Clients & Testimonials

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Testimonials

  • I have attended many events in Central-Eastern Europe but none that could match the Leaders in Hospitality in terms of speakers, great networking compact round table discussions, audience. Participating in panel discussions, I left the event by finding the solution from the industry gurus how to tackle different issues that my hotel faces or would face in the future.

    Nikolay Roussev, Hotel Manager
    Grand Hotel Sofia

  • In more challenging business environments it is always good to listen to experts and to participate in debates on our industry. That is why the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry (IGHP) welcomes the Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit in Warsaw as an important industry event that gathers hotel experts to share most recent information on regional trends and challenges for the future. I would like to thank the International Business Council for inviting me here. It’s a great platform to exchange ideas and current trends. It’s an important and unique event.

    Irek Weglowski, President
    Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry & Vice President, Orbis SA

  • I’m very honoured to be here and I have to say that International Business Council organized a greatevent. I’ll definitely come back next year to join in for the great experience and exchange or knowledge & networking at Leaders in Hospitality Summit.

    Casimir Platzer, President
    International Hotel & Restaurant Association

  • I would like to thank International Business Council for creating such an interesting event which hasso many great ideas! Good luck for the next event! I look forward to being a part of it again.

    Hans Koch, President
    European Hotel Managers Association

  • The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is pleased to participate in this important summit featuring hotel leaders in Eastern Europe. We will share the good examples of our partners and of sustainability in action from other regions across the globe and look forward to learning about the best examples in sustainability performance and success that demonstrate the important contributions of the hotel sector.

    Deirdre Shurland, Senior Consultant
    United Nations Environment Programme & Coordinators The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

  • ‘Leaders in Hospitality Summit has been extremely positive both in terms of content and in terms of networking. Thank you very much International Business Council for such an interesting event where the future of hospitality industry in Europe and worldwide is being set. I look forward to participating in your next event in Hungary.”

    Christian de Barrin, CEO
    HOTREC – The Umbrella Association of Hotels Restaurants and Cafes in Europe

  • “The role of national administration for hospitality industry in Poland is important, especially concerning the creation of economic conditions activities, creation of law. Therefore The Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit is very important, because the summit is an excellent platform for exchange of knowledge, information and experience in this field.”

    Katarzyna Sobierajska,, Undersecretary State Ministry of Sport & Tourism
    the Republic of Poland

  • ”I think such an event is very important for the hospitality industry in the region which is definitely a very important region with unlimited potential. I definitely like the structure and it needs a good ratio and combination of panel discussion and guest speakers. I really appreciated that I was invited and enjoyed the Summit and will definitely be pleased to come back”

    Christopher Cox, Regional Director Central & Eastern Europe
    Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • “It is a very good experience and it’s great to see that you have so many people really involved who know the market very well. It was a great event and looking forward to hear where it will be taking place next year.”

    Filiep Holvoet , Sales Director
    Arc Edition - Balta

  • “It’s been fantastic here. There has been great networking opportunities, also several seminars and discussions I’ve found very interesting, from my supplier perspective it has given me an insight more into how the operators work. It has been very enjoyable meeting this wide variety of people.”

    Sean Owens , International Sales Manager - Hospitality Lighting
    Havells Sylvania

  • “We wish to reinforce our presence in this Region and an event like this definitely helps us to do this.It’s been a very busy event, the networking sessions were a highlight for us, we have made really good contacts with general managers as well as we’ve explored more Eastern countries like Bulgaria or Kazakhstan to do business with.”

    Aline Sazerac de Forge , Sales Account Manager
    Lissadell-Liddell

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    Lissadell-Liddell

  • “Leaders in Hospitality Summit is for us a great platform to present our products and having everyone under one roof in here, you are near to them and you can listen to them, it’s much cozier than shows or what I know from other events.”

    Bernd Drechsel , General Manager Europe
    Pacific Direct

  • “Getting access to the market out here it’s not easy, so this event is really going to expose us to some very interesting people to take our business the direction we want to go long-term. We’ve met very high profile individuals - those we wouldn’t have met before and we have actually picked up some very good

    Richard Jolie , Sales Manager
    Lissadell-Liddell

  • “The Leaders in Hospitality event has been an extremely useful event, very eye opening, we have met some very very interesting people on an extremely friendly basis. We feel we’ve not only added value but we have taken away a lot of information about the region. I can recommend the event highly, we’ve found an extremely high amount of partners and moving forward we would certainly look forward to do this again.”

    Paul Redding, Business Development Manager – EMEA Inncom
    by Honeywell

  • “I believe Leaders in Architecture MENA is dealing with so many architects, so many well established companies in the MENA region, and it really was a very good start. People are willing to get to know your product especially as a startup company in the MENA region. It has been fantastic and we will definitely be back. This conference has been done perfectly well.”

    Lara Camilleri, Managing Director
    Bridgepoint

  • “Leaders in Architecture MENA is a great catalyst for architects to communicate with each other's work and discuss their issues what they are dealing with.”

    Yausif Albaker, Principal
    Al Baker Architects

  • “Leaders in Architecture MENA is a very interesting event because it's about the debate and discussion, rather than everyone showing their work, it raises a lot of issues and challenges we need to talk about and it helps us to network with colleagues and also a good opportunity to have new clients.”

    Raya Ani, Founder
    RAW-NYC

  • “I really enjoyed the group of professionals that have the experience, very eloquent, they know what they’re talking about, we learn a lot from each other, and it’s a great opportunity for us to establish bridges and create a collaboration and teaming with each other. I look around the room and I don’t see a competition, what I see is opportunity for teaming up and to work together with the best clients for this region.”

    Marwan Houry, Principal
    Stantec

  • “What you’re doing is really not just connecting architects you’re connecting ideas and you’re connecting diverse professionals. Even among us architects we are different. We get to know from this event who can do what and if I have an idea I know who can build it for me. That’s what Leaders in Architecture MENA does.”

    Sara Qais, Project Manager and Architectural Engineer
    ARUP

  • “Leaders in Architecture MENA is definitely a great forum to get the top architects in the region to come together and dialogue and discuss the issues that are a concern or a challenge in the region.”

    Sumaya Dabbagh, Founder
    Dabbagh Architects

  • “I’ve been hugely impressed by Leaders in Architecture MENA, I really experienced the level of engagement on panel discussions and that just demonstrates that there is a hunger in this area for architects to get together and debate the issues which are of interest to our profession and ultimately the interest to our clients so I think this summit plays a very important role in development of profession in the UAE.”

    Jennifer Dixon , EMEA Architecture Leader
    AECOM

  • “I found all of the discussions interesting and valuable, certainly I’ve met useful and valuable contacts, in the interim sessions.”

    Tim Makower, Founder
    Makower Architects

  • “We realized that there was a lot of customer that we didn’t know since we are mainly catering for designers, and not enough architects which is a really good opportunity for us. I found the quality of the attendees’ high level, people who can decide. Compared to a normal exhibition, we are closer to people, and it’s easier to get in contact with them.”

    Patrick Feildel, Manager
    Nobilis

  • “This event is very helpful and knowledgeable for me to know what is happening exactly, the realistic things which is happening behind the scene because at the end of the day people only see the tall tower but they don’t know how was it created, why was it created, what was the motivation, and their in-depth feeling to make something like that so it's a really great to opportunity to meet those people and listen to their experiences.”

    Suneer Thajudeen, Managing Director
    Grandeur Design & Trade

  • “I think it’s a good opportunity to meet other people and discuss openly some of the critical issues of the practice and also how we are going to manage business and the clients. Exchanging ideas is very important. It’s a collaborative kind of discussion between people in different topics that is going to develop awareness about the issues and challenges. Networking is also very important.”

    Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning
    Dewan Architects

  • “I think it’s important for any type of education or to open your minds to talk to other likeminded people in the same profession. It’s always fruitful.”

    Stephan Frantzén, Group Director
    P&T Group

  • “I’m enjoying it immensely, learning a lot, it’s wonderful that I come here to Dubai and I see people that I haven’t seen in a while and making new friends and getting more acquainted with people that I’ve known for a long time. There are very few events like this that bring new friends and old friends together so I applaud the effort. I also applaud the fact that there’s an equal amount of panels and the opportunities to have the conversations in between the sessions and over a cup of coffee to further explore some of the topics, which a very healthy mix.”

    Charles Dalluge, President
    Chief Operating Officer of DLR Group

  • “Leaders in Architecture MENA gives great opportunities for the different architects who practices to come together and exchange ideas without the feel that they’re giving business away or giving secrets away. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and all learn and move forward.”

    Harry Downie, CEO
    RMJM International

  • “I would love to see more summits like this because it is more into the current status of creating more business to the developments of the country particularly in Dubai and the more summits we have the brighter eye you will come up with developing designs.”

    Issam Ezzeddine, Principal Design Architect
    National Engineering Bureau

  • “I think it’s very interesting to have a form to meet purely as architects. There a lot of these events in this region where you will meet real estate professionals and engineers. But I think to meet just pure architects to share stories are very valuable.”

    Ian Apsley,
    Main Board Director of Broadway Malyan and Chairman of the EMEA Region

  • “I think this is an excellent event and I’m really excited to be part of it. I will encourage my colleagues and my professional students to come and join the conference.”

    Dr. Hasim Altan ,
    Associate Professor in Sustainable Architecture of British University

  • “This event creates a platform for everybody to talk. Dialogue is always good so this is more of a platform you create that the people can share ideas and share dialogue. Nobody has all the answers but whenever we get together and able to talk about them people can sort of share ideas through them, this is really what we need to have more.”

    Shawn Basler, Principal and Executive Director
    Perkins Eastman

  • This summit was not only a good opportunity to find the new business contacts but the new friends as well. I hope we will continue our dialog in the future.

    Ivan Ilchenko, Service Quality Manager
    Superior Golf & Spa Resort

  • I find an event like this very important, as it allows us to keep updated on industry trend, and more importantly give us an opportunity to meet with others.

    Takuya Aoyama, Vice President Acquisitions & Development
    Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC

  • I was positively surprised on the quality of speakers, number of subjects covered. I am really happy for the opportunity and would be glad to participate in the future as well.

    Jurate Rudiene, General Manager
    Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius

  • The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is pleased to participate in this important summit featuring hotel leaders in Eastern Europe. We will share the good examples of our partners and of sustainability in action from other regions across the globe and look forward to learning about the best examples in sustainability performance and success that demonstrate the important contributions of the hotel sector.

    Deirdre Shurland, Senior Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme & Coordinators
    The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

  • The role of national administration for hospitality industry in Poland is important, especially concerning the creation of economic conditions activities, creation of law. Therefore The Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit is very important, because the summit is an excellent platform for exchange of knowledge, information and experience in this field.

    Katarzyna Sobierajska, Undersecretary of State
    Ministry of Sport & Tourism of the Republic of Poland

  • I’m very honoured to be here and I have to say that International Business Council organized a great event. I’ll definitely come back next year to join in for the great experience and exchange or knowledge & networking at Leaders in Hospitality Summit.

    Casimir Platzer, President
    International Hotel & Restaurant Association

  • Leaders in Hospitality Summit has been extremely positive both in terms of content and in terms of networking. Thank you very much International Business Council for such an interesting event where the future of hospitality industry in Europe and worldwide is being set. I look forward to participating in your next event in Hungary.

    Christian de Barrin, CEO
    HOTREC – The Umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes in Europe

  • I would like to thank International Business Council for creating such an interesting event which has so many great ideas! Good luck for the next event! I look forward to being a part of it again.

    Hans Koch, President
    European Hotel Managers Association

  • For specialists in the hotel industry, attending events of the level of Leaders in Hospitality CEE and CIS Summit is absolutely essential. Leaders in Hospitality is one of the biggest events of the hospitality industry in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. It brings together leading experts and lets them share information about the market and the latest trends in the growth of the hotel business. At present Central and Eastern European countries account for about 15 percent of the world tourism market and have a well-established rate of growth. The hotel facilities in CIS countries, where Russia holds the leading position, are also adding to their share of the worldwide hospitality economy.

    Walter Neumann, CEO
    AZIMUT Hotels

  • The Hotel Industry has a responsibility to reduce its carbon, energy and water footprint to ensure a sustainable future for tourism in mature and emerging markets. At Carlson Rezidor we ensure sustainability through Think Planet: minimizing the environmental footprint of hotels in operation and embedding sustainability in new hotels. The ‘Leaders in Hospitality Summit’ is key because it brings together precisely those leaders in hotel development to ensure the sustainability and profitability of the hotel industry and its destinations in the long run.

    Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business
    The Rezidor Hotel Group

  • The hotel industry sector in this region needs annual events like this for attuned people to meet under one roof-to discuss, to find elucidation to our concerns and walk away enriched like I did from this event.

    Ivona Meissner, CEO
    Western Central Europe

  • We met quality hoteliers from Marriott, Corinthia, Starwood Group and interacted with all the major hotel chains in the regions to showcase our solutions. We are coming to Leaders in Hospitality again next year.

    Nigel Bateson, VP Products
    Otrum

  • The program topics were of exceptional choice with outstanding lecturers that looked into the issues facing the hotelier industry in the region and the networking opportunity with your industry peers can’t be surpassed.

    Gregor Jamnik, General Manager
    Best Western Premier Hotel Slon

  • I found Leaders in Hospitality an excellent event! Great place for networking. Excellent organization. I strongly recommend it.

    Arturo Cuenllas, Founder
    Conscious Hospitality

  • I was delighted by the kind hospitality and impressed by the good organization of all the parts of the event

    Tommaso Principi, Founder
    Open Build Research

  • Many thanks to you and the entire team for a very inspiring event and perfect organization.

    Andrea Klimko, Founder
    Architecture Andrea Klimko