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Tuesday, October 29


Networking Visit Experience
Join other delegates on a networking tour for your first opportunity to meet MR&H attendees while discovering some of Athens' most interesting hotel properties.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue to be announced


Networking Xpress
Join our sought-after business card exchange to kick-start your networking.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Terpsichore D


Opening Rooftop Reception sponsored by Enterprise Greece
Enjoy a warm Greek welcome with panoramic views of Athens, and network with your fellow MR&H attendees at our opening reception.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Galaxy Room and Veranda
Wednesday, October 30


Exhibition, Coffee & Networking
Wednesday October 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Terpsichore D


Welcome Address
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Alexi H. Khajavi

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

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 9:10am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Brand Appeal: CEOs on Branding in the Resort Market
Brand penetration in the resort market remains low, but is gaining momentum. Hear the latest from the brand CEOs leading the resort market in this fascinating session which will cover the value brands bring to resorts, potential consolidation of brands and new brands entering the resort market. You can decide whether they are worth the fee.  

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Pablo Suárez

Roxa Hospitality, Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Invest for Success - What Makes Hospitality Investors Tick?
The appetite for investment in hospitality and leisure operations across Europe remains strong, but what is it about these investments that are so appealing. Hear from our investor panel as they cover all the bases, from demand v supply to funding, as well as exit and risk.

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Miguel Casas

CBRE Hotels, Senior Director, Head of Investment Properties, Continental Europe
Miguel has been the Head of Investment Properties for Continental Europe for CBRE Hotels since April 2019. He plays an active role as lead for brokerage and strategic buy side advice in the European Continent, where he maintains a active connection with international investors seeking... Read More →

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Yannis Ermilios

Colony Capital Inc, Managing Director, Head of European Portfolio Management
Yannis Ermilios is Managing Director, Portfolio Management at Colony Capital, Inc. Mr. Ermilios is in charge of 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... Read More →
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Alexandros Kallantzis

Sparta S.A., Chief Executive Officer
Alexandros Kallantzis holds a BSc and PhD in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Furthermore, he has an MSc in project management from the University of Texas at Austin.During his career he has held senior managerial positions and gained experience... Read More →
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Julien Renaud-Perret

PAREF`, Chief Development Officer
Julien Renaud-Perret joined Fosun Property Holding as Managing Director Hospitality Europe in January 2017 and since September 2017 holds a leadership role of Chief Development Officer of PAREF a French listed REIT based in Paris, he brings 25 years of experience in international... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Coffee & Refreshments Break
Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
Terpsichore D


Bracing for an Uncertain Environment: Economic and Political Considerations
These are some of the most politically uncertain times in a generation. Despite this, economic conditions in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe have remained bullish in recent years. But what lies ahead and how much growth can you expect in the next couple of years? This key session will reveal all.    

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Thanos Papasavvas, CFA

ABP Invest Ltd, Founder and CIO
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 →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:30am - 11:50am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Win, Lose or Draw - Hotel & Resort Trading Update
In this unmissable session, our market experts will provide an overview of the performance of hotels and resorts across the Mediterranean and Southern Europe and insight into which markets are flying, which are crying and highlight a few unsung heroes.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 11:50am - 12:05pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Home is Where the Money Is: The Impact of the Residential Market on Resorts
The residential component is increasingly important to the success of a resort,: how can you embrace it to best effect? What is the investment opportunity in branded residences and how can you make the owner-developer-operator relationship work?

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Philip Bacon

Horwath HTL, Senior Director, Head of Planning & Development and Valuations
Philip Bacon MRICS, FCA is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 35 years’ experience in professional business advisory services and general management in a wide range of independently-managed and publicly-listed international... Read More →

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Phil Golding

Cedar Capital Partners, Partner
Phil manages the acquisition and asset management functions for Cedar Capital Partners. Since the firm was founded in 2004 it has invested in hotels with a value in excess of €3 billion and have maintained a consistent track record of strong performance and value creation. Recent... Read More →
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Dimitris Manikis

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA)
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 Hotels & Resorts’ 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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Chris Graham

Graham Associates, Managing Director
Chris is a regular commentator and speaker on residential real estate marketing and is author of the in-depth and widely read industry report, “Branded Residences: An Overview”, of which the 3rd edition will be published in the Autumn with contributions and insights from industry... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:05pm - 12:50pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Keynote Interview
Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:50pm - 1:10pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Networking Lunch
Wednesday October 30, 2019 1:10pm - 2:20pm
Terpsichore D


Regional Outlook: Adriatic
Are Adriatic countries (Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia) the Mediterranean's most promising emerging markets, and how to seize the investment opportunities?

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Tatjana Tosic

The New Luxury Residences, Founder & Real Estate Consultant
Tatjana Tosic has extensive resort and real estate experience and a time-tested ability to build strong sales brands, lead international teams and pioneer new concepts that become industry standards. As an independent Real Estate Consultant, she creates projects’ strategic directions... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 4


Regional Outlook: Greece
Now enjoying a healthier economy and growing inbound travel, Greece is attracting investors' attention. But is the market ready for the financial requirements of international investors?

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George Tziallas

Ministry of Tourism, Greece, Secretary-General for Tourism Policy and Development
George Tziallas has been the Secretary-General for Tourism Policy and Development in the Ministry of Tourism in Greece, since September 2015. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece and a Master's Degree (M.Sc.) in Urban and Regional Planning... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 3


Regional Outlook: Island Markets
A look at investing in islands where infrastructure, incentive schemes and land availability offer interesting opportunities (Cyprus, Sicily, Malta, Crete, Hvar).

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Tassos Kotzanastassis

8G Capital Partners Ltd, Managing Director
Tassos is an experienced property investment professional with 24 years of experience in the fields of property investment and management. He is the founder and managing director of 8G Capital Partners Ltd, a private equity real estate firm. Through offices in London, Nicosia and... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 4


Regional Outlook: Italy
Navigating the complexities of Italy's real estate market and fragmented hospitality sector to identify its uncovered gems.

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Lorenzo Felici

Artelia Hospitality, Managing Director - Global Hospitality
Lorenzo Felici is a Director in ARTELIA since 2011, currently heading ARTELIA Hospitality, an ARTELIA group department offering project management and engineering support to investors, developers, operators and architects within the hospitality sector worldwide. Lorenzo has managed... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 4


Regional Outlook: Portugal
Just outside of the Mediterranean but enjoying similar market conditions, Portugal is having a moment: what are the opportunities for investors in its resort market?

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Julio Delgado

Ombria Resorts, CEO

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 4


Regional Outlook: Spain
Where are the investment opportunities in the Mediterranean's most mature resort market? Examining available stock, secondary destinations, price points and investment strategies.

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Helena Murano

CaixaBank, Director Hotels & Tourism
Leader in hospitality financing in Spain, CaixaBank has a dedicated Tourism Department based in Mallorca and present in Barcelona, Madrid and Canary Islands.  Helena has been working with the tourism industry for most of her professional life, with different responsibilities such... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:20pm - 3:15pm
Thalia 2


Coffee & Refreshments Break
Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Terpsichore D


Institutionalising Your Asset
As resort operations move away from traditional family-run propreties, towards a more institutional offering, this session asks whether this evolution is a value-add strategy? Will it lead to a higher yield? How do you prepare your asset for sale? And what data are investors looking for? Our expert panel will give you the latest.

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Rami Badr

Orion Capital Managers, Managing Director
Rami is a Partner and Managing Director of Orion and is primarily located in London. Since joining Orion in 2002, he has been involved in acquisitions, asset management and realisations for the Orion European RE Funds across Europe with a particular focus on larger corporate transactions... Read More →
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Ioannis Orfanos

Arbitrage Real Estate Advisors, Partner
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 →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:45pm - 4:25pm
Thalia 3


Tour de Resorts - Case Studies
The resort market in the Mediterranean is becoming more diverse and evolving rapidly. This session will delve deep into the operation of four live resorts with alternative offerings, giving you the opportunity to see what is out there. And maybe get some hints and tips along the way.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm


Can You Bank On It? Funding for Resort Projects
Which groups are funding resort projects in the Mediterranean right now? Who is most active and who is tightening the purse strings? And what options do you have if traditional routes to funding are not available? Hear the latest from our panel of experienced financiers.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Thalia 3


Meet the Experts
Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Thalia 2


A Late Summer Night's Dream
A financier lets his mind wander as he tries to decide whether to invest in a Mediterranean or an Arctic resort.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Agora Hour
In ancient Greece The Agora was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states. At MR&H the Agora Hour is the time for delegates to network, have informal meetings and experience the Exhibition Hall and The Hub.   It is also a great place to hear presentations about upcoming developments. If you are interested in presenting a project, contact the team.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Terpsichore D


Poolside Party Sponsored by Hilton
After a full day of meetings and debate indoors, it’s time to head out to the poolside for some more relaxed networking.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hilton Athens Pool
Thursday, October 31



Welcome Back
Thursday October 31, 2019 9:00am - 9:10am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Talk of the Titans
What are the key travel trends which are impacting your resort operations today, and more importantly will be tomorrow? Hear leaders of two travel companies share their views on the changing market and how they're adapting to it.

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:10am - 9:30am
Terpsichore Ballroom


What's Government Got to Do with it? Travel Policies, Destinations and Resort Development
Government bodies across the Mediterranean and Southern Europe have the challenging task of promoting tourism development and generating inward investment whilst managing environmental and sustainability goals. So how do they balance these often conflicting responsibilities?  Hear it from the policy makers themselves.

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Xenia zu Hohenlohe

Considerate Hoteliers, Managing Partner / Founder

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Savvas Perdios

Republic of Cyprus, Minister of Tourism

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:30am - 10:10am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Repositioning or New Development: What Is the Best Development Strategy for You?
This session, led by the experts, will invite interaction from the audience via the conference app. The session will help you assess whether your expansion strategy should be to reposition or build your next property, focussing on the key elements driving the decision-making process, including construction, design and amenities.


Sotiris Bakagiannis

Intradevelopment, Chief Business Development Officer
Mr. Bakagiannis holds a Diploma degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens  (1998) and an MBA in International Business and Management (2003) from Cass Business School (City University London). He has over 20 year experience in construction and development... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 10:10am - 10:50am
Terpsichore Ballroom



Making it work: Choosing the Best Operating Model
The nature of resorts means they require a unique understanding to ensure successful operation. But what is the most effective model? Franchise, management contract, lease? All inclusive v a la carte? This informative session will help you choose your alliances.

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Blanche van Berckel

BVB, Founder

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Joachim Schmitt

Orascom Hotels Management, Chief Executive Officer
Joachim is responsible for the executive management of the Group`s 34 hotels across 6 destinations, ensuring the implementation of Board strategy and policies.Previous to his 8 years with Orascom with, he worked in Germany, Australia, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, China and Egypt with... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 11:20am - 11:50am
Terpsichore Ballroom


The Economics of Experiential Travel: Making Lifestyle Innovation Profitable
Resort concepts are evolving, catering for a growing audience across a range of demographics.This key session will provide a guide to what you need to do to meet the needs of the new breed of traveller and potential resort guest.  

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Vicky Santikos

Santikos Collection, Vice President
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.The... Read More →
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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer

Hilton, Senior Vice President Operations - Continental Europe

Thursday October 31, 2019 11:50am - 12:05pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


From Driving Sensations to Hospitality Innovation: Stepping Up an Experiential Gear
What makes a legendary brand expand into a new sector? This inspiring keynote shows how Italian supercar maker Lamborghini is amplifying its customers' experience by launching innovative hospitality products.

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Katia Bassi

Automobili Lamborghini, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member
Mrs Katia Bassi joined Automobili Lamborghini in September 2017 as Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member. She’s the first women ever to join Lamborghini board. Prior to this, Mrs Bassi joined Swatch Group in 1990 as Marketing Manager Tissot, before being appointed Marketing... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


And the Winner Is… Top Mediterranean Resort Award
Two outstanding resorts will be presented with the 3rd annual MR&H Top Resort Awards, showcasing dedication, innovation and expertise in tourism and hospitality in the Mediterranean region.

Thursday October 31, 2019 1:00pm - 1:10pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Closing Remarks
Thursday October 31, 2019 1:10pm - 1:15pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Closing Lunch
Thursday October 31, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Byzantino Restaurant