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Mr. Candeias

Mario Candeias

General Manager, Espinas Hotels

Mario Candeias is a 25-year hotel veteran, currently leading the most ambitious Iranian hospitality project, Espinas Palace (Espinas Hotel Group), based in the vibrant metropolis of Tehran.  

He previously held key positions in the luxury arena in Portugal's benchmark hotel brands, Pestana Hotel Group and Tivoli Hotels & Resorts (at present owned by Minor Hotel Group, from Thailand).

He served as Regional Director and General Manager for the flagship geographic areas and properties of these two world renowned, several of them proudly under The Leading Hotels of the World affiliation. He has multi-property management experience, both urban and resort, and is credit with spearheading many advanced branding and marketing concepts and industry-wide events that helped advance the hospitality sector in the country.

Mr. Candeias also has an extensive consulting and teaching collaboration with prestigious academic institutions in Portugal and abroad, such as the faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve (Portugal) and Wisconsin-Stout Hotel School (ranked in the world's Top 10).

With a strong academic background, he has a base education in Hospitality Administration and Marketing Management in Portugal, plus an MBA. Faithful to his lifelong learning commitment, Mr. Candeias coursed several Executive Education programs abroad, namely Advanced Hospitality Programs at CORNELL School of Hotel Administration, NY, USA, and Ecole Hotelliere de LAUSANNE, Switzerland. He also studied Corporate Finance at HARVARD Business School, MA, USA, and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

He has led seminars and master classes throughout the country, by request of Tourism & Hospitality related instituions. Topics covered range from Hotel Development to Operations, Destination Management and Competitiveness. Mr. Candeias is an avid reader and writer on Tourism and Hospitality, Economics and Management.


Please visit http://www.espinashotels.com for more information.

Mr. Candeias can be contacted at 9821-8384-4021 or mario.candeias@espinashotels.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.