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Expo Real hotel conference: Change shows its face

Munich (September 25, 2015). At the hotel conference of the investment and property fair Expo Real Munich, from October 5-7, change will show its face. The discussions will pick up the challenges of lifestyle hotels, cheap money, China, property value and contracts.

The "Hospitality Industry Dialogue" (HID) 2015 will reflect the continuing real estate hype, its dangers and opportunities; it will pose questions to CEOs and well-known hotel experts regarding the potential to increase property value, it will bring the new investors from the Far East (China) into the focus and indicate trends – e.g., the hybrid hotel room or changes in future contracts. The keynote will provide the "road map" for this year‘s conference day: With regard to the effects of the changes.

27 top-notch experts from hotel operations, development and financing will share their knowledge with the trade fair visitors on the first Expo Real day, Monday, October 5thfrom 10:30 to 17:30 at the "Special Real Estate Forum" in Hall C2 (

The program:

10.30-10.50 h Key note: The impact of change. What players and what trends will change the industry over the next few years? What investment and finance strategies will work?
Speaker: Dirk Bakker, Head of Hotels EMEA, Colliers Int. Real Estate, Amsterdam  

11.00 - 11.50 h What's the lifespan of a lifestyle hotel? Between individualisation and floor space calculation, classics and hybrid models.
Moderator: Wojciech Czaja, Journalist, Vienna
Vangelis Porikis, Director Central & Northern Europe, Adagio City Aparthotels and representative of the "Task Force Apartment Hotels", Paris
Marc Jongerius, Managing Director, Zoku, Amsterdam
Gonzalo Camara, Expansion Director, Room Mate/BeMate, Madrid
Thomas Willms, Senior Vice President / Regional Director East & Central Europe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Vienna

12.00 - 12.50 h Does cheap money spoil the broth of respectable cooks? About the altered competition among hotel investors.

Moderator:  Martina Fidlschuster, Managing Director, Hotour Hotel Consulting, Frankfurt
Andreas Loecher, Head of Investment Management Hotel, Union Investment Real Estate, Hamburg
Dr. Peter Ebertz, Partner/Head of Hotels, Art-Invest Real Estate Management, Cologne 
Dirk Schuldes, Head of Hospitality, Commerz Real, Wiesbaden
Michael O'Hare, Managing Director, Horwath CEE & Russia, Moscow

13.00-14.00 h BREAK

14.00-14.50 h The Chinese are coming. Chinese investors are coming to Europe with differing strategies. Who is expecting what?
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arlt, Director COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, Hamburg
Roland Paar, Regional Vice President Europe, Plateno Hotels, Berlin
Qun Huang, Lawyer, Taylor Wessing China Group, Frankfurt
Andreas Scriven, International Managing Director, Christie + Co, London

15.00-16.20 h Luxury, Budget, Services, IT: How do operators increase the property value?
Maria Puetz-Willems, Editor-in-Chief, & Max Luscher, Senior Manager Deal Advisory Real Estate, KPMG, Frankfurt 
Alejandro Bernabé, Chief Executive Officer, Kempinski Hotels, Geneva
Hubert Viriot, Chief Executive Officer, Yotel, Dubai
Philipp Klohr, Vice President, Cedar Capital Partners, London
Mark Anderson, Managing Director, Property, Commercial & Premier Inn Germany/Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, London

16.30-17.20 h Everything is changing, even the contracts? What factors must the parties take into account for the next 20 years?
Martin Schaffer, MRP Hotels, Vienna
Cornelia Kausch, Vice President Development, Pandox, Berlin
Dr. Mathias Jung, Jung & Schleicher Rechtsanwaelte, Berlin
Dr. Joerg Frehse, Managing Director, Munich Hotel Partners, Munich
Ascan Kókai, Director Development & Asset Management, Central Europe, NH Hotel Group, Berlin / kn


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