Georges Panayotis
Founder & CEO, MKG Group of Companies

Georges Panayotis is a French/Greek businessman and consultant for the tourism, hotel and hospitality industries. He has contributed to establishing more than 2,500 hotels (150,000 hotel rooms) in France and throughout EMEA, representing a global investment of over 10.5 billion euros.

Georges Panayotis is founder and CEO of MKG Group of Companies, which operates various divisions within the tourism, hotel, and hospitality sector, namely monitoring global trends in supply, demand, and pipeline growth, including the worldwide chain hotel brand [and chain hotel group rankings, as well as conducting specialised ad hoc industry research for various stakeholders, including private investors, developers, hoteliers (chain groups and independent properties), government and tourism associations, banking and financial institutions, and hedge funds.

He is also a professor at the Accor Academy in Évry, Essonne, Île-de-France, and Lecturer at University of Marne la Vallée, Île-de-France; and a consultant for several radio (France Inter, RMC) and television stations focussing on the economy, travel, and hospitality industry (BFM, France 24).

He sits on the advisory panel of the French Minister of Economy and Finance and has received the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, by the French President.