The Meeting Show, when it first started MM and Company attended as visitors.
In 2015 I was very sceptical as to how The Meetings Show would pan out, in previous years it has been very UK centric and not many opportunities for overseas DMCs. The team and I at MM and Company discussed it, agonised over it, was The Meetings Show worth the investment, in the end we decided it was and we took space. I know that we confirmed business at The Meetings Show last year that operated this year in Germany so I guess you can say our decision was vindicated by the success of the show. I look forward to reporting the same success after this year’s show.
Our Stand number is A2, looking at the plan of The Meetings Show, as you enter the main door we are immediately on the left hand side so I would say come and see us but I don’t think you will be able to miss us on the MM and Company stand. I’m still trying to persuade Muge Altug of Dekon DMC Turkey as well as Valeria and Olga of Russian Event to come to the show.
Our DMCs attending The Meeting Show so far are;
Nordic Visitor, Iceland
TA DMC Portugal
TA DMC Spain
We look forward to seeing you there!
MM and Company has been representing Filipe, Luisa and the team at TA DMC Portugal since 2007 I have been to Portugal and Lisbon several times but not recently so Filipe invited me over for the weekend to see the new hotels, restaurants and venues that have opened since I was there last.
I stayed at the Five star EPIC Sana Hotel an excellent Portuguese owned chain of hotels. It has everything our C&I clients need and want from a hotel without the international brand price tag. Sana hotels also have some excellent four
star compliant hotels for the Pharma clients too. In three days Filipe and I saw well over 24 venues, hotels and restaurants so if you need something in Lisbon I am well up to date on what is new and funky. We had some amazing Portuguese wine and terrific local food I am on diet well fasting for the next week.
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I have a great job, oh that’s twice I said that in this e mail, must be true. I get to go to some amazing places all over the world, recently I was on a trip to Mauritius with the team at Connections DMC Mauritius who MM and Company has been representing since 2005. It’s summer now in Mauritius and the weather was just to die for.
Have you seen all the supermarkets selling Coconut water at £3.50 a litre, outblooming rageous price. I was on a drive in a convertible Mini Cooper, I stopped on the roadside and guess what there was a man selling coconuts, I stopped the car and bought one, he took a machete, hacked it around and stuck a straw in it and OMG the best coconut water you could imagine and guess what it was nowhere near £3.50. Had dinner on the beach, lunch in an amazing Mauritian style restaurant, I witnessed a very colorful Tamil festival, stayed at the amazing St Regis Hotel, I also stayed at Long Beach which is just stunning and guess what it has a long beach. I went to the Rum distillery La Chamarel, naturally I had to have a rum cocktail or two. There is a brand new refurbished watch tower called Martella Tower constructed by the British in the eighteenth century, has a huge canon on the top of the tower as well as a cool museum. This was something new that I had not seen before and I have been to Mauritius quite a few times.
I had my obligatory trip to the capital Port Louis it’s a great place Port Louis, I love the hustle and bustle, the colorful market. The next day the Connections team Anusha, Alessandra, Lucille, Tatiana and I with a few chosen guests spent the day on a catamaran, did a bit of swimming, did a bit of snorkelling, lunch on the beach, such a tough life. To end the trip I was treated to a few glasses of red wine and some delicious canapes at my favourite venue, Café des Arts. Karl Braunecker the MD of Connections DMC was at Café des Arts I had an opportunity to suggestion to him that I need another visit to Mauritius around March April time. At EIBTM I had a discussion with Davina along the same lines.
You can’t beat a trip to 35 degrees of heat, sunshine, dry streets and clear blue skies just as the opposite is happening in the UK. I flew Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi on the A380, if you haven’t been on that plane you have got to go, what a fabulous piece of equipment, big and very quiet, totally the opposite to me. As we landed at 7.30am the captain announced that the weather on the ground in Abu Dhabi was 28 degrees (yum). Jean Yan of SNTTA Emir Incentives & Conferences picked us up at the airport and we were off and running. I checked into the fabulous five star deluxe (just the type of hotel I like) Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi brand new and sparkling) dropped off my suitcase, went straight off to Nurai island by boat, a great venue for events, gala dinners, water sports, etc.
One other thing that I did not tell you is that I flew into Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways courtesy of our awesome friends at ALL ABOUT FLIGHTS we do a lot of work with All About Flights, Kathy, Leanne, Lisa, Wendy and the team at All About Flights only do flights so complement our DMC offering perfectly. Whenever one of our more boutique MM and Company clients need help with flights we only ever suggest contacting Kathy and the team. If you want to know more about how Kathy and the team work please let me know I will put you in touch. Getting to and from Dubai from Abu Dhabi is very straight forward and sometimes depending on the hotel you are working with in Dubai it is even quicker to fly into Abu Dhabi with Etihad and get and SNTTA Emir Conference and Incentives transfer to Dubai it only takes just over an hour it also can be very cost effective.
OMG what an amazing few days I had in Istanbul with Muge, Pinar, Dilek Yucel and the DEKON DMC team. I was well and truly spoilt in three days with the team. We have had a great year so far in Istanbul as far as business is concerned. I arrived last Thursday left Sunday morning just as a group DEKON DMC had operated were leaving as well as a site inspection for a huge group that is looking at Istanbul for next year, so lots going on.
More about Istanbul and the TERRIFIC 5 Star Marmara Taksim Hotel where I stayed, the hotel has just been totally refurbished and it looking very good indeed. The hotel is sooooooo well located, totally down town, it has amazing views of the eclectic city of Istanbul and The Bosphorus. The food and beverage quality is world class and offers great value, for example you ask? A full lunch buffet with everything you could think of and more for TL95 Turkish Lira that equates to just over £20. Buffet breakfast in most London five star hotels is about £30.00. The General Manager, Uygar Kocas was so kind with his hospitality, he could not do enough.
The city was beautiful as ever, I re-visited the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern, Saint Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, sunset cocktail cruising along the Bosphorus, I re-visited Esma Sultan Palace my favourite venue for events. Naturally I had to go to Reina, it would be rude not to, it’s a great nightclub. Had lunch at the brand new Soho House, stunning place. All in all I had an amazing visit to one of my favourite destinations in the world, ISTANBUL.
While you and the UK have been sweltering in the summer heat, I have been in mid-winter Mauritius, where the temperature was a very pleasant 24 degrees every day, the sun shone for two of the days I was there and two of the days there was a little bit of rain, Mauritius would not be the most beautiful green island without rain, it didn’t last long, the rain stopped and the sun shone. I stayed at the beautiful Starwood Westin Hotel and the brand new, well two years old St Regis hotel in Mauritius. My stay at the St Regis brought back awesome memories of a terrific Business Development Event I hosted there in June 2013, in fact it was one of the very best FAM trips ever and I have hosted quite a few in my time representing DMCs and working in the hotel industry. Know something it was really nice to be back at the St Regis Mauritius, it bought back some lovely memories of time spent.
We were very well looked after by Dimple, Kenny, Suraj and the whole team at the Westin and St Regis. Anusha, Teelasha, Suzet and the team at Connections DMC Mauritius were on hand morning, noon and night, they are such a great bunch of guys, well girls really but hey. I missed seeing Karl and Davina, Karl was on holiday and Davina was on her way over to London for the Meeting Show which as you must know by now starts tomorrow. If you want more information please let me know, if you would like to replicate the three night two day trip I did please let me know it can be arranged with the team at Connections