Business Columnist, Sabah Newspaper
Senior Director, Acquisition & Development Central & Eastern Europe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Kosifler Group
President & CEO, Sidar Global Advisors (SGA)
T. Serdar Bacaksız
Member of the Board of Directors, Limak Construction
Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst
Deputy PM & Minister of Economy, Tourism, Culture & Sports, Northern Cyprus
Chairperson of the Board, Marti Hotels and Marinas
General Manager, The Montgomery Maxx Royal Golf Course
Territory Manager Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta, TripAdvisor
President, Horwath HTL
President EMEA, EVP, Hilton Worldwide
Manager, Financial Analysis & Sector Analyst, TSKB
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
President & CEO, Amplio Real Estate Investments
President, LDC - Leisure Development Consultants
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
Vice President, Marti Hotels and Marinas
Vice President Development Central & Eastern Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group
President, Atlas Project & Land Development
Alexis de La Palme
SVP – Head of Development Europe , Accor
Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM
Chairman & CEO, EVER Group
Managing Partner, BDO Hospitality Consulting
Senior Managing Director and Partner, BLG Capital
Chief Business Development Officer , Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International
Co-Founder, Metropol Urban Planning LLC
General Manager - Turkey, Aareal Bank Group
President, DT-Global Business Consulting
Golf Consultant, BDO Hospitality Consulting
Sevgi Kurt Gürbüz
Consultant - FFE & OSE Procurement, BDO Hospitality Consulting
Member of the Board, IC Holding
Executive Vice President, Russia & CIS, JLL, Hotels & Hospitality Group
Corporate Team Leader, Aksoy Construction & Trade
Managing Partner, GEMDSE Project Management LLC
President & Chief Executive Officer, Denizbank
Chief Executive Officer, GO Project Management and Construction
Executive Vice President - Corporate Banking and Project Finance, TSKB
Executive Board Member, Paloma Hotels
Chief Executive Officer, AtlasJet
Member of Board, Net Holding Inc.
Vice President Development – Turkey, Russia and Eastern Europe, Hilton Worldwide
eBusiness Director, Titanic Hotels
Associate Director, Horwath HTL
Senior Director of Market Management for the Middle East and Indian Ocean , Expedia
General Manager, Uğurlu Consultancy
Country Coordinator Turkey, PKF hotelexperts
Development Architect, Turkey & South Eastern Europe, IHG
Chief Executive Officer, Intra Tourism Group
Vice President Business Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Mayor of Bodrum
General Coordinator, Limak International Hotels & Resorts
Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR
General Manager, Antalya Convention Bureau
Chairman, Global Healthcare Travel Council
Vice President, Marketing & Sales (Central Europe), Turkish Airlines
Managing Director, DTM Hospitality Consulting
VP Architecture, Design & Construction, EMEAI, Wyndham Hotel Group
Vice President, Global Events, Questex Hospitality + Travel Group
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer, JLL Turkey
Chief Executive, Europe, IHG
General Manager, Extensa İstanbul Emlak Yatırım İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Managing Partner, CEO, N+1 Daruma Corporate Finance - Real Estate
Undersecretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture , Turkey
Vice President, ISPAT - Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey
SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Development Director, Turkey, IHG
Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)
Managing Director, STR Global
Vice President, International Lodging Development , Marriott International, Inc.
Tourism Coordinator, NG Hotels
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Owner, Matrix Travel
Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International
Naile Göçen Çukurova
Chairwoman, TUSIAD Tourism Working Group
Dr. Ibrahim Birkan
General Manager , Turser Tourism Service & Trade Inc.
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.