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LATEST EVENTS

The last IBF event of what has been a very difficult year, was our half-day seminar entitled ‘Hospitality in Crisis’, which was held on Wednesday, November 10th, in Mlynec restaurant.  More than 40 IBF members and friends turned out to listen to some of the country’s biggest experts from the hospitality industry, including Sanjiv Suri, the Chairman and CEO of the Zatisi Group, and Lenka Zlebkova, the CEO of the Prague Congress Centre.  

The panel gave a fascinating and enlightening view of their experiences over the past 20 months, and whilst it was made clear that many changes will be required from businesses in the hospitality field for them to remain sustainable, the overall tone of the event was optimistic.  A few photos can be seen below.  We were also pleased to be able to welcome our new media partner, Robert McLean from ‘the Prime’, to the event, and his article can be found here.

The 6th Annual IBF Residential Real Estate Seminar entitled ‘Unchartered Territory’ took place on Thursday, 2nd September, 2021, very kindly hosted, for the 6th year running, in the offices of KPMG.

More than 35 members and guests turned out to listen to a fascinating series of presentations given by six experts in their field.  First up was Dr Stefano Cavagnetto, the Dean of the School of Business at Prague City University (formerly Prague College), who gave a really detailed (and surprisingly positive) overview of the European economy as things stand right now and as can be expected in the future.   He was followed by Pavel Kliment, a partner at KPMG, who drilled down into the effect of Covid on the Czech economy and the real estate sector in particular, and then we heard from Peter Visnovsky, a director at Lexxus, who explained why the residential real estate market in the Czech Republic continues to boom.   After a short coffee break, we heard from Igor Klajmon, the COO of the Sekyra Group, on the issues that developers are facing right now, and then Faical Orakzai of Easybnb explained the difficulties that all AirBnB hosts are having just now.  Finally, Lars Klett, a partner at UEPA law office clarified the new construction law and how that might affect the residential market and, in particular, the speed in getting building and construction permissions.   The whole event was wrapped up by a lively Q&A session, which left many of us feeling a little bit more positive.  Not only that, but the pleasure that everyone had in finally meeting up again in person was clear to see!

If you are interested in viewing the presentations from the event, please let us know on info@ibforum.cz.

NETWORKING AT ‘DANIELAS BY BAROCK’ RESTAURANT

On Thursday, 22nd July, 2021 the IBF held its first event for more than a year; an after-work networking evening at the new ‘Danielas by Barock’ restaurant in central Prague.  The weather was great, enabling everyone to congregate outside, and clearly people were happy to finally have the chance to get together, with more than 35 members and their friends turning out.  A few photos of the event can be seen below: