programme

Preliminary Programme

9:00 – 9:30: Registration

9:30 – 10:00 Opening session: The economic environment 2019-2020: The economy of Bulgaria and the region in the context of the global macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges: essential indicators, risks and perspectives.
-What are the expectations for the economic growth and which are the factors to determine it? Which sectors will lead the economy?
-Continuous stimulus efforts, interest rate cuts: How should we address the signals from the Central Banks and what will be the potential effect on the economy respectively the real estate market?
-Labour market specifics and challenges 2019/2020  


Participants:
To be announced

10:00 – 11:00 Panel 1: The big picture: Investment outlook - Bulgaria and CEE 2019
-Investment environment and development perspectives: where is the potential? How to create long-term value through real estate development in times of constantly changing people-centric needs and consumer patterns?
-Deals and dealmakers 2019: how active was the capital market throughout 2019 in CEE and Bulgaria? What are the main drivers and players and what are the 2020 forecasts and expectations?
-Financing opportunities: how active is the real estate financing and does it cover investors/developers expectations and needs? Which are the preferred asset classes and where are the banks more cautious?

Participants:
To be announced

11:00 -11:30 Coffee break

After panel 1 the program is split into 2 separate streams:

Hall A: residential market, hotels, project showcase, proptech

Hall B: industrial&logistics, offices, workspace, retail

 

 

Hall A: residential market, hotels, project showcase, proptech

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 2A: Residential market 2019:
-Market environment: What are the main characteristics of the residential market in 2019 – is it a buyers’ or a sellers’ market? Which part of the market cycle are we now at and do we have signals for pricing peak?
-Demand: Is there a change in the demand drivers and requirements of the different profiles of buyers? What is crucial for a project to be successfully realised on the market? Are the mortgage financing conditions changing and how does it affect the market in terms of liquidity?
-Supply: What are the risks and challenges when it comes to a new project development? Is there an investment appetite and confidence for starting new large-scale residential projects?

Participants:
To be announced

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Panel 3A: Urban and holiday hotels: trends 2019
-Market environment 2019: What opportunities is the hotel segment in Bulgaria and the region providing? What are the growth factors, the challenges and the threads for the industry? How is the market performing concerning the key indicators (RevPAR, ADR, occupancy rate)?
-Suppy: evolution of accommodation concepts, projects and models – how are the hotel industry and assets changing? How does the disruption reflect on the operation formats and planning? New projects, expansions and reconstructions 2020.  
-Demand: What is the profile of the hotel guests in Bulgaria, particularly Sofia? What technological, social and design trends should be taken into consideration when targeting the new generation of travellers?
-Holiday hotels: Outcomes after a challenging summer season. What’s next?
-Hotel investment market in the region: key investment drivers. Are the hotel assets in Bulgaria generating investment interest and to what profile of investors

Participants:
To be announced

14:40 – 15:40 Panel 4A: Projects Showcase session

Participants:
To be announced

15:50 – 16:50 Panel 5A: Proptech: the ditalization and the real estate market
-A talk for tech and innovations: How do digital technologies create value for the industry?
-Where is Bulgaria on the global proptech map in terms of financing/investment opportunities and development capacity? Which are the major success stories of the regional proptech market?
-How to not follow but set the trend: proptech pitches 2019.

Participants:
To be announced

17:00 – 19:00 Cocktail

 



Hall B: industrial&logistics, offices, workspace, retail

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 2B: Logistics and industrial space market: potential and perspectives
-Major drivers and factors behind the dynamic development activity - how will the market react on the increasing supply? Which are the main industries demanding class A logistic and industrial space and how have their requirements evolved?
-Stable demand and cash flows, modern industrial and logistic projects - is this what we call attractive investment product and are there transaction prerequisites in the segment?
-An experts’ insight on “The Volkswagen case”: How attractive is Bulgaria in the competition for large-scale foreign investments, and what are the challenges?

Participants:
To be announced

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Panel 3B: Offices market 2019
-Growing stock and notable pipeline, disruptors on the move, economic growth and business expansion appetite, labour challenges – do we miss something for the office space market environment in 2019?
-Modern office space needed: how sustainable are the levels of demand and what are the risks and challenges for the potential office tenants? Will the pre-lease be a long-lasting trend?
-Develop to core: How to develop a premium office building? What are the asset characteristics that match international investment standards?
-How do the new office space perceptions change the valuation models?  Where are the risks?
-Secondary cities: which locations are attracting tenants’ attention and why?

Participants:
To be announced

14:40 – 15:40 Panel 4B: Workspace trends: flexibility is the new normal – a threat or opportunity
-The healthy, creative and flexible office space as an essential element of the business model and employer’s brand in times of hr challenges. Trends 2020.
-Space as a service: Which are the most important building attributes for the tenants? How costly is it for the office developers to satisfy the demanding requirements and flexibility needed?
-Flexibility, community, services: How fast is the co-working industry growing –potential, success drivers and risks? What opportunities does the niche open for investors, developers and corporates?

Participants:
To be announced

15:50 – 16:50 Panel 5B: Retail space market 2019
-Solid demand, active expansions and new brands entering in an environment of stable consumption and economic health: what are the 2020 retail market perspectives?
-The new shopping models: What is the best answer to the dynamically changing consumer habits?
-Retail parks in focus: development trends and leasing models. How different is the typical retail park tenant mix from the one that we observe in the traditional shopping centres.
-Managing growth: what are the challenges and expectations for the retail industry in the near/mid- term?

Participants:
To be announced

17:00 – 19:00 Cocktail


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