Press Release

14 Feb 2012

Second Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference gets underway in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey February 2012: The second Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) begins today in Istanbul with the arrival of over 330 delegates from 33 countries.  A networking session, followed by a reception hosted by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide at Istanbul's newest hotel - Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler will launch proceedings.

The conference programme on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel includes Turkish business leaders such as:  Hamdi Akin, Chairman of Akfen Holding company; Serdar Bilgili, Chairman of Bilgili Holding; Murat Dedeman, Chairman of Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International;  and Cevdet Akçay, Chief Economist for Yapi Kredi Bank.

From the global hotel management companies, speakers include Kurt Ritter of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Dennis Hennequin of Accor and Eric Danziger of Wyndham Hotel Group.  Also participating are representatives from IHG, Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Marriott International, plus hotel investors, developers, economists, bankers and hotel industry analysts from the region.

An exhibition of sponsors runs alongside the conference, with more stands than the inaugural event in 2011.   Sponsors for this year's event are:  Platinum sponsors: BDO, Corinthia Hotels, Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT), Marmara Collection, Wyndham Hotel Group.  Gold sponsors: Accor Hospitality, AECOM Design + Planning, Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion, Best Western International, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Horwath HTL, Hyatt International, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, Jumeirah Group, Marriott International, Inc, Orient-Express Hotels, Premier Inn, Rixos Hotels, Servotel Corporation, T&T Consulting, WATG.

Méridien Istanbul Etiler Hotel opened its doors on January 30 2012.  Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., it is the first Le Méridien hotel in Turkey,  with 260-rooms over 32 storeys overlooking the Bosphorus.  Owned by Makyol Construction Industry Tourism and Trading Co. Inc., the hotel is located in the prestigious area of Etiler, just one kilometre from the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge connecting Europe and Asia.

The Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference will run from February 6 -8, 2012 at Ceylan Intercontinental, Istanbul and is organised by Bench Events and Questex Media. Details can be found on www.cathic.com


Media Contact: Strategic Solutions,media@strategicsolutionsonline.com

Sarah Azad +97150 9803810,Sarah@strategicsolutionsonline.com

Media partnersThe Business Year, Destinations of the World News, Europaproperty, Gayrimenkul Turkiye, Global Hotel Network.com, Hotel Analyst, Hotel Management, Hsyndicate, Hurriyet Daily Travel News, Istanbul Deluxe, Oxford Business Group, Sleeper Magazine

SupportersInternational Tourism Partner (ITP), EHL, World Toursim & Travel Council (WTTC), Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Turkish Investors Association (TYD), EMITT


Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) - February 6th - 8th 2012, Ceylan Intercontinental, Istanbul. To register to attend this event, and for details of the conference programme, please visit www.cathic.com

CATHIC is co-organised by Bench Events and Questex Media, who also organise the Russia and CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum Asia Pacific and the International Hotel Investment Forum Berlin.

About Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record in hosting the premier hotel investment events in Europe and the Middle East. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, is one of the organisers and founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum now in its fifteenth year (www.berlinconference.com). In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (www.arabianconference.com); in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (www.russia-cisconference.com) and in 2011 launched the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (www.cathic.com) and the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Morocco (www.africa-conference.com). www.benchevents.com

About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel drives demand for travel and hospitality organizations  as the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to these related industries. It includes a dynamic collection of strategic investment and deal-making forums as well as tactical services such as powerful lead generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications to help hospitality and travel organizations drive revenue, productivity and value creation.  Questex Hospitality + Travel operates throughout the United States and Americas regions, EMEA and Asia/Pacific through a variety of market-leading properties and services including International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum Asia Pacific, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference, HOTEC Designand HOTEC Operations & Technology; lead generation portal HotelManagement.net; industry news delivery services in print, online and mobile worldwide via IHIF: Hotel Investment News along with Hotel Management magazines.