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Terre Blanche - a province within Provence

Terre Blanche

Rachel David of Terre Blanche tells ITCM about the French resort’s unrivalled facilities

The South of France is always an attractive destination and so ITCM was interested to meet Rachel David, Sales & Marketing Director of Terre Blanche Hotel Golf Spa Resort, during her visit to London recently.
‘We are only 45 minutes from Nice Airport’, she told me, ‘or less than half that time to our helipad and, with 300 hectares (750 acres) our estate is about 1.5 times the size of Monaco.’


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‘Make sure the UK hospitality industry makes its voice heard’

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of The British Hospitality Association

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of The British Hospitality Association, talks with Sydney Paulden

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of The British Hospitality Association, is proud to tell me that it has around 40,000 members. That however, is just a fraction of the number of people in the UK who earn their living in this industry.
‘We are the sector with the biggest number of employees’, she states and that fact underpins a major objective in her mission. She is working towards gaining proper recognition of the role that hospitality plays in the country’s economy. ‘To listen to politicians’, she suggests, ‘you wouldn’t imagine that hospitality is a bigger employer than banking, manufacturing or engineering. We embrace hotels, restaurants, visitor attractions, conference venues. I sum it up as “UK tourism on the ground”. That is everything in hospitality bar the airlines.’


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IMEX Frankfurt is a cost-effective visit

Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group

Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group, talks to Sydney Paulden

A talk with Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Frankfurt, confirms that this is much more than an exhibition. Taking place May 19-21 May, she sees it as an essential experience at the heart of the modern MICE industry.
MICE is an unusual business sector in that it is very important to virtually every country in the world, no matter how big or how small, whether highly developed or just emerging. All are destinations that can offer something unique to event organisers. What is needed is expertise in identifying what a country has to offer and in providing the service and hospitality to make each event a success.


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Instant info on availability of venues worldwide

Caleb Parker, CEO of MeetingRooms.com

Caleb Parker, CEO of MeetingRooms.com, outlines its benefits to Sydney Paulden

MeetingRooms.com is a service that launches today, Monday March 9 2015. According to CEO Caleb Parker, it is the piece that completes the picture for business executives who want to work efficiently internationally, maintaining an upmarket image but keeping expenses down to a minimum.
Modern technology is said to provide the opportunity to keep in touch and carry on working wherever you travel. However, there are those occasions when a venue is a ‘must’ in order to have a face-to-face meeting, or a group brainstorming session or where a presentation can be made to invited guests. ‘Or, of course, ‘says Caleb, ‘a place where you can work more comfortably than on the table of a coffee shop’.


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MICE is buoyant at Hotel Metropole

Laurence Shukor

Laurence Shukor talks to ITCM about business in Monaco

Laurence Shukor, spokesperson for one of Monaco’s iconic properties, the independent Hotel Metropole, was in London, so ITCM took the opportunity to get updated. It was encouraging to hear that its MICE business is buoyant and the future looks equally promising.
‘Our business clients account for as much as 40% of revenue’, says Laurence, ‘and two thirds of that is due to events.’


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