Dear Participants of the “Latin America Hotel Expansion Summit”
I would like to express my gratitude for your participation in Lnoppen’s “Latin America Hotel Expansion Summit ”. It was a great pleasure meeting you at the conference, and seeing the vibrant interactions that took place on site. We were honored to host parties flying in not only from Latin America but also from Europe and the USA, to discuss the current situation how we can work together to create a beneficial future for the hospitality industry in the region
During the conference, 30 eminent speakers shared numerous presentations and their visions with the delegates regarding hotel planning and development, customer experience, hotel financing, contracts and branding and hotel operations. Both domestic and international experts evaluated current conditions, analyzed strengths & weaknesses and emphasized opportunities to develop the market further.
I would like to start by thanking Cotelco and Asotelto for joining as Association Partners and in particular Gustavo Torres, executive president of Cotelco for delivering the keynote presentation.
Furthermore I want to thank Patricia Boo, Area Director Central and South America of STR for chairing this conference.
Moreover, my deepest thanks and appreciations to the speakers and panelists for their tireless contributions, exclusive knowledge, expert insight, and unique presentations:
ØPatricia Boo – Area Director Central & South America – STR
ØGustavo Adolfo Toro Velasquez – Executive President – Cotelco
ØFernando Fernandez – Vice President of Development, Caribbean – Apple Leisure Group
ØAndrés Sánchez – Chief Development Officer – GHL Hoteles
ØRamón Hernández – Director General / CEO – BlueBay Hotels & Resorts
ØTania Gebauer Araneda – Founding Partner – Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos
ØDaniel Bursztyn – Project Director – Hotel Hyatt Place Bogotá
ØAngel Spiwak – President & CEO – Spiwak Hotels
ØBoris Spiwak – Financial VP – Spiwak Hotels
ØJose Luis Morales Chavez – Head of Construction – Hoteles Playa
ØMario Rubio Linares – Account Manager Colombia – Commscope
ØFelip Boyero – Managing Director The Americas – Room Mate Hoteles
ØJoanna Ayala – Development Director Colombia, Peru and Ecuador – Accor
ØPablo Maturana – Developer Andean Region – Hilton
ØJuan Carlos Galindo De La Vega – President – oxoHotel
ØMonica Artigas – Development Director Mexico and Central America – La Quinta Inns & Suites
ØGerardo Corona González – Adjunct Secretary of Innovation and Tourism Development – Secretaría de Turismo, Mexico
ØRicardo Cabal – Partner – Prime LATAM
ØJuan Manuel Martín de Oliva – Vicepresidente Corporativo Sector Turístico Y Banca Empresas Zona Este – Banco Popular Dominicano
ØTomás Miró – Partner – Regenera Hospitality Trends
ØAngela Quintana – Project Director – Promotora Santa Cruz
ØCésar Chávez González – National FBO and Hangar Director – FlyAcross & Former Corporate Development and Acquisitions Manager – FibraHotel
ØDaniel Zapata Vanegas – Head of Marketing And Commercial Alliances – Hoteles Dann Carlton
ØCarlos Convers Ortega – Director – Carlos Convers Ortega
ØPaul J. Adan – VP, Hotel Development Latin America & Caribbean – Marriott International
ØJuan Corvinos – Managing Director Latin America – Hilton
ØMichael Leon Volko – Director of Development – oxoHotel
ØJose Luis Jacome Herrera – Operations Director – FibraHotel
ØPiro Hernandez – Development Director Latin America – Carlson Rezidor
ØCarlos Achong – Managing Director South America – Best Western
Their presentations and insights spoke to the heart of the main issues facing the sector and their eagerness to build the industry is commendable.
Last but not least, I want to thank our sponsors: Commscope, Phoenix Tower, Samsung and Schindler for their contributions to the event.
Again, thank you for your valuable participation, I have no doubt that your presence and involvement directly contributed to the overall success of this meaningful event. We will keep you abreast of our upcoming industry events and I am earnestly looking forward to meeting with you again.
General Manager & Conference Director
Lnoppen Latin America