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ITCM EIBTM Interviews

ITCM EIBTM Interviews

Cologne centrifuge spins the right appeal for aerospace events

Christian Woronka, Head of the Cologne Convention Bureau

Christian Woronka, Head of the Cologne Convention Bureau, explains the approach

Cologne is a very good example of the approach to attracting events as outlined by the German Convention Bureau (see ITCM EIBTM Interviews and itcmblogs ).
Christian Woronka, Head of Cologne Convention Bureau, was at EIBTM 2013 in Barcelona and he explained to ITCM that, looking at what Cologne had to offer, the city and its region are strong in the fields of space research and in the media. ‘We also’, he adds, ‘have Germany’s largest university’.


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Simplifying quotations for 2,000 MICE hotels

Ludovic Dupont, Accor’s V-P Meetings & Events

Ludovic Dupont, Accor’s V-P Meetings & Events, talks to Sydney Paulden

I took advantage of EIBTM 2013 in Barcelona last month to meet many senior MICE executives who are otherwise difficult to trace. In this sector no one seems to know in which part of he world they might be from one day to another.
On the Accor Stand was Ludovic Dupont, the French hotel group’s Vice-President in the Global Sales Department responsible for Meetings & Events.


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How Germany uses its industrial expertise to attract events

>Matthias Schultze, MD of the GCB

Matthias Schultze, MD of the GCB, talks to Sydney Paulden

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has made a large investment in time and money to create a new platform from which to launch its marketing into the MICE sector.
I was able to enjoy a very informative visit to the GCB stand at EIBTM 2013 in Barcelona to hear all about it, direct from Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the Bureau. First he established the credentials of the GCB. ‘Germany is Number One in Europe for meetings and conferences – and Number Two in the world, after the USA. In 2012 we were able to show a 23% increase in MICE business compared with 2011. We can now claim to host 3m meetings, attended by a total of over 300m delegates.’


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Fairmont and Raffles launch unrivalled facilities in the Philippines

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Meenaz Lilani tells ITCM that a new 30-storey building now offers luxury living and top-of-the-range MICE facilities

The Philippines capital, Manila, comprises 17 individual cities. ‘Fairmont Raffles Hotels International’, says Meenaz Lilani, Executive Director Global Sales - EMEA, ‘has chosen to launch in the city of Makati because it is the location of such a large proportion of Manila’s financial and commercial operations, as well as its prime shopping centres and cultural attractions’.

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Easier access to the Great Barrier Reef for worldwide delegates

Ross Steele

Ross Steele, GM of the Cairns Convention Centre, tells ITCM that Cairns has just won better air connections

As the city of Cairns is about 2,700km (1700 miles) north of Sydney in the furthest corner of Queensland, one doesn’t often stumble across it. However, I did bump into Ross Steele at EIBTM 2012 in Barcelona. He is General Manager of the Cairns Convention Centre and, accompanied by Jenny Graham, his Director of Sales, he didn’t miss this opportunity to tell me that Cairns just got closer to Europe.

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