Markus Lehnert started his career in hospitality 30 years ago and he has been with Marriott International for the last 19 years. As Regional Vice President of International Hotel Development, Markus is responsible for the development of all limited-service brands across Europe, as well as all full-service brands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Before joining Marriott, Markus was a hospitality consultant with PKF in London for three years, and before that held operational positions for 13 years at various world-class hotels, among them the Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf and the London hotels The Berkeley, Claridge’s and the The Lanesborough. Markus lives in Switzerland.
“This is all a rather new industry to me but I really enjoyed hearing about the perception of changes, particularly in the short-term rental, “end of alternative” debate. It was also exciting to see people blurring the lines with regards to serviced apartments and aparthotels in Paul Rands’ talk. My favourite part though was listening to the Brexit debate and seeing people put their views on the table.