"As a Czech national born and raised, I would like to personally show you the power and potential of this fairly unvisited region and invite you to explore and discover the power and countless possibilities this region has for your for your most discerning travelers."
Gabriela Markova is an executive with over 18 years of experience in hotel industry. Growing up in turns in Czech Republic, Paraguay and Switzerland, she had all supposition to end up in the travel & tourism industry. Starting as sales manager in a niche 4-star hotel chain and relocating every year between key European capitals, as the chain grew its portfolio in Paris, Munich, London, Vienna and Budapest. Gabriela entered the world of luxury hotellerie by joining Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 2006. After nearly a decade of working for these renown hotels and climbing the sales ladder from reservation agent to DOSM, she took on the role of DOSM at Velaa Private Island in the Maldives, one of top 10 private islands in the world, and enhanced her reach from high-end and upscale clientele to the ultimate UHNWI level.
Gabriela is fluent in Czech, English, Spanish and German and speaks on advance level French and Portuguese.
Gabriela is also founder of GM Selection, a consulting & sales representation company promoting an elite portfolio of products to select agencies, private concierges and family offices across Europe.
Gabriela is also founder of Luxury Bloc, an travel trade show focused on ultra luxury outbound travel from the CEE region globally. Luxury Bloc’s first edition took place in 2020 as the only ‘live’ show at that time and is growing on popularity year on year. Carefully selected travel advisors from the entire C&EE region are meeting the best of the best the leisure world of private islands, private jets, luxury resorts, lodges, chalets and DMCs has to offer.
Gabriela has also been engaged as Ambassador for XO Private, having a close business relationship with this organization and World Wide Events (Private Luxury Forums, Amour Forums, TFest).
Lenka Tuckova Rogerova, PR & Communications. The prerequisite for successful representation of the client is undoubtedly the client’s own experience. Lenka has more than 17 years of experience both on the client’s side and from an international PR agency. During her career, she had the opportunity to help key players (including Mandarin Oriental, The Oaks) in the Czech & Slovak market with major communication projects – from rebranding, through the launch of new products and services, crisis communication and designing strategies for social media.
Lenka has the experience, creativity, sense of detail and, in addition, has the perseverance to achieve real results for the client in no time. She understands the media market in depth, maintains above-standard relationships with journalists and has personal relationships and contacts in the luxury segment.
Lenka has been the heart of social media and PR for Luxury Bloc and is continuing her amazing impact in the media world with IMPERIAL Travel show as well.
Petr Marek is a hotelier by heart and soul. His early steps started in F&B as manager of a renown traditional Czech restaurant in Prague before relocating to the USA to gain experience in hotel operations in Florida and NYC. After few years in the US his next steps led to Austria where he worked for the renowned Bristol hotel before stepping into the Sales & Marketing world back in Prague first with Hilton, then opening the unique Aria hotel as DOSM.
Petr entered the luxury hotelier by joining Mandarin Oriental in Prague as opening DOSM and later on as Hotel Manager, enhancing his scope of work from S&M to entire operations and finance. Furthermore, Petr has led the Le Palais Hotel Prague, a Leading and Virtuoso property, as General Manager for three years before taking on the role of Resort Manager at Velaa Private Island in the Maldives, one of the most luxurious private islands in the world. Petr speaks fluently Czech, English and Russian.
Petr is founder of consulting company Encore Hospitality and founding partner of Luxury Bloc.