ITCM interviews

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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Palladium Group enters the UK MICE market

Ricardo Cañada, Palladium Group

Ricardo Cañada talks to Sydney Paulden

Palladium Hotels is a group that has been building a reputation for over 50 years for quality service in Spain’s city centres, on the Spanish holiday islands and in the Caribbean.
Owned by the Matutes family, the Palladium Group has now decided to expand its markets and has chosen the UK as a key target for MICE clients. As a result it has appointed Ellicis Hotels to represent them and it took part in its first MICE exhibition in the UK last week.
ITCM was able to meet Ricardo Cañada, MICE Sales Director of Palladium, on the Ellicis stand at Confex.


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London’s Greenwich adds to its unrivalled MICE facilities

Raj Shah

The 453-room InterContinental London-the 02 opens in November

In November 2015 the Royal Borough of Greenwich will have another reason for claiming to be one of Europe’s most MICE friendly locations. This will be the opening of the InterContinental Hotel London - the 02. An 18-storey building, it will add 453 high quality rooms and an impressive new conference centre to the facilities in this rapidly developing, previously neglected part of east London.

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