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ITCM Meetings Show UK interviews

Tiny country, endless options

Naama Oryan-Kaplan

Naama Oryan-Kaplan puts the case for Israel

The Director, UK & Ireland, for Israel Tourism is Naama Oryan-Kaplan. Her message from their stand at The Meetings Show in London was: ‘People can’t really appreciate what Israel actually is and what we have to offer unless they visit our country. New visitors are always very pleasantly surprised’.

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Zagreb welcomes a surprising new market

Zlatan Muftic

Zlatan Muftic, of the Zagreb Convention Bureau, updates ITCM

Zagreb in Croatia is a European capital that deserves to be better known – and Zlatan Muftic aims to raise awareness internationally. He is the Zagreb Convention Bureau Director and he was very happy to bring ITCM up-to-date at The Meetings Show in London.
Zagreb is aiming high. Its present international air terminal was designed to handle 2m passengers per year. The annual traffic has risen to 3m but, opening in 2016, a new terminal is designed for 5m.

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How Germany researched China as a MICE market

Matthias Schultze, GCB’s MD

Matthias Schultze, GCB’s MD, talks to Sydney Paulden

Germany is opening a MICE sales office in Beijing in September 2015. Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau based in Frankfurt, was in London for The Meetings Show, so I took the opportunity to ask him about how it was planned. Matthias was very forthcoming, but he did preface his remarks by saying that it was a typically German exercise. It was, therefore, thoroughly researched and took two years of detailed preparation.

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Turkey buoyant with incentives

Eda Ozden of MEP

Eda Ozden of MEP talks to ITCM

Birgul Ozden, President of MEP Destination Business Solutions, is a familiar personality at the international MICE exhibitions. Now her daughter Eda, born and brought up in the MICE sector of Turkey, is coming more and more into the limelight. It was Eda who managed the MEP stand at The Meetings Show in London last week.
She was very happy to report that corporate group business into Turkey is very buoyant.
‘And not only to Istanbul’, she pointed out. ‘We have just booked three groups of 200 delegates back to back for Bodrun from the UK.’

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Wide range of new facilities in Birmingham

Emma Gray, Marketing Birmingham’s Director of Marketing

Emma Gray, Marketing Birmingham’s Director of Marketing, summarises for ITCM

I can’t count the number of people who have told me their destinations are very central and so very conveniently accessible from all directions. However, this claim has to be taken seriously when it is made by Emma Gray, Dir of Marketing Services of Marketing Birmingham. You can’t get more central in the UK than Birmingham, the middle of The Midlands.
And Birmingham is making more and more use of its location, providing more facilities for delegates to travel and to meet.

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