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Wednesday, October 17


Resort visit: An exclusive view of an Athenian resort
Join your colleagues on a ‘hard hat’ tour of the Astir Palace Hotel, currently being renovated to be reopened as a Four Season. This site visit will give you a unique opportunity to see a historic site being revived to create a new experience of luxury for a new era.
Places are limited, make sure to book.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel


Networking Xpress
Your first opportunity to meet MR&H attendees, our sought-after business card exchange is a great way to kick-off the conference to make new connections, overlooking the beautiful gardens and pools from the veranda.

Please note: please note that places for Networking Xpress are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Aristotelis Veranda - Meet at MR&H Registration Desk


Kalosorisma Reception
Enjoy a warm Greek welcome and network with your fellow MR&H attendees at our opening BBQ reception with a 2-hour open bar with live entertainment, sponsored by Enterprise Greece.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 18:30 - 21:00
Hotel Pool & Gardens


Evening Drinks
Join us in the hotel bar to continue greeting existing contacts and making new ones.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 21:00 - Thursday October 18, 2018 00:00
Hotel Bar
Thursday, October 18


Sunrise 5K Run
Experience the opportunities in health and wellness at the Divani Apollon & Thalasso with a morning run around the property along the seaside path.

Thursday October 18, 2018 07:15 - 07:30
Seaside path from Divani Apollon Beach


MR&H Agora
The MR&H Agora is the gathering place for delegates to network, have informal meetings and experience the Exhibition Hall and The Hub.

Thursday October 18, 2018 08:00 - 18:00
Exhibition Area


Welcome Remarks
Welcome remarks by Questex Hospitality Group

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Alexi Khajavi

Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC
Alexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He isresponsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties andevents including the Hotel... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 09:00 - 09:10
Aristotelis Room


The Economic Perspective: The Finer Details on the Big Picture
An overview of macroeconomic trends impacting the Mediterranean region and future prospects for growth

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Thanos Papasavvas

Founder and CIO, ABP Invest Ltd
Thanos is Founder & CIO of ABP Invest, established in 2015 to provide strategic outlook and research on markets, geopolitics, economics and FX. Previously he had been in asset management for 20 years with Credit Suisse Asset Management and Investec Asset Management across fixed income... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 09:10 - 09:40
Aristotelis Room


State of the Mediterranean Travel and Hospitality Market
Tourism and travel data.

Thursday October 18, 2018 09:40 - 10:05
Aristotelis Room


Hotel Performance Analysis: How’s the Region Faring?
Hotel performance trends and forecasts.

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Natalie Weisz

Research & Analysis Manager, STR
Natalie manages STR’s international Research & Analysis team, providing a wide range of insights for the global hospitality industry to make better-informed strategic decisions. Natalie and her team are responsible for conducting in-depth market analyses used by hospitality professionals... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 10:05 - 10:20
Aristotelis Room


Getting Deals Done in the Mediterranean: Hear Directly from the Dealmakers
Resort investment in the Mediterranean isn’t easy, if it was everyone would be doing it. Hear from those that are and how they’re leveraging the opportunities while mitigating the risks.
  • Where are the deals?
  • Who are the stakeholders? 
  • How to get past entry barriers?
  • What are the best opportunities?

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Steffen R Doyle

Managing Director, Credit Suisse International
Steffen Doyle has 18 years of experience in investment banking. He joined Credit Suisse in 2016 as Managing Director and EMEA Co-Head of Real Estate.Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Doyle spent 5 years at Jefferies in London, where he was a Managing Director, Co Head of Real Estate Investment... Read More →

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Rosa Brand

Principal, Real Estate, KKR
Rosa Brand (London) joined KKR in 2015 and is a member of the Real Estate team. Prior to joining KKR, Ms. Brand was with the real estate finance team at M&G Investments, where she focused on pan-European investments in senior, stretch senior and mezzanine commercial real estate debt... Read More →
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Yannis Ermilios

Managing Director - Head European Portfolio Management, Colony Capital, Inc.
Yannis Ermilios is a Managing Director at Colony Capital, Inc. where he heads the European portfolio management team and is responsible for the asset management, development and dispositions for debt and equity investments in Europe.Prior to joining the Colony Capital business in... Read More →
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Miltos Kambourides

Founder and Managing Partner, Dolphin Capital Partners
Miltos Kambourides is the Founder and Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital. Founded in 2014, Dolphin Capital specializes in real estate investments and developments. The company’s main investment vehicle is Dolphin Capital Investors (DCI) listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Ma... Read More →
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Neil Kirk

Principal, Henderson Park
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Tina Yu

Senior Vice President, KSL Capital Partners
Ms. Yu works in the European office for KSL Capital Partners, based in London. KSL is a leading private equity firm with approximately $7 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005 and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively in travel and leisure businesses... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 10:15 - 11:00
Aristotelis Room


Coffee Break in MR&H Agora
Enjoy your coffee and refreshment break in MR&H Agora.  

In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.  

Thursday October 18, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Exhibition Area


In the Hotel Operator Hot Seat: Global CEO One-On-One
The CEO of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company discusses resort strategy in the Mediterranean.

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Alexi Khajavi

Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC
Alexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He isresponsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties andevents including the Hotel... Read More →

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Geoff Ballotti

President and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Geoff Ballotti is the president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel s & Resorts, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and 650,200 rooms in 71 countries. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operation, growth... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 11:30 - 11:50
Aristotelis Room


From the Tour Operator's Perspective
Examining how a tour operator adapts to new market trends by launching new resort brands and investing in hotel properties.

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Katharine Le Quesne

Senior Director / Head of Integrated Resorts, HoCoSo / Glion

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Anthony Leung

Group Head of Corporate Finance, Thomas Cook
As Head of Corporate Finance & Treasury, Anthony is responsible for Group Treasury, M&A and Strategic Partnerships, and ensuring overall delivery of the Group’s strategy.  Since joining, Anthony has led the creation of the  hotel investment platform with LMEY to help develop our... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 11:50 - 12:10
Aristotelis Room


CEO Panel: Re-imagining Leisure Hospitality for Today's Market
As consumers’ habits are changing, hospitality groups need to review their strategies to meet their changing needs. Hear from some of the most forward-thinking hospitality leaders on:
  • Innovating, differentiating and creating a unique experience in Mediterranean resorts
  • Identifying the right brand for a resort
  • How to maximise resort ROI given the multitude of amenities, seasonality and traveller trends 

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Miguel Casas

Senior Director, CBRE Hotels Limited
Miguel joined CBRE Hotels Spain in 2006. Since then he has actively participated in investment, operator selection, consultancy, asset management and valuation projects both nationally and internationally. He currently plays an active role in brokerage and buy side strategic advice... Read More →

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Dr. Andreas Andreadis

CEO, Sani & Ikos Group
From 2011-2017, Dr Andreadis was President of the Board of Directors of SETE (Greek Tourism Confederation), the institutional social partner of the Greek government in the tourism sector. SETE is the institutional social partner of the Greek government... Read More →
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Kike Sarasola

Founder & President, Room Mate Hotels
Kike is a trendsetting pioneer in the tourist industry thanks to his visionary, disruptive and rebellious character. It all began over 10 years ago when he created Room Mate Hotels as an extension of what was to become his most renowned formula: “the 3B’s”: Bed, Bath, Breakfast... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 12:10 - 12:45
Aristotelis Room


Lunch in MR&H Agora
Enjoy your coffee and refreshment break in MR&H Agora.  

In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.  

Thursday October 18, 2018 12:45 - 14:00
Exhibition Area


Second Home & Resort Market Overview
  • Who is buying and why, what are they buying, how are they financing their purchase, how much are they paying?
  • Branded Residences: To Br@nd or not to Brand?
  • Key success factors: which markets are attractive for investment and why?

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Alexandros Moulas

Director, International Development Consultancy, ‎, Savills
Alex is a Director in the International Development Consultancy department, based in the Savills Global HQ in London, providing institutional, corporate and private clients with a range of professional services focusing on residential and mixed-use developments in city and resort... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:15
Kleoniki Room B


Regional Roundtable: Embracing Emerging Destinations in the Adriatic
An interactive roundtable discussion on investment and development opportunities in the emerging markets of Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

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Adrian Kamenica

General Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Albania
Adrian Kamenica is graduated in Business Management and Administration from Henley Management College (UK) and has a Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University (UK), including a numerous of trainings and qualifications in USA, Austria, Singapore etc.Adrian... Read More →
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Siniša Topalović

Managing Director, Horwath HTL
Siniša Topalović is managing partner at Horwath HTL. He has been involved in more than 100 projects within Horwath HTL network in over 20 geographies, working with high-profile clients and shaping today’s tourism industry landscape in well-established but also emerging destinations... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:45
Aristotelis Room


Regional Roundtable: Investing in Spain’s Maturing Market
An interactive roundtable discussion on the opportunities in Spain's market as it reaches maturity, including cities, coastal, inland and island destinations.

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Bruno Hallé

Founding Partner, Magma Hospitality
From a hotel family, he began his career with studies in Hospitality and Tourism, and later in Management: MBA in International Hospitality Management from Cornell University, PDD from IESE Business School, Barcelona and several postgraduate degrees from Cornell University. Bruno... Read More →
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Angel Palomino

Director, Azora
Previously, since 1991 and up to his resignation, at the end of 2006, Angel Palomino served asExecutive Vice President and member of Melia‘s Executive Board.In July 1998 he became EVP for Global Development of Meliá, driving the continued growth ofthe company and developing new... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:45
Aristotelis Room


Regional Roundtable: Meeting the Growing Tourism Demand in Greece
An interactive roundtable discussion on investment opportunities and market conditions in the event's host market, as tourism demand is attracting interest from investors and travel brands.

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George Kormas

CEO Piraeus Real Estate S.A./Executive General Manager Piraeus Bank S.A., Piraeus Real Estate S.A./Piraeus Bank S.A.
Mr. George Kormas is an Executive General Manager and an Executive Committee member of Piraeus Bank, and Head of Real Estate. He is also the CEO of Piraeus Real Estate S.A. as well as of PICAR S.A, both real estate subsidiaries of Piraeus Bank.He is currently leading the transformation... Read More →
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Dr. Angela Michalopoulou

Director General for Investments, Enterprise Greece
Dr. Angela Michalopoulou, Director General for Investments at Enterprise Greece (former Invest in Greece Agency), is a Chemical Engineer and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MBA from the Athens Lab for Business Administration. Dr... Read More →
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Xenophon Petropoulos

Director, Horwath HTL, Greece
Xenophon Petropoulos holds more than 16 years of experience in the fields of sales management, customer service, corporate communications, and reputation management. For the last 6 years he was the Group Communications Director of the Greek Tourism Confederation. His areas of responsibility... Read More →
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Manolis I. Sigalas

Vice President & Managing Director, Southern Europe, Hill International
Manolis I. Sigalas is Vice President & Managing Director, Southern Europe. He joined Hill in 2005 in London and since then has managed numerous high profile projects in the Middle East and Europe.  Mr. Sigalas is currently leading the project management or monitoring of infrastructure... Read More →
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George Tziallas

Secretary-General of Tourism Policy and Development, Ministry of Tourism, Greece
George Tziallas is a Civil Engineer (University of Patras, Greece) with a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Sc.) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA.He has a twenty-five year professional experience in management consulting, specializing in the fields... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:45
Aristotelis Room


Regional Roundtable: Seizing New Investment Opportunities in Italy
Discussing unique market conditions and investment opportunities opening in Italy's fragmented hospitality market.

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Lorenzo Felici

Managing Director, Artelia Hospitality
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Fabio Guerra

Manager Real Estate and Tourism, Invitalia – ITA (Italian Trade Agency)
As manager of the Real Estate and Tourism Team in the joint group Invitalia – ITA (Italian Trade Agency), Fabio is presently in charge of matching supply and demand of real estate opportunities in the tourism sector. He has previously worked as consultant in Roland Berger managing... Read More →
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Giorgio Palmucci

President A.I.C.A. (Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria)
President A.I.C.A. – Associazione Italiana Confindustria Alberghi (Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria)Board member of ASTOI (Italian Tour Operator Association)President of EBIT (National Bilateral Agency for Tourism)    Vice President of Federturismo (Italian Tourism federation... Read More →
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Ezio Poinelli

Senior Director Southern Europe, HVS
EZIO POINELLI, Senior Director HVS South Europe (Italy and Spain based). More than 19 years experience in Hospitality, Real Estate, and Leisure Real Estate markets in Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, and South Africa. Before joining HVS, was Head of Southern Europe at Northcourse... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:45
Aristotelis Room


Regional Roundtable: Supporting the Recovery of Egypt’s Hospitality Market
An interactive roundtable discussion on the prospects and developments in Egypt's resort market, as tourism is recovering.

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Asser Hamdy

Chairman, Orientals for Urban Development
In 26 years of hospitality experience, Asser, has built strong managerial skills within different 5 stars hotel brands in various regions including city and resort, serving both travel and corporate business mix. After having a degree in hotel management in 1982 ; with highest honors... Read More →
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Ahmed Shalaby

CEO & Managing Director, Tatweer Misr
Dr. Ahmed MohamedShalaby, Ph.D.isthe Managing Director of Tatweer Misrand a Member of its Board of Directors,a position he has held since Mid. 2014 when the company was established. Drawing on his extensive planning and business management experience, Dr. Shalaby supervises the day... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 14:45
Aristotelis Room


Breakout: Wellness
Part One: 14.00-14.30
Positive Impact Investing - Healthy Returns of integrating Wellness into an entire hotel/resort experience
Motti Essakow, Natural Capitalist, Rythms by Design                ,                      

Part Two: 14.30-15.20
Panel:  How to Make Wellness a Sound Investment for a Resort?
  • Developing a wellness concept that works for your resort and generates ROI
  • Determining the right amenities: spa, sports/fitness, thalassotherapy, medical tourism
  • Managing the wellness offering effectively

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Sophie Benge

Journalist & Author on spas, health and wellbeing
Sophie says: ‘I’m an author, journalist, consultant and copywriter in spa, beauty and wellbeing. From ‘product junkie’ in love with luxe, to the discipline of detox denial; a believer in the power of nature to heal and new technologies for positive ageing; stunned by the advances... Read More →

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Marina Efraimoglou

Founder & CEO, Euphoria Retreat
Euphoria Retreat is the vision of founder Marina Efraimoglou, who after following a personal path of inner development, sought to create a special healing retreat.Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Marina Efraimoglou had a successful career in the financial sector, founding her... Read More →
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Motti Essakow

Natural Capitalist, Rythms by Design
An acknowledged early pioneer and disrupter in the global travel and tourism industry with more than two decades of Thought and Mindful Leadership experience across a wide spectrum of the Sustainable/Eco/Geo/Organic Agri/ Travel & Tourism & Responsible Spa & Wellness sectors.A cultivator... Read More →
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Jannita Mossel

Founder, SpaTree
SpaTree was founded by Jannita Mossel in 2004. As Head of Consultancy in Spa, she creates Outdoor & Wellbeing concepts for the Luxury Hospitality & Spa market. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, she understands how to create concepts which are taking clients on an... Read More →
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Paula Perkins

Director, Paula Perkins Spa Consultancy
A Spa, Wellness and Hospitality consultancy with extensive global experience in the 5-star luxury hotel, wellness and spa sector.We provide consulting to owners and operators of hotels, spas and wellness retreats. Through our detailed approach we offer a business strategy that is... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 15:30
Spa Lounge


Regional Roundtable: Assessing Turkey's Travel and Hospitality Resurgence
An interactive roundtable discussion looking at the strength of Turkey’s travel and hotel performance growth and future opportunities.

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Kaan Kavaloğlu

General Coordinator, Limak International Hotels & Resorts
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Hande Tibuk

Executive Board Member, Net Holding
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Ece Tonbul

Chairperson, Paloma Hotels
Ece Tonbul is the second generation directors of the Paloma Hotels that represents the hotel investments of Diana Travel which is a well-established and successful company of Turkish Tourism.Diana Group made its first steps into tourism in 1977 in Kuşadası as a travel agency and... Read More →
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Mehmet Önkal

Founding and Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting
Mehmet 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.In 1978, he joined ITT Sheraton Corporation and held various top... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:00 - 15:30
Aristotelis Room


Socratic Debate: Why Golden Visas are a successful tool to support real estate investment
Using the Socratic method of questioning, this session will examine why Golden Visa policies are promoted by a number of Southern European countries, what the opportunities are and how to manage them.

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George Kachmazov

Founder and Managing Partner, Tranio.com
George Kachmazov is the founder and managing partner of Tranio.com. He is a real estate and investment expert, as well as a keynote speaker at many national and international property conferences and events. George regularly contributes to print and online media with insight on real... Read More →
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Yiannos Trisokkas

Managing Partner, Henley & Partners Cyprus Ltd
Yiannos Trisokkas is the Managing Partner of Henley & Partners in Cyprus and is also the chairman of the firm’s Real Estate Committee. Prior to joining Henley & Partners, local independent consultants and international law firms used his local expertise to establish their network... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:15 - 14:30
Kleoniki Room A


Branded Residences: the Three-Way-Win
Examining how to ensure a proper balance between the Developer/Owner, the Operator, and the Private Investor in a mixed use project: balancing the needs and objectives, as well as the rights and obligations of all parties.

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Philip Bacon

Director, Planning and Development & Valuations, Horwath HTL
A graduate in Law from the University of Cambridge, a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 30 years’ experience in professional business advisory services and general management in a wide range of independently-managed and... Read More →

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Daniel von Barloewen

Regional Senior Director – Mixed-Use Development Europe, Marriott Hotels International
Daniel von Barloewen is the Regional Senior Director of Mixed-Use Development for Marriott International.  He is responsible for the development of branded residences across all of Marriott’s brands throughout Europe, Russia and the CIS. With 12 out of its 30 brands available for... Read More →
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Julio Delgado

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Brett Gregory-Peake

Managing Partner, Liaison
Brett’s early career was spent running campaigns for the likes of Virgin, Sony and Unilever at celebrated brand marketing agencies including Freud, Bell Pottinger and TBWA, before starting own agency, Frank & Earnest, in 2002.At the helm of Frank & Earnest, he brought strategic... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 14:45 - 15:30
Kleoniki Room A


Coffee Break in MR&H Agora
Enjoy your coffee and refreshment break in MR&H Agora.  

In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.  

Thursday October 18, 2018 15:30 - 16:00
Exhibition Area


The Lending Market
Introduction: Bankable Projects and NPL Challenges

Panel discussion: The lending market in the Mediterranean region
  • How lenders’ requirements have evolved in the Mediterranean
  • What the trends are in structuring debt and equity for resorts
  • The challenges and opportunities in dealing with non-performing loans

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Ioannis Orfanos

Partner, Arbitrage Real Estate
Ioannis is a Partner of Arbitrage Real Estate and heads its Asset Management practice. He has more than 15 years of experience in real estate investment, management and advisory. He brings to the firm development, sustainable investing and asset management expertise. Ioannis is currently... Read More →

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Seelye Arms

Vice President, Starwood Capital Group
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Helena Murano Carney

Senior Director Tourism, CaixaBank
Helena Murano, Director of CaixaBank Hotels & Tourism, Spain. Leader in hospitality financing in Spain, CaixaBank has a dedicated Hotels & Tourism Department based in Mallorca and present throughout the country. Helena has been working with the tourism industry for most of her professional... Read More →
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Dimitri Konstantopoulos

Deputy General Manager, Piraeus Bank
Deputy General Manager, CEO’s office, June 2017 – TodayWorking closely with the Bank’s CEO. Responsible, inter alia, for overviewing Bank’s € 3,2 bn Hotel Portfolio which includes both performing and non performing exposures. Member of the Bank’s Senior Credit Committee... Read More →
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Lambis Pahiyiannakis

Acquisition Manager, Sani & Ikos Group
Mr. Pahiyiannakis is joining LBRI/Sani & Ikos Group in Q4 2018 and will be responsible for hotel acquisition deal sourcing and underwriting for Sani & Ikos Group.Prior to joining LBRI/Sani & Ikos Group, Mr. Pahiyiannakis spent five years with Barings in their dedicated Hotel group... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Kleoniki Room A


Agora Hour
In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.
At MR&H the Agora Hour is the time for delegates to network, have informal meetings, and hear about upcoming developments, including:
Venice Urban Resort, LHM Hotel Management Company
Hellinikon project

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Dimitris Manoussakis

Head, Kentriki Property Valuers & Consultants, Savills International
Dimitris Manoussakis is the Head of Kentriki Property Valuers & Consultants, the Savills International associate in Greece.  He specializes in offering professional advisory work to private companies and public organizations which have real estate needs.  He has graduated from the... Read More →
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Cristina Paini

CEO and Owner, LHM Hotel Management Company
After 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... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Exhibition Area


Wellness Tour
Take a tour of the award-winning Divani Thalassotherapy Centre and experience the ancient Greek traditions of wellness, from spa services like massage to private nutrition consulting and training sessions. Plus, sit down for a a Q&A with the spa manager to discuss the success of the resort's integration of health and wellness into its amenity offerings. 

Thursday October 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Spa Lounge


How to Optimally Run a Mediterranean Resort
From franchises to management contracts, brands or no brands, the unique operational requirements of Mediterranean resorts

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Liv Gussing Burgess

Managing Director, Luxury Hotel Consulting
Liv currently works on a handful of individual and distinctive resort and spa projects around the world including The Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook in London, UK and Six Senses Shaharut in the Negev, Israel. Drawing on extensive experience in delivering some of the best luxury services... Read More →

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Margarida Almeida

Founder, Amazing Evolution
Margarida Almeida has been Managing Partner of Amazing Evolution Asset Management since 2012. Previously she was Board Member – Grupo Imocom (2005-2011), Director of the Legal and Commercial Departments at Grupo Imocom (2001-2004) and Lawyer –Dr. Augusto Ferreira do Amaral - Lawyers... Read More →
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Daniel Johansson

Development Director, Campbell Gray Hotels
A founding member of the Campbell GRAY Hotels team. Following Hotel Management school in Switzerland, received his hotel training and operational experience in various hotels in Europe, including Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Joined One Aldwych in London for the opening in 1998 in... Read More →
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Savvas Perdios

Chief Operations Officer, Louis Hotels
Savvas considers himself very lucky that he can practice his hobby for a living. His career in hospitality began at the very young age of 15, working various summer jobs in hotel departments like kitchen, maintenance, service, banqueting, housekeeping and guest relations. He is a... Read More →
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Haris Siganos

CEO, Zeus International
Haris Siganos is the founder and CEO of Zeus International, a high-end Management; Development; and Consulting company – the fastest growing of its kind in Greece. The Company has a successful presence in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus, while at the beginning of 2018 Zeus... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Kleoniki Room B


The MR&H Olympiad : Resort Amenities Pentathlon
What makes an amenity successful for a resort?
MR&H are holding a Pentathlon event in the Olympic Spirit to determine the best amenity to include within your integrated resort project. We have had a qualifying event from which 10 competitors have made the Final.
Each of these finalists will compete live in five events: Breadth of Appeal; Repeatability; Return on Investment; Employment Impact; Wow Factor.

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Carine Bonnejean

Managing Director Hospitality Consultancy, Christie & Co
Carine joined Christie & Co in May 2005, having previously worked for a private equity fund as a portfolio management analyst. Prior to this, she spent four years working as a Senior Consultant with HVS International in London.Based in London, Carine oversees the development of hospitality... Read More →
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Ben Martin

Associate Principal, Consulting, HKS
Ben Martin has a considerable catalogue of experience as a consultant focusing on real estate economics, with a particular emphasis on resorts, residential, leisure and mixed-use development. He has completed projects across a broad range of countries in Europe, Central Asia, the... Read More →

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Kate Dicker

Business Development Consultant, Worldwide Kids
Kate has been part of the professional childcare world for over 30 years.She studied at the prestigious Norland Nursery Training College in the UK and graduated with her NNEB and Norland Diploma in 1986.Kate put her training into practice when she set up and ran a successful international... Read More →
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Alistair Johnson

Director, Spa Creators Limited
Alistair Johnson, Managing Director of Spa Creators, leads a team of designers and procurement specialists to design, develop and deliver spas for the luxury hotel market. Alistair has previous experience in both IT business software operating systems and spa skincare. With recent... Read More →
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José Matheu

Chief Development Officer, Palladium Hotel Group
Jose Matheu is the Chief Development Officer of Palladium Hotel Group since 2016. The group currently operated a portfolio of 9 Hotel brands, gathering almost 14,000 room/keys in six different countries. Responsable for seeking opportunities globally, and as a priority Mr. Matheu... Read More →
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Matthew Morley

Brand Director, Porto Montenegro
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Heleri Rande

F&B Strategist and Consulting Editor, SUPPER Magazine
Heleri is a freelance F&B strategist helping hotel owners refine their F&B strategy and find the right concepts, operators and/or chefs. She is also a consulting editor for SUPPER Magazine, the international title covering global hotel F&B. SUPPER explores the projects, personalities... Read More →
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Ashley Scott

Senior Director, Aecom
Ashley is the EMEA Lead for the Leisure and Themed Entertainment market sector at AECOM and also manages the London and UK Landscape Studios. A masterplanner and landscape architect, Ashley has over 25 years of experience in masterplanning, landscape architecture and management of... Read More →
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Kevin Underwood

Principal of Planning & Design, HKS, Inc.

Thursday October 18, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Aristotelis Room


Sunset Beach Party
After a full day of networking and debate indoors, it's time to head out to the beach for a gorgeous sunset, sand and libations.

Enjoy a traditional Mediterranean beach party with music provided by a top DJ with live entertainment, delicious gyros and accompaniments, dessert selection and a 2-hour open bar.

Thursday October 18, 2018 18:15 - 23:00
Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso Beach
Friday, October 19


MR&H Agora
The MR&H Agora is the gathering place for delegates to network, have informal meetings and experience the Exhibition Hall and The Hub.

Friday October 19, 2018 08:00 - 14:00
Exhibition Area


Breakfast Briefings
Start the day with a conversation over breakfast with like-minded delegates, all while overlooking the beautiful hotel pools and gardens.

Please note: places for Breakfast Briefings are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Joseph Fischer

Owner, Vision Hospitality & Travel
With over 35 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... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 08:15 - 09:00
Aristotelis Veranda - Meet at MR&H Registration Desk


Welcome Back
Welcome remarks by Questex Hospitality Group.

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Alexi Khajavi

Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Hospitality + Travel Group, Questex LLC
Alexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He isresponsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties andevents including the Hotel... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 09:10 - 09:15
Aristotelis Room



The Experiential Resort: Delivering a Unique Experience from Conception to Operation
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Gregory Lanter

Member of the Executive Committee - Chief Development and Construction Officer, Club Med
Gregory Lanter graduated from the Paris HEC Business School. He joined Club Med Group and its development teams in 2004, especially in charge of Africa and Middle East. He was appointed Vice President Global Development in 2009, which was later extended to Construction matters. His... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 09:45 - 10:00
Aristotelis Room


Destination Development: Creating & Marketing Destinations in a Changing Travel Market
  • Examining the roles of the various stakeholders in the development of a destination:
  • Cultivating and delivering a customer experience 
  • Stakeholder strategies and their impact on destination development 
  • Incorporating sustainability and locality into the development’s business objectives

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Demetris Spanos

Managing Director Southern Europe, HVS
Demetris, Managing Director Southern Europe, has more than 20 years experience in Hospitality and Leisure Real Estate markets in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Before setting up the Athens office of HVS in 2006, he was the Head of the hospitality team for the South Eastern European... Read More →

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Salli Felton

Chief Executive, The Travel Foundation
With a background in environmental science and ecology, Salli has spent the last 20 years of her career supporting the private and public sectors to recognise and address the social and environmental impacts of their activities, creating stronger, more resilient and more sustainable... Read More →
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Dimitris Manikis

President and Managing Director for EMEA, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Dimitris Manikis was appointed President and Managing Director for EMEA in April 2018. In his role, he is responsible for the development of all of Wyndham Hotel Group’s brands in the EMEA region as well as maximising the performance of all new and existing franchise and managed... Read More →
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Stephanos Theodorides

Managing Director, TEMES S.A.

Friday October 19, 2018 10:00 - 10:45
Aristotelis Room


The Distribution Dilemma : Examining the changing roles of hospitality and travel providers
Reaching customers in the resort market: discussing the role of all the providers in the value chain that market a destination.

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Aris Ikkos

Research Director, Institute SETE

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Dimitris Kossyfas

Head of Travel, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus & Malta, Google
Dimitris Kossyfas leads the Ads sales team for Travel and Tech at Google Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta. He provides strategic services for online advertising to leading companies and has been with Google for the past 8 years. Prior to joining Google, Dimitris worked for 5 years... Read More →
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Vassiliki Mavrokefalou

Director Market Management Greece, Cyprus and East Adriatic, Expedia
Vassiliki is responsible for the leading of the market management team for Greece, Cyprus and East Adriatic.With more than 10 years of experience in digital and technology companies, Vassiliki is an expert in driving and improving businesses’ performance of hoteliers.Prior to this... Read More →
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Vicky Santikos

VP Marketing &Sales, Santikos Collection
Vicky Santikos has been an entrepreneur in the tourism industry for over 30 years. She studied Economics at the Kapodistrian University of Athens and has worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager at Santikos Collection; a group of resort hotels in Sporades, Skiathos, Alonissos and Pelion... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 10:45 - 11:00
Aristotelis Room


Coffee Break in MR&H Agora
Enjoy your coffee and refreshment break in MR&H Agora.  

In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. The meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly". The agora was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.  

Friday October 19, 2018 11:15 - 11:45
Exhibition Area


The Story Behind the Resort: Case Studies
Hear from resorts with unique stories:
- The luxury resort combining traditional and modern flavours: Borgo Egnazia, Italy
- The successful repositioning into a new luxury wellness resort: Seven Pines, Ibiza 

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Jonathan Langston

Managing Director, Hotstats
Jonathan is a renowned industry commentator who specialises in market demand, financial feasibility studies, strategic planning, and product development. He advises on a wide range of projects from the development of individual budget hotels to multi-component urban and leisure resorts... Read More →

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Jörg Lindner

Managing Partner, Lindner Group/12.18. Investment Management GmbH
Jörg Lindner has more than 30 years of experience in housing, office, retail and hotel property development, financing and management. He’s the managing partner of the Lindner Group and eldest son of the company founder and architect Otto Lindner, whose four other sons are also... Read More →
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Aldo Melpignano

Managing Director, Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Aldo Melpignano is the Managing Director of San Domenico Hotels group, a collection of all his family properties, embodying a different concept in hospitality based on local and authentic experiences. Together with his family he is the founder of Borgo Egnazia, an international excellence... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 11:45 - 12:30
Aristotelis Room


Designing a Resort to Deliver the Right Experience
- Key design considerations toward developing or renovating resorts
- Integrating distinct amenities to achieve the resort’s concept
- How to take advantage of a resort’s environment

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Roger A. Allen

Group CEO, Resources for Leisure Assets
Roger is the Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA) a recognized global advisory to investors, owners, developers and management companies in wellbeing hospitality, specializing in hotels, resorts, residential, mixed-use, healthcare, active living communities... Read More →

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JF Garneau

Vice-President Resort & Branded Developments, Propriétés & Co
Strategic thinker and creative builder, JF is Senior Vice-President of Resort Development with Propriétés & Co, an integrated resort creation company, where he oversees strategy and development of the French group’s resort properties in Europe.He is also the founder and Director... Read More →
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Christian Giraud

Accor Hotels, Senior Vice President Development Europe
Christian Giraud is a Graduate of the ESC-Marseille Business School and holds a “Banking & FinanceDESS” Degree from the University in Lyon.From 1993 to 1998, he operated in the corporate banking division in Germany and France forDeutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank. In 1998 he started... Read More →
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John Goldwyn

Vice President, WATG
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Jan Hazelton

Vice President, Global Business & Real Estate Development, Kerzner International
Ms. Hazelton joined Kerzner International in 2017 and is responsible for the growth of the Atlantis and One & Only brands in Europe and the Americas.As a seasoned hotel investment and development executive, her experience includes all aspects of hotel investment including banking... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 12:30 - 13:15
Aristotelis Room


Winning in the Experience Economy: Crafting the Experiences For the Modern Traveller
Be inspired to think differently by a designer, musician, producer, former creative director of Bang & Olufsen and all-round innovator: Johannes Torpe will discuss designing unique experiences, the future of hospitality, and the importance of concept creation in development strategies.

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Johannes Torpe

CEO and Creative Director, Johannes Torpe Studios
The founder and vision behind Johannes Torpe Studios, Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an unconventional creative in every way imaginable. Guided by the belief that we do our best work when we pursue things that move us, Johannes Torpe is an advocate for an unrestrained and intuitive... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 13:15 - 13:45
Aristotelis Room


And the Winner Is... Presentation of the Top Mediterranean Resort Awards
Two outstanding resorts will be presented with the 2nd annual MR&H Top Resort Awards, showcasing dedication dedication, innovation and expertise in tourism and hospitality in the Mediterranean region.

Friday October 19, 2018 13:45 - 14:00
Aristotelis Room


Closing Lunch Reception
Enjoy a warm sendoff in style at our closing lunch reception, complete with great drinks and amazing food at the Anemos restaurant. 

Friday October 19, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Anemos Restaurant