Dedeman chief crowned CATHIC’s top hotelier
Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) February 6-8 2012, Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey January 2012: Turkish hotel veteran Murat Dedeman, Chairman of Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International and President of Dedeman Holding has been named the most influential hotelier by his industry peers, according to Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events and co-organiser of the Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) in Istanbul next month (February 6-8 2012).
He said that Dedeman will receive the CATHIC 2012 Leadership Award at the event for his decades-long contribution to the region’s tourism and hospitality sector.
Over a 40 year-span, Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International has grown to become a leading regional operator, and Turkey’s first hotel chain to forge an international presence with a footprint extending to Cyprus, Moldova and Uzbekistan, across 22 properties.
According to Worsley, Dedeman scooped the award following voting by CATHIC’s 30-strong advisory board made up of key industry leaders. “The Leadership Award is presented to an individual acknowledged by the hospitality sector as someone who has significantly contributed toward the development, success and growth of the industry,” Worsley noted.
Among many touch points that have helped develop the nation’s now burgeoning industry, Murat Dedeman has offered his counsel to numerous professional associations, such as the TYD (Turkish Tourism Investors Association), TUGEV (Tourism Development and Education Foundation) and SKAL (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals), among others.
Worsley promised that the upcoming CATHIC 2012 will provide a timely platform to discuss the future of tourism in the region and the drive to encourage inward investment. Alongside Dedeman, key speakers include Hamdi Akin, Chairman of Akfen Holding Company; Cevdet Akcay, Chief Economist, Yapi Kredi Bank; Denis Hennequin, President & CEO, Accor SA; Eric Danziger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group; Angela Brav, Chief Executive Officer – Europe, IHG; Kurt Ritter, President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group;; Serdar Bilgili, Chairman, Bilgili Holding; Simon Vincent, President - Europe, Hilton Worldwide; Roeland Vos, President EAME, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and Lado Sakvarelidze, Chief Financial Officer, Redix.
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
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, Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion, Best Western International, Carlson & The 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, The Rezidor Hotel Group, T&T Consulting, WATG
Media partners The 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
Supporters International Tourism Partner (ITP), EHL, World Toursim & Travel Council (WTTC), Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Turkish Investors Association (TYD), EMITT
NOTE TO EDITORS:
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 Design and 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