Live Think Tank, streamed on Linkedin, Facebook and YouTube

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 5pm GMT (London, Lisbon), 6pm CET (Amsterdam, Berlin)

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Join this live session and discuss with Pedro Colaco, CEO at Great Hotels of the World and Guestcentric, Kyp Charalambous, Vice President of Sales at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, and Oliver Benalal, Director of Sales & Distribution at ILUNION Hotels the current development of the travel and hotel markets. The session will be hosted by André Baljeu.

Based on the latest findings of The Hotelier PULSE Report this live panel invites the community to discuss how these findings reflect in the respective hotel markets currently, what the sentiment is like, the key findings of the survey and their impact on the coming months.

The hotel industry's open sessions for all industry stakeholders facilitating exchange, relationship-building and knowledge-transfer. Hoteliers will share their best practices and reflect on the past months experiences, as well both their learnings and expectations for the months to come.


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Pedro Colaco, CEO at Great Hotels of the World and Guestcentric

Pedro Colaco is the CEO and President of Guestcentric Systems, which he Co-Founded in October 2006. He boasts a proven track record of driving successful product development,marketing, sales and channel management efforts in the global market.

Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Corvil, a software start-up funded by Apax Partners and Cisco Systems. During his tenure at Corvil he built a global Product Management and Marketing organization to support a sales team of over 60 professionals focused on the financial industry in New York City and London.

Pedro is a multi-lingual advisor and thought leader across the international travel tech landscape, speaking five languages and having lived in four countries throughout his career.


Kyp Charalambous, Vice President of Sales at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai

With more than 23 years of experience in luxury hospitality sales, Kyp Charalambous joined Atlantis, The Palm post resort opening in 2009 as Director of Sales. After eight years of delivering outstanding commercial results, Charalambous was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2017.

The appointment places Charalambous, at the helm of the Sales department of Dubai’s leading entertainment resort, where he leads an engaged team of Sales Managers and Directors to drive the overall sales strategy for the resort, Charalambous role sees him playing a significant role in maximizing room revenue, occupancy and market share for Atlantis, The Palm as well as having responsibility for continuing to grow the resort’s share in all feeder markets and ensuring the resort's presence throughout existing and developing regions. Also, Charalambous plays an integral role in increasing business for the resort’s Imperial Club and Suites offering whilst continuing to deliver innovative and integrated campaigns across Sales, Marketing, and PR.

Prior to joining Atlantis, The Palm Charalambous worked across all major market segments in luxury hotels including the InterContinental Hotel Group and Hyatt.


Oliver Benalal, Director of Sales & Distribution at ILUNION Hotels

ILUNION hotel chain, owned and operated by ILUNION, the brand of the ONCE Social Group companies, a unique company that is committed to integrating people with disabilities into the workforce and to providing accessible tourism for all. Over 40% of our staff have some type of disability.

ILUNION's 26 hotels have been adapted for people with disabilities and have been awarded the universal accessibility certification (UNE 170001-2) and the QSostenible certificate that guarantees the sustainability of our buildings.


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About The Hotelier PULSE Report

For the 8th Edition of The Hotelier PULSE Report, guestcentric and Great Hotels of the World surveyed 106 key decision-makers at hotels.

The majority of respondents come from Europe (85.9%); followed by North America (7.6%), Africa (2.8%), South America (1.9%), and Asia (1.9%). The ‘City Center Hotel’ segment is where most of our respondents come from at 43.4%, followed by Resorts (31.1%), and Bed & Breakfasts (25.5%).

Take the new survey here.


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