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Monday, November 19


Meet at Hilton Tel Aviv for coach to Setai Tel Aviv
Meet at Hilton Tel Aviv for private coach to Setai Tel Aviv. 

Monday November 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Hilton Tel Aviv


Visit of Setai Tel Aviv
Newly open this year, the Setai Tel Aviv is an urban resort in an Ottoman-era building overlooking Jaffa’s ancient port and the Mediterranean coastline, and steps away from the city’s bustling boulevards and urban hub. The 120-room luxury property comprises five buildings of the former and historical Ottoman prison and police station and includes a restored Turkish Hamam Spa and infinity rooftop pool overlooking the entire Tel Aviv.

Photography by Assaf Pinchuk

Monday November 19, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
The Setai, Tel Aviv


Visit of Old City of Jerusalem
Visit of Old City of Jerusalem
'The Three religions of Jerusalem Tour'
Since the days of King David, Jerusalem has been a religious and spiritual centre unlike any other. This tour will reveal why the city remains so important to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Walking through the Old City alleys, we’ll sense day to day life as well as the heritage left us from antiquity. 

Monday November 19, 2018 10:30am - 1:00pm


Lunch at The Orient Hotel
Enjoy a menu of culinary treats and dishes combining traditional Jerusalem flare with oriental and Asian flavours.

Monday November 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Hotel Visit at The Orient Hotel
The Orient Jerusalem hotel is a beautifully-restored 19th century Templer heritage building converted into a luxury hotel complex including 243 rooms and suites, a spa, conference centre, rooftop pool, restaurant and cocktail bar. Located at the heart of the German Colony, one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, the Orient Jerusalem has offered since its opening last year a unique hospitality experience in an authentic historical atmosphere.

Monday November 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Orient Hotel, Jerusalem


Transportation to Tel Aviv

Monday November 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tel Aviv



Opening Night Reception at Hilton Tel Aviv
Enjoy the opening reception at the Hilton Tel Aviv, with beautiful views over the Tel Aviv sea front.
With a Welcome word from Amir Halevi, Director General, Israel Ministry of Tourism.
Followed by live music from Afrika Quartet  

Photography of band by Assaf Pinchuk

Monday November 19, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Hilton Tel Aviv
Tuesday, November 20


Registration & Networking Breakfast
Registration & Networking Breakfast

Tuesday November 20, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibition Area


Welcome Address
Welcome Address by Questex & Ministry of Tourism

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Amir Halevi

Director General, Israel Ministry of Tourism
Amir Halevi is a Law graduate (LL.B.) from Bar Ilan University, and has a BA in Geography from Tel Aviv University.Born in Jerusalem as the 15th generation of his family in the city, Mr. Halevi now resides in Tel-Aviv. In recent years he established ARTTIC Israel, a branch of the... Read More →
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Alexi Khajavi

Managing Director EMEA & Hospitality Group, Questex Hospitality Group
Alexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties and events including the Hotel... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Opening Keynote: Bringing a Luxury Wellness Brand to Israel
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Liv Gussing Burgess

Hospitality Advisor, Arava Vineyards Limited
Liv has been extensively involved with the development of Six Senses Shaharut for over three years. Working as part of the team at Arava Vineyards Limited, she works with the founder and CEO to drive the project, providing direction on strategy and implementation. Last year, Six Senses... Read More →
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Neil Jacobs

CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Neil Jacobs is the chief executive officer at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. His passions include wellness, sustainability, innovative design, food and experiential travel.Prior to joining Six Senses, Neil spent five years at Starwood Capital Group as president of global hotel operations... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 9:15am - 9:40am
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Market Overview- A Thriving Travel Market Boosting Hospitality
-          Travel & tourism market
-          Hotel market overview

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Thomas Emanuel

Director of Business Development, STR
Thomas Emanuel is Director of Business Development for STR. He is based in London, and leads a team focused on driving business with Industry Partners.He has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, beginning in 2000 with Miki Travel, before joining Hyatt Hotel & Resorts... Read More →
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Keith Lindsay

Managing Director EMEA, CBRE Hotels
Keith Lindsay is Managing Director  of CBRE Hotels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a region which spans 15 offices across 14 countries and a team of 130 + hotel experts. In 2015, Keith was promoted to Joint Managing Director for CBRE France to help successfully reposition... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 9:40am - 10:15am
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Travel Panel: Meeting the Needs of Growing Inbound Tourism
-          What’s attracting international brands to Israel?
-          Impact of open skies and opening up of airspace on tourism
-          How international and local companies can both attract international customers
-          Meeting the needs of international travellers

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Alexi Khajavi

Managing Director EMEA & Hospitality Group, Questex Hospitality Group
Alexi Khajavi is Managing Director of the EMEA region and Chairs the Hospitality & Travel Group for Questex LLC. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s global hospitality and destination communications properties and events including the Hotel... Read More →

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Alaa Afifi

VP Incoming Department, Nazarene Tours
Alaa Afifi, born in Nazareth, Israel, is the CEO of Nazarene Tours Ltd. - Part of the Afifi Group and a leading travel company and tour operator in Israel. Alaa Afifi has been the Vice President of the Incoming Tourism Department for the past 15 years. During this time, Alaa has... Read More →
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Ronnie Fortis

Country Manager, Hilton Hotels Israel
Ronnie was born in 1953 in Tel Aviv, Israel and joined Hilton Tel Aviv 1978. He was appointed as a Lobby Manager after his graduation from the Swiss Lausanne Hotel School and a year training in Hilton London on Park Lane and Hilton Basel.Before he was appointed as the General Manager... Read More →
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Uri Sirkis

CEO, Israir Airlines
Uri Sirkis is 52 years old. He was born, raised and lives in Jerusalem. He is married to Udit and has 4 children. He graduated with honors degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.He has held various senior positions including:- Company Secretary & VP of Commercial at EL-AL... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Coffee Break
Coffee break with a section of pastries,

Tuesday November 20, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Exhibition Area


Ministerial Address: Setting the Objectives to Promote Hotel Investment and Tourism in Israel
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Yariv Levin

Israel Minister of Tourism
Yariv Levin was born in Israel in 1969. He served in the IDF Intelligence Corps as an Arabic to Hebrew translator, and served as Commander of the translation course in the IDF Intelligence Corps. An attorney by profession, he holds an L.L.B. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.He... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Investment: Where are the Deals and Who is Investing?
-          Who are the main investors in Israel’s market and what are they investing in?
-          How to attract more diverse investors (international, local, PE, funds, others)?
-          What categories of assets are available?
-          Development or conversion: what are the options?

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Russell Kett

Chairman, HVS London
Russell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, the leading global specialist hotel valuation, consulting, asset management and brokerage firm which was founded in 1980.After hotel school, Russell joined Strand Hotels, first as an internal auditor, then assistant financial controller... Read More →

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Jonathan Falik

Chief Executive Officer, JF Capital Advisors
Jonathan Falik is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JF Capital Advisors. Mr. Falik leads the firm’s hospitality business, which includes equity and debt placement, asset acquisitions and dispositions, portfolio transactions, joint venture structuring, asset management... Read More →
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Michael Karmon

Investment Banker, International Property Investments, Cukierman & Co Investment House Ltd
Michael Karmon is a business professional with experience in the USA, Western Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He studied in Antwerp, Belgium and is a graduate of the Naval Academy. He is currently head of the International Real Estate department at Cukierman & Co Investment... Read More →
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Neil Kaye

CEO, Silverock Investments
Neil Kaye is a hospitality industry veteran with 35 years of proven experience. In addition to spending ten years in executive positions in the USA, Neil owned a successful hotel management and purchasing services company. His company managed the award winning Beverly Plaza Hotel... Read More →
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Ilan Rudich

Managing Director, IR Hotels & Resorts
Ilan Rudich MHCIMA is Owner of IR Hotels & Resorts (Based in Monaco). His career started in Israel with the development and management of the first luxury resort and multiple use project – the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya. He succeeded in bringing the Sonesta brand into Israel and also... Read More →
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Evan Weiss

Chief Operating Officer, Principal, LW Hospitality Advisors
Evan Weiss serves as Chief Operating Officer, Principal of LW Hospitality Advisors®. As a Co-Founder of the firm, Evan’s role encompasses such areas as client and vendor relationship management, business development, design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Funding Panel: Who is lending to whom and how?
-         Accessing local debt and international debt and equity
-         What are the lending criteria for local and for international businesses?
-         Examining other sources of funding including government support 

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Saar Sharon

Managing Director, West Ridge Asset Management

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Doron Aharon

Senior Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism
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Meirav Kestenbaum

Customer Relationship Director - Tourism and Hotels, Bank Hapoalim

Tuesday November 20, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


- Networking lunch in Café  Med sponsored by Fattal International Hotels & Resorts

Tuesday November 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Café Med Hilton Tel Aviv


International Hotelier Keynote: Why Israel is a Key Market for Hospitality Innovation
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Navneet Bali

Chairman, MEININGER Hotels
Navneet Bali took over as CEO of MEININGER Hotels last year following its acquisition by Holidaybreak in the UK. He joined Holidaybreak in May 2012 as Group Finance Director and Head of Corporate Development from Duet Group, a private equity firm based in the UK. At Duet he created... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Navigating Unique Regulatory Challenges
What are the major regulatory challenges to overcome when buying, developing and running hotels in Israel? A look at three areas of regulatory contention in Israel:
-          Buying, owning and selling land
-          Development and construction
-          Labour: employment and retention

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Yariv C. Ben-Ari

Partner, Real Estate Practice Group, Akerman LLP
Yariv Ben-Ari is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group at Akerman LLP. He has extensiveexperience representing investment and commercial banks, and otherlending institutions, as well as owners, operators, and developers, on a varietyof matters including multi-property and multi-state... Read More →

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Leon Avigad

Founder, Leopard Hospitality/Brown Hotels
Leon Avigad (46) is the founder and CEO of Leopard Hospitality, a company which specializes in conceptualizing, creating and operating boutique hotels, and the founder and co-owner of Brown Hotels, a Tel-Aviv based boutique hotel collection.After working for many years in the hotel... Read More →
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Carmit Bar-On

Partner, Yehuda Raveh & Co
Carmit specializes in the practice area of hotels and tourism, with broad experience in management agreements and license agreements for large international and local hotel chains. Carmit serves as legal counsel for numerous hotels, vacation resorts and timesharing clubs, and she... Read More →
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Ami Federmann

Vice Chairman, Dan Hotels
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Yoni Leiman

Founder and CEO, Akotika Hotel, Ortal Enterprise and Investments
Yoni Leiman is the Managing Director and Founder of the Ortal Enterprise and Investments Group, a family office which operates an in-house innovative hedge fund and invests in Real-Estate, Private-Equity, Venture Capital and tourism opportunities.Yoni brings to the table a global... Read More →
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Dan Menachem

Parner, Business Development Manager, Reality Fund
Real Estate Appraiser Dan Menachem is the Business Development Manager at Reality Fund. Dan has a wealth of experience in marketing and managing real estate, specializing in the identification of properties, conducting feasibility studies, valuations, acquisition and betterment. Dan... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 2:40pm - 3:20pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Operational Panel: What are the Optimal Models for Running Hotels Successfully in Israel?
-          Assessing the hospitality models: lease, franchises, management contracts
-          How can international brands work with local owners to combine both stakeholder’s expertise effectively
-         Examining the major operational challenges and how to overcome them: regulation, staffing, security

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Ronit Copeland

Managing Director, Copeland Hospitality
Ronit Copeland is a hotel & lifestyle expert with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality & tourism business. Her passion for hotels & lifestyle products along with unparalled expertise led her to establish Copeland Hospitality, a firm specializing in creative tailor-made solutions... Read More →

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Alexis Delaroff

COO, AccorHotels, New East (Russia, CIS, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey & Israel)
A graduate of Technological University in Saint-Denis, Alexis Delaroff began his professional career in one of the largest privately owned hotels in Paris, before joining Queens Moat Houses where he held several General Manager positions in France and Europe, managing hotels under... Read More →
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Michael Hay

Founder and Managing Partner, Vision Hospitality
Michael Hay transformed the Tel Aviv market into a major boutique hotel destination, with over 40% of current hotels qualifying as boutique, many of which were developed by Hay himself.He holds extensive global experience in identifying, analyzing, and developing various types of... Read More →
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David Jenkins

Vice President, Development, Russia, CIS, Baltics & Israel, Radisson Hotel Group
In Moscow since 1995, David Jenkins joined the Radisson Hotel Group in 2015 as Vice President Business Development for the region covering Russia, Baltics, CIS, Ukraine, Georgia, Balkans and Israel.This followed on from a 10-year period as one of the most respected hotel consultants... Read More →
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Alan Mantin

Managing Director Development, Southern Europe, Hilton
Alan Mantin is Managing Director, Development, Southern Europe and is responsible for the development of Hilton’s brands in 11 European countries. Alan works closely with owners and development partners to bring new hotels to: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 3:20pm - 4:00pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


The Rise of the Lifestyle Hotel in Israel
-Understanding the lifestyle hotel concept: what is it, what is the investment, who are the customers, what are the opportunities?
- Design and customer experience considerations: what makes a successful lifestyle brand?
- Why is Israel (and Tel Aviv in particular) ripe for more lifestyle hotels?

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Brian Kaufman

Founder, The Kaufman Companies
Brian R. Kaufman is an experienced investment professional with unique global financial and management capabilities. He has a successful track record of identifying high-quality real estate investments and successfully implementing business strategies. Brian has been intimately involved... Read More →

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Dalia Chiche

Architect and Interior Designer
Dalia Chiche, an architect, and interior designer has over 20 years of experience in Israel and 7 years in France. Of them, 10 years independent and before that hiring in architecture offices such as "Gabay", "Meitar". Serves as a senior architect, responsible for planning, management... Read More →
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Yaron Liberman

General Manager, The Norman
Aiming to contribute a wealth of experience and expertise in both food and beverage and rooms division, to the success and growth of the company and hospitality industry.
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Gal Mor

Co-owner, Abraham Hostels and Tours
Since Co Founding Abraham Hostels and Tours in 2010 Gal has been working hard to position the Abraham Group not only as the leading Hostel group in Israel, but a world leader and innovator in the budget travel segment. The Abraham Group boasts a one of a kind business model combining... Read More →
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Paul Rosenberg

Director, International Hotel Development, Marriott International
Paul Rosenberg is a Director of International Hotel Development at Marriott International based in Zurich, Switzerland. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all Marriott International brands throughout Europe and has successfully executed over 20 management and franchise... Read More →
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Shiry Zofnat

Co-Founder, Ms. Hospitality
Shiry Zofnat Co-Founded MS. Hospitality in 2017, specializing in developing remarkable and distinct landmarks by integrating real estate and lifestyle brands. MS. Hospitality acts as strategic advisors and execution lead for companies launching hospitality concepts and innovative... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Embracing Israel’s Market as a Creative Hotbed of Innovation and Technology
Be inspired by the vibrant technology ecosystem that is at the heart of Israel’s growing economy and travel market, and understand how Israel’s travel tech scene creates opportunities for hospitality.

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Rom Hendler

Founder – CEO, Innovel Travel Tech
InnoVel is a new breed of innovation center. With unmatched knowhow in the industry,InnoVel connects travel companies with the most cutting-edge startups, leading them throughthe implementation of solutions that address concrete pains and problems and focus onvaluable features.Prior... Read More →

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Ran Enoch

Managing Partner, Daka90 Labs
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Or Haviv

CEO, Eilat Tech Hub
Leading Israel's most southern innovation ecosystem focused on Travel and Hospitality tech/biotech.VP of startups & acceleration platforms at Arieli Capital17 years of experience leading innovation platforms, early stage startups and investment programs in the silicone valley and... Read More →
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Eytan Schwartz

CEO, Tel Aviv Global
Eytan Schwartz is the CEO of Tel Aviv Global, a municipal initiative aimed at positioning Tel Aviv as a global city. Previously he was Senior Advisor to Tel Aviv-Yafo's Mayor Ron Huldai for International Affairs, where he was in charge of managing all diplomatic and international... Read More →
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Henry Chen Weinstein

CEO, Cockpit Innovation/El Al
Henry Chen Weinstein founded and is currently managing Cockpit Innovation.Cockpit is the first airline industry venture fund in the world with the mission to support and invest in entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies in digital travel, aviation and aerospace. As part of the... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 4:45pm - 5:15pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv


Transfer to the Reception at Abraham Hostels
Tuesday November 20, 2018 5:15pm - 5:30pm


Keynote: Hospitality at the Crossroads of Culture and Innovation
  • Legendary chef and proprietor of the famed Uri Buri restaurant in Acre, Northern Israel, Uri Jeremias is a well-known champion on Israeli hospitality. In 2001 he started on a long journey to convert a historic abandoned building into a hotel: the Efendi hotel, an exclusive boutique hotel offering a perfect blend of past, present, and future.
  • In a one-to-one chat, he shares his experiences as a restaurateur and hotelier combining innovation with tradition.

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Uri Jeremias

Chef and Proprietor, Uri Buri Restaurant and Efendi Hotel
Uri Buri , 73, was born in Nahariya, a seaside village on northern Israel's Mediterranean coastline just 10 KM from the Lebanese border. He was exposed to nature from an early age through diving and undersea fishing, bringing home a vast amount of fish and developing a great knowledge... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Abraham Hostels


Closing remarks
Closing remarks

Tuesday November 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:00pm
King Solomon Room Hilton Tel Aviv