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ITCM IMEX Interviews

‘Italy doesn’t have to be expensive’

Lorenzo Pignatti

Lorenzo Pignatti, CEO of +39 Events, talks to ITCM

‘Organisers must use a DMC in Italy’, says Lorenzo Pignatti. He would say that, of course, because he started his own DMC, +39 events, in February 2010. But he is able to give reasons for his assertion. ‘I worked many years as a DMC previously and I could see opportunities being missed, especially in the quality of service being provided for the foreign clients. So I am now running my own show and putting my ideas into practice.

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After 3,500 years, Izmir is ready for recognition

ITCM interview with Leyla Cingoz, Secretary General, Izmir C&V Bureau.

An exciting destination that feels it has been overlooked for too long is Turkey’s ancient city and province of Izmir. ‘We are taking two important steps on the way to gaining a higher profile’, says Leyla Cingoz. The first step was to create the Izmir Convention & Visitors Bureau, of which she is the Secretary General. The second step is to put Izmir forward as a candidate to stage World Expo 2020.

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Euro 2012 is Poland’s chance to update its image

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ITCM interviews Boguslaw Becla, Acting Director of the Polish National Tourist Office in London

The Euro 2012 finals will kick off on June 8 2012. It was very timely, therefore, for the Polish National Tourist Office to kick off their year’s promotional build-up with a hospitality box at Wembley on June 4th 2011 when England played Switzerland in one of the qualifying matches.
Poland, with Ukraine, is host to the finals and it is determined to ensure that the 800m Euros it is spending on new stadia and road, rail and general infrastructure will be a worthwhile investment.


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A passion for Hyderabad

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ITCM interviews Gary Khan, CEO, Hyderabad Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jalil Khan, known mostly as Gary, hails from Hyderabad, but has spent most of his life away. He has an MBA from California and for 23 years he worked for United Airlines in the USA. ‘But I always knew I would return home to India. I wanted to give something back to Hyderabad and this is the perfect vehicle for doing that’.

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More landmark buildings on the horizon

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Mark Sergot, Vice-President Global Sales for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, talks to ITCM

Mark Sergot is Vice-President Global Sales for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. These are three of the world’s top brands and I asked Mark to what extent they can work together and how far the parent group goes to maintain their separate identities.
He explained that he is one of the small band of managers who operate across all three products. ‘We keep them all completely distinct. They have their own lines of management; their own human resources departments; their own loyalty programmes; and their own philosophies,‘ he emphasised.


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