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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 982183844021 or mario.candeias@espinashotels.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.