THE FUTURE OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
28-29 Mai 2024 • JW Marriott Hotel
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CONFERINTA
28-29 Mai 2024
TopHotel este cel mai mare eveniment anual care a analizat tendintele globale si impactul acestora asupra investitiilor si dezvoltarilor hoteliere locale.
TOPHOTEL AWARDS
28 Mai 2024
TopHotel Awards a venit ca o recunoastere a muncii si a eforturilor pe care industria hoteliera, a turismului si a ospitalitatii din Romania le depune zi de zi.

Program

TopHotel Conference is a modular event spanning two days and comprising conferences as well as an awards gala. On the first day of the event, there will be two simultaneous conferences, followed by an awards ceremony in the evening. On the second day, a single conference is scheduled. We invite you to consult the agenda below.

Day 1: 28 MAY 2024 (Grand Ballroom)

Hotel Investments: Connecting with Brands

Our first day brings together top hotel brands and Romanian investors to connect for a strong market by collaborating and sharing strategies.

08:00 - 08:45 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
09:00 - 10:30 SESSION 1
Investing in Tomorrow: Navigating the Path Ahead in the Hospitality Industry

Hotel Performance Trends

When it comes to hotel performance, we are now talking about growth rather than recovery. 2023 yielded strong performance for European hoteliers, leaving us with the question, can we expect the same in 2024? Business on the books for the summer ahead is positive, fueled by megaevents across the continent, but what can past performance and business on the books tell us about the year ahead?

Alex Robinson

DIRECTOR, INDUSTRY PARTNERS, STR

2024 European Hotel Valuations and Transactions

Alexandra Dumoulin

DIRECTOR, HVS

Green Horizons: How the Hospitality Industry Can Ensure a Clean Green Future

Vessela Valtcheva-McGee

DIRECTOR OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT EE, GBCI EUROPE

MODERATOR

Dragos Anastasiu

PRESIDENT, EUROLINES GROUP ROMANIA

10:30 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 11:30
Leading the Way for Tomorrow's Hospitality: A Strategic Perspective from the CEO Europe & North Africa | Premium, Midscale & Economy, Accor

Patrick Mendes

CEO EUROPE & NORTH AFRICA | PREMIUM, MIDSCALE & ECONOMY, ACCOR

In dialogue with

Simona Constantinescu

PRESIDENT, FIHR - ROMANIAN HOTEL INDUSTRY FEDERATION

11:40 - 12:30 - SESSION 2
Build a Strong Future for Your Hotel Investment: Analysing the Opportunities, Challenges, and Long-Term Outlook of Investing in the Hotel Industry

Giovanni Valentini

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, APEX ALLIANCE HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Adam Konieczny

INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY DIRECTOR, INDOTEK GROUP

David Jenkins

VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, RADISSON HOTEL GROUP

Romulus Andrei

DIRECTOR, BANCA TRANSILVANIA

Silviu Savin

PARTNER, ASCENTA MANAGEMENT

MODERATOR

Razvan Pirjol

CEO, TURISM FELIX

12:30 - 12:40 - Special Moment
Unveilling a Next Project on the Romanian Hotel Market
12:40 - 13:30 - SESSION 3
Choosing the Right Hotel Brand for Your Investment and Unveiling the Next Projects on the Romanian Market

Riad Haidar

PARTNER HOTEL DIVISION, ONE UNITED PROPERTIES

Takuya Aoyama

VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT, HYATT INTERNATIONAL (EAME) LLC

Ivan Kiseev

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR EE & CIS, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Malgorzata Morek

SENIOR DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE, HILTON

MODERATOR

Calin Ile

SENIOR PARTNER, PREMIER HOSPITALITY

13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 - 15:20 - SESSION 4
Development Costs Analysis: Reducing Costs and Time to Add Value in the Hotel

Vassilis Themelidis

REGIONAL DIRECTOR SOUTH & EAST EUROPE, WYNDHAM HOTELS & RESORTS

Adam Ambrus

MANAGER AND CO-OWNER, NERVIA & AMERA

Denisa Voiculescu

HEAD OF SALES FOR BUSINESS CLIENTS, ENGIE Romania

Aurelian Marin

OWNER, PARADIS HOTELS&RESORTS

Attila Joos

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & GENERAL MANAGER, ARO PALACE

MODERATOR

Catalina Toma (Rosu)

CO-FOUNDER, WIN ADVISORS, DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

15:30 - 16:00 - SESSION 5
The Luxe Equation: Balancing Investor Preferences for Luxury Hotels Through the Filter of Investment and Profitability Factors

Christophe Chamboncel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NIRO INVESTMENT GROUP

Nina Moldovan

GENERAL MANAGER & PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, RADISSON BLU CLUJ

Horia Balan

PARTNER, NORMA (SWISSÔTEL POIANA BRASOV - OPENING PROJECT)

MODERATOR

Elena Dragu

SENIOR PARTNER, CUMULUS

16:10 - 17:00 - SESSION 6
New Hotel Concepts to Redefine Hospitality, Soon on the Romanian Hotel Landscape

Maria Dragulin

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – ENA DEVELOPMENT SOUTH EAST EUROPE, ACCOR PREMIUM, MIDSCALE & ECONOMY BRANDS

Andreea Balaj

DIRECTOR GENERAL, TRANSILVANIA TREK

Florin Suciu

SALES EXECUTIVE, TECHNOGYM ROMANIA

Robert Esanu

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT ROMANIA & MOLDOVA, MOGOTEL

Ionut Nicolescu 

MANAGING PARTNER, GRAND DEVELOPMENT

MODERATOR

Mircea Draghici

MANAGING PARTNER, EST HOSPITALITY CONSULTING

17:00 CLOSING CONFERENCE IN THE GRAND BALLROOM

Day 1: 28 MAY 2024 (Constanta Ballroom)

We Are All Connected: Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, Roadmap for Sustainable Tourism Development

12:40 - 13:30 - SESSION 1
Understanding Interconnectedness in Sustainable Tourism
• Investment insights on the opportunities in travel and hospitality industry
• Strategies of airlines for the future and next destinations

Monica Dobrutchi

GENERAL MANAGER ROMANIA, MOLDOVA & BULGARIA, LUFTHANSA GROUP

Matt Ian David

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & ACCOUNTABLE MANAGER, DAN AIR

Alin Ratoi

VICE PRESIDENT BOARD & CFO, ANIMAWINGS

Dorin Ivascu

PRESIDENT, ROMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE AVIATION OPERATORS

MODERATOR

Razvan Pirjol

CEO, TURISM FELIX

13:30 - 14:30 - LUNCH BREAK
14:30 - 15:30 - SESSION 2
Investment Perspective Strategies
• Cooperation and collaboration between countries in developing the tourism sectors

Dayana Kanazireva

DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING & SALES DIRECTOR OF OKOL LAKE PARK AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, D.TRUST LTD. (BULGARIA)

Ivelina Gatseva

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD, FESTA HOTELS (BULGARIA)

Ivaylo Kozhuharov

CEO, HOTEL EXPERTS INTELLIGENT HOSPITALITY SOLUTIONS (BULGARIA)

Tsvetelina Nikolova

MANAGING DIRECTOR, KATARZYNA ESTATE & PLATINUM BRANDS (BULGARIA)

Lucian Boronea

CEO, ACCENT TRAVEL GROUP

Anna Bozhkova

GENERAL MANAGER, ARTE SPA & PARK HOTEL, KASHMIR WELLNESS & SPA HOTEL (BULGARIA)

Constantin Viscu

CEO, CONSGRUP S.A. (REPUBLICA MOLDOVA)

MODERATOR

Takuya Aoyama

VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT, HYATT INTERNATIONAL (EAME) LLC

DAY 1: 28 MAY 2024

TopHotel Awards Ceremony

18:00 - 19:00 - WELCOMING COCKTAIL
19:00 - 22:30 - TOPHOTEL AWARDS CEREMONY
The TopHotel Awards offer recognition to the most significant projects in the tourism and hospitality industry in Romania, bringing to the forefront the best professionals in the field and highlighting the vision and performance of investors. On May 28th, the nominees and jurors gather at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel for a 5-star awards gala and an unforgettable evening.
22:30 - 23:30 - GALA'S CLOSING ACT: A MOMENT TO GATHER TOGETHER WITH MUSIC
At the spectacular conclusion of the TopHotel Awards 2024 Gala, we invite you to join us for a unique moment of celebration and networking. With captivating music and an energetic atmosphere, we come together to celebrate excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry.

DAY 2: 29 MAY 2024 (Grand Ballroom)

Hotel Performance: The Art of Transforming Hotel Investment Into Exceptional Destination

On the second day, TopHotel goes deeper into the world of hotels, exploring how can be successfully designed and operated. This day will unravel the connections within the industry, offering an understanding of how differentiation and hospitality come together to create exceptional and distinct experiences.

08:30 - 09:30 - ENERGIZE AND RECONNECT: BREAKFAST & COFFEE
09:30 - 11:00 SESSION 1
Speeding Into the Future: Maximizing Hotel Performance: Strategies, Trends and Innovations

Achieving Profitability: Maximizing Revenue and Optimizing Costs in Hotel Operations

Juan Gallardo

DIRECTOR OF HOTEL INTELLIGENCE - RESORTS & SOUTHERN EUROPE, HOTSTATS

Artificial Intelligence: A New Frontier for Elevating the Guest Experience in Hospitality

Andre Kaufmann

SENIOR DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, TRUSTYOU

Romanian Traveller Trends: Trends Observed in the Demand for 2024

Marina Begletsova

AREA MANAGER, BOOKING.COM

Who is the Traveler of Tomorrow?

Lyudmyla Honcharova

SOURCING INITIATIVES LEAD, HBX GROUP

MODERATOR

Anca Cristea

GENERAL MANAGER, RADISSON BLU AURUM BRASOV

11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 12:20 SESSION 2
Setting the Stage for Hotel Growth: Align Owner Expectations with Business Success

Brigita Aleksandraviciute

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, APEX ALLIANCE HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Miguel Martins

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, NORTHERN EUROPE IHG HOTELS & RESORTS

Simona Constantinescu

PRESIDENT, FIHR - ROMANIAN HOTEL INDUSTRY FEDERATION

Silvija Lovreta

VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRAL AND SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE, MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Stefan Balaur

COO, CONTINENTAL HOTELS

MODERATOR

Christine Schillings

CEO, WINSEDSWISS ROMANIA

12:30-13:20 SESSION 3
Money Matters: The Impact of F&B Trends on Hotel Investment Strategies

Ion Biris

OWNER, LOFT RESTAURANTS

Adrian Craioveanu

EMEA CONCEPT SALES COORDINATOR, EPTA GROUP

Lorand Szarvadi

MANAGING DIRECTOR, BALVANYOS RESORT

Corina Lovering

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ALEXANDRION GROUP

Lior Bebera

COMPLEX GENERAL MANAGER, RADISSON HOTEL GROUP

MODERATOR

Alina Vladulescu

CO-FOUNDER, WIN ADVISORS, PRE-OPENING OPERATIONS AND HOTEL MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

13:30 - 14:15 LUNCH BREAK
14:15 - 14:30 SESSION 4
Future-forward: Shaping the Hospitality Industry with Latest Tools

Farah Chahine

BRAND ADVISOR GCC, ONE UNITED PROPERTIES

14:30 - 15:20
Hospitality Trends: Next-Generation Hotel Experience - Developing & Designing Hotels to Meet the Needs of Future Travelers
Following global trends indicating shorter stays, increased yearly travel, high customer expectations, and a growing appetite for technology, the market is now compelled to rethink the hotel concept.

Laurent Clavilier

VP DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICE EASTERN EUROPE, GREECE & MALTA, ACCOR

Ioana Dancanet

GENERAL MANAGER, MATCA TRANSYLVANIAN SANCTUARY HOTEL

Alina Toie

MANAGING PARTNER, SPARK HOSPITALITY (TRESOR LE PALAIS CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON - OPENING PROJECT)

Calin Calimaneanu 

PROJECT BUSINESS DEVELOPER, DAIKIN ROMANIA

Marius Bazavan

MANAGING PARTNER & COO, BACOLUX HOTELS

Gogolak Margit

CEO MULTINVEST GROUP & OWNER HAMPTON BY HILTON TARGU MURES

MODERATOR

Iulia Szabo

INVESTMENT PROPERTIES CONSULTANT & HOSPITALITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, CBRE ROMANIA

15:30 - 16:20 SESSION 5
A New Generation of Investors Leading the Transformation of the Hotel Industry

Maria Necsulescu

OWNER CASTELUL BETHLEN-HALLER & CEO JIDVEI

Alexandra Bogatu-Pavel

FOUNDER & CEO, EUFORIA RETREAT & SPA

Darius Pripon

CHIEF WINEMAKER, CRAMA JELNA (BISTRITA-NASAUD)

Laura Marin

GM, IBIS STYLES VENUS

Decebal – Traian Robu

CIO & GROWTH MANAGER, AMFITEATRUL TRANSILVANIA BRASOV, ROMANIA

MODERATOR

Alexandra Marcu

PARTNER, ROMANIAN ROMANCE

16:30 - 17:30 WINE & CULINARY CELEBRATION

Join us for a special culinary experience created by our host, while we'll toast to celebrate our long-lasting relationships and continue building new ones through networking.

PARTENERI 2024

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