CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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8.00AM – 4.00PM GNEX-ACOTUR 2021 GOLF TOURNAMENT
Iberostar Cancun Golf Club
Iberostar Cancun Golf Club
Join us for a fun day out at Iberostar Cancun Golf Club, where twosomes will play a round of Stableford (lowest ball) and battle it out to see who will be the 2021 GNEX-ACOTUR Golf Tournament champions!

This is a separate ticketed event so BOOK HERE.

Spaces will be VERY limited and available to registered attendees only, on a first to purchase basis.

For the benefit of networking, two twosomes will play together as a team of four.

Participation includes:

  • Green Fees
  • Shared Golf Cart
  • Food & Beverages
  • Awards Lunch after Tournament
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8.00PM – UNOFFICIAL GATHERING @ RITZ CARLTON LOUNGE BAR
DLounge & Ritz Carlton Cancun

The drinks aren’t on us just yet, but for those staying at the hotel and want to find some attendees to hang out with, head over to the lounge bar at the Ritz Carlton.

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10.00AM – 1.45PM EARLY ACCESS & REGISTRATION
GNEX-ACOTUR Conference The conference doesn’t start until 1.45PM, but we’ve arrange for early access to our Networking Lounge where you can grab coffee, pastries, mini-sandwiches and wraps while you hold pre-conference meetings, network and visit our Exhibit Booths and Tables. You can also visit our Registration Desk during this time to pick up your Delegate Badge(s).
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1.45PM – 2.00PM CONFERENCE WELCOME
Jim Madrid, Founder, Advance Sports TechnologyJim Madrid
Founder
AST
Join us for the opening sessions and a welcome from our resident Emcee, who will outline what’s coming up in our agenda over the next two days.
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2.00PM – 3.00PM 60-SECOND PITCH
60-Second Pitch Learn who’s who right at the start of the event to help with your networking! The 60-Second Pitch session gives one representative of each participating company the chance to take to the microphone for just 60-seconds to provide a fast elevator pitch about who they are and what their company does, so that members of the audience can make a quick note of who they want to meet during the conference, and put a face to the name so they can more easily find them.

Please Note: Participation is limited and provided on a first-to-register basis, so REGISTER NOW to secure your spot!

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3.00PM – 4.00PM THE BOARDROOM
Unique to GNEX, this compelling session is the “ultimate” meeting of minds. The audience gets a fly-on-the-wall experience as our C-Suite industry experts conduct a round-table discussion on trending topics, including the unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the travel sector, what they did to adapt, what worked and what didn’t and what the future holds now.
Jorge Herrera, Managing Director, Unlimited Vacation ClubJorge Herrera
Managing Director
Unlimited Vacation Club
Alain J.A. Grangé, Principal, Grangé GroupAlain J.A. Grangé
Principal
Grangé Group
Rinaldo Fernandez, President Global Travelers Club Division, Karisma Hotels & ResortsRinaldo Fernandez
President Global Travelers Club Division, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Gerardo Rioseco, Chief Loyalty Officer, PosadasGerardo Rioseco
Chief Loyalty Officer
Posadas
Jason Gamel, President & CEO, ARDAJason Gamel
President & CEO
ARDA
Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective GroupPaul Mattimoe
President & CEO
Perspective Group
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4.00PM – 5.30PM SPEED NETWORKING
Speed Networking Participate in our fan-favorite networking session where you’ll meet one-on-one with around 30 delegates. Every speed meeting gives each delegate one minute to share more details about their business and exchange business cards. When you find a representative from a company you want to know more about, you can then arrange to meet again during the event.

Participants will also be able to enjoy our deluxe open bar during this event.

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5.30PM – 7.30PM WELCOME PARTY
Ritz Carlton CancunSponsored ByarriviaINTUITION Brand Marketing Continue your networking in a relaxed atmosphere as we take the party outside within the grounds of the luxurious Ritz Carlton Cancun.

Includes Deluxe Open Bar, delicious buffet food including chef carved whole roasted local snapper or slow roasted prime rib, vegetables, truffle mac and cheese gratin and finished with an assortment of chef’s speciality desserts.

Plus music from our DJ and local entertainment.

This party is sponsored by arrivia and INTUITION who will each have their own bar for attendees to visit and taste their signature cocktail, as well as enjoy the open bar.

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8.00AM – 10.00AM RITZ CARLTON DELUXE NETWORKING BREAKFAST
BreakFast Start your day the right way with a Ritz Carlton Deluxe poolside breakfast!

Indulge in tropical fruits and parfaits, smoked salmon bagels, European style Charcuterie and Cheese Selection. Then assorted cereals, homemade granolas, bakery items and French Cinnamon Toast.

Then enjoy a selection of eggs, including scrambled and poached, potato gratin, crispy bacon and breakfast sausages and fresh juices, teas and coffee.

Make the most of the perfect ambiance for a breakfast meeting that will also fuel you for a busy day ahead.

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8.00AM – 4.30PM NETWORKING LOUNGE OPEN
GNEX Networking Lounge Our Networking Lounge is open throughout the day for you to hold meetings, visit exhibitors and grab refreshments.
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10.00AM – 11.00PM THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF LOYALTY PROGRAMS IN THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Hosted by ACOTUR, this session focuses on the “The Mayan Riviera” example of how loyalty programs have helped the recovery of the vacation industry. A panel of vacation property industry leaders share their knowledge and expertise on the economic recovery of their companies, including challenges and the opportunities caused by the pandemic over the last two years.
Alberto Solis, Associate General Counsel International, Apple Leisure GroupAlberto Solis
Ass General Counsel Intl
Apple Leisure Group
Eliana Jones, Marketing & B.D. Director, Mexico DC by XCARETEliana Jones
Marketing & B.D. Director
Mexico DC by XCARET
Raul Alonzo, Project Director, CircleOne by BlueBayRaul Alonzo
Project Director
CircleOne by BlueBay
Anna Kiseleva, VP, Customer Service & Fulfillment, Sunset World ResortsAnna Kiseleva
VP, Customer Service & Fulfillment
Sunset World Resorts
Guillermo Muhech, Executive Director, ACOTURGuillermo Muhech
Executive Director
ACOTUR
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11.00AM – 12.00PM NETWORKING BREAK
Coffee Break Grab some refreshments in our Networking Lounge, hold meetings and visit our exhibitors.
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12.00PM – 12.45PM EXPO LIVE!
This session brings the Networking Lounge to the main stage where attendees can learn more about products and services that could help improve their business in these fast-paced 5-Minute mini-sessions.
Jack Waller, SVP Business Development, arriviaJack Waller
SVP Business Development
arrivia
Alberto Ramírez, Commercial Director, YACHTVIBESAlberto Ramírez
Commercial Director
YACHTVIBES
Steve Pentland, CEO, LightSteve Pentland
CEO
Light
Chris Hassall, CEO, Catalyst Marketing SolutionsChris Hassall
CEO
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
Alejandra Espinosa, Director, Business Development & Resort Services, RCI MexicoAlejandra Espinosa
Director, Business Development & Resort Services
RCI Mexico
Duane Lee, CEO, Vacation SafeGuardDuane Lee
CEO
Vacation SafeGuard
Ivaylo Soritov, CEO, Walltopia USAIvaylo Soritov
CEO
Walltopia USA
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12.45PM – 1.30PM NEW PROJECTS DRIVING INDUSTRY GROWTH
As our industry evolves we see growth through consolidation, but also growth through new development and partnerships, and this panel highlights some of the new projects that are blazing the trail for the future.
Eliana Jones, Marketing & B.D. Director, Mexico DC by XCARETEliana Jones
Marketing & B.D. Director
Mexico DC by XCARET
Eugenio Macouzet, Founder & MD, EKSEugenio Macouzet
Founder & MD
EKS
Alain-Alexandre Grangé, Media & Brands Director, Grangé Group / The Playa CollectionAlain-Alexandre Grangé
Media & Brands Director
Grangé Group / The Playa Collection
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1.30PM – 3.30PM NETWORKING LUNCH – A TASTE OF MEXICO
Lunch Enjoy a delicious lunch outside in the beautiful courtyard at the Ritz Carlton Cancun as you continue to network and catch up with friends and colleagues.

Lunch includes Traditional Tortilla Soup, Yucatan Seafood Ceviche, Jicana Salad, Cabuches Salad, Mexican Chick Pea Salad and Baby Field Greens and Romaine Lettuce.

Followed by Gulf Snapper with Sweet Corn and Corn Truffle; Roasted Yucatan Style Chicken Pibil, Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Onions, Serrano Chili, plus Yucatan Squash Carrot Casserole, Poblano Rice and Refried Beans.

Then finish with a selection of desserts including Coconut Flan, Rice Pudding with Raisins and Cinnamon, Tres Leches Cake with Mango, Traditional Chocolate Abuelita Sauce and Tropical Fruit Salad marinated in Tequila!

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3.30PM – 4.30PM MENTAL FITNESS: PRACTICAL TOOLS TO CHANGE THOUGHTS AND LIVES
Jim Madrid, Founder, Advance Sports Technology

Jim Madrid
Founder
AST

What do you want to achieve, as a leader and most importantly, as a person?  Why do you want these things?

Do you already have a clear and compelling vision or sense of purpose, or do you just go along with a vision that others have handed to you that you’ve never felt strongly about?

This interactive session will determine which one you have, and help you develop a clear vision to believe in, that energizes and excites you — but this means getting clear about your purpose, as well.  Purpose drive vision.  Clear Purpose = Clear Vision = Purposeful Behavior.  And purposeful behavior is what you need in order to achieve your goals and live the life you most want to live.

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4.30PM – 5.30PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LOYALTY VACATION PROGRAMS AND THEIR RELEVANCE IN CREATING VALUE FOR HOTELS & MANAGEMENT COMPANIES
Alejandro Zozaya, Executive Chairman, Apple Leisure GroupAlejandro Zozaya
Former Executive Chairman
Apple Leisure Group
This session provides an inside look at how Apple Leisure Group created value Unlimited Vacation Club to offer guests and members extraordinary experiences as well as providing hotel owners with new business opportunities.

Alejandro Zozaya, Former Executive Chairman, Apple Leisure Group will present this keynote session that takes us from the beginning of a more than 50 year journey through to the recent acquisition of ALG by Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

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6.30PM – 11.00PM YACHTVIBES FINALE PARTY
YachtVibesYachtVibes As the conference comes to a close, YACHTVIBES invites you to Cantina La No. 20, where you will enjoy a premium open bar, light food and the opportunity to take a two-minute water taxi to one of two luxury yachts where you can also enjoy food, drinks and music.

Transportation is provided to and from the venue from the Ritz Carlton.
First bus leaves hotel at 6.00pm. Second bus leaves hotel at 6.30pm

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MONDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

8.00AM – 4.00PM
GNEX-ACOTUR 2021 GOLF TOURNAMENT

8.00PM –
UNOFFICIAL GATHERING @ RITZ CARLTON LOUNGE BAR

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

10.00AM – 1.45PM
EARLY ACCESS & REGISTRATION

1.45PM – 2.00PM
CONFERENCE WELCOME

2.00PM – 3.00PM
60-SECOND PITCH

3.00PM – 4.00PM
THE BOARDROOM

4.00PM – 5.30PM
SPEED NETWORKING

5.30PM – 7.30PM
ARRIVIA & INTUITION WELCOME PARTY

WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

8.00AM – 10.00AM
RITZ CARLTON DELUXE NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8.00AM – 4.30PM
NETWORKING LOUNGE OPEN

10.00AM – 11.00AM
THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF LOYALTY PROGRAMS IN THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

11.00AM – 12.00PM
COFFEE BREAK

12.00PM – 12.45PM
EXPO LIVE!

12.45PM – 1.30PM
NEW PROJECTS DRIVING INDUSTRY GROWTH

1.30PM – 3.30PM
NETWORKING LUNCH – A TASTE OF MEXICO

3.30PM – 4.30PM
MENTAL FITNESS: PRACTICAL TOOLS TO CHANGE THOUGHTS AND LIVES

4.30PM – 5.30PM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
LOYALTY VACATION PROGRAMS AND THEIR RELEVANCE IN
CREATING VALUE FOR HOTELS & MANAGEMENT COMPANIES

6.30PM – 11.00PM
YACHTVIBES FINALE PARTY

Introducing Our GNEX-ACOTUR 2021 Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring our upcoming event? Download our Sponsorship Brochure.

PRESENTING SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSORS
NETWORKING SPONSORS
ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY PARTNERS
Canadian Resort & Travel Association
BRONZE SPONSORS
Catalyst Marketing Solutions
GrupoSIM
RCI