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Tuesday, October 29


Behind the Curtains: Athens Hotel Visits
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:
  • Perianth Hotel: a neo-modernist hotel in Agia Eirini, one of Athens' liveliest squares
  • NEW Hotel Athens: a 5-star boutique hotel infused with contemporary design and folklore themes

Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Networking Xpress
Kick-start your networking experience with our sought-after business card exchange. This is your chance to make as many connections as possible to determine who you may want to meet with during the three days for future partnerships.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Thalia 4


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 with traditional Greek fare and artisan cocktails.

A great way to unwind, mix, and mingle!

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


Morning Run at the Panathenaic Stadium
Start the day on the right foot and enjoy one of Athens' wonders: a run at the Panathenaic Stadium, a significant Greek monument since the  Modern Olympic Games, and the place where the Olympic flame starts its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games.

Meet at the registration desk for a short walk to the stadium, where you will join a group run.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Registration Desk


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 Questex Hospitality Group

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:00am - 9:05am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Opening Interview: A History of Hospitality in the Mediterranean
In a one-to-one interview, hear about hospitality innovation and development inthe Mediterranean.

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Marybelle Arnett

Vice President, Development, Central & Eastern Europe, Hilton
Marybelle Arnett is responsible for the development of Hilton’s brands in Central & Eastern Europe. Bringing more than 30 years’ hospitality experience gained in international roles, Marybelle works closely with owners and investors to bring new properties to the region.Having... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:05am - 9:15am
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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Katherine Doggrell

Journalist and Author
Katherine Doggrell is a journalist with over 15 years’ experience in the hotel sector. During her career she has worked for publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Q, Mojo and Business 2.0, meeting such luminaries as Steve Jobs, the Queen and a group of reclusive... Read More →

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Alexander Schneider

Nikki Beach Hotels Resorts, President
ALEXANDER SCHNEIDER has been working with Nikki Beach since April 2016 heading theopening of Nikki Beach Resort Spa Dubai, a project that broke the mold of existing resortconcepts in the Middle East.Alexander is currently leading the Nikki Beach Hotels Resorts plans for expansion... Read More →
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Mari Daskalantonaki

Grecotel, CEO
Mari Daskalantonakis is CEO at Grecotel Group of Companies and Managing Director at Grecotel S.A. In her role, manages the largest & leading hospitality company in Greece with 32 hotels & resorts. She has held key roles over the past 28 years with the group from corporate development... Read More →
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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 →
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Pablo Suárez

Roxa Hospitality, Chief Executive Officer
Pablo Suarez is the Chief Executive Officer of the hotel management company Roxa Hospitality.  The company that Pablo help to grow with the support of the board of the Roxa Group.Pablo joined the group in 2018 as the Managing Director of Blau Hotels for Holidays with the mission... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
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 joined CBRE in 2006 and since then he has played an active role in the European hotel investment market, performing strategic transactions on behalf of many of CBRE’s core clients in the region.Miguel currently acts as the Head of Investment Properties, Continental Europe... Read More →

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Marcus-Milan Arandelovic

AroundTown, COO - Hotel Division
Marcus-Milan Arandelovic (1969) was born and raised in Germany. As a graduate of l’École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, he started his international career with Hilton Hotels in 1994 in Hilton Brussels, Belgium. With more than 24 years of experience with Hilton across... Read More →
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Coley Brenan

KSL Capital Partners, Partner
Coley Brenan, Partner, KSL Capital Partners, runs the European office for KSL Capital Partners, based in London. KSL is a leading private equity firm with approximately $8.0 billion of equity capital commitments raised since 2005 and a 20-year track record of making investments exclusively... 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 →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Terpsichore Ballroom


Coffee & Refreshments Break

Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:45am - 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.

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Natalie Weisz

STR, Senior Manager, Research & Analysis

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


Mediterranean-Bound: What Do Long-Distance Tourists Want?
This trends talk will look at travel trends from long-haul source markets such as the USA and Asia: profiles, requirements, intention to travel and more.

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Lyublena Dimova

European Travel Commission, Research Project Manager
Graduated in 2015 in Tourism Management and Hospitality from both the University of Central Florida and ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Ms Dimova has since been working at the European Travel Commission (ETC), as part of the research and development team. Her main responsibilities... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 12:05pm - 12:20pm
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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Alexandros Moulas

Savills UK, Director, Co-Head of International Development Consultancy
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 →
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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 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Networking Lunch
Travelling to Greece has become synonymous with a journey through the age old tradition of its cuisine. With influences from both the East and West and an ancient flare, our networking lunch spread will let our attendees "Experience the Opportunities" with food, wine, and plenty of networking.

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


Agora Time - Network & Discover New Projects
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.

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Miguel Espada

Propriétés & Co, Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO at Propriétés & Co, based in Paris, successful Resort Investor & Entrepreneur, graduated from Paris-Dauphine University and ESCP Europe, 15 years of experience in the Hotel & Resort industry, currently investor & developer of LUX* La Baraquette, the first seafront... Read More →
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Dimitris Karampatakis

K-Studio, Co-Director

Wednesday October 30, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Exhibtion Area


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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Christoph Traunig

St. Stephan Capital Partners,, Senior Partner
Mag. Christoph Traunig, MBA is currently Member of the General Council, Oesterreichische Nationalbank in Vienna, Senior Partner at St. Stephan Capital Partners, and Senior Financial Advisor at Helios Real Estate Group in the UK.Previously he has held positions at Hypo Alpe-Adria Mitarbeiterprivatstiftug... Read More →
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Andrej Erjavec

InterCapital, Partner in Investment Banking
Andrej Erjavec is a partner in Investment Banking at InterCapital Securities, part of the InterCapital Group, a SEE-focused investment company based in Zagreb.Since joining InterCapital in 2008 Andrej has advised numerous clients on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising, with... Read More →
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Ilya Nikitin

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI), Executive Director
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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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Dr. Aris Ikkos

INSETE, Research Director
Dr. Aris Ikkos, ISHC is Research Director at Institute SETE (INSETE). INSETE is the research institute of the Confederation of Greek Tourism (SETE). At INSETE he is responsible developing SETE Intelligence, a business intelligence unit for Greek tourism as well as for managing research... Read More →

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George Kormas

Piraeus Real Estate S.A., Executive General Manager, Head of Group Real Estate of Piraeus Bank Group and CEO
Mr. George Kormas is an Executive General Manager of Piraeus Bank Group and Head of Group 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 Group. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Bank... Read More →
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Angela Michalopoulou

Public Properties Company, Director General for Real Estate Portfolio Management
Dr. Angela Michalopoulou, Director General for Real Estate Portfolio Management at Public Properties Company, (PPCo-ΕΤΑΔ ΑΕ) is a Chemical Engineer, holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras and an MBA from the Athens Lab for Business Administration... Read More →
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Elias Eliades

Enterprise Greece, Deputy Director of Investment Facilitation
With 17 years of experience in the area of Foreign Direct Investments, a long course in executive positions and a Master's background in Political Science from the leading UK University of Warwick, Elias works as Director of Investment Facilitation at Enterprise Greece (EG), Greece's... Read More →
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Lambis Pahiyiannakis

Sani & Ikos Group, Acquisition Manager
Mr. Pahiyiannakis is Acquisition Manager for LBRI/Sani & Ikos Group and is responsible for hotel acquisition deal sourcing and underwriting of new opportunities. Sani & Ikos Group is a luxury resort owner and operator operating in the Mediterranean, operating the 5-star luxury Sani... 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 (Baleares, Cyprus, Malta, Crete, Rhodes, Hvar, Sicily).

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Paul Pisani

Corinthia Hotels, Senior Vice President - Hotel Development
As part of the Pisani family, who founded the Corinthia brand back in 1962, Paul has been part of the incredible and inspirational journey of the business as it’s grown to be a leading force in hospitality. In 1990, after his university studies, Paul joined Corinthia and his natural... Read More →
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Michalis Michael

Invest Cyprus, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michalis P. Michael is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since January 2018.He has a long professional career in business and audit services, both as a sole practitioner and as a Partner in KPMG Cyprus. Mr. Michael has a vast experience... Read More →
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Athinagoras Konstantinidis

Atrium Hotels, Director
Athinagoras holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, an MSc in Management from Imperial College London and an MLA in Finance from Harvard University. He is a Director in the luxury resort group Atrium Hotels (www.atriumhotels.gr ) and Vice President of the Rhodes Hotel Association... Read More →
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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 →

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Dr. Maria Carmela Colaiacovo

Italian Hotel Association - Confindustria, Vice President
After graduation she worked for her family business, which is part of The Financo Group, a holding with  its own core business in the cement industry (Colacem), prepacked concrete (Colabeton), and transports (Tracem and Inba), and in the sports industry (Autodrome Santa Monica) and... Read More →
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Stefano Nigro

Director, Italian Trade Agency
Stefano is the Director of the Foreign Investment Department at ITA Agency. ITA acts on behalf of the Italian Government to promote FDI to Italy and to support foreign investors.He has a 10 year experience of investment promotion: before joining ITA, he was the head of the Investment... Read More →
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Alessandro Belli

CDP Investimenti Sgr, Head of Tourism Real Estate
Alessandro Belli is Head of Tourism Real Estate at Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Investimenti SGR since 2016, managing the startup of tourism RE investment business unit.With 18+ years’ experience in real estate industry, Alessandro has held investment and finance roles in leading advisory... Read More →
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Marion Pignol

Marion Pignol has 12 years' experience in real estate:- Chief Corporate Officer at Beni Stabili (Italian REIT) since 2017- Special advisor then Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Fonciere des Regions (6 years): investment Offices, fund management Hospitality, M&A.Graduate of ESSEC... Read More →

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


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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Margarida Almeida

Amazing Evolution, Founder
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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Luís Araújo

Turismo de Portugal, President
Luis Araújo is the President of Turismo de Portugal (Portuguese National Tourism Authority) since february 2016. Previously was a Board Member at Group Pestana responsible for the Hispanic America hotels operations (Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba). He was also Head of Development... Read More →
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Julio Delgado

Ombria Resorts, CEO
Julio Delgado has a degree in Business and Economy by Seville University and a master degree in Hotels Management, by Madrid Polytechnic University. He also has a Master in Golf Management by Wales University/EADE, a General Manager Program in Cornell University New York and another... Read More →
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Chitra Stern

Martinhal Group, Founder & Owner
Recipient of the prestigious Deloitte Institute Entrepreneurship Award at the London Business School, “Person of the Year” Award by the international Family Travel Association and the “Family Traveler Award” for special contribution to the Family Travel Market.Electronic Engineer... Read More →

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


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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Jorge Rosillo Rein

Savills Spain, Director, Head of Hotels
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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
Terpsichore Ballroom


Coffee & Refreshments Break

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Terpsichore D


Raising the bar – Hotel Benchmarking
How well is your property performing against the competition? The answers are found in benchmarking. In this session, we explore benchmarking best practices and get a better understanding of how STR empowers you with the data intelligence needed to make better business decisions.
Invitation-only workshop held in Greek.

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Kostas Nikolaidis

STR, Executive Middle East, Africa & Greece
Kostas is based in Edinburgh and is responsible for designing and overseeing strategic business development initiatives and key projects across Middle East, Africa and Greece. Before joining STR, Kostas worked in the UK for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and the Edwardian Hotel Group... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm


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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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 →

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Luis Picas

Hotel Investment Partners (HIP), Head of Investment
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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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Sergio Garcia

Jackyl, Partner - Acquisitions
Sergio is a Spanish national and a member of the investment team at Jackyl. He graduated with a degree  in Economics and Business Administration from San Pablo CEU University, and also attended University  of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, in the... Read More →
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Nikos Konstantidinis

L+R Hotels, Acquisitions & Business Development Director
Nikos joined L+R Hotels in 2014. He has focused on acquiring Hospitality and Commercial Real Estate assets, investments in Mixed Use schemes and implementing teh company's asset management and business development initiatives, with an emphasis on Mediterranean and CEE markets.Before... 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 three resorts with alternative offerings, giving you the opportunity to see what is out there. And maybe get some hints and tips along the way.
- Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, Portugal
- Mr & Mrs White New Style Hotel Paros, Greece
- Gundari Resort, Folegandros, Greece

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Jonathan Langston

Advisory Board Chair, Questex Hospitality Group

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Ricardo Larriera

Gundari Resorts, Founder and CEO
Ricardo Larriera is founder and CEO of Gundari Resorts, who are launching their first resort property in Folegandros in 2021. Gundari are an innovative new resort brand that are focused on providing transformative, high end luxury resort experiences in unique locations, built ground... Read More →
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Margarida Caldeira

Broadway Malyan Holdings Ltd, Main Board Director - Head of Hospitality
Margarida is a Broadway Malyan Holdings Ltd Board Director and sits on the Executive Committee in her capacity as Chair of the EMEA Board. She also plays a pivotal role as a Director on the board for the Americas region. She launched the Lisbon studio with Stuart Rough in 1996 and... Read More →
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Panos Paleologos

HotelBrain Group, President & Founder
Panos Paleologos was born in 1972 in Greece. His involvement in the hospitality industry goes back around 25 years ago. Having graduated from IHTTI (International Hotel & Tourism Istitute) in Switzerland, in International Hotel Management department, he has worked in various operating... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Thalia 2


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.

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Dimitris Manoussakis

Head of Office, Savills, Greece
Dimitris Manoussakis is the Managing Partner of KENTRIKI Property Valuers & Consultants, the Savills International associate in Greece.  He specializes in offering professional advisory services to private companies and public organizations.  He has graduated from the National Technical... Read More →

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Dimitri Konstantopoulos

Piraeus Bank SA, Deputy General Manager - CEO's Office
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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Spyros Venetsianos

Eurobank, Deputy General Manager, Head of Structured Finance, Group Corporate & Investment Banking
Spyros Venetsianos joined Eurobank in 2004 to create the Project Finance team and remained the head of the department until late 2013. He is currently the Head of the Structured Finance Unit, within the Group Corporate & Investment Banking division which entails the Hotels & Leisure... Read More →
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Vlaho Kojakovic

EBRD, Director of Property and Tourism
Vlaho is Director of the Property and Tourism Team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he has been working for the past 8 years. He is a seasoned banker and a real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Before joining EBRD... Read More →

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


Meet the Experts
Enjoyed your last session? Want to delve a little deeper into some of the key issues? Join the appropriate 'Meet the Experts' session and get first hand responses to your burning questions from direct conversation with the panel.

Wednesday October 30, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm
Thalia Foyer


A Late Summer Night's Dream
A financier lets her mind wander as she tries to decide whether to invest in a Mediterranean or an Arctic resort. Join her on her journey assessing the key investment criteria and carefully considering the outcomes of each proposal.

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Jonathan Langston

Advisory Board Chair, Questex Hospitality Group
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Roger A. Allen

Resources for Leisure Assets, Group CEO
Roger is the Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA), a recognized global advisory specialized in hospitality, leisure, recreation, wellbeing and health tourism related to hotels, resorts, residential, mixed-use, healthcare, active living communities and destinations.RLA... Read More →
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Cornelia Kausch

CK Hospitality Advisors GmbH, Managing Director
Senior Executive in the Hospitality Industry and true Hotel all-rounder, having been in the business for over 30 years in different positions. International background with operational and functional experience in Operations, Development, Asset Management and Leadership with a proven... Read More →
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Ben Martin

HKS, Principal
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 →

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


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 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hilton Athens Pool
Thursday, October 31



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

Lamborghini, Chief Marketing Officer
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 Director... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:10am - 9:35am
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 Group, Managing Partner / Founder
Xenia zu Hohenlohe is a Founding Partner/Director with the Considerate Group, a solutions provider for sustainable services to hospitality businesses.Xenia began her career in the hotel industry 24 years as a PR for international hotel groups such as Mandarin Oriental Hotels in London... Read More →

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Harry Theoharis

Greece, Minister of Tourism
Harry Theoharis, Minister of Tourism of the Hellenic Republic, has been repeatedly elected as a Member of the Greek Parliament since 2015. Previously he served as Secretary General for Information Systems at the Hellenic Ministry of Finance, and as Secretary General for Public Revenues... Read More →
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Savvas Perdios

Republic of Cyprus, Minister of Tourism

Thursday October 31, 2019 9:35am - 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.

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Adamantia Phoca

CBRE - AXIES, Director - Hospitality
Adamantia joined AXIES, part of the CBRE affiliate group in 2014 as the Director of Hospitality responsible for overseeing the tourism and leisure related services of the firm, capitalising on her extensive international experience. Since then she has actively participated and supervised... Read More →

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Julien Renaud-Perret

Pierre & Vacances / Center Parcs, Chief Development Officer
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Spyros Tzoannos

Dolphin Capital, Development Director
Spyros Tzoannos is the Development Director at Dolphin Capital. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in Greece and the USA. Spyros carries vast experience in all phases of development, having been involved in some of the largest, high profile development projects in... Read More →
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Bruno Robert

Indevho, Managing Director
Coming from a professional handball background, and holding a Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management, Bruno has always been immerged in the hotel industry, handling all positions from Housekeeper to General Manager.He successfully managed several properties from five different... Read More →
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Eric Trillo

AECOM, Director Buildings & Places Barcelona
Eric is the Director of Architecture and Urban Planning at AECOM´s Barcelona branch, the fully integrated design company providing Smart Integrated Design Solutions worldwide.From the Barcelona office, Eric and his team support AECOM's clients in their projects all over Europe, providing... Read More →
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Sotiris Bakagiannis

Intradevelopment, Chief Business Development Officer
Sotiris Bakagiannis is a Senior Development manager with 20 years’ experience in Construction and Development of complex projects. He has successfully managed and completed infrastructure, commercial real estate and hospitality projects in Greece and SE Europe.  He currently holds... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 10:10am - 10:45am
Terpsichore Ballroom



Distribution in a Post-Thomas Cook World
The demise of the tour operator has caused great uncertainty in the Mediterranean resort market, forcing many hoteliers to review their distribution strategies. What are the options for hotel owners to attract travellers?

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Xenophon Petropoulos

Horwath HTL Greece, Country Director
Xenophon Petropoulos holds more than 18 years of experience in the fields of sales management, customer service, corporate communications, and reputation management. He is the Country Director of Horwath HTL in Greece, the leading Hotel, Tourism & Leisure consulting company Worldwide... Read More →

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Alexandros Vassilikos

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, President
Alexandros Vassilikos was born in Athens in 1976 and studied Economics in Nantes and London.In 2002, following the demise of the founder of AIROTEL Group of Hotels Efstratios Vassilikos, he assumed the position of Chairman and CEO and envisioned the new corporate strategy aiming to... Read More →
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Dieter Kornek

TUI AG, Head of Project Scouting
Dieter Kornek has more than 20 years of experience in hotel development working in various senior management positions in international hotel groups. Starting as Director Development for Accor Germany & Austria in 1995 and after very successful growth of brands like IBIS, ETAP and... Read More →
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Dimitris Kossyfas

Google Greece, Cyprus and Malta, Head of Travel
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 9 years. Prior to joining Google, Dimitris worked for 5 years... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 11:15am - 11:50am
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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Mehmet Önkal

BDO Hospitality Consulting, Managing Partner
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 →

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Blanche van Berckel

Vous Hotels & Retreats, Founder & CEO
Blanche van Berckel is one of the leading authorities in hotel management and one of the few female entrepreneurs in hospitality today, with more than 30 years’ experience in the sector,     She is the Founder and CEO of Vous Hotels & Retreats.
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Helena Burstedt

Aliseda Inmobiliaria, Head of Hotels
Helena is currently heading up the Hotel department at Aliseda (owned by Blackstone and Bank Santander) in Spain, carrying out active asset management and/or disinvestment of the more than 60 owned hotels across Spain. Previously, Helena co-headed the Transaction Real Estate department... Read More →
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Martina Maly-Gärtner

Arabella Hospitality SE, Chief Operating Officer
In 2018 Martina Maly-Gärtner joined the executive board of the Arabella Hospitality SE, located in Munich. Arabella Hospitality SE is part of the Schörghuber Corporate Group. In her position as Chief Operating Officer she takes responsibility for the operational business of the... Read More →
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Stavros Mitsis

Managing Director, Mitsis Hotels

Thursday October 31, 2019 11:50am - 12:25pm
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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Carlos Martin-Rios

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Associate Professor

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Pablo Gago

Room Mate Group, Senior Director of Global & Sales Marketing
Pablo Gago has been the Commercial & Marketing Director of Room Mate Group since 2011.Room Mate Group is a visionary brand – our unique way of understanding business is based on our innovative methods and our constant desire to challenge and question ourselves. Our aim is to show... Read More →
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Thodoris Makridis

Makridis Associates, Architect - Urban Designer
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Alessandro Cavazza de Altamer

Beyond the gates, Founder
Born in Rome in 1986, he graduated in Architecture from the Universities of Venice and Rome. He inherited from his grandfather a deep knowledge of the Italian Historical Houses and a strong passion for the history of construction and for Italy. After working for 5 years for a construction... Read More →
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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 →

Thursday October 31, 2019 12:25pm - 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


CEO Interview: Experience the Opportunities in Leisure Hospitality
A leader's views on the travel and leisure hospitality trends which are having the biggest impact on hospitality, and look at the future.

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Alexi H. Khajavi

Questex LLC, Managing Director EMEA & Chair of Questex Hospitality Group

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Ramón Aragonés

NH Hotel Group, Chief Executive Officer
Ramón Aragonés (Madrid, 1954) studied Hospitality and Tourism Management in Palma de Mallorca University and Louvain University.He joined Hesperia Hotels in 2000 as Operations Manager. He was then promoted to Managing Director of Hesperia Hotels from 2000 to 2009, and after that... Read More →

Thursday October 31, 2019 1:10pm - 1:25pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Closing Remarks
Thursday October 31, 2019 1:25pm - 1:30pm
Terpsichore Ballroom


Closing Lunch
Conclude you MR&H experience with a lunch of authentic Mediterranean food in a chic and modern ambience with a spectacular open kitchen.

Thursday October 31, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Byzantino Restaurant