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Hotec 2007 line-up unveiled

The 2007 edition of HOTEC Middle East not only promises exclusive networking opportunities for the hotel industry’s key buyers and suppliers, but a programme designed to encourage debate

Hotec 2007 line-up unveiled
HOTEC Middle East 2007 will be staged at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Dead Sea, Jordan from March 18 to 20.

This year’s edition of HOTEC Middle East looks set to be the most productive yet, boasting an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, plenty of networking opportunities and a new roundtable event, hosted by Hotelier Middle East, designed to encourage discussion and debate.

Organised by UK-based Pelican Events, with
Hotelier Middle East

its primary media sponsor, the event, now in its third year, will be staged at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Dead Sea, Jordan from March 18 to 20, and is on track to attract around 200 delegates from major hotel groups and key international suppliers.

“The first three years of HOTEC Middle East have seen the event grow dramatically in terms of delegate numbers. This year, while we expect numbers to rise slightly, the emphasis is on ensuring the event retains its ‘exclusive club’ reputation. We do this by only inviting the key decision makers from hotel operators that have confirmed new projects, and limiting the number for suppliers from each product category,” explained Jonathan Needs, director, Pelican Events.

“We will have a good proportion of previous suppliers attending again this year, and an equally as solid number of new suppliers, who in particular, service the four- to five-star sector of the marketplace and are looking to establish themselves in the Middle East region.”

Needs said anyone involved with “specifying or influencing products and services for a new hotel project or major refurbishment” or suppliers looking to increase their market share in the Middle East, should attend HOTEC Middle East. From a buyer’s perspective, Emirates Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont, and several international chains have already signed up to participate, he added.

The three-day event is action-packed with essential components such as meetings programmes and supplier showcases, but perhaps the most anticipated sessions are the seminars, led by industry experts.

Day one will kick off with an overview of new hotel developments in the Middle East, presented by independent hotel consultant and regular
Hotelier Middle East

columnist, Guy Wilkinson. Leading the afternoon session on the same day will be Andrew Gibson, CEO of one of the world’s most respected spa consultancies, Raison D’Etre, who will discuss the globalisation of spas and look at how hotels have embraced this lifestyle trend.

On day two, Bruno Huber, general manager, Dead Sea Resort & regional manager Jordan, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, will outline the Swiss hotel group’s Middle East strategy for the future, while the afternoon session will see a brand new HOTEC concept introduced; the
Hotelier Middle East

roundtable – Live!

Chaired by Gemma Greenwood, senior editor, Hospitality Group, at Dubai-based publishing company, ITP Business, the session will see Hotelier’s regular roundtable feature transformed into a live event.

Three buyers and three suppliers with contrasting operations and product areas, discuss their key concerns and answer questions generated by the audience.

Delegates are therefore being invited to prepare their discussion topics to ensure the debate is thought-provoking and controversial.

"This year, while we expect numbers to rise slightly, the emphasis is being placed on ensuring the event retains its 'exclusive club' reputation."

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