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Jean-Jacques Dessors

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

François Victor

Associate Director, Horwath HTL

Mike Collini

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

David Jenkins

Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, JLL, Hotels & Hospitality Group

Murat Yilmaz

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

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Ayhan Yeginsu

President, LDC - Leisure Development Consultants

Özgür Özaslan

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture , Turkey

Nilsun Tümer

Country Coordinator Turkey, PKF hotelexperts

Defne Gezen

Managing Director, DTM Hospitality Consulting

Sinan Onbulak

eBusiness Director, Titanic Hotels

Daniel Thorniley

President, DT-Global Business Consulting

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Brian Watson

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

Bilge Turcan

Chief Business Development Officer , Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International

Aykut Eken

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

Gülgün Korkusuz

General Manager, Uğurlu Consultancy

Sinan Inan

General Manager, Antalya Convention Bureau

Ozlem Gokce

General Manager, Extensa İstanbul Emlak Yatırım İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst

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President, Atlas Project & Land Development

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Member of Board, Net Holding Inc.

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Manager, Financial Analysis & Sector Analyst, TSKB

Rui M. Barros

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

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Golf Consultant, BDO Hospitality Consulting

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Business Columnist, Sabah Newspaper

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General Manager , Turser Tourism Service & Trade Inc.

Burak Akgüç

Executive Vice President - Corporate Banking and Project Finance, TSKB

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Development Architect, Turkey & South Eastern Europe, IHG

Frank RoccoGrande

Senior Managing Director and Partner, BLG Capital

Kerim Başar

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

Yalin Yaltirakli

Development Director, Turkey, IHG

Yavuz Ungor

Owner, Matrix Travel

Cenk Sidar

President & CEO, Sidar Global Advisors (SGA)

Angela Brav

Chief Executive, Europe, IHG

Temel Aras

Chief Executive Officer, Kosifler Group

Hakan Ateş

President & Chief Executive Officer, Denizbank

Tarik Nasser

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

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Serdar Denktaş

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

Naile Göçen Çukurova

Chairwoman, TUSIAD Tourism Working Group

Cahit Şahin

General Manager, The Montgomery Maxx Royal Golf Course

Goktug Özdemir

Chief Executive Officer, GO Project Management and Construction

Ertuğrul Karaoğlu

Chief Executive Officer, Intra Tourism Group

Romain Avril

Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Bart Carnahan

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

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Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

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General Coordinator, Limak International Hotels & Resorts

Selen Ersü

Chairman & CEO, EVER Group

Simon Vincent

President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide

Kamil Berk

Tourism Coordinator, NG Hotels

Marilyn McHugh

Vice President, Global Events, Questex Hospitality + Travel Group

Alaeddin Babaoglu

President & CEO, Amplio Real Estate Investments

Huseyin Koc

Co-Founder, Metropol Urban Planning LLC

Şenay Azak-Matt

General Manager - Turkey, Aareal Bank Group

T. Serdar Bacaksız

Member of the Board of Directors, Limak Construction

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Diego Lofeudo

Senior Director of Market Management for the Middle East and Indian Ocean , Expedia

Fatih Cigal

Vice President, Marketing & Sales (Central Europe), Turkish Airlines

Ece Tonbul

Executive Board Member, Paloma Hotels

Mehmet Önkal

Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting

Emin Çakmak

Chairman, Global Healthcare Travel Council

Mehmet Kocadon

Mayor of Bodrum

Sevgi Kurt Gürbüz

Consultant - FFE & OSE Procurement, BDO Hospitality Consulting

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President, Horwath HTL

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Corporate Team Leader, Aksoy Construction & Trade

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Chief Executive Officer, AtlasJet

Alexis de La Palme

SVP – Head of Development Europe , Accor

Volkan Müller

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer, JLL Turkey

Christian Michel

Vice President Development Central & Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Arda Ermut

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

Erdem Şatiroğlu

Managing Partner, GEMDSE Project Management LLC

Emre Narin

Vice President, Marti Hotels and Marinas

Yaşar Döngel

Member of the Board, IC Holding

Gianluca Laterza

Territory Manager Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta, TripAdvisor

Ömer Isvan

President, Servotel

Oya Narin

Chairperson of the Board, Marti Hotels and Marinas

CATHIC 2014 - A huge success!

The Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) took place 9-10 June at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Centre, and provided the region’s premier meeting place for industry professionals to network, gain knowledge from local and internationally renowned speakers and meet leading international companies.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Speakers, Sponsors and Supporters for being a part of CATHIC 2014. A special thank you to our host hotel, the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti and the Marriott Istanbul Sisli for hosting the evening networking receptions, and to our Strategic Partner, Turkish Tourism Investors Association for supporting the event. 

Congratulations to our CATHIC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Mehmet Önkal, Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting.



Deals announced at CATHIC 2014:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express Istanbul – Halkali.  The 114-room hotel opening in 2015 will operate under a franchise agreement with Liv Yapi Gayrimenkul Yatirim and will be the first internationally branded limited service hotel near Istanbul International Airport.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced another signing today and that is the Crowne Plaza Borjomi. The 84-room hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel in Borjomi, Georgia. Opening in 2015, the hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with Park Hotel LLC and managed by T&T Consulting.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has also announced the signing of Holiday Inn Minsk. The 205-room new build hotel opening in 2016 will operate under a franchise agreement with Hospitality Group LLC and will be the first Holiday Inn® hotel in Belarus.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced the Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Topkapi (260 rooms), opening in Q3 2016.