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2013 Speakers

Mansour Amer

Chairman, Amer Group

Antonio López de Ávila Muñoz

Président, SEGITTUR

Romain Avril

Vice President Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Imad Barrakad

Chairman, Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development, SMIT

Jean-Claude Baumgarten

Chairman & CEO, CREWE Associates, Immediate Past-President, WTTC

Nawfal Bendefa

Managing Director, Actif Invest

Laïla Bensouda

Partnerships & Development Manager, SAPST - (Society for the Development and Promotion Station of Taghazout)

Abid Butt

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) , Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Bart Carnahan

Head of Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts EMEA

Catalin I. Cighi

Managing Partner , CAIN

Philippe Doizelet

Managing Director , Horwath HTL, France

Waleed Al Fehaid

Chairman & CEO, Al Ajial Group of Companies , CEO, Morocco-Kuwaiti Development Consortium (CMKD)

Neil George

Vice President, Acquisitions & Development EAME, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Alistair Gosling

CEO and Founder of The Extreme Sports Company, Extreme Hotels and Extreme TV

Halim Karam

Chief Strategic Planning & Business Development Officer, Qatar Project Management

Marie-Béatrice Lallemand

President, Maribe Host Consulting , ex Managing Director of the Mazagan Resort

Katharine Le Quesne

Director, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team, Deloitte LLP

Philippe Mansion

Principal Banker , European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Alan Mantin

Senior Development Director, Hilton Worldwide

Ben Martin

Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM

Gabriel Matar

Head of Hotels & Hospitality Middle East & Africa, Jones Lang LaSalle

Nenad Pacek

Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group President, Global Success Advisors

Frederic Pierret

Executive Director for Programme and Coordination, UNWTO

Julien Renaud-Perret

Chief Development Officer, Orascom Development

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot

Group Chairman and CEO, Louvre Hotels

Christian Rousseau

President , Accor Maroc

Kevin Scholl

Senior Vice President, WATG

Filippo Sona

Head of Hotels & Resorts Hospitality (MENA Region), Colliers International

Renée-Marie Stéphano

President and Founder, US Medical Tourism Association

Sanjay Tanna

Senior Director - Commercial and Investments, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)

Marc Thépot

Vice Président du Directoire, RISMA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO, Bench Events


The Morocco Tourism Investment Forum (MTIF) took place on the 15 - 16 April 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Casablanca. Organized by Bench Events and the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT), this event attracted 400 industry stake-holders and investors, focused on discussing the Moroccan tourism incentives, investment opportunities, services and products.

MTIF programme highlights include; discussion about the creation of destinations; understanding of the tourism industry dynamics with analysis of 21st century concepts and trends; an insight into Morocco’s economic outlook and the creation of successful tourism projects; investigation into the new ways to finance tourism products and an indepth presentation about Moroccan tourism investment opportunities focused on MICE, Healthcare, Leisure and Resorts.
The quality of the topics that were presented and debated within the forum is sure to be the launching platform for many win-win partnerships between developers, operators and finance providers.