All SET for The 15Th edi­tion Of hotec mid­dle east

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The orig­i­nal ap­point­ment-based event for the ho­tel in­dus­try cel­e­brates its land­mark year at The Ritz-carl­ton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, later this month.

A truly in­ter­na­tional an­nual event, HOTEC Mid­dle East 2018 has at­tracted del­e­gates from no fewer than 20 na­tions around the world for this year’s edi­tion. Sup­plier com­pa­nies travel across the globe for the op­por­tu­nity to spend three days in the com­pany of some of the key ho­tel own­ers and op­er­a­tors in the re­gion. The three-day pro­gramme is de­signed to of­fer par­tic­i­pants the right set­ting to talk busi­ness and dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties with peers and po­ten­tial clients.

HOTEC Mid­dle East 2018 will be held be­tween the 17 and 20 April.

Pro­ceed­ings kick off with an ice-break­ing wel­come re­cep­tion on Tues­day night. Old friends re­u­nite and new ac­quain­tances are made over de­li­cious food and drinks dur­ing this open­ing func­tion, while the Ques­texM­clean team, or­gan­is­ers of HOTEC Mid­dle East, wel­come at­ten­dees and brief del­e­gates about the packed pro­gramme.

The ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nar – pow­ered by Ho­tel News Mid­dle East – is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Car­o­line List (Tophotel­pro­jects) will talk the au­di­ence through the project pipe­line in the re­gion, af­ter which a panel com­posed of par­tic­i­pants will dis­cuss the fu­ture of pro­cure­ment in the re­gion. The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­ated by our own Patrick Ryan, ed­i­tor of Ho­tel News Mid­dle East.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the sem­i­nar, del­e­gates are ush­ered into the meet­ing room for the first of two full days of sched­uled face-to­face meet­ings be­tween buy­ers and sup­pli­ers.

Sup­plier desks, dis­play­ing prod­uct sam­ples and pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, are laid out in­side the Ritz-carl­ton’s el­e­gant meet­ing room where the pre-sched­uled ap­point­ments will be held. Prior to the start of HO- TEC, all at­tend­ing del­e­gates had been asked to choose and pri­ori­tise who they wished to meet. This in­for­ma­tion was used to per­son­alise par­tic­i­pants’ sched­ules which de­ter­mine to­day’s pro­ceed­ings.

Af­ter an in­tense day of meet­ings, the ‘mid­dle night’ net­work­ing evening is a ca­sual af­fair with fun and laugh­ter and a su­perb din­ner. Many a new ac­quain­tance has been struck up dur­ing this ac­tiv­ity, where sev­eral last­ing mem­o­ries of HOTEC are formed.

The sec­ond and fi­nal full-day meet­ing ses­sion takes place on Thurs­day and runs through to late af­ter­noon. Some free time is made avail­able af­ter this, dur­ing which del­e­gates may choose to meet up by the pool or take some time to ex­plore the im­pres­sive Grand Mosque and other parts of the city or sim­ply catch up over a drink.

The of­fi­cial pro­gramme comes to an end on Thurs­day night with a farewell din­ner. Hav­ing en­dured two days of meet­ings, this is the time that del­e­gates can re­ally let their hair down and cel­e­brate their new friend­ships and busi­ness leads over a lav­ish din­ner with flow­ing drinks, mu­sic and fun.

When event di­rec­tor Stephen Pace-bonello takes the stage to thank every­one and say good­bye, cue the fi­nal high­light of the evening… the ‘pre­miere’ of the of­fi­cial event video put to­gether by HOTEC’S film crew with footage shot over the days of the event. Ex­pect a few good laughs!

It is of­ten said that “peo­ple like to do busi­ness with peo­ple they like”. HOTEC sup­port­ers em­brace this phi­los­o­phy and re­alise that, de­spite the con­ve­nience of mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion lit­er­ally at our fin­ger­tips, it is in­fin­itely more pro­duc­tive to spend time get­ting to know peo­ple on a per­sonal level. This is what the or­gan­is­ers like to call “Do­ing busi­ness the HOTEC way.”

HOTEC Mid­dle East 2018 will be held 1720 April at The Ritz-carl­ton Abu Dhabi. The fi­nal sup­plier places are avail­able; any­one in­ter­ested may con­tact Stephen on space­bonello@ques­ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

HOTEC Mid­dle East is one of 15 ap­point­ment-based events or­gan­ised by Ques­tex-mclean Events for four dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries world­wide.

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