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‘Believe in ME’, says John Kelly

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‘Believe in ME’, says John Kelly

An important new hotel will be opening in London in July that will add a major landmark to both the West End and the City. But something needs to be explained in advance – how to pronounce its name.
It will be called simply ME. This is the first property in the UK of a top-of-the range brand introduced by Melia Hotels International. The Spanish properties are pronounced Emm Eh, but John is looking forward to making use of the new name for a novel approach to its promotion.


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Eat and meet, as well as play, at Alea Leeds

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Sarah Louise Walker, Sales Director, explains a change of name

You may not have heard of Alea Leeds, but it has stood in the middle of the Yorkshire city, alongside the Royal Armouries, for nearly four years.
But Alea Leeds is a change of name now considered to be -more in keeping with its growing reputation as a venue.


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20,000 events a year add up to a lot of knowhow

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Sydney Paulden interviews Michael Schüller and Peter Manning of American Express Meetings & Events.

At the Business Travel Show in Earls Court, London, ITCM met Michael Schüller and Peter Manning of American Express Meetings & Events. Michael is Vice-President for Europe, Middle East and Asia, whilst Peter is Director of AEME in the UK. This specialist arm of American Express operates globally. It is one of the few organisations anywhere in the world’s MICE sector that can claim that it employs 1,000 people in over 100 countries and is responsible for 20,000 meetings a year!

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ExCel gets the first UK Aloft hotel

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Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Manager, tells ITCM what Aloft offers to the next generation of business travellers and delegates

Aloft has arrived in the UK. Aloft is the hotel brand that Starwood first launched in June 2008. There are now 58 Aloft hotels and the UK is the seventh country to receive them. Already in the USA, Canada, China, the UAE, India and Belgium, they will soon be seen in Thailand, Colombia and Costa Rica. Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Speciality Select Brands for Starwood, was in London to attend the launch of Aloft London Excel.

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Chartering is about efficiency, not money

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Tim Procter, MD of Air Charter Travel, tells ITCM why his company has seen 13% growth in revenue in its 20th year

The benefits that flow from the use of air charter are becoming increasingly evident to more companies; so much so that Air Charter Travel, based in the UK, has been able to report a 13% increase in business compared with the same period last year.
‘Air charter is not chosen because of price’, Tim Procter maintains, very straightforwardly. Tim is Managing Director and founder of the broker Air Charter Travel, an enterprise that is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. ‘Making the decision to fly on a chartered aircraft is in every case clearly seen as the obvious best way to achieve objectives. And this is easily illustrated in the MICE sector of business’, he continues.


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