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ITCM interviews

‘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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Jurys Inn is ready for national and global MICE business

Marc Webster, Head of Sales

Marc Webster, Head of Sales, explains how his managed group operates under five famous badges

A news announcement states that Jurys Inn Oxford has invested £10.8m in upgrading its facilities with a bigger slice of MICE business in mind. Not only have its 168 bedrooms been refurbished, but a further 72 bedrooms have been added plus a new Conference Centre offering 15 function spaces to cater for up to 300 delegates.
However, that is only part of the story. A lot more has been happening within the group and Marc Webster brings ITCM up-to-date.


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‘Our event at the extended Belfast Waterfront was brilliant’

Bhavnita Patel

ASGBI GM, Bhavnita Patel, was the first to use it for their Congress

With something new, you expect teething troubles. With something that is new and very big, you can expect major teething troubles. However, the client who was the first to use the huge extension to Belfast Waterfront has not a single word to say about problems, because there were none.

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