ITCM interviews

Don’t forget Nicosia

Lillian Panayi

Lillian Panayi suggests a visit in a Cyprus leisure programme

When I walked onto the Cyprus stand at The Meetings Show in Olympia, Lillian Panayi of the Cyprus Tourism Office in London was talking to a visiting buyer about Nicosia. What she said attracted my interest so I later asked her for more details.
Cyprus is a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean and yet it can offer a remarkable variety of landscapes and activities. It is mainly known for its string of beach resorts, but then a group can swim and sunbathe in the morning, take lunch in an ancient mountain village and end the same day ski-ing in the Troodos mountains.


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Milan is a prime European destination

Riccardo Pilati, of Hotel Principe di Savoia,

Riccardo Pilati, of Hotel Principe di Savoia, talks to Sydney Paulden

If you think of the top hotels in cities such as London, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva and Milan you will almost always include in your list members of Dorchester Collection. There are ten of these and they refer to themselves as ‘Iconic properties in iconic places’.
The Milan member is the Hotel Principe di Savoia and ITCM was able to interview its Senior Director of Sales on his recent visit to London.


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How IBTM straddles the world

Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibitions Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions

Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibitions Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions, talks to Sydney Paulden

EIBTM is now known as IBTM World. One of the most notable exhibitions in the MICE sector, it has been not only going but growing since 1988. ITCM asked Graeme Barnett to clarify the reasons behind the change of name. Graeme, who was one of the founders of the exhibition, is now Senior Exhibition Director at Reed Travel Exhibitions.

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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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