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The Delegate Wranglers now has over 2500 members

Neil Thompson
‘Up to 200 more event organisers are joining each week’, Neil Thompson tells Sydney Paulden
In February 2014 a service was set up in the UK to share knowhow amongst a group of about 20 event organisers. It was the brainchild of Neil Thompson and he is very proud to be able to state today that there are now 2,500 members – with up to 200 new people joining every week. Membership is free.


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Greater awareness of the growing benefits of events business

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group
Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, talks to Sydney Paulden
Carina Bauer is the CEO of the IMEX exhibitions. Carina has grown up as an exhibition organiser and so if she is optimistic, we can all feel a little more relaxed.
One doesn’t have to think for long to remind oneself of the traumas that the multi-national events sector has had to face during the past decade, from financial crises and Eurozone pitfalls to terrorist threats.


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‘We have 55 hotels in the UK and more on the way’

Alex Pritchard, CEO of Kew Green Hotels

Alex Pritchard, CEO of Kew Green Hotels, talks to Sydney Paulden

Alex Pritchard is the CEO of Kew Green Hotels. That is a company name that may not be instantly recognised by hotel users, but it is very familiar to hotel owners. Set up in 2001, Alex’s organisation is responsible for the operation of 55 hotel properties in the UK. They are mostly run under well-known brands such as Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, , Crowne Plaza, Courtyard by Marriott, ibis Styles and Hampton by Hilton. It also operates some for independent owners.

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Hotel Republic ‘unlocks the UK market’ for hotel clients

Kai Schömann

Its founder and MD, Kai Schömann, talks to Sydney Paulden

Hotel Republic Ltd has been selling to the UK MICE market for 12 years on behalf of international hotel groups. Its founder, Kai Schömann, is proud to tell me that 2016 was its best year to date. ‘We confirmed over 200 conferences for our hotel clients.’
Is there a reason for this success? Yes, a simple one. The Hotel Republic team uses a variety of different approaches to keep in touch with the event organisers in the UK, works very hard to ensure they get a good and prompt service and ensures, at the same time, that communications with the hotel personnel are rapid, reliable and well focussed.


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Unspoilt natural beauty with modern comforts

Kerstin Gibert

‘Robinson Clubs meet all criteria and within budget’, says Kerstin Gibert

Robinson Crusoe was marooned in beautiful surroundings, with a great climate. It would be wonderful to share that same experience, except that he lacked modern comforts and facilities.
Well, Robinson Clubs were founded to provide all the services to satisfy discriminating hotel guests whilst still allowing them to enjoy the unspoilt attractions of a desirable destination – and that is why they chose the name ‘Robinson’.


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