London/Lausanne, 5th September 2014 - The International New York Times and the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne will host the 2nd Luxury Hospitality conference on 13th and 14th October at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece. Industry experts are invited to embark on a ‘Quest for Luxury Experiences’, and rethink what defines the concept of luxury.

This year, in conjunction with the Mediterranean Luxury Travel Summit, Luxury Hospitality will bring together a high-level delegation of cruise and hotel owners, tourist board and brand directors, investors, consultants and suppliers to discuss refining the business of luxury hospitality. The agenda will explore ways to optimize hotel guest relations, apply innovation and technology to service and drive luxury growth both in the cruise and hotel businesses.

Speakers will include :

Kurt Kupper, CEO, Reuge; Eddie Sahakian, Owner, Davidoff of London; Ferit F. Sahenk, Chairman, Dogus Group; Varun Sharma, Host and Executive Producer, Inside Luxury; Travel John Spence, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Karma Royal Group; Andreas Stylianopoulos, President & CEO, Navigator Travel & Tourist Services; Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; Katerina Katopis, Director, Dolphin Capital Partners; Samad Laaroussi; Nick Van Marken, Global Head – Hospitality, Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Industry Group, Deloitte LLP; Deepak Ohri, CEO, Lebua Hotels & Resorts; Nic Marks, CEO, Happiness Works; MPS Puri, CEO, Nira Hotels; Derek Picot, Vice President & Regional General Manager – Europe, Jumeirah; David Sadigh, Founder & CEO, Digital Luxury Group; Duncan O'Rourke, COO, Kempinski Hotels

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, New York Times Company and Prof. Michel Rochat, Director General, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne said: “After the success of the inaugural summit in Lausanne in 2013, we are delighted to welcome speakers and delegates to Athens to explore the complex market that is luxury hospitality. We hope attendees will benefit from the expertise of our speakers and, above all, the incredible networking opportunity the Luxury Hospitality conference offers”.
For the complete agenda and full speaker lineup, visit the Luxury Hospitality website. Keep up to date with further speaker announcements and luxury hospitality stories making the headlines on Twitter by following @NYTconf.

Notes to editors

The inaugural Luxury Hospitality Conference took place in Lausanne on June 6, 2013, gathered over 200 top international executives working in the luxury hospitality industry to address the opportunities and challenges being faced by the luxury hospitality community.

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About Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Rooted in the Swiss sense of hospitality Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) has, since 1893, been a pioneer in education that has inspired the world of hospitality and created a unique professional community of 25,000 global industry executives who share the same values based on EHL’s distinctive heritage.
As the world’s premier reference in hospitality management, EHL offers university-level studies to talented and ambitious students who are aiming for top careers in the international hospitality industry. Three programmes are offered:
Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management
Executive MBA in Hospitality Administration
Today, EHL provides an enriching environment with world-class Faculty and ultra-modern campus facilities to some 2,000 passionate students from close to 90 countries.

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