Featured HOTCON 2016 speakers:
Head of Sales
Nicolas Günther is Travelzoo’s Head of Sales in Germany and has been in this role since January 2015. As well as being responsible for the entire German sales team Günther also manages advertising opportunities for hotels, airlines, cruise companies, tour operators, tourism associations and local leisure providers.
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MSc. International Hospitality Management
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Norman Dinsdale’s specialities are Entrepreneurship, Food and Beverage Management, International Culinary Arts, Food Safety and HACCP Development, Product Planning and Quality Improvement Programmes within the food and hospitality industries.
Head of Development Europe
LOUVRE HOTELS GROUP
(1,175 hotels, 100,000 rooms, USD 1.6 billion revenue (2014), Brands: Première Classe, Campanile, Kyriad, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip)
Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe
CHOICE HOTELS INTERNATIONAL
(6,400 hotels in over 40 countries, 505,000 rooms, USD 859.9 million revenue (2015), Brands: Ascend Hotel Collection, Cambria, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Clarion)
Director of Business Development
Thomas Emanuel is based in London, and oversees a team focused on driving STR Global’s business with Industry Partners. He has spent his entire career in the hotel industry, initially with Hyatt Hotel & Resorts, both at a corporate and unit level, and he started with the Deloitte HotelBenchmark team in 2006. Since the formation of STR in March 2008, he has led the Business Development department, and been part of their management team.
Chef Andre Tokev
ANDRé and GROZD restaurants
Andre Tokev has worked as a chef in many major hotel chains and hotels around the world, two of which have won Michelin stars. In 2004, Tokev was a founder of the Bulgarian Chefs Association. In 2011, Andre Tokev was responsible for the opening of Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
He is a jury member of one of the most prestigious contests for professional chefs in Europe – Bocuse d’Or. He is the only certified Global Master Chef in Eastern Europe.
HORWATH HTL CROATIA
Horwath HTL (Hotels Tourism and Leisure) is the world’s largest hospitality consulting brand with 45 offices in 39 countries across the world providing expert local knowledge. The company focuses 100% on hotels, tourism and leisure consulting, and globally have successfully completed over 16,000 projects.
SKAL INTERNATIONAL SOFIA
Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry's managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. Skål International today has approximately 17,000 members in 400 Clubs throughout 80 nations.
INTERACTIVE SHARE DIGITAL AGENCY
Martin Popov is the CEO of digital agency Interactive Share. He has more than 10 years experience in digital marketing & advertising and is one of the leading digital marketing experts in Bulgaria. More than 7 years his company is амонг the leading digital agencies, focused on delivering the highest ROI and financial results to their partners. Martin is a member of the board of IAB Bulgaria and he is also author & host of the video series Digital Experts Talk.
INTERACTIVE ADVERTISING BUREAU
Hristo Hristov is the CEO of Netinfo and Chairman of IAB Bulgaria. Prior to joining Netinfo in 2013, he founded digital news company Darik Web. Hristov also runs several start-ups including a news analytics platform and a product catalogue site and is a lecturer on digital media at New Bulgarian University.
Netinfo is the largest digital media company in Bulgaria, reaching 75% of Internet users in the country and is the market leader for 16 years.
Architect Andrey Velinov
Katya is a Marketing manager at Clientric. She has 2 Master's degrees – in Telecommunications and Marketing & Management. Her career has developed as an entrepreneur and a marketing managing director at some of the largest and fastest growing companies in Bulgaria. Katya strongly believes that the new type of HoReCa marketing has to feature: 100% efficiency based on measurable KPIs, digital marketing trends and good practices, drives positive emotions towards the brand and ensures the most long term effective brand engagement.
Usability consultant, CEO
Irina has extensive expertise in designing user studies, working with users, and observing and interviewing people. Her skill for pinpointing the real problems behind what people say and do has helped many companies to improve the quality of the interaction and the user interfaces of their products.
Established in 2000, Lucrat is the first usability consultancy in Bulgaria – pioneers of usability and human-centered design in the country.
Usability consultant and Marketing Manager
She has expertise in analyzing usability of website and mobile application. She has observed 500+ users interacting with different digital product and helped 100+ companies to improve the quality of UX (user experience).
She is also responsible for the planning and the implementation of Lucrat's marketing and communication strategies, as well as for the communication with the media and clients.
Velizar Velichkov is a CCO and Co-Founder of Grabo.bg and Trendo.bg. As a sales director, he is responsible for the commercial policy of Grabo.bg, including the tourism sector. Grabo.bg is the biggest daily deal website in Bulgaria. Velizar greduated at NATFA - National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts.
CEO and Co-Founder
Park Inn by Radisson Sofia