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ITCM interviews

Cyprus’ success in MICE business is set to continue

Lillian Panayi

Lillian Panayi of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in London shares her enthusiasm in an interview with ITCM

’In contrast to so many destinations, the C&I business in Cyprus has continued to grow’, says Lillian Panayi, Assistant Director of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in London.
The island’s recently launched Cyprus Convention Bureau is currently running a new campaign with the slogan ‘Passion for Success’. Lillian has been the focal point in London for the promotion of Cyprus for C&I events for many years, but she never fails to display that passion when she reviews the long list of reasons why Cyprus is a favourite for event organisers.


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Imago offers a low-cost and convenient mix of commercial and academic venues

Emma Boynton

Emma Boynton, Head of Sales & Marketing, talks to ITCM

Lots of venues make dubious claims to be ‘located very centrally’, but there is no doubt that this is a genuine claim by Emma Boynton on behalf of imago.
Emma is Head of Sales and Marketing for imago, which is the umbrella name for the wide range of facilities offered at the University of Loughborough.


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“Still a long way to go until Europe appreciates the multiple benefits of cruise incentives”

Maarten Tromp

Maarten Tromp, Silversea’s Director of Corporate & Incentive Sales (UK, Europe, Middle East & Africa), tells ITCM that it is time to celebrate, not punish, success

’Cruises are still greatly under-rated and under-utilised by European event organisers’.
That is the opinion of someone who has worked in this sector for a long time. Maarten Tromp is on his second go-round as Director of Corporate & Incentive Sales for the cruise company Silversea.


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‘The full customer journey can be intuitive’, says Tamara Strauss

Tamara Strauss

Tamara, an IHG Director of Marketing, talks to ITCM about supporting 65 Crowne Plazas and Holiday Inns

Tamara Strauss has 622 meeting rooms to offer. Not in a single location, but distributed amongst 65 hotels. They are all Crowne Plazas or Holiday Inns in the UK and Ireland and she is their Director of Marketing.
It is a complex responsibility, as, although they are all within the IHG Group (InterContinental Hotels), they have different owners. They also vary in size. The Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, with 906 rooms, is currently the world’s largest Holiday Inn, even including those in the USA. That hotel alone has 11 meeting rooms offering 9,000sqft of flexible space.


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Dukes Palace, a Kempinski property in the centre of Bruges, is a natural choice for group organisers

Philippe De Meyer

Philippe de Meyer, the General Manager, reviews its highlights for Sydney Paulden

Ask Philippe De Meyer in which countries he has worked and the answer that comes back lists a varied series of desirable destinations. They range over the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, several locations in Kenya, Ankara in Turkey and Limassol in Cyprus. But his present position, General Manager of Kempinski Dukes Palace Hotel in Bruges, has brought him back to within a few miles of his starting point, He hails from the neighbouring town of Ghent.

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