Fourth International Conference on Tourism Bulgaria - Dream Area

January 6-7, 2005, Hilton Sofia


January 5, 2005
19.00Cocktail Reception
January 6, 2005
08.00 - 09.30Registration
09.30 - 10.00 Official Opening, Moussala Conference Room
Welcoming addresses by Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Prime Minister (Invited)
Solomon Passy, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Invited)
Bob Miller, Former Governor of Nevada State, USA, Conference Co-organizer
Maxim Behar, Chief Executive, M3 Communications Group, Inc., Conference Co-organizer
Thomas Tait, Former Nevada Minister of Tourism, USA, Conference Co-organizer
10.00 - 11.10Panel Session 1: Labour market outlook on the Bulgarian tourism industry. Development trends
Dimitar Hadjinikolov, Deputy Minister of Economy
Ass. Prof. Dr. Tsvetan Tonchev, Chairman, Bulgarian Chamber of Tourism
Bisser Yalamov, Chairman, Tourism Agency
11.10 - 11.40Coffee Break
11.40 - 12.10 Bulgarian tourism growth and development. How do Human Resources meet the changing standards of the industry
Donka Sokolova, President, BATA
Blagoy Ragin, Chairman, BHRA
12.10 - 12.30 European education in operational management in Bulgaria.
Emanuel Roeseler, Academic Director of Swiss Management Hotel School Bulgaria
Rumen Draganov, Academic Director of European College in Hospitality Management
12.30 - 13.00 Trends in Hospitality and Tourism Education and the Importance of Human Resources
Stuart H. Mann, Dean, Michael D. Rose Distinguished Chair, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, UNLV, USA
13.00 - 14.00Lunch Break
14.00 - 15.30Panel Session 2: Education and training: A never-ending process

Round Table: Tourism education and training. Professional realisation. Problems and Solutions

Participants: Representatives of Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, biggest universities and high schools providing tourism education, employers, students, industry unions
15.30 - 16.00Coffee Break
16.00 - 18.00 Greater success by building better communications
James Knight, Director, Knight International, London, UK

Coordination in training on the Euro-Adriatic region
Alain L. Deriaz, Private Sector Partnership, FEDRE

Adapting education and training programs to the needs of tourism industry
Slavka Koicheva, Chief expert, Directorate "Policy in vocational and continuing training"
Todor Radev, Rector, Tourism College - Albena

Bulgaria in 2007 - Meeting the EU Standards in Tourism Education
Ass. Prof. Dr. Nikolina Popova, Chair of Tourism Department, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Veselin Blagoev, International University

19:3019.30 Official Gala Dinner - Continental Plaza Restaurant
January 7, 2005
9.30 - 11.00 Panel Session 3: HR secrets to keeping your best - Industry Response.
Enhancing the attractiveness of the tourism sector on the labour market

State policy for encouragement of the labour force suitability for employment. Development support for the tourist sector via cadres preparation.
Slavka Petkova, Representative of Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Hire the best staff, motivate them, increase staff attraction and retention for these occupations
Maria Shishkova, Managing Director, AIMS Human Capital
Alexander Alexandrov, General Manager, Hill International Bulgaria
11.00 - 11.30Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00 Round Table "The Golden Triangle of Balkans" - advantages and opportunities of a joint international promotion of the region
Attended by Sofia Mayor - Stefan Sofianski, Deputy Minister of Economy - Dimitar Hadjinikolov , Thomas Tait , Former Nevada Minister of Tourism, USA, Conference Co-organizer and hosted by the Board of Directors of Bulgarian Convention and Visitors Bureau
13.00 - 14.00Lunch Break
14.00 - 15.30 Panel Session 4: Qualification, training and education of employees in tourism Ivaylo Dimitrov, Director, National 0Center for Professional Development
Irina Kalapova, HR Manager, Hilton Sofia
Tanya Dimitrova, HR Manager, Radisson SAS Grand Hotel Sofia
Zornitza Stavreva, Secretary, BAAT
Lyubomir Popyordanov, Chair, BAAT
Orlin Charchanovski, President, "Mountain and people" Association
15.30 - 16.00Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.00 Investing in HR
Malina Bakalova, Executive Director, Sunny Beach PLC.
Nickolay Nedkov, Executive Director, Golden Sands PLC
Krassimir Popov, Pre-accession Funds and International Programs and Projects Department, Ministry of Education and Science
17.00 - 17.30 Official Closing