Manuel Proença, whose career in the hotel industry spans more than 50 years, will be receiving Magazine Imobiliário’s Tourism Personality Award on 24th September. Having dedicated 50 years of his professional and business life to Tourism, Manuel Proença has worked at many distinguished hotels. He is the founder and chairman of the Hoti Hotéis Group.

Graduated from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, he has kept up-to-date with new ideas throughout his life, and took a Specialist Course in Marketing at the “Universidade Católica do Porto” and a Course in “Hotel Management” at Cornell University in the USA. He has lectured as a guest professor at the “Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Porto” and at the “Universidade Católica de Braga”.

The Magazine Imobiliário “Personalities of the Year” awards ceremony was held on at 18h30 on 24th September at Tágide.

Formed in 1979, the Hoti Hotéis Group is a hotel chain with 100% Portuguese capital, and is the 6th largest group with a national presence and the 2nd largest hotel group offering management services to third parties. The Hoti Hotéis group’s portfolio currently includes the Meliá Braga Hotel & Spa (five stars), Meliá Madeira Mare Resort Hotel & Spa (five stars), Meliá Ria Hotel & Spa (four stars), Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto (four stars), Tryp Oriente Lisboa (four stars), Tryp Colina do Castelo (four stars), Tryp Leiria (four stars), Tryp Porto Expo (four stars), Tryp Porto Centro (three stars), Hotel da Música (four stars), Star Inn Porto (three stars) and the Soleil Peniche (three stars).