in the direction we want long-term. We've met very high -profile individuals - those we wouldn't have met before and we have actually picked up some very good quality inquiries."

  • Akos Kulcsar

    Sales Representative, Wall Concept

    "It was our pleasure to participate in Leaders in Hospitality summit, as this event created a basis for the representatives of hotel industry and the service providers connected to this industry to meet personally. For Wall Concept Ltd as distributor of wall-coverings and floor coverings, it proved really useful. We hope this event will mean the start of new fruitful cooperation."

  • Edouard Dumas

    CEO, La Compagnie Dumas

    I was very honored to be invited to the Leaders in Hospitality, it was a very rewarding event. I particularly appreciated how much the luxury vision of the bedding according to Dumas Paris is in line with the vision of the leaders in hospitality, I hope to return to the next event

  • Philipp Whegmann

    Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels Group

    "I enjoy Leaders in Hospitality a lot. The "quality¨ of the attendees is extremely good. We made valuable contacts."

  • Thorsten Guggenberger

    CEO, Gustaffo

    "We are excited to sponsor this year's Hospitality CEE CIS Summit where so many leaders and key influences are gathering."

  • Irek Weglowski

    President - Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry & Vice President, Orbis SA

    "In more challenging business environments it is always good to listen to experts and to participate in debates on our industry That is why the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry IGHP welcomes the Leaders in Hospitality CEE amp CIS Summit as an important industry event that gathers hotel experts to share the most recent information on regional trends and challenges for the future I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me here It s a great platform to exchange ideas and current trends it is an important and unique event"

  • Christopher Cox

    Regional Director Central & Eastern Europe - Preferred Hotels & Resorts

    "I think such an event is very important for the hospitality industry in the region which is definitely a very important region with unlimited potential I definitely like the structure and it needs a good ratio and combination of panel discussion and guest speakers I really appreciated that I was invited and enjoyed the Summit and will definitely be pleased to come back"

  • Inge Huijbrechts

    Vice President - Responsible Business The Rezidor Hotel Group

    "The Hotel Industry has a responsibility to reduce its carbon energy and water footprint to ensure a sustainable future for tourism in mature and emerging markets At Carlson Rezidor we ensure sustainability through Think Planet minimizing the environmental footprint of hotels in operation and embedding sustainability in new hotels The Leaders in Hospitality Summit is key because it brings together precisely those leaders in hotel development to ensure the sustainability and profitability of the hotel industry and its destinations in the long run"

  • Ivona Meissner

    Director - Western Central Europe, Best Western

    "The hotel industry sector in this region needs annual events like this for attuned people to meet under one roof to discuss - to find elucidation to our concerns and walk away enriched like I did from this event"

  • Hans Koch

    President - European Hotel Managers Association

    "I would like to thank International Business Council for creating such an interesting event which has so many great ideas Good luck for the next event I look forward to being a part of it again"

  • Christian de Barrin

    CEO HOTREC The Umbrella Association of Hotels - Restaurants and Cafes in Europe

    "Leaders in Hospitality Summit has been extremely positive both in terms of content and in terms of networking Thank you very much International Business Council for such an interesting event where the future of the hospitality industry in Europe and worldwide is being set I look forward to participating in your next event in Hungary"

    • What To Expect

    • 100 Senior Decision Makers
    • 20 Hours of Networking
    • 30 International Presenters
    • Advance Notice of Attendees
    • One to One Meetings
    • Regional & International Media Coverage
    • Controversial Debate
    • Breakthrough Presentations

      What To Expect

    • Build new business connections & partnership
    • Unveil new opportunities & secure multi - million Euro projects
    • Maximize your market exposure and strengthen existing business relations
    • Reinforce your market position
    • Be prepared to see new ideas and fresh perspectives to the real challenges you face day to day
    • Get inspired by hospitality – learn about the most innovative projects, breakthrough practices and technology
    • Generate quality business leads through high level introductions and meetings with the region’s key decision makers
    • Meet business figures, industry visionaries, celebrities and regional leaders

      What To Expect

    • Hospitality & Tourism Market Development & Economic Landscape
    • Investor Outlook Spotlight on the Hottest Markets & New Business Segment Development
    • Design & Architecture & Marketing to New Demographics & Building Brand Identity
    • F&B Strategy & Innovation in Hospitality
    • Tech Innovation & Investing in Technology
    • Achieving Your Hotel’s Business Goals Tackling Your Hotel’s Biggest Rocks
    • Managing Competition Creating Unique & Meaningful Experiences
    • Recruitment & Talent Management
    • Security & Crisis Management - Global security threats and concerns
    • Online Influencers & OTA’s strategy - Competition from the sharing economy including Airbnb
    • Social Media & Marketing

    Hospitality Talk

    Hospitality News from Around the World

    Accor / Orbis to open 10 new properties in Romania by 2022

    Orbis Hotel Group, the largest network of hotels in Eastern Europe, has announced plans to expand its portfolio in Romania with a further 10 properties by 2022.

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    JW Marriott hotel in Bucharest moves into profit area

    SCHG, the company that manages the five-star hotel JW Marriott Hotel in Romania’s capital city, one of the largest players in the hotel market, and the Grand Avenue shopping gallery at the ground floor of the hotel, posted a turnover of RON 133 million (EUR 28.6 mln) in 2018, up 4% compared to the previous year.

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    Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest Officially Joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, following major restoration and full-scale renovation. The hotel is managed by Mellow Mood Hotels. It features 110 guestrooms and is situated on Ferenciek Square, between the River Danube and the bustling city center.

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    RADISSON BLU MAKES ITS DEBUT IN THE HEART OF POLAND’S TATRA MOUNTAINS

    Radisson Blu, the upper upscale hotel brand that delivers a positive and personalized service in stylish spaces, is proud to announce the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane at the foothills of the Tatras Mountains in Poland. The first Radisson Blu property to arrive in this popular resort town, the hotel is part of Radisson Hotel Group’s strategic expansion plans for Central & Southern Europe.

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    Rising Tourist Visits Attracting Hotel Developers

    As tourist visits to Hungary and Budapest continue to rise, developers and hotel operators see the potential for more hotel development

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    Real estate investment still on the rise

    Total real estate investment volumes in Poland reached EUR 3,246 mln in the first half of the year – up 113 pct y-o-y, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

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    Budapest on film: 10 beautiful movie locations in the Hungarian capital

    Budapest's starring role in various film productions has become more and more frequent, adding a touch of Eastern European sparkle to the silver screen.

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    Mercure kicks off in Kaliningrad

    RUSSIA The AccorHotels group has opened the four-star Hotel Mercure Kaliningrad.

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    Radisson Blu to open in Prague

    Radisson Hospitality AB announces the signing of the new Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague in Czech Republic. The upper upscale branded hotel will complement our Park Inn Hotel Prague – a city that is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 destinations in the world.

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    PETER BUDAY, CHEF CONCIERGE AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GRESHAM PALACE BUDAPEST, ELECTED PRESIDENT OF LES CLEFS D'OR HUNGARY

    Peter Buday, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, is also the President of Les Clef d'Or Hungary, the local branch of the prestigious international organisation of concierges.

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    Novotel Centrum Poznań joins with Ibis

    The refurbishment of the Novotel Centrum Poznań has been completed.

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    World Travel Awards declares Hilton Budapest Hungary’s leading hotel

    The five-star Hilton Budapest has been named ‘Hungary’s Leading Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards Europe 2018.

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    Principe to be Premier

    POLAND The Principe hotel in the centre of Rzeszów is to be part of the Best Western chain under the Western Premier brand.

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    2018 forecasts for Europe hotel markets mostly sunny

    It will be hard to top European hotel-industry performance in 2017, experts say, but many places in Europe will come close and overall forecasts are positive.

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    AccorHotels Announces Agreement to Sell Majority Stake of AccorInvest

    AccorHotels has announced that the company has signed agreements with a group of international investors to sell a majority stake in AccorInvest.

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    Airbnb’s Next Evolution Presents More Challenges for Traditional Hotels

    As Airbnb has exploded in popularity and begun to eat into the business of traditional hotels, some owners and operators have preached that the company’s model—which enables users to rent out their homes and properties to other users—does not poise much of a threat to their place in the hospitality business.

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    Central and Eastern Europe Leads the Way As GOPPAR

    Hotels in Central and Eastern Europe led the way in another bumper month of GOPPAR growth for hotels across Europe, which contributed to the ongoing p

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    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Prepares for Familiar Name Change

    When Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group changes its name next month, it will be embracing a moniker that is familiar to many hotel guests throughout the world, officially becoming the Radisson Hotel Group.

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    Deutsche Hospitality expands its brand portfolio: MAXX by Steigenberger launches

    Deutsche Hospitality is presenting a new hotel brand. MAXX by Steigenberger will be joining Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotel in its portfolio in future.

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    Following NH Hotels Rejection, Barcelo Plans to Search for Other Deals

    After NH Hotels turned down a merger deal with Barcelo Group, the latter company’s leadership plans to remain in the market for buying or merging with other hotel companies.

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    Hilton Belgrade

    Hilton Celebrates Debut In Serbia With Opening Of Landmark Capital City Hotel

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    Park Inn by Radisson Katowice

    Rezidor Hotel Group: Park Inn by Radisson opens in Katowice, Poland

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    Why investors are seeking deals in Eastern Europe

    As we noted last week, hotels in Central and Eastern Europe led profit growth in the region, according to the latest results for October from HotStats

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