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Hotel Investment Forum CEE – SEE - CIS & Russia


The IHIDCF is a key platform where the industry’s leading Hotel Investors, Developers, Operators and Advisors come together

The INTERNATIONAL HOTEL INVESTMENT & DESIGN CLUB FORUM is the leading meeting place for decision-makers in the hospitality industry in CEE – SEE – CIS & Russia. The programme will focus on developments & trends and on the impact of design, architecture and branding on the value of hotel real estate.

Established in 2007, the IHIDCF takes place in Vienna every November. At the conference leading hotel investors, developers & operators address the key challenges of the industry.

The hotel industry is operating in an increasingly complex environment where many new trends are the drivers of constant change and innovation. We are inviting the movers & shakers, technology players and game changers to speak about the latest trends and developments.

The IHIDCF is an ideal platform for networking, promoting the latest activities and connecting with new potential partners.

``I would like to take this opportunity and thank you and all your team on behalf of MARRIOTT on a great, successful event. With this kind of event, our company has much better chances to penetrate the local markets. Very well done!``

Ivica Cacic, Regional Vice President Development CIS-CEE-SEE Marriott‎ International

``Every year IHIDCF is successful at bringing together influential hospitality stakeholders to discuss the most relevant issues that impact our industry. The event is always very well attended which provides valuable networking opportunities.``

Roger A. Allen, Group CEO, Resources for Leisure Assets

``We live in times of rapid change, but with uncertainty and disruption comes opportunity. Few take time to think beyond the chaos of the everyday to anticipate, plan and engage with change. The International Hotel Investment & Design Club Forum provides us with the opportunity to learn, compare notes with market influencers and focus on the future.``

Ben Martin, Associate Principal, HKS Consulting

Why Should YOU Attend?


  • meet the industry and opinion leaders.
  • learn about new trends and developments from the experts.
  • take part in discussions which shape the future of our industry.
  • make new contacts and re-fresh existing ones.
  • see and discover new ideas exhibited at the event.

Who Will Attend?

  • Investors, hotel owners, developers
  • Financiers & advisors
  • Chain CEOs & Executives
  • Independent hotel representatives & franchisees
  • Consultants, real estate agents, travel & tourism experts
  • Architects & designers
  • Legal, technology & logistic experts
  • Tourism, destination & government agency officials

World Class Speakers

Karl Bier

Karl Bier

Managing Director

value one development international

Rolf W. Schmidt

Rolf W. Schmidt

Managing Director


Rupert Simoner

Rupert Simoner


Vienna House

George Togonidze

George Togonidze

Founding Partner & CEO

Hotels MC

Ivana Budin Arhanić

Ivana Budin Arhanić

VP Business Development & Corporate Affairs


Martina Maly-Gärtner

Martina Maly-Gärtner


Arabella Hospitality

Jan Hazelton

Jan Hazelton

Vice President Development

Kerzner International

Yannick Wagner

Yannick Wagner

VP Central Europe Development

Accor Hotels

IHIDCF 2018 Event Schedule

8th November, 2018

Starting at 08:30Registration & Networking
10:00OFFICIAL STARTJerome Wise
10:10 - 10:30KEYNOTE: The hotel of the future - The future of the hotelCarlos Martin-Rios
10:30 - 11:15Panel 1: NEW WAYS OF HOSPITALITY - Survival of the fittest – Staying ahead of the game and thinking beyondHeribert Gangl , Frank Reul , Michael McCartan , Marloes Knippenberg , Frank Reeves , Johannes Menge
11:45 - 12:30Panel 2: DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE - Hotel design as an innovation driverAndrew Linwood , Gesa Rohwedder , Simon Rawlings , Erich Bernard , Douglas DeBoer
14:00 - 14:15HOTEL PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS by STRThomas Emanuel
14:15 - 15:00THE EUROPEAN HOTEL PRESIDENTS PANEL - a view from the topRupert Simoner , Otmar Michaeler , Simon Vincent , Ben Martin , Michael Levie
15:00 - 15:15LATEST TRANSACTIONS - Mergers & Acquisitions in CEE, SEE, CIS & RussiaTom Leahy
15:15 - 16:00Panel 3: DEVELOPMENTS - INVESTMENTS – TRANSACTIONS A spotlight on the hottest marketsKarl Bier , Thomas PB Frater , Simon Kronberger , Adam Konieczny , Aaron Greenman , Marco S. Rentsch
16:30 - 17:00Let's Talk - THE IMPORTANCE OF BRANDINGUlrike Pinter , Haya Molcho , Nuriel Molcho
17:00 - 17:45Panel 4: BRANDS & TRENDS - The Big Brand TheoryYannick Wagner , Roman Kopacek , Tuomas Laakso , Vassilis Syropoulos , Josh Littman
17:45 - 18:30Panel 5: RESORTS - PARADISE FOUND “The recipe for success” - Hot spots in Emerging EuropeRolf W. Schmidt , George Togonidze , Ivana Budin Arhanić , Martina Maly-Gärtner , Jan Hazelton , Roger A. Allen
18:30 - 19:00Award Presentation by Modul University: Leisure Hotels for Millennials by Modul University
19:00 - 21:00Cocktail Reception & Networking “In the streets of Vienna”

Advisory Board

  • Roger A. Allen, Group CEO, Resources for Leisure Assets
  • James Dilley, Head of Interior Design, Jestico + Whiles
  • Heribert Gangl, Director, Hamilton Hotel Partners
  • Martina Maly-Gaertner, COO, Arabella Hospitality SE
  • Otmar Michaeler, CEO, Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group
  • Markus Kaplan, Owner, bwm Architekten
  • Markus Lehnert, Regional VP, International Hotel Development, Marriott
  • Frank Reeves, Co-founder and CEO, Avvio
  • Frank Reul, Head of Development, Orbis / Accor Hotels Eastern Europe 
  • Igor V. Romanov, Member of the Board of Directors, Azimut Hotels
  • Rupert Simoner, CEO, Vienna House
  • Ulrich Widmer, Managing Director Development Central Europe, Hilton


A big thank you to our Sponsors 2018

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Silver Sponsor

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Travel Information


The venue for the 11th IHIDCF is the
Hilton Vienna.

Am Stadtpark 1
A-1030 Vienna

Tel.: +43 1 717 00

Fax: +43 1 713 0691

E-Mail: info.vienna@hilton.com


Details of how to get to the venue can be found below.

Hotel & Restaurant

A block of rooms have been reserved for you at the Hilton Vienna.

This special room rate will be available until 31st October 2018 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

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