The INVgolf Investment Forum 2005, which will be held in Belek, Antalya, Turkey on 22 and 23 April, will bring together key stakeholders of the highest calibre –including industry leaders, investors, developers, owners, operators, experts and political leaders — to explore current and forthcoming business, investment and partnership opportunities related to integrated golf developments and multi-faceted complexes that combine resorts and leisure facilities with residential and holiday housing in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Eurasia.
To date, confirmed keynote speakers, project presenters, panellists and Steering Committee members include (in alphabetical order): A. Baron von Spoercken, Chairman, Clubhaus AG; Ahmet A. Agaoglu, President, Turkish Golf Federation; Bekir Akkas, Akkanat Holding / BEYTUR A.S.; Edward Anania, Executive Vice President and Director of Title Operations Stewart International (oversees the existing title operations in Turkey, Romania, South Korea and Mexico and potential expansion targets such as India and Egypt); Martin Armitstead, Director of Hotels, RH International (affiliated with Cushman and Wakefield); Jens Bernitzky, Sales & Marketing Director, Hartl Life Resort (Europe’s largest Golf and Spa Resort); Dr. Falk Billion, independent golf course appraiser/valuer and co-founder/former Managing Director, German Golf Course Owners Association (BVGA e.V.); David Dean, Principal and Founding Partner, Braemer Golf Developments; Paul Dellanzo, Vice President European Operations, Troon Golf; Dr. Zeynel Abidin Erdem, Chairman, Erdem Holding; Chairman, Erdem Golf & Touristic Services Company; Member of the Board, Turkish Golf Federation; Angeles Garcia-Tenorio, Business Development Manager, RCI Europe & Middle East (Cendant Group); Keith Haslam, Operations Director, PGA Golf Management; Colin Hegarty, President, Golf Research Group; and Peter Michel Heilmann, Founder & Director, INVgolf; Tavit Koletavitoglu, Founder and President, Atlas Land Development Co. Ltd., member of the Board of Directors, Dedeman Holding, and former Chairman, Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TYD); Muriel Muirden, Managing Director, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Economics Research Associates (ERA); Jeannie Osborne, President and Chief Operating Officer, Stewart International; J. Christoph Panfil, Managing Director, Hart Howerton; Kevin Scholl, Vice President, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG); Jeremy Slessor, Managing Director, European Golf Design Ltd.; Haluk Sur, Chairman, Association of Real Estate Investment Companies (GYODER), Turkey; Tevfik Turel, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Land Projects, Stewart International, USA, and Country Manager, Stewart International A.S., Turkey; Dr. Oktay Varlier, Chairman, Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TYD); and Ayhan Yeginsu, Managing Director, LDC – Leisure Development Consultants.
Organised under the auspices of the WTO (World Tourism Organisation) Business Council and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the INVgolf Investment Forum 2005 will be packed with interactive sessions, a presidential debate, panel discussions, keynote speeches, case study presentations, one-on-one matchmaking meetings, investment project presentations, and “The Future is Green” exhibition.
The Steering Committee of the INVgolf Investment Forum 2005 will be chaired by Tavit Koletavitoglu, founder and president, Atlas Land Development Co. Ltd., and member of the board of directors, Dedeman Holding. He was the former chairman of the Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TYD), which is one of the Forum’s official supporting organisations. Members of the Steering Committee include: Keith Haslam, operations director, PGA Golf Management, United Kingdom; Kevin Scholl, vice president, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, United Kingdom/USA; Jeremy Slessor, managing director, European Golf Design Ltd., United Kingdom; Martin Armitstead, director of hotels, RH International (affiliated with Cushman and Wakefield), United Kingdom; Colin Hegarty, president, Golf Research Group USA/United Kingdom; Tevfik Turel, senior vice president and director of Global Land Projects, Stewart International, USA; country manager, Stewart International A.S., Turkey; and Peter Michel Heilmann, founder & director, INVgolf. The special adviser to the Steering Committee is Ayhan Yeginsu, managing director, LDC – Leisure Development Consultants, United Kingdom.
“A quality conference focusing on the commercial and investment aspects of the golf development, management and resort industry is long overdue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” said Keith Haslam. “The calibre of speakers, panellists, Steering Committee members and anticipated attendees suggest that the INVgolf Investment Forum 2005 will deliver this.”