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Large conferences can Meet and Eat at the ‘future proofed’ Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

JP Kavanagh, General Manager,

JP Kavanagh, General Manager, tells ITCM of the benefits of a multi-million-pound investment

Sheraton are in the process of spending $6bn globally on upgrading their properties. One UK hotel to benefit greatly from that investment is the 5-star Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh. An almost total renovation has been carried out, starting in 2010 and completed in March 2012.
General Manager during the whole of that period has been J P Kavanagh, a Dubliner always known as ‘JP’ rather than ‘John Paul’.


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Mövenpick aiming at 100 hotels

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At GIBTM, Taufic Tamim tells Sydney Paulden of the Middle East’s hot spots

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, the Zürich-based group, has been around a long time but has suddenly started to send out signs of rapid growth. Toufic Tamim, the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Vice-President Sales & Marketing, was on the company’s stand at GIBTM in Abu Dhabi, so I took the opportunity to have a chat with him about the shape of things to come.

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GIBTM is still growing in size and importance

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Exhibitors and visitors increase in spite of the Middle East troubles

When you visit GIBTM, Reed’s Gulf MICE Exhibition held annually at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, you will catch a glimpse of a slim blonde young lady many times, because Lois Hall is its very conscientious Exhibition Manager. She is here, there and everywhere. I was able to photograph HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, as he toured the stands on the opening day. Lois is also in my picture, as a host. I attended a presentation given to the press by Ali on behalf of the website Ask-Ali.com. Lois is on that picture, too.

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Westfield Stratford City can be a corporate base for the London Olympics

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Myf, the General Manager, Marketing, for Westfield in UK and Europe, gives Sydney Paulden the details

Westfield is a name well-known to shopaholics around the globe, but may be lesser known on the MICE scene. However, a number of very prominent companies have reason to be grateful to Westfield for the facilities provided during the London 2012 Olympics.

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Brighton is buoyant

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says Julia Gallagher, the city’s Convention Bureau Manager

Julia Gallagher told ITCM at International Confex 2012 that Brighton was buoyant – and her mood was equally bubbly. ‘The number of enquiries we are handling is 10% up on this time last year – and up 15% by value.’

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