Dr. Cem Kınay

Dr. Cem Kınay

Futurist, Experience Designer

With various significant hotel investments and international awards, Dr. Cem Kınay is one of the most globally-renowned names in tourism sector.
 
As the founder and CEO of Gulet Touristik (1987) and Magic Life Hotels (1990) chains based in Vienna, Austria, he has introduced European tourists to the All-Inclusive experience.
He employed more than 8000 people at the 23 Magic Life Hotels located in Austria, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia and Bulgaria.
With Magic Life Hotels in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England, Russia, Turkey and many more countries, he managed to host more than 450.000 guests. He hosted more than 500.000 visitors with Gulet Touristik.
 
In 2004, he sold Magic Life Hotels to TUI Group.
 
He founded The O Property Collection and as its CEO, he worked for the development and actualization of Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Hotel in Turks and Caicos between 2005 and 2009. In years 2013-2014, he acted as a member of the board of Rixos Hotels active in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Dubai, Croatia and Switzerland.
 
In years 2015-2016, he worked for the application of the Bleasure Concept as the Head of the Board of Innovation at Steigenberger Istanbul Hotel.
 
In 2016-2017, he managed the application of the “Urban Social Concept” at Akra Hotels in Antalya.
 
In 2017, he founded XPD (Experience Design) Consulting Company and has been providing consulting services of investment, concept and design to local and foreign investors ever since. He was awarded “Tourism Professional of the Year” by the hotel and tourism magazine “Traveller” in 1996, “Man of the Year” by Austria’s most renowned finance magazine “Trend Magazine” in 1997 and the “Austria Order of Merit” by the President of Austria in 2006.