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  • David J Marks


Welcome to the last full week of May, now I’m making a prediction here that you won’t know that The Mama’s and Papa’s wrote a song called Monday, Monday and The Bangles sang It’s just a manic Monday written, would you believe by the late Prince. What a talent that left us far too early.

Can anybody else think of a song written about Monday? Anyway, I’m rambling a bit, well it is Sunday evening.

I hope you have a great week last week. I did, I was in Frankfurt at IMEX, saw lots of lovely client type people and friends, met up with lots of DMCs and actually saw quite a bit of Frankfurt this time as I went on the IMEX 5K run at 7AM on Wednesday. The run was along the River Main which runs through Frankfurt, it was a beautiful morning.

As a lot of the DMCs MM and Company represent were at IMEX or simply are up to the eyeballs in operating events, delivering site inspections or presenting proposals there is not much news from any of them. The one thing I can tell you with certainty is next Monday is a Bank Holiday and there will not be a Monday morning email, I know you will miss me, for sure I will miss writing to you.

DMC News* MM and Company News * Destination News*

The Meetings Show 13th – 15th June 2017

We are happy to say we are exhibiting at The Meetings Show again this year on Stand E305, the runners and riders are;

​Gaia Terrazzi of +39 Italy

Maros Borsky of Enjoy Slovakia

Eva Hoffmann & Valentina Azzoni of Germanyinsight

Filipe de Pina of TA DMC Portugal

Do let us know if you’re interested in meeting any of our DMCs or need information on any of our destinations.


I was talking with James Kent of The J Team Japan and we both believe it’s never too early to start planning for major events. Japan is the host nation for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The J Team are putting logistics in place and we believe the earlier you start the more of an edge you will have on your competitors. Everyone at The J Team Japan looks forward to working with you on these two major world events.


I’m glad to inform you that +39 Italy is the winning Italian DMC of the competition “Capture Buyers Imagination” launched by Convention Bureau Italia. Convention Bureau Italia is the benchmark in Italy for the promotion of the destination to the Conference and

Incentive market place. “Italy At Hand” is the new communication campaign’s title and represents an important turning point in the promotion of Destination Italy. If you need any assistance in Italy please contact us or +39 Italy.

Leyla and Hannah’s twitter and witter bit of the Monday morning e mail

So I’m at IMEX in Frankfurt, the phone goes it’s my beautiful eldest daughter Leyla, she know that when I’m away she can only phone me if it’s very important, so naturally I answer the phone. The first thing I said to Leyla is “What’s the problem, is it urgent?” I excused myself from what I was doing, heart rate racing just a touch, “Leyla, what’s the problem? What is it Leyla?” “I have run out of data on my phone” I guess it was urgent for her, but not urgent for me, I think I need to redefine urgent in the girls Lexington.

I got home from IMEX, Leyla opened the door, her first words “Daddy, I have got no data, fix it” “I beg your pardon” I replied. Leyla responded “fix it Daddy please” better but not a lot better.

I put my suitcase down, went upstairs and saw Hannah, she had her hair sectioned off with the straightener in one hand, hair brush in the other watching the TV. Her first words to me “Daddy I missed you soooo much” but I’m busy now, I will cuddle you later on.

Fair enough, I can live with that. That’s it you are totally up to date wishing you a great week a terrific LONG weekend and an awesome four day week next week

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