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Palladium Group enters the UK MICE market

Ricardo Cañada, Palladium Group

Ricardo Cañada talks to Sydney Paulden

Palladium Hotels is a group that has been building a reputation for over 50 years for quality service in Spain’s city centres, on the Spanish holiday islands and in the Caribbean.
Owned by the Matutes family, the Palladium Group has now decided to expand its markets and has chosen the UK as a key target for MICE clients. As a result it has appointed Ellicis Hotels to represent them and it took part in its first MICE exhibition in the UK last week.
ITCM was able to meet Ricardo Cañada, MICE Sales Director of Palladium, on the Ellicis stand at Confex.

‘We have 50 properties’, he said. ‘They are in all the major Spanish business centres, such as Madrid, Seville, Cordoba and Valencia. They are mainly 4-star and 5-star and designed to be functional and convenient for business clients. Wi-Fi is free and the meeting rooms have all necessary a-v equipment.

‘We are also very well known for our resorts on the Spanish islands. For example, there are twelve Palladium properties in Ibiza and five of them are 5-star rated.’

The big news, he was able to announce, is the opening in the summer of 2015 of the 5-star Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa. Located at Playa d’en Bossa on Ibiza and convenient for the airport, it offers superb beaches whilst being near the shopping centres in the town of Ibiza and close to an extensive water park.

Ayre Gran Hotel Madrid Gardens
The complex has two freshwater pools, six function rooms and two à la carte restaurants. A special facility for events on Ibiza is the Ushuaia Beach Hotel that was opened four years ago. It has an outdoor amphitheatre beautifully located alongside the pool and beach.

‘In contrast’, Ricardo goes on, ‘we also have the Agroturismo Sa Talaia. This is a picturesque, secluded property in the mountains of Ibiza. It is an old manor house with just 12 rooms.’

Palladium opened the first Hard Rock Café Hotel in Europe on the island of Ibiza in 2014 and will open a second on Tenerife in 2016. ‘It will have 493 rooms’, says Ricardo, ‘and will be able to host meetings for up to 500 delegates.’

On the other side of the Atlantic, there are about 20 Palladium properties in Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

‘We can offer very good all-inclusive terms for groups in beautiful resorts’, adds Ricardo.

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