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ITCM interviews

Ruaridh Macdonald tells ITCM of the success of the Macdonald group’s iconic properties

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Ruaridh Macdonald tells ITCM of the success of the Macdonald group’s iconic properties

The recession is amazingly patchy. Generally the reports in the MICE sector are of a lower level of business, with slightly fewer events but many fewer delegates. However, ITCM found many bright spots during a series of interviews at International Confex 2012. Malta and Turkey were destinations that had enjoyed a successful 2011. Nexus reported increased sales worldwide of conference bags. Scotland had benefited from a higher level of investment.

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Scotland makes major investments in MICE facilities

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Lindsay Brown, VisitScotland BTU Marketing Manager, summarises for ITCM

BTU can be interpreted as a British Thermal Unit, a measurement of the heat that is generated. However, on the MICE scene, it stands for the Business Tourism Unit of VisitScotland. Lindsay Brown, the BTU Marketing Manager, was able to fire up ITCM when we met at International Confex 2012.

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Nick Jones of Nexus Collection tells Sydney Paulden how he is now bagging the Asian markets

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Nick Jones of Nexus Collection tells Sydney Paulden how he is now bagging the Asian markets

ITCM has been using Nexus laptop briefcases for some time. I complained to Nick Jones, founder and owner of Nexus Collection, when I met him at International Confex 2012, that they last too well and so I’m not allowed to have a new one.
Nick is constantly expanding the range of bags on offer.


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Birgül has Bodrum in her sights

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Birgül has Bodrum in her sights

It’s always a pleasure to meet Birgül Özden and International Confex 2012 afforded another opportunity. Birgül and her husband have the most distinguished DMC in Turkey, MEP Destination Management, and, recession or not, it continues to set new records year after year. ‘We are currently making all the arrangements for a conference in Istanbul for 3,000 delegates’, she says.

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Laurence Markham takes on marketing of growing PPHE Group

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Laurence Markham takes on marketing of growing PPHE Group

Laurence Markham was at International Confex 2012, where he told ITCM that he has moved from his job as Director of Marketing, United Kingdom and Ireland, but he hasn’t left the company. A new post has been created at the group’s HQ in London and he is the pioneer who has taken it. It is a new job in a company that has changed its name. Park Plaza Hotels is now PPHE Hotel Group and the change is significant, because it recognises that Park Plaza is just one of its brands and the HQ staff are also responsible for the art’otel properties and a brand special to Croatia, Arenaturist.

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