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ITCM Meetings Show UK interviews

How Germany researched China as a MICE market

Matthias Schultze, GCB’s MD

Matthias Schultze, GCB’s MD, talks to Sydney Paulden

Germany is opening a MICE sales office in Beijing in September 2015. Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau based in Frankfurt, was in London for The Meetings Show, so I took the opportunity to ask him about how it was planned. Matthias was very forthcoming, but he did preface his remarks by saying that it was a typically German exercise. It was, therefore, thoroughly researched and took two years of detailed preparation.

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Turkey buoyant with incentives

Eda Ozden of MEP

Eda Ozden of MEP talks to ITCM

Birgul Ozden, President of MEP Destination Business Solutions, is a familiar personality at the international MICE exhibitions. Now her daughter Eda, born and brought up in the MICE sector of Turkey, is coming more and more into the limelight. It was Eda who managed the MEP stand at The Meetings Show in London last week.
She was very happy to report that corporate group business into Turkey is very buoyant.
‘And not only to Istanbul’, she pointed out. ‘We have just booked three groups of 200 delegates back to back for Bodrun from the UK.’


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Wide range of new facilities in Birmingham

Emma Gray, Marketing Birmingham’s Director of Marketing

Emma Gray, Marketing Birmingham’s Director of Marketing, summarises for ITCM

I can’t count the number of people who have told me their destinations are very central and so very conveniently accessible from all directions. However, this claim has to be taken seriously when it is made by Emma Gray, Dir of Marketing Services of Marketing Birmingham. You can’t get more central in the UK than Birmingham, the middle of The Midlands.
And Birmingham is making more and more use of its location, providing more facilities for delegates to travel and to meet.


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Dubai welcomed 14,500 from China for 10-day incentive

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Charlie Taylor, head of communications at DTCM, talks to Sydney Paulden

I have been to Dubai many times over the past 20 years, but keeping up-to-date is an impossible task. Dubai announces new projects, so ambitious that in another country you would doubt they can be achieved, but suddenly in Dubai they become reality.
Charlie Taylor was on the Dubai stand at The Meetings Show in London. He had just been busy in Dubai with a big incentive group. A very big incentive group that would be the stuff of dreams for any destination, but in Dubai it was reality.


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Mons demands a closer look

It is now a 2015 European City of Culture

If all you know about Mons is that it was a World War I battlefield, then the sum of your knowledge is soon to be increased. From now on there will be a vigorous effort to give Mons another connotation, because Mons has been declared a European City of Culture for 2015.
It is possibly one of the smallest cities to get this accolade. It has a population of only 80,000. But Corentin Marechal is currently based at the Brussels-Wallonia tourist promotion office in London expressly with the brief to get Mons better known as a business tourism destination. He comes from Mons and he has the title of ‘MICE Co-Ordinator’.


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