Speaker Profile

Benjamin Oppl

Development Director Middle East and North Africa
Melia Hotels International

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Benjamin is a hospitality, tourism and real estate investment and development professional with extensive experience in the MENA region, including tenures at the international consulting firm PKF and the travel division of the Emirates Group.

Benjamin's initial start to a hotel operations career was the completion of a three-year dual apprenticeship in hotel management with Hilton in Dusseldorf, Germany. Over the years he has taken responsibility in several sectors of the hospitality and tourism industries working for Novotel and Holiday Inn in Australia and the United States respectively, as well as with the up-market tour operator Airtours (part of TUI) in Germany and a leading destination management company (DMC) in Thailand. Since 2016, Benjamin is responsible for the development strategy of Meliá Hotels International in Middle East and North Africa.

Benjamin holds a post-graduate degree in Tourism Management from the International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef / Bonn, Germany and a Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca / New York, USA.

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