logoAdria Hotel Forum , in its second edition , continues with a goal to initiate discussions within the sector  and to encourage faster and quality -oriented development  of the hotel industry .
The theme of AHF in 2014 , which will be held on 11. – 13. February, 2014. at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb is “Investment and innovation in the hotel industry”.

Zero day , February 11th, will contain only the afternoon program where there will be organized a series of educational sessions . One application covers the topic of projects financed from EU funds and the training will be held by Eufondia, a company that successful experience in the field in Slovenia for many years.
During the first day, 12th of February , the panels will focus on investments – with reference to the market situation and the position of Croatia as a member of the European Union and seeing the Croatian region from the perspective of foreign investors.
The second day, February 13th , will gather and present potential of investment in innovation as a model for attracting new markets and implementing new supply in order to raise the quality and to achieve added value for both the guests and service providers . Within the innovation, opportunities in all segments of the hotel will be presented from design and construction through sales and technology to the peak of each experience of the service.

As a part of the Forum in 2014. two tenders will be carried out:
– ASIC ( Adria Student Innovation Contest ) on the theme “Innovative projects / models / products that will encourage the extension of the tourist season in Croatia “
– Menerga tender for grant subsidy of Green energy solutions for hotels in the Adriatic region

Adria Hotel Forum 2014 presents an international exhibition of the panelists. Through meaningful units of this year’s program , which includes regional , European, environmental and other issues on their relevant experience will speak ( below are just some of the panelists this year AHF ) :

Carlo Fontana , Hotel Lugano Dante, General Manager
Damir Novinić,  Agency for Investment and Competitiveness RC, Director
Gregor Jamnik , Best Western Hotel Slon Ljubljana, General Manager
Hrvoje Kvasnička , Croatia Green Building Council, Chairman; Jones Land LaSalle Zagreb, Senior project manager
Igor Šehanović,  Liburnia Riviera Hotels , CEO
Ivan Kusalić, Golf Development Ltd., proxy
Ivana Budin Arhanić, Valmar Group Inc. , Board Member
Ivona Meissner , Best Western Central Europe , CEO
Krešimir Madunović , T – HT , Executive sales director for SME
Kristian Šustar , CEA – Zagreb , Board Member ; UPUHH , President
Luigi Cabrini , UNWTO , Director and Adviser of the Department of Sustainability
Meri Matešić, Croatian National Tourist Board , Director
Miroslav Dragičević, Horwath HTL Zagreb,  Senior Partner and Director
Nenad Nizić, Hotel Vestibul , Director and owner
Nuno César de Sá , Rudding Park Hotel Golf & Spa, General Manager
Pierre Vacher , iO Adria A. G., Director
Robert McCann , InterContinental Hotels Group, Corporate manager for sustainability
Russell Kett , HVS London , President
Dr. Sanja Čižmar , Horwath HTL Zagreb , Senior partner
Sergio Foti , Hoteliers Inspiration, Director
Takuya Aoyama , Hyatt International, Vice President  for acquisitions and development
We are presenting in detail several panelists and their way to our Forum :

Nuno-Photograph-web-160x183Nuno César de Sá  is General Manager of Rudding Park Hotel Golf & Spa, Harrogate, England, hotel named 4th best in the world According to Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013.
Prior to Rudding Park Hotel, Nuno César de Sá’s experience started in 1995 in Mandarin Oriental in Macau and continued in Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate where he obtained F&B manager position, in Wentbridge House Hotel, Leeds general manager position, and in Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Leeds he worked as deputy general manager. Nuno obtained Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Business Management from Glion Institute of Higher Education, Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Tourism Business Management from Institute of Tourism Education, Macau, South East Asia and in 2006 MBA – Executive Masters in Business Administration Merit from Leeds Business School, England.



robert_mccann-160x183Robert McCann is Corporate Responsibility Manager – Environmental Sustainability, with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) based in Buckinghamshire, UK. Rob manages IHG’s global approach to environmental sustainability for over 4,600 IHG hotels worldwide. Rob joined IHG in 2011 after four and half years with Royal Mail Group which he joined from university in 2006. After joining the HR Graduate Scheme, Rob quickly moved into Corporate Social Responsibility and worked to set up a leading carbon management programme with the Head of Sustainability. Rob became Environment Manager of Royal Mail Letters in 2009, with responsibility for sustainability programmes within the Fleet and Procurement functions. Rob currently manages IHG’s Green Engage online sustainability programme which helps IHG hotels to measure and managed their environmental impacts, and has responsibility for integrating into Design, Construction and Engineering functions. Rob also leads on IHG’s carbon strategy including ensuring compliance with regulatory schemes such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment and sits on the Environment Agency’s Operations Liaison Group. Rob has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Environmental Science: Legislation and Management from the Institute for Environment, Brunel University.


Takuya-Aoyama-ahf-web-160x183Takuya Aoyama is responsible for developing Hyatt’s various brands in Russia and CIS.  His career in real estate started at the beginning of the nineties when he worked at the Moscow office of Saison Group and participated at the negotiation of a 49-year land lease and joint venture agreement to develop the so-called Japan House office building. Since then, he has held positions with companies including Holiday Inn Worldwide, Andersen and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He has a master’s degree from the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University.


A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.