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Selen Ersü

Chairman & CEO, EVER Group

Emin Çakmak

Chairman, Global Healthcare Travel Council

Nilsun Tümer

Country Coordinator Turkey, PKF hotelexperts

Cenk Sidar

President & CEO, Sidar Global Advisors (SGA)

Mehmet Ersoy

CEO, Etstur , Owner, Voyage Hotels and Maxx Royal Golf &Spa

Bilge Turcan

Chief Business Development Officer , Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International

Kamil Berk

Tourism Coordinator, NG Hotels

Hakan Ateş

Chief Executive Officer, Denizbank

Michael Collini

Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

Metin Erdoğdu

President, Horwath HTL

Brian Watson

Vice President, Architecture, Design and Construction, EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

Romain Avril

Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Naile Göçen Çukurova

Chairwoman, TUSIAD Tourism Working Group

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Erdem Şatiroğlu

Managing Partner, GEMDSE Project Management LLC

Elif Balci Fisunoglu

General Manager , Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau - ICVB

Arda Ermut

Vice President, ISPAT - Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey

Murat Yilmaz

Senior Director, Acquisition & Development Central & Eastern Europe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Sevgi Kurt Gürbüz

Consultant - FFE & OSE Procurement, BDO Hospitality Consulting

Sinan Onbulak

eBusiness Director, Titanic Hotels

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development- Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International

Ömer Isvan

President, Servotel

Yalin Yaltirakli

Development Director, Turkey, IHG

Aykut Eken

Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)

Serdar Denktaş

Deputy PM & Minister of Economy, Tourism, Culture & Sports, Northern Cyprus

Angela Brav

Chief Executive, Europe, IHG

Ariane Gorin

Vice President of Market Management EMEA, Expedia Lodging Partner Services

Christian Michel

Vice President Development Central & Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Hüseyin Gürel

Manager, Financial Analysis & Sector Analyst, TSKB Bank

Temel Aras

Chief Executive Officer, Kosifler Group

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Sinan Inan

General Manager, Antalya Convention Bureau

Frank RoccoGrande

Senior Managing Director and Partner, BLG Capital

Alaeddin Babaoglu

President & CEO, Amplio Real Estate Investments

François Victor

Associate Director, Horwath HTL

Hande Tibuk

Member of Board, Net Holding Inc.

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, Hilton Worldwide

Temel Kotil

President & CEO, Turkish Airlines

Kerim Başar

Managing Partner, CEO, N+1 Daruma Corporate Finance - Real Estate

Şenay Azak-Matt

General Manager - Turkey, Aareal Bank Group

Bart Carnahan

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Nida Çandarlı-Sözügeçer

Golf Consultant, BDO Hospitality Consulting

Hakan Ozkasikci

Development Architect, Turkey & South Eastern Europe, IHG

Emre Narin

Vice President, Marti Hotels and Marinas

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Tarik Nasser

Vice President, International Lodging Development , Marriott International, Inc.

Kaan Kavaloğlu

General Coordinator, Limak International Hotels & Resorts

Murat Ersoy

Chief Executive Officer, AtlasJet

Rui M. Barros

SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group

Ayhan Yeginsu

President, LDC - Leisure Development Consultants

Ece Tonbul

Executive Board Member, Paloma Hotels

Marilyn McHugh

Vice President, Global Events, Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

Dr. Ibrahim Birkan

General Manager , Turser Tourism Service & Trade Inc.

Gülgün Korkusuz

General Manager, Uğurlu Consultancy

Yavuz Ungor

Owner, Matrix Travel

Huseyin Koc

Co-Founder, Metropol Urban Planning LLC

Mehmet Önkal

Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting

Oya Narin

Chairperson of the Board, Marti Hotels and Marinas

Goktug Özdemir

President, Tourism Group , MAKYOL Construction Industry & Tourism

Alexis de La Palme

SVP – Head of Development Europe , Accor

Serdar Bacaksız

Member of the Board of Directors, Limak Construction

Welcome to CATHIC 2014

The Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) is the region’s premier meeting place for the industry, bringing together more than 300 top-level hotel investors, operators, developers, advisors and government officials, to network and discuss the latest developments, trends and opportunities available in this exciting market.

With the help of the CATHIC Advisory Board, we have developed an education programme by the industry, for the industry. Over 70 industry experts, representing the region’s major players, will discuss opportunities and challenges facing Turkey’s burgeoning tourism and hospitality sector. The programme will feature interviews with global CEO’s and government officials, forecasts from top economists and panel discussions on the region’s latest developments, trends and best practice in the industry.

Networking is also high on the agenda and why so many executives attend CATHIC. Join us in Istanbul to 
promote your business, meet potential business partners and further your knowledge by learning from the biggest leaders of the hotel investment industry.

Click here to register before 18 April to save $600! The full CATHIC 2014 programme will be announced soon.




What some of our attendees & sponsors said about CATHIC 2013:

"CATHIC provides a great insight in the Turkish and regional market, with all the key players attending". Karen Callahan, Dolce Hotels & Resorts

"CATHIC provided excellent opportunities for international operators to meet a new breed of Turkish investors and developers who are increasingly looking at hotel investments as a way of diversifying their real-estate portfolio". Chris Nader, Shaza Hotels

"A great opportunity to connect, re-connect and get to know some of the key players in the hotel industry, not only in Turkey, but the regions surrounding Turkey". Karl de Lacy, Best Western International

"A fantastic forum for highlighting the investment potential of this dynamic region – and great networking opportunities with the big names from Turkey and beyond." Johanna Devine, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

CATHIC Video - Why Turkey is a hot market and
the place for hotel developers