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March 31, 2011, Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel, Platinum Hall

08.15 – 08.45 Registration

08.45 – 11.00 Session 1:  Regional trends in international tourism. Opportunities for Romania. Legal framework and funding accessibility.  

Case studies: Prahova Valley and Bucharest potential as international tourism destinations.

  • Romania’s country brand. Going from marketing talk to a local tourism strategy. Promotion strategies for Romanian tourism destinations.
  • What is on the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism’s agenda? A 20 years perspective. What incentives does the Romanian Government offer?
  • Available funding sources for developing projects in Romanian tourism. A practical guide on accessing funds.
  • Regional trends in  tourism & hospitality industry.
  • Golf developments in Romania.  Artificial Ski Slopes & Ski jumps – an all year round tourism investment opportunity. How can local tourism benefit from them?
  • Sustainable Tourism practices
  • Identifying Romanian tourism destinations. Case studies: Prahova Valley & Bucharest potential as international tourism destinations. What are the opportunities? Are there any plans/projects? What has been done so far and what is next? What problems do investors encounter and how to overcome them?

Confirmed panelists:

  • Moderator:Tinu SEBESANU, CEO, Trend Hospitality
  • Paul TUDOR, President, Besta Group
  • Christopher Owen HOWARD, Managing Director – 4 You Property Partners Ltd. International consultant on tourism.
  • Catalina PANTAZICA, Head of the Tourism Section in the Culture, Education and Tourism Department, Bucharest General Mayory
  • Raymond A. BREDEN, President-Elect British Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Director of Taxes, KPMG
  • Corina MARTIN, President, ANAT 
  • Roxana Elena PETRE,  Senior Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna SCA 
  • Iain Stuart BROWN , Snowflex

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.30 Session 2:  Infrastructure, agriculture and airports development – the gateways to investment in the region. Opportunities for doing business in Romania.

  • Infrastructure works needed for Romania’s development. What are the investment needs? What are the authorities’ plans and how best to implement them?
  • Private Public Partnership Law and its implications for investors.
  • The state of the local airports. Development needs and plans for Bucharest airports. What are the potential funding sources for the development of Romania’s regional airports?
  • The Romanian destination in the plans of international airlines. How does traffic from Romania fit into the plans of international air carriers?
  • Why and how Romania can be Europe’s leading growth economy in the new decade. The economic case and supporting documents. 
  • Logistic hotspots in Romania. New ways into Europe.
  • Feeding the world. How Romania’s fertile land can become part of the answer.
  • Business incubator units and opportunites of doing business in Romania.

 Confirmed panelists:

  • Moderator: Neil McGREGOR, Managing Partner, McGregor&Partners
  • Wil VAN EIJSDEN, Owner-Director at Agri-CULTURA Transilvania Download presentation
  • Petru Stefan RUNCAN, General Director of Transilvania Airport Targu Mures
  • Bogdan DONCIU, General Manager, Romatsa
  • Vajda LAJOS, Director, ASIMCOV
  • Corneliu Vasile POPA, Head of Real Estate Department, Noerr
  • Valentin STANCIULESCU, Business Development Manager, WDP Romania
  • Costin BARBU, Valuation&Investment Division, The Advisers/ Knight Frank

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.30 WORKSHOPS:

WORKSHOP 1 : Public Private Partnership. Legal framework and implications for investors.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Neil McGREGOR, Managing Partner, McGregor&Partners
  • Clare McCONNELL, Head of Projects, Stephenson Harwood


WORKSHOP 2: The need for regional airports development in Romania. Where we stand and what are the realistic plans.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Moderator: Christopher Owen HOWARD, Managing Director – 4 You Property Partners Ltd. International consultant on tourism.
  • David CICEO, General Director, Cluj International Airport
  • Petru Stefan RUNCAN, General Director, Transilvania Airport Targu Mures
  • Constantin ALBU, Director, Tulcea Delta Airport
  • Mairead Dooley BYRNE, Commercial Development Manager, Ryanair
  • Bogdan DONCIU, General Manager, Romatsa
  • Howard SCAIFE, Managing Director, Aktirom Consult


WORKSHOP 3: Hospitality industry in Romania.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Moderator: Sonia NASTASE, General Manager, Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Roxana Elena PETRE,  Senior Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna SCA


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