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ITCM interviews

Academic venues offer multiple benefits

Terry Billingham, Venuemasters CEO

Terry Billingham, Venuemasters CEO, reviews them for ITCM

Terry Billingham is CEO of Venuemasters, so he has responsibility for the marketing of 72 venues. They are all in colleges and universities, mostly in the UK, and in every part of the country.
I met him at International Confex 2015 in London, where he outlined for me some of the many advantages of academic venues – and some of the disadvantages from a marketing point of view.
‘All the premises’, he began, ‘have the express purpose of instructing and teaching. They have state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment with highly specialised technical staff. And we have about 2,000 different meeting spaces to offer of every size and variety.’


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American Express joint venture supports organisers

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson’s promises backed by 14,000 staff and $900m, reports Sydney Paulden

Predictions suggest that in the coming years the cost of meetings will increase and organisers will have reduced budgets. There are two reactions to this double whammy. One is to throw up one’s hands in despair and bury your head in them; the other is to explore means of being more efficient.
It is sometime suggested that the answer might be to cut out the travel cost with virtual meetings.


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Istanbul recommended as a group destination

Frances Green

Verdict of UK event agents after a 3-day trip

A party of eight UK event agents, all representing different companies, have just returned from an educational visit to Istanbul. They were the guests of Jumeirah Pera Palace Hotel and MEP Destination Business Solutions. ITCM has been able to talk to two of the delegates about their impressions of Turkey’s capital city.

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Incentive destinations and growth economy attract groups to Turkey

Eda Özden of DBS

Eda Özden of MEP Destination Business Solutions talks to Sydney Paulden

’Turkey is now offering more destinations for incentive groups and is the chosen venue for more corporate meetings.’
This is the message that Eda Özden was able to give in a discussion with Sydney Paulden of ITCM.
Eda was speaking on behalf of MEP Destination Business Solutions (MEP DBS), part of the MEP Group, which has been in the forefront of the MICE sector in Turkey for nearly 40 years. Founded and managed by Eda’s parents, Birgül and Tomruk Özden, the company is based in Istanbul and operates destination management services throughout Turkey


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New hotel experiences in India

Zone hotel room

Park Hotels introduce new brand The Zone

India is such a huge and varied landscape, that it is possible to overlook some of its areas of quality. This is also true of the hospitality scene. One group of quality properties that may not have had as high a profile as it deserves is The Park Hotels. It was the first to introduce the 5-star boutique style and now has a presence in the most important centres in the country.

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