GLOBAL MEETING 2016

Global Meeting 2016 was held in Istanbul, one of the world’s largest, oldest cities in the world, hosted continuous civilizations and existed as the capital of the biggest empires for hundreds of years in history.  Leaders of tourism industry from the United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, China, Azerbaijan, Ghana and other countries.

90 speakers from different countries addressed to 5000 audiences in 2016 meeting.

Topics covered at the forum were included Online Tourism, World Tourism towards 2030, Investments in Tourism, Political Influence on Tourism, Congress Tourism and Health Tourism.

World Tourism Awards is highlighting the best tourism industry companies. World Tourism Awards, which is considered as the “Oscars” of tourism industry, is held once in a year in Istanbul.

Speakers

Yasemin Pirinçcioğlu
CEO, VIP Tourism
    Başaran Ulusoy
    President, TURSAB
      Mark Tanzer
      CEO, ABTA
        Serge Trigano
        Co-Founder & President, Mama Shelter
          Mahir Ünal
          Minister of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey
            Jose Manuel Barroso
            President (2004-2014), European Commission
              Önder Halisdemir
              CEO, Ağaoğlu Group of Companies
                Sani Şener
                CEO, TAV
                  Arkın Kol
                  Regional Director, Dolby
                    Hakan Ateş 
                    CEO, Denizbank
                      İbrahim Halil Korkmaz
                      President, Investment Holding of Knowledge
                        Afşin Avcı
                        Managing Partner, Afi Digital
                          Rolf Schrömgens
                          Co&Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Trivago
                            Bas Lemmens
                            CEO, Roomlr
                              Terry Kane
                              Head of Travel, Instagram & Facebook
                                H. İnanç Kabadayı
                                President of the Board, Ege Yapı
                                  Kaan Çetinkaya
                                  Architect, Space Architects & Designers
                                    İrfan Önal
                                    General Director, Promotion Office - The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey
                                      Gordana Plamenac
                                      CEO, The National Tourism Organisation of Serbia
                                        Martha Barcena Coqui
                                        Ambassador of Mexico, Turkey
                                          Alexander Mayrhofer
                                          Head of the Competence Center, Thuringia Tourism
                                            Christopher Rodrigues
                                            Chairman, Visit Britain
                                              Mesut Karakaş
                                              TV Presenter
                                                Kıvanç Onan
                                                Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, Paypal Turkey
                                                  Arden Agopyan
                                                  Founder & CEO, HotelRunner
                                                    Nilsun Tümer
                                                    Managing Partner, Hotel & More
                                                      Mehmet Ersoy
                                                      CEO, Etstur
                                                        Michael Collini
                                                        Vice President Development, Hilton Worldwide
                                                          Sinan Özedincik
                                                          Journalist, Turkuvaz Media Group
                                                            Elie Berchan
                                                            CEO, Elie Berchan Wedding & Events Creation
                                                              Christina Holt
                                                              Owner, Wedding Concepts
                                                                Carolyn Pearson
                                                                Director, MaidenVoyage
                                                                  Carol Hay
                                                                  Director of Marketing, Caribbean Travel Organisation
                                                                    Saad Al Qahtani
                                                                    Tourist Accomodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage
                                                                      Christian de Barrin
                                                                      CEO, HOTREC
                                                                        Mark Martinovic
                                                                        CEO, Hotel Spec & Hotel Partners Africa
                                                                          Ömer Acar
                                                                          Corporate Director - Asset Management Western Europe, Katara Hospitality
                                                                            Marc Aeberhard
                                                                            Owner, Luxury Hotel & Spa Management
                                                                              Stuart Cook
                                                                              Managing Director, Protea Hotels
                                                                                Nicolas Mayer
                                                                                Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC
                                                                                  Daniel Ruff
                                                                                  President and Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group
                                                                                    Mehmet Şimşek
                                                                                    Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey
                                                                                      Mustafa Demir
                                                                                      Mayor, Fatih Municipality
                                                                                        Dr. Hafried Haring
                                                                                        President, European Equestrian Federation
                                                                                          Roddy Carr
                                                                                          Senior Vice President, Legardèrè Sports
                                                                                            Ganire Paşayeva
                                                                                            Member, National Assembly of Azerbaijan
                                                                                              Luigi Cabrini
                                                                                              Chairman, Global Sustainable Tourism Council
                                                                                                Murat Zafer Özbilgi
                                                                                                Founder Blogger Casting Turkey & Blogger, Gezimanya
                                                                                                  Kristin Francis
                                                                                                  Blogger
                                                                                                    Nick and Dariece
                                                                                                    Blogger
                                                                                                      Kach and Jonathan
                                                                                                      Blogger
                                                                                                        Tim Leffel
                                                                                                        Blogger
                                                                                                          Cezar Dumitru
                                                                                                            Yoshke Dimen
                                                                                                            Blogger
                                                                                                              Jacey Brasse
                                                                                                              Blogger
                                                                                                                Didem Özyiğit
                                                                                                                General Manager, Harmonia Surgical Tourism Istanbul
                                                                                                                  Ali Nuhoğlu
                                                                                                                  President of Executive Board, İstanbul Akvaryum
                                                                                                                    Daniel Silke
                                                                                                                    Director, Political Futures Consultancy
                                                                                                                      Özgül Özkan Yavuz
                                                                                                                      General Manager, ICVB
                                                                                                                        Prasant Saha
                                                                                                                        CEO, CIMGlobal
                                                                                                                          Miha Kovačič
                                                                                                                          Director, Slovenian Convention Bureau
                                                                                                                            Kerim Sipahiler
                                                                                                                            Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events & Chairman of Site Turkey
                                                                                                                              Kagiso Dumasi
                                                                                                                              Commercial Manager - Africa, BCD Travel-Accommodation
                                                                                                                                Fatih Akbulut
                                                                                                                                President of Board, Turkish African Business Association
                                                                                                                                  Martin Widenka
                                                                                                                                  Social Media Manager & Creative Lead ,Thomas Cook
                                                                                                                                    Catharina Fischer
                                                                                                                                    Consultant and Partner, Tourismuszukunft
                                                                                                                                      Ann Farcas
                                                                                                                                      Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers
                                                                                                                                        Jambu Palaniappan
                                                                                                                                        Regional General Manager, UBER
                                                                                                                                          İnan Ekici
                                                                                                                                          Assistant General Manager, Otokoç Automotive (Avis&Budget&Zipcar)
                                                                                                                                            İsmail Ertuğ
                                                                                                                                            Member, European Parliament-Committee on Transport and Tourism
                                                                                                                                              Simon Lewis
                                                                                                                                              Founder, Travel Concept Solutions
                                                                                                                                                Juergen Steinmetz
                                                                                                                                                Co-founder and Publisher, eTN (eTurboNews)
                                                                                                                                                  Mehmet Burak Kutluğ
                                                                                                                                                  Executive Committee Member, Ağaoğlu Group of Companies
                                                                                                                                                    Rui Reis
                                                                                                                                                    General Manager, St. Regis
                                                                                                                                                      Ece Tonbul
                                                                                                                                                      Executive Board Member and Managing Director of Paloma Hotels
                                                                                                                                                        Markus Lehnert
                                                                                                                                                        Vice President of International Hotel Development, Marriott International
                                                                                                                                                          Ivica Čačić
                                                                                                                                                          Regional Vice President Eastern Europe and the CIS, Marriott International, Inc
                                                                                                                                                            Filippo Sona
                                                                                                                                                            Head of Hotels MENA, Colliers International
                                                                                                                                                              Mario Hardy
                                                                                                                                                              CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association - PATA
                                                                                                                                                                Greg Webb
                                                                                                                                                                Vice Chairman, Sabre
                                                                                                                                                                  Zehra Öney
                                                                                                                                                                  CEO, Blippar Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                    Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir
                                                                                                                                                                    Director, Tourism & Creative Industries, Promote Iceland
                                                                                                                                                                      Brad King
                                                                                                                                                                      Vice President of Global Sales, Sojern
                                                                                                                                                                        Li Tie
                                                                                                                                                                        Member of the Board of Directors and CEO, HNA Tourism Group - (TBC)
                                                                                                                                                                          Mahir Ünal
                                                                                                                                                                          Minister of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                            Tickets
                                                                                                                                                                            5000
                                                                                                                                                                            Sessions
                                                                                                                                                                            40
                                                                                                                                                                            Speakers
                                                                                                                                                                            105
                                                                                                                                                                            Visitors
                                                                                                                                                                            7,500
                                                                                                                                                                            AGENDA

                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy the unique opportunity to join in a summit to share ideas and experiences in the challenges facing their companies and countries with respect to tourism.

                                                                                                                                                                            • Feb 4
                                                                                                                                                                              Day 1
                                                                                                                                                                            • Feb 5
                                                                                                                                                                              Day 2
                                                                                                                                                                            • Feb 6
                                                                                                                                                                              Day 3
                                                                                                                                                                            • ANADOLU AUDITORIUM
                                                                                                                                                                            • TURKISH AIRLINES HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • TURKEY HOME HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • TAV HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • SABAH HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • RIXOS HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            12:45-13:15 MINISTERIAL MEETING

                                                                                                                                                                            Ghana

                                                                                                                                                                            Macedonia

                                                                                                                                                                            Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            Azerbaijan

                                                                                                                                                                            9:30-10:40 OPENING CEREMONY

                                                                                                                                                                            Bulut Bağcı - President, World Tourism Forum

                                                                                                                                                                            Başaran Ulusoy - President, TURSAB

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Tanzer - CEO, ABTA

                                                                                                                                                                            Serge Trigano - Co-Founder & President, Mama Shelter

                                                                                                                                                                            Mahir Ünal - Minister of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            10:40-11:50 THE IMPACTS OF POLITICS ON TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Leyla Köselerli - Presenter, TRT Haber

                                                                                                                                                                            Jose Manuel Barroso - President (2004-2014), European Commission

                                                                                                                                                                            11:20-11:40 FINANCE TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Önder Halisdemir - CEO, Ağaoğlu Group of Companies

                                                                                                                                                                            11:40-12:00 KEYNOTE – FACE TO FACE

                                                                                                                                                                            Sani Şener - CEO, TAV

                                                                                                                                                                            12:00-12:15 KEYNOTE – CINEMA TOURISM – BRANDING A NATION

                                                                                                                                                                            Arkın Kol - Regional Director, Dolby

                                                                                                                                                                            12:15-12:30 KEYNOTE – THE ECONOMIC DIMENSION OF TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Hakan Ateş - CEO, Denizbank

                                                                                                                                                                            12:30-12:45 RUSSIA & CIS CURRENT SITUATION
                                                                                                                                                                            HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY AND OTHER POTENTIAL MARKETS?

                                                                                                                                                                            İbrahim Halil Korkmaz - President, Investment Holding of Knowledge

                                                                                                                                                                            14:30-15:00 ONLINE TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Afşin Avcı - Managing Partner, Afi Digital

                                                                                                                                                                            Rolf Schrömgens - Co&Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Trivago

                                                                                                                                                                            Bas Lemmens - CEO, Roomlr

                                                                                                                                                                            Terry Kane - Head of Travel, Instagram & Facebook

                                                                                                                                                                            15:35-16:00 KEYNOTE – NEW TRENDS IN CONSTRUCTION

                                                                                                                                                                            H. İnanç Kabadayı - President of the Board, Ege Yapı

                                                                                                                                                                            Kaan Çetinkaya - Architect, Space Architects & Designers

                                                                                                                                                                            14:00-14:30 DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: İrfan Önal - General Director, Promotion Office - The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            Gordana Plamenac - CEO, The National Tourism Organisation of Serbia

                                                                                                                                                                            Martha Barcena Coqui - Ambassador of Mexico, Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            Alexander Mayrhofer - Head of the Competence Center, Thuringia Tourism

                                                                                                                                                                            Christopher Rodrigues - Chairman, Visit Britain

                                                                                                                                                                            15:15-15:40 NEW PAYMENT TECHNOLOGIES IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Mesut Karakaş - TV Presenter

                                                                                                                                                                            Kıvanç Onan - Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, Paypal Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            Arden Agopyan - Founder & CEO, HotelRunner

                                                                                                                                                                            15:00-15:30 TOURISM INVESTMENT

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Nilsun Tümer - Managing Partner, Hotel & More

                                                                                                                                                                            Mehmet Ersoy - CEO, Etstur

                                                                                                                                                                            Michael Collini - Vice President Development, Hilton Worldwide

                                                                                                                                                                            15:05-15:30 WEDDING EVENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Sinan Özedincik - Journalist, Turkuvaz Media Group

                                                                                                                                                                            Elie Berchan - CEO, Elie Berchan Wedding & Events Creation

                                                                                                                                                                            Christina Holt - Owner, Wedding Concepts

                                                                                                                                                                            Yasemin Pirinçcioğlu - CEO, VIP Tourism

                                                                                                                                                                            15:35-16:00 WOMEN IN TRAVEL

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Sinan Özedincik - Journalist, Turkuvaz Media Group

                                                                                                                                                                            Carolyn Pearson - Director, MaidenVoyage

                                                                                                                                                                            Carol Hay - Director of Marketing, Caribbean Travel Organisation

                                                                                                                                                                            14:30-15:00 HOSPITALITY IN THE PAST VS HOSPITALITY TODAY

                                                                                                                                                                            Saad Al Qahtani - Tourist Accomodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage

                                                                                                                                                                            Christian de Barrin - CEO, HOTREC

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Martinovic - CEO, Hotel Spec & Hotel Partners Africa

                                                                                                                                                                            15:30-16:00 LUXURY CONCEPTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Ömer Acar - Corporate Director - Asset Management Western Europe, Katara Hospitality

                                                                                                                                                                            Marc Aeberhard - Owner, Luxury Hotel & Spa Management

                                                                                                                                                                            16:00-16:25 HOSPITALITY AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

                                                                                                                                                                            Stuart Cook - Managing Director, Protea Hotels

                                                                                                                                                                            Nicolas Mayer - Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

                                                                                                                                                                            Daniel Ruff - President and Managing Director EMEA, Wyndham Hotel Group

                                                                                                                                                                            • TURKISH AIRLINES HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • TURKEY HOME HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • TAV HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • SABAH HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • RIXOS HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            • STARWOOD HALL
                                                                                                                                                                            10:15-11:00 KEYNOTE – THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mehmet Şimşek - Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            11:00-11:20 KEYNOTE – CULTURE TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mustafa Demir - Mayor, Fatih Municipality

                                                                                                                                                                            11:20-11:50 KEYNOTE – BIG GAMES: INTERNATIONAL SPORT ORGANIZATIONS

                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. Hafried Haring - President, European Equestrian Federation

                                                                                                                                                                            Roddy Carr - Senior Vice President, Legardèrè Sports

                                                                                                                                                                            11:50-12:10 KEYNOTE – POLITICS & TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Ganire Paşayeva - Member, National Assembly of Azerbaijan

                                                                                                                                                                            12:10-12:30 KEYNOTE – SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Luigi Cabrini - Chairman, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

                                                                                                                                                                            15:10-15:50 BLOGGING

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Murat Zafer Özbilgi – Founder Blogger Casting Turkey & Blogger, Gezimanya

                                                                                                                                                                            Jacey Brasse, Yoshke Dimen, Cezar Dumitru

                                                                                                                                                                            Kristin Francis, Nick and Dariece, Kach and Jonathan, Tim Leffel

                                                                                                                                                                            10:50-11:20 KEYNOTE – HEALTH TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Didem Özyiğit - General Manager, Harmonia Surgical Tourism Istanbul

                                                                                                                                                                            11:30-11:55 KEYNOTE – SHOPPING TRAVEL

                                                                                                                                                                            Ali Nuhoğlu - President of Executive Board, İstanbul Akvaryum

                                                                                                                                                                            12:30-13:00 KEYNOTE – POLITICAL IMPACTS ON THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Daniel Silke - Director, Political Futures Consultancy

                                                                                                                                                                            14:35-15:00 MICE INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Özgül Özkan Yavuz - General Manager, ICVB

                                                                                                                                                                            Prasant Saha - CEO, CIMGlobal

                                                                                                                                                                            Miha Kovačič - Director, Slovenian Convention Bureau

                                                                                                                                                                            Ceylan Pirinçcioğlu - Executive Chairman, VIP Tourism

                                                                                                                                                                            Kerim Sipahiler - Co-Founder, Sipahiler Events & Chairman of Site Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            15:00-15:25 NEW MARKETS: AFRICA

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Nilsun Tümer - Managing Partner, Hotel & More

                                                                                                                                                                            Kagiso Dumasi - Commercial Manager - Africa, BCD Travel-Accommodation

                                                                                                                                                                            Fatih Akbulut - President of Board, Turkish African Business Association

                                                                                                                                                                            11:30-11:55 SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL OUTPUTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Mesut Karakaş - TV Presenter

                                                                                                                                                                            Martin Widenka - Social Media Manager & Creative Lead ,Thomas Cook

                                                                                                                                                                            Catharina Fischer - Consultant and Partner, Tourismuszukunft

                                                                                                                                                                            Ann Farcas - Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers

                                                                                                                                                                            12:00-12:15 KEYNOTE – TECHNOLOGY & TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS

                                                                                                                                                                            Jambu Palaniappan - Regional General Manager, UBER

                                                                                                                                                                            12:15-12:30 KEYNOTE – TRANSPORT & TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            İnan Ekici - Assistant General Manager, Otokoç Automotive (Avis&Budget&Zipcar)

                                                                                                                                                                            11:45-12:05 KEYNOTE – EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            İsmail Ertuğ – Member, European Parliament-Committee on Transport and Tourism

                                                                                                                                                                            14:35-15:00 TOURISM MEDIA & NEWS

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Simon Lewis - Founder, Travel Concept Solutions

                                                                                                                                                                            Juergen Steinmetz - Co-founder and Publisher, eTN (eTurboNews)

                                                                                                                                                                            11:30-11:55 KEYNOTE – SENIOR TOURISM

                                                                                                                                                                            Mehmet Burak Kutluğ - Executive Committee Member, Ağaoğlu Group of Companies

                                                                                                                                                                            12:00-12:35 HOSPITALITY MARKETING AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Rui Reis - General Manager, St. Regis

                                                                                                                                                                            Ece Tonbul - Executive Board Member and Managing Director of Paloma Hotels

                                                                                                                                                                            Markus Lehnert - Vice President of International Hotel Development, Marriott International

                                                                                                                                                                            15:00-15:25 REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN HOTEL MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

                                                                                                                                                                            Moderator: Rui Reis - General Manager, St. Regis

                                                                                                                                                                            Ivica Čačić - Regional Vice President Eastern Europe and the CIS, Marriott International, Inc

                                                                                                                                                                            Filippo Sona - Head of Hotels MENA, Colliers International

                                                                                                                                                                            10:30-10:50 KEYNOTE – INNOVATION IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Mario Hardy - CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association - PATA

                                                                                                                                                                            11:00-11:20 KEYNOTE – NEW TECHNOLOGY DIMENSIONS IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY

                                                                                                                                                                            Greg Webb - Vice Chairman, Sabre

                                                                                                                                                                            11:25-11:50 TECHNOLOGY & SMART INVESTMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Zehra Öney - CEO, Blippar Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir - Director, Tourism & Creative Industries, Promote Iceland

                                                                                                                                                                            Brad King - Vice President of Global Sales, Sojern

                                                                                                                                                                            Li Tie - Member of the Board of Directors and CEO, HNA Tourism Group - (TBC)

                                                                                                                                                                            • ANADOLU AUDITORIUM
                                                                                                                                                                            13:15-13:50 CLOSING SPEECHES

                                                                                                                                                                            Bulut Bağcı - President, World Tourism Forum

                                                                                                                                                                            Mahir Ünal - Minister of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey

                                                                                                                                                                            14:00-15:00 HONORARY CLOSING SPEECH
                                                                                                                                                                            Recep Tayyip Erdoğan- President of the Republic of Turkey

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