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Golf Industry Leaders Gather in Budapest
May 27-28, 2004

The Golf Business Forum 2004 Will Gather 140 Professionals Involved in the Business of Golf Focusing on Emerging Markets

The Golf Business Forum 2004, which will take place in Budapest on 27-28 May 2004, will gather more than 140 business people from 20 different countries. This year conference will focus on emerging markets.

Are you ready to tee off in Budapest at the end of May?

“We are pleased to see that professionals involved in the business of golf now have a platform to meet, learn and exchange ideas at an exciting and memorable event. As Hungary, together with nine other European countries is joining the EU on 1 May 2004 and golf is set to "tee off" in Central & Eastern Europe, Budapest makes for an ideal location for such an international event. We hope to meet you all in Budapest at the end of May!" Andrea Sartori, Director of the Golf Business Forum 2004 & Partner, KPMG Advisory Services, Head of Travel, Leisure & Tourism Group in Central & Eastern Europe

Many high profile partners have associated their name with the Golf Business Forum 2004

This meeting will bring in one room decision makers, developers, entrepreneurs and investors that will be involved in the future development of golf resorts, hotels, golf courses and real estate in emerging markets (i.e. Central & Eastern Europe, South-East of Europe and Russia) to enable them to make new business contacts, to discuss hot topics in the industry and to stimulate business development in these areas. Considering the importance of this event, the high quality of speakers and participants, organizations such as Golf Digest, World Travel & Tourism Council, Interval International, Robert Trent Jones II, Toro, Datalink, the European Golf Association, and Fancourt Golf & Country Club have recognized the potential of this premiere interactive business meeting.

More than 30 key note speakers and panelists to bring forward golf related projects

As the popularity of golf grows and the demand for international standard courses increases, the interest in the numerous business opportunities affiliated with golf courses also emerges. In developing markets such as Russia, South East Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe, the complexity of golf related development requires that participants in this industry meet in order to exchange information and advice on current opportunities.

More than 30 speakers from diverse backgrounds will share their experience and knowledge to bring forward the numerous development projects in emerging markets. The highly interactive sessions will be featuring, amongst a large group of distinguished speakers, Richard Miller, executive vice-president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Mathieu Hoeberigs, funding expert of the Tourism unit of the EU Commission and Kwakye Donkor, marketing director of Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate (2004 World Golf Resort of the Year).

The final conference program has just been released on the official Golf Business Forum web site at:

About the Golf Business Forum 2004

KPMG in Central and Eastern Europe is organizing the Golf Business Forum 2004, scheduled to take place in Budapest on May 27 & 28th, 2004. This international event will gather the top names of the golf industry, real estate developers, banks and investors, European Union officials, operators of golf clubs, as well as architects and designers.

Speakers and Panelists

Jens Bernitzky, Director Sales & Marketing , Hartl Life Resort
Falk Billion, Co-founder and Managing Director, German Golf Course Owners Association
Pedro Mello Breyner, Senior Product Manager, Portuguese Tourism Board
Thomas Bruff, Managing Director, KPMG Golf Industry Practice US
David Clifton, Managing Director EMA, Interval International
Robert Day, Chief Planner, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
Ingrid Diesel, Chief Executive Officer, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate
Kwakye Donkor, Marketing Director, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate
Hans-Georg Erhardt, Chief Executive Officer, Golf & Land Design
Colin Hegarty, President, Golf Research Group
Diarmuid Herlihy, Managing Director, ADPM Consult
Mathieu Hoeberigs, Funding Expert, Tourism unit of the EU Commission
Kurt Huseman, Executive Vice President – Project Development, Landscapes Unlimited
Dr. Vladimir Junek, Director of Foreign Affairs, Czech Golf Association
Sven Lemmes, Regional Corporate Development Manager, AIG Lincoln
Fabio Locatello, VP and Regional Managing Director, RCI Italia
Richard Miller, Executive Vice President, World Travel and Tourism Council
Muriel Muirden, Managing Director, Head of the Resort Practice of EMA region, Economic Research Associates
Alexey Nikolov, Director of Foreign Affairs, Russian Golf Association
Mark Pearce, Business Development Manager, Sports Marketing Surveys
François du Plessis, Chief Financial Officer, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate
Andrea Sartori, Partner, Head of Travel, Leisure and Tourism Group, KPMG Advisory Services
Jeremy Slessor, Managing Director, European Golf Design
Dimitri Spanos, Head of Hospitality & Leisure SE Europe, Ernst & Young
John Strawn, Chief Executive Officer, Robert Trent Jones II
Howard Swan, Managing Director, Swan Golf Design
Kevin Underwood, Landscape architect, EDAW (London)
Attila Vitai, President, Hungarian Golf Federation
Frank Ward, Consultant, Financial Engineering
Hubert Warsmann, Director, EBRD
Gill Wilson, Co-Founder of CECTA, Central European Countries Travel Association

If you want to register or if you want more information, you can contact the Golf Business Forum office by telephone at +36 (1) 887-7400 or by email at

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