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Event review

HOTEC Middle East 2017 HOTEC Middle East 2017 was held in Azerbaijan and attracted hotel owners and operators as well as a large number of the region’s leading procurement, specialists, designers and specifiers

Hotel News Middle East editor Patrick Ryan (far right) hosts a panel discussion on creative sourcing

Caroline List hosts an expert session on the hotel construction pipeline



Stephen Pace-Bonello, event director for HOTEC Middle East

This year’s edition of HOTEC Middle East was held at the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 25 -28 April. The annual appointment-based event brought together hotel owners and operators, procurement specialists, designers and specifiers to meet and network with suppliers offering a wide range of products and services to the hotel industry. A regional event, with suppliers flying in from all over the globe to meet with buyers based in the GCC and surrounding territories, HOTEC’s organisers select different venues every year. This year, Baku in Azerbaijan provided the perfect setting for three days of meetings and networking. The HOTEC team led by Iain Tonna, president of Questex-McLean Events and Stephen Pace-Bonello, event director for HOTEC Middle East welcomed this year’s participants at a welcome

reception dinner on Tuesday, 25 April. This first engagement on the HOTEC programme served as an ice-breaker; delegates were introduced to one another and old friends and acquaintances reunited during a casual evening which kicked off proceedings. On Wednesday morning, it was down to business with an educational seminar, which included a presentation about the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East, delivered by Caroline List, international sales manager at TopHotelProjects. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Hotel News Middle East’s Editor Patrick Ryan. The topic discussed was creative sourcing during challenging times with panellists: Murlidhar Rao, senior vice president, operations at Aiana Hotels & Resorts, Mohamed Soussan, group general manager at Ayla Hotels & Resorts and Suprio Ghosh, managing director at Benjamin West India. Delegates were then invited to col-

Hotel News ME- June 2017  
Hotel News ME- June 2017