Fifth International Conference on Tourism Bulgaria

January 6-7, 2006, Radisson SAS Grand Hotel


January 5, 2006
19.00Cocktail Reception, Lobby Bar
January 6, 2006
08.30 - 09.30Registration and Coffee Break
09.30 - 10.00 Official Opening, Alexander's Hall
Inauguration by:
Nikolai Ivanov, President's Chief Economic Expert
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Sofia Deputy Mayor
Dimitar Hadjinikolov, Deputy Minister of Culture
Short welcoming words by the organizers
10.00 - 11.30Panel Session 1: Why choose Bulgaria challenges and rewards
Martin Kolb, Chairman of the Board, BCVB
Blagoi Ragin, Chairman of the Board, Bulgarian Hotel & Restaurant Association
Hristo Drumev, Director, National Palace of Culture

"Acres of Diamonds"
James Knight, Managing Director, Knight International
11.30 - 12.00Coffee Break
12.00 - 13.30 Panel Session 2: The importance of convention tourism for the economy
Polly Karastoyanova, Managing Director, BCVB
Rainer Kostka, CEO, AIMS International Congress Services
Maria Todorova Director, Corporate Communications, International
Fair - Plovdiv
Jannis Patellis, Member of the Board of Directors, OMMA Megaron Convention Centre Athens
13.30 14.30Lunch Break
14.30 - 16.00 Panel Session 3: The role of international carriers and tour operators in developing the region
Kaloyan Georgiev, Key Account Manager, Lufthansa German Airlines
Natasa Kazmer, Director Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Wizz Air
Chavdar Mitov, Marketing Director, SN Brussels
Polly Hadjinikolova, Manager Office Sofia, TUI Bulgaria
16.00 16.30Coffee Break
16.30 18.00Panel Session 4: The Bulgarian potential what attracts investors to Bulgaria
Pepa Dimitrova, Operations Manager, Tishman Management Company
Eli Egosi, CEO, Mall of Sofia
Rosen Plevneliev, CEO, Lindner Bulgaria
Katerina Vishnei, CEO, Euro Cash
Martin Redman, Chairman, Euro Cash
Ivelina Shopova, PR Manager, Bullbrokers
18.00 - 18.15Closing Official award ceremony, presented by the organizers Bob Miller, Thomas Tait, Martin Kolb and Maxim Behar.
19.30Gala Dinner
January 7, 2006
09.00 - 10.30 Business Breakfast

Guest Speaker Mr. Carlos Aparicio, Director General Coordination, CONECTA TV/ Futuravisión.2
"Interactive in-room system ConectaTv"

Martin Kolb, Chairman of the Board, BCVB
The way forward for Bulgaria (summary of yesterdays discussions)