23rd World Forum of AMFORHT “Education and Tourism: Writing the future into action”

This annual event aims to bring together around 130 participants worldwide: hoteliers, restaurant owners, tourism professionals, schools, universities, tourist institutions, international tourism experts.

To pay tribute to the educational know-how of one of the first economic sectors focused on human capital, the 23rd AMFORHT World Forum will be held in Paris from 14th to 16th March 2019. As it coincides with the Organization’s 50th anniversary, the event will be exceptionally welcomed at the French National Assembly on 15th March.

This AMFORHT Global Forum offers participants from all countries an incredible place to meet. Participants are able to exchange and share knowledge, but also they take a concrete opportunity to create projects together! During three days, the event will bring together training and education actors and tourism professionals from all over the world, in a wide range of activities and interactive meetings. The discussion & partnership facilitation is materialized through contemporary debates, conferences, round tables and business networking sessions.

List of VIP Guests & Speakers

Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE


Pascale FONTENEL-PERSONNE Member of Parliament – President of the Tourism Group of the National Assembly

Jaime CABAL, former Minister of Colombia, Deputy Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization,

Ghassan AIDI – President of IH&RA – World Federation of National Hotel Associations and Unions,

Francesco FRANGIALLI, former Director of Tourism in France, former Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization

Taleb RIFAÏ – former Minister of Jordan, former Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization

Gérard PELISSON – Co-Chairman and Founder of the ACCORHOTELS Group

Didier CHENET – President of the French Hospitality Federation – GNI-Synhorcat

Saïd BOUKHELIFA – President of the National Federation of Algerian Travel Agents

Alain DUCASSE – International Chef

Jacques BALLY – President- CEO of Gault-Millau

Denis COURTIADE – World Champion of Hotel Masters

Estelle NIVEAU – Receptionist World Champion

Dr. Sophie LACOUR – International Speaker on Digital

Dr. Sabrina BENMECHERI – International Ecotourism Specialist

Mr. Qing WANG – Director of China Tour

Mr. Finn THOMSEN, Deputy CEO International Green Key

Dr. Béatrice BELLINI, Positive Business Chair University of Nanterre

Mr. Frédéric TOITOT – VP Learning & Development of the ACCORHOTELS Group

Mr. Fabien BERDAH, International Expert

Dr. Mara MANENTE, Director of CISET, University of Venice

Through this annual event, we are proud to honor the future of women and men in the tourism sector! says Philippe FRANCOIS, President of AMFORHT.

Program summary

14th March: visit of hotel schools, universities in Paris & France; “get together” professional meeting at the hôtel Mercure Paris Boulogne, (free STR seminar “Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics”CHIA ), welcome reception and evening cocktail & buffet

15th March: Opening ceremony of the 23rd World Forum at the French National Assembly – Palais Bourbon, official speeches, 12 conferences & roundtables; business networking, Gala dinner at the historical reception room of the Hotel School of Paris / CFA Médéric, & AMFORHT Awards ceremony

16th March: Annual General Assembly of AMFORHT, business networking lunch at the IEFT IDRAC Paris La Défense – afternoon cruise visit of Paris with les Bâteaux Mouches – Friendly dinner, exceptional parisian show at “Le Paradis Latin” cabaret

AMFORHT at a glance

Since its creation in 1969 at the initiative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), AMFORHT has been reflecting the developments in the Hospitality, Tourism and F&B sectors while adapting to its necessary changes. Through international initiatives, its network of schools, universities, hotel groups and experts has also been expressing the humanistic & social values of AMFORHT; with the support of United Nations and UNWTO.

Since 2017, AMFORHT is recognized as an NGO with special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for education and training issues in tourism. More than 700 members from 65 countries are actively part of the network. Program & online booking: https://amforhtparis.wixsite.com/amforht-paris/register-now

Forum CONTACT- Stéphane Demaeght, Vice President / Educational Prospective sté[email protected] – Cell: +34 637 59 20 09

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