Salih Çene | Short Biography



FOREIGN LANGUAGES : English, German, French (basic)

MARITUAL STATUS: Married, 3 children


Salih Çene was born in Istanbul in 1950. He is married and has 3 children. His spoken languages are English, German and French.

He finished Şişli Terakki Primary School, İşik Hıgh School and Ata College.

After finishing High School at Kadıköy Maarif College, he started working in tourism. In 1969 he made his first steps in hospitality industry as a receptionist at Grand Uludağ Hotel. In 1971 he continued working in Hilton Hotel in Istanbul and in 1972 season he started at the position of reception chief at Manavgat Tusan Hotel. At the end of the season he went to England where he gained Higher National Diploma in Hospitality and Food & Beverage Management at Westminister Technical College. While he was studying in England he was working at almost all positions in the hotels.

After he returned to Turkey in 1978, he was working as General Manager and General Coordinator of Tusan hotels, Turban Hotels and different hotels in Antalya Region. By founding his own company, Elite Hospitality Inc he started providing consultant services in the sector and he organized opening of hotels in Belek and Russia. Since 1996 he was working at General Coordinator for 8,5 years at Hotel Sun Zeynep found in Belek. In 2005 he was General Director of the 3 properties from the newly opened OTIUM HOTELS INTERNATIONAL hotel chain. Since 2006 he works as a freelancer providing consultant services to hotels and investors

V. Salih ÇENE was being in tourism sector for 45 years and in this period spent 35 years on senior management positions such as Business Manager, General Manager, General Coordinator, Chairman of the Board of Director, and has devoted 31 year working in Antalya Region. During this period he has published hundreds of works and papers in various sector journals. In addition he wrote a column in Aksam Gazetesi Akdeniz. In addition he has participated in Tourism educational programs and symposiums in various universities where he shared his knowledge and experience.

Salih Cene has also participated and contributed with his work in many national and international non-governmental organizations such as: ALTID (Alanya Tourist Operators Association) as Chairman Assistant, POYD Founding Member and temporary Chairman during the establishment period, AKTOB membership, member of International Food and Beverage Consultants Institute (FCSI), member of TUROFED Disciplinary Board, AYÇOV as an Assistant of Chairman of Executives, TYD High Advisory Board

Member, academic membership at UK-based International Institute of Hospitality, Skal Antalya, Skal Turkey Presidencies and Skal Turkey International Representative.

In addition he is also a member of Galatasaray Sport Club Congress, Tourism Writers Association and Turkish-Chinese Business Association.