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ITCM EIBTM Interviews

ITCM EIBTM Interviews

Delicious visit to the Brussels-Wallonia stand


Laurence Dogné introduces Wallonian cuisine as an appetiser for Belgium’s Year of Gastronomy

Laurence Dogné, the Meetings & Incentives Manager at the Brussels head office of the Belgian Tourist Office, Brussels & Wallonia, was keen to convince the world that Belgium cuisine deserves a higher profile as a visitor attraction. And she had lots of help on hand – in the shape of chefs and sous-chefs.

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Carry on, Kerrin!


Liverpool was given a great hearing at EIBTM

Diminutive Kerrin MacPhie, seen on the left of this photograph, wowed her audience at EIBTM 2011 in Barcelona. ITCM was attracted to the stand by the sound of a passionate portrayal of what Merseyside has to offer. The unmistakeable Liverpool accent rang high above all the ambient noise of a busy show and ITCM was all the more surprised, on reaching the Visit England stand, to discover that Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales at ACC Liverpool, did not even have the aid of a working microphone.

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Fairmont’s Flame Towers light the way to Baku


Azerbaijan’s ancient capital is fast becoming a new destination

An interview with Adrian Ellis and Kenneth Hill (pictured left), respectively General Manager and Director of Sales & Marketing of the soon-to-be-opened Fairmont Baku hotel, leaves you reeling with statistics. There are two 5-star hotels in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, but this time next year there will be seven. It is a benefit that Baku in May 2012 will be the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest, but more importantly and permanently, Baku is the focal point of a new gold rush, with huge reserves of oil and gas rather than gold nuggets as the big attraction.

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World’s media attended a pioneering event in Croatia


Nik Racic is a very happy Director of the Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau

Nik Racic, Director of the Croatian Convention Bureau was in very good spirits at EIBTM 2011. He was able to report that this year the number of events in his country was up by 18%. There are already 5,000 events planned into 2012, accounting for at least 395,000 delegates.
Croatia is well and truly on the world’s MICE map. Nik has been managing his country’s stand on the main exhibitions around the world for over 20 years, from a time when travel insurance companies literally had to check if Croatia came under ‘Europe’.

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Bridge over the Golden Horn was the gala evening stage


MEP Destination Management created a unique event

There’s an old bridge across the Golden Horn in the middle of Istanbul. A new one is built, making the old one redundant. What do you do with the old one?
Well, if you are MEP Destination Management, a leading Turkish DMC, you see it as the best possible stage for an event. In October 2011, MEP used it for the gala evening at the end of a 4-day incentive programme.

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