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.