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Butlin’s three UK resorts offer unique MICE facilities

Amanda Ellis
Amanda Ellis, National Sales Manager, talks to Sydney Paulden
The way in which the requirements of event organisers and those of holidaymakers can dovetail is very well illustrated by the three resorts operated in the UK by Butlin’s.
Billy Butlin was a famous South-Africa-born entrepreneur who established his first holiday camp in the UK in 1936, which blossomed into a multi-million-pound business.
There are Butlin’s seaside resorts in three different regions of the UK: Bognor Regis, in Sussex on the South Coast, Minehead in Somerset in the West and Skegness in Lincolnshire in the North East.


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‘Channelling all venue-finding through one source achieves big savings’

Emma Little
Emma Little of ExecSpace talks to Sydney Paulden
Emma Little started her venue-finding agency, ExecSpace, in Scotland in 2008. She admits that it was a struggle for as long as about 8 years, but then in 2016 its reputation for efficiency and quality spread way beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is now locating venues for around 1,500 events annually, with about 10% outside the UK.


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IMEX Frankfurt will be even more buzzy

Carina Bauer
CEO Carina Bauer talks to Sydney Paulden
A chat with Carina Bauer emphasises just how far the events sector has become a significant part of global industry. It is employing more and more people and giving an increasing number of destinations the opportunity to earn revenue and endow their local populations with valuable skills.


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LeRoy’s 20 years with Maritim

LeRoy Sheppard
UK-based Director of Sales talks to Sydney Paulden
‘Since its foundation in 1969, Maritim has played a key role in the development of Germany’s hospitality industry. With 33 properties in all the most strategic locations in Germany, it is the country’s largest owner-managed hotel group, but it must not be overlooked that Maritim is a brand that is becoming more and more significant internationally. Our portfolio of top-class properties now encompasses Mauritius, Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Malta and China. Within Europe we have iconic properties in Poland and The Netherlands and another is scheduled to open shortly in Bulgaria.’


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Location is the keyword for Warwick Hotels & Resorts

Francis Bertrand
Francis talks to Sydney Paulden
In most parts of the world there is a Warwick Hotel with MICE facilities ready to welcome every kind of event. ‘We have 53 properties’, says Francis Bertrand, ‘and this time next year that number will be even greater’.
Francis is the Director of Global Sales for Warwick Hotels & Resorts and he was able to allocate some time to talk with ITCM in order to bring us up-to-date on what the group can offer – and where.


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