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ITCM interviews

More recognition for in-house organisers

Anita Howard

Anita Howard, founder of the ICE awards, brings ITCM up-to-date

‘The people who organise events for their own companies, the personnel in the in-house MICE departments, are constantly engaged with large numbers of festive and motivational events. I have, for example, come across an instance where three people have been responsible for as many as 200 events of different kinds and sizes in the year.

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Switzerland is a great value destination

Livio Goetz

Livio Goetz gives Sydney Paulden a brief review of the many and varied benefits it has to offer

It is not difficult to agree Livio Goetz, Marketing Manager at the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB), states that Switzerland has a lot to offer. He waxes lyrical about its remarkably wide range of landscapes within a very compact space.
‘An organiser can choose a location with a lake, a river, snow-capped mountains, beautiful lush pastures with wildflowers, ancient villages and modern cities and gardens fringed with palm trees – or, in fact, any combination of those, as travel can be rapid from one to the other in such a tiny country.

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High quality facilities at low rates

Terry Billingham

Terry Billingham previews The Academic Venues Show in May

Any special reasons or advantages with the change of venue this year?
“We decided to move to the Royal Horticultural Halls this year as it is less than 10 minutes walk from four London underground stations. In addition, the building’s beautiful architecture will provide a stunning backdrop to the Show.”

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Gaining a share of the UK MICE market


Kai Schömann, founder of Hotel Republic, talks to Sydney Paulden

The UK is seen by hotels globally as one of the world’s largest MICE markets. A lot of time, effort and money is spent trying to gain entry or to achieve a bigger share.
Kai Schömann analysed what skills and resources would be ideal for a cost-effective representation service in the UK and Ireland and decided that he was able to offer them.
So he founded Hotel Republic in London and eleven years later it is placing as much as 10m Euros a year of MICE business into hotels around the world.

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Iran could be the next big destination

Omer Kaddouri

Rotana is now very active there, CEO Omer Kaddouri tells Sydney Paulden

Omer Kaddouri is convinced that the next big destination – for business and consumer tourism – is Iran. Omer is President and CEO of the Rotana Group of hotels and if he is right with this prediction, then there is certainly no doubt that his company will be one of the first to derive great benefits from it.
Rotana has been active in Iran for four years now and is very aware of what it is and what it can become.

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