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Connections Meetings

DoubleTree Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga, Spain, 29 May-1 June 2016

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Connections Meetings was an amazing experience at all levels, not only on a professional level with all the new ideas, contacts and experiences, but also on an individual level, you really come back enhanced and with more skills in many aspects.
Matthias Werner, Costa del Sol Tourist Board
A totally unique way of 2 days intense meetings making new connections in a far more lasting way than the usual desk to desk. We fully support this format and look forward to attend again - I have told many of my clients and peers at work about the format and my enthusiasm has made them all excited about Connections
Andre Van Der Bijl, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts
Connections enabled me to discuss my clients' needs in a more relaxed format that I am used to. I found that some suppliers may not have understood to relevance of my clients and business to them via an email or even phone call. Talking one to one and having fun whilst doing it overcame that and I made some great contacts and hopefully can run some events in the destinations whose CVBs I met.
Martine Ainsworth-Wells, Ainsworth & Wells Consultancy / ETOA
Connections is fantastic, they think outside the box and showcase its mission to design meetings that will affect us in multidimensional ways. Alliteratively gain an educative experience – share the knowledge – build strong and long-lasting connections.
Kerri Howard, DC Advisory
"Thank you for a fantastic event. It was honestly the best I have ever attended - top- quality buyers, an amazing setting and the format worked perfectly. It was so good to have proper time to chat and bond with the clients, especially over such fun activities."
Anna Hayward, Dorchester Collection
"Professionally organised, each appointment was worthwhile and just enough time. Found the debates and group discussions very interesting, informative and placed at the right time to hold the level of engagement. Thoroughly enjoyed going off site for the dinner, excellent seafood. I highly recommend Connections."
Kelly Banner, Kempinski Hotels
"What a fantastic couple of days! I am sure you are all right now taking some well earned rest, but can I get in early to say how well run, well thought out, well picked and well managed the whole event was. A lovely cocktail of good fellow suppliers from around the world, suppliers who we could spend proper time with, and a lovely hotel to do it all in."
Alastair Poulain, Original Travel
"Thanks to you and every member of your immediate team and supporting partners for hosting such an unconventional and stimulating event. A team of warm, welcoming and dedicated professionals who never let the mask slip when the Atlantic winds blew a gale through well-laid plans!"  
Sean O'Hara, BBC World News & BBC.com
"It has been a phenomenal event that perfectly achieved all the goals set; well done to you and your great team. I had the chance to develop new high level relationship on one side and on the other one to enhance/strengthen some already undergoing."  
Stefano Bajona, Onirikos
"Would like to congratulate you and your team for this wonderful business event format that I am sure will continue to be very successful in the coming years as there is a need for it. It was definitely very productive!"
Marwa Rizk Jaber, U Group Worldwide
"I have attended so many travel fairs and events all over the world for many years and I have to say Connections is the best."
Frank Zheng , Luxe China Club
"New relationships created, quality debates with experts and the necessary time to get into detail - all in a memorable and fun environment - the best buyer/seller event I have ever attended!"
Dave Allen, Andara Travel
"Overall we found the event to be helpful for forging relationships in a creative manner but most of all, to be part of a momentous and landmark event that was the very first Connections. We felt it was important both professionally and also personally to be part of the starting collection of Luxury travel professionals present and we very much look forward to supporting you and being kept informed of future developments."
Namai Bishop, LuxePrivé
"Honored to be part of it! At last, in an ocean of appointment-based trade shows and endless slideshows, a new format emerges. We strongly feel that smaller scale events like Connections, offer us a greater opportunity to meet, get to know and above all REMEMBER the suppliers present. Great show!"
Marc Mekki, Platinum Private Journeys
"Thank you for a fantastic event. It was honestly the best I have ever attended – top quality buyers, amazing setting and the format worked perfectly. It was so good to have proper time to chat and bond with the clients, especially over such fun activities."
Anna Hayward, Dorchester Collection
"We liked the general concept of not being stuck in a conference room and having longer appointment so that you could engage with agents in a more relaxed environment. It also had a more intimate feel than some other shows which added to the sense of exclusivity.The quality of the speakers was good – particularly enjoyed Jason Atherton."
Silversea
"A huge thank you to you and your team for putting on such a superb event. I'm delighted to have been part of it. The majority of my one-to-one meetings were very worthwhile and I thought the speakers were engaging and relevant. The choice of venue and weather also helped in achieving some strong connections!"
Richard Bousfield, Rocco Forte Hotels
"The event was very useful, I fully enjoyed the two days at Four Seasons. Being in contact with right people in informal atmosphere is extremely important in our industry."
Maria Fatyushchenko, Moscow International Travel Service
"Connections- the new & cool way of meeting business leaders in tourism. The only true interpretation of business and pleasure."
Bettina Blase, more.PEP in Style
"After so many years in business, I have truly enjoyed the new meeting format, I have tried all options outdoor as well, the possibility to meet new business contacts and catch up with existing ones, in a truly relaxed way. The topics addressed by the high calibre international speakers you selected where an extraordinary highlight for me personally."
Cordula Junius, Occident Orient Connection
"A phenomenal eveny hosted by experienced and enthusiastic professionals. Well done! It was an honour to be included and hope to be invited again next year."
Andrew Newman, Scotia Inspire
"An interesting & stimulating out of the box trade show - it worked!!"
Michael Holtz, SmartFlyer
"Probably the most relaxed, inspirational and exceptional travel gathering to date!"
Boris Yu, Über
"Many thanks for the warm and enthusiastic welcome. Very professional, but never 'fake'. Top and personal!"
Wiet Proesmans, Atlas Reizen
"Well organized and professional event. The event team should all be complimented. Connections is a quality event with a smaller group of senior representatives networking in a more intimate setting. It allows time for serious buyers and sellers to properly discuss business opportunities during the longer face to face meetings and to build stronger relationships at social functions organized around the event."
Michael Merrithew, Merit Travel Group
"A wonderful inaugural event. I'm very motivated to attend future events, especially in the Middle East"
Roger Kershaw, Roger Kershaw Custom Travel
Connections Meetings is a wonderful concept that takes into account that we are in a peoples business and the business is done between people not companies.
Hector A. Venegas, SwarmWorks Ltd.

About

Connections Meetings is the global, senior, exclusive, focused event providing hand-picked MICE buyers and suppliers effective meeting design programmes and tailored memorable experiences that lead to long-lasting business relationships. The event involves just 30-40 meeting owners and planners from key and growing markets across the globe and 30-40 selected suppliers operating in the MICE sector.

We bring a wide variety of MICE buyers from all over the world, half representing large corporate companies, eager to book their next international board meeting or global sales kick-offs, half looking for partners to support their industry conventions and exhibitions. All will be focused on doing business in the MICE sector.

Connections Meetings will be the first fully designed – next generation H2H (Human to Human) events ever launched!

Connections Meetings Spain will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higuerón, Fuengirola (Málaga).

How do we do it

Meetings are a unique form of human communications: Participants share an experience in the same physical environment and this produces a desired behavioral change that produces results for any business or association.

At Connections Meetings we know who is who in the global meetings and events arena. With your input, we match you with relevant buyers or suppliers, enabling you to forge valuable connections and share ideas through memorable experiences.

Find out more about Connections Meetings and for further information, email: micaela@weareconnections.com

Connections

We believe that high-quality face-to-face connections and networking opportunities are the most effective way of building long lasting relationships and doing business with new and existing partners.

Connections Meetings puts together a truly designed programme with real Meeting Design experts.  We reveal the real purpose of meetings and the transformational power they have in any organization.

Agenda

Date & Time  Activity & Location Description
Sunday 29 May
08.00 – 22.00 Free time – Optional SPA, tennis or visit to Malaga/Marbella Arrivals and free access to Spa
19.30 -onwards Connections at DoubleTree by Hilton Reserva del Higueron Informal dinner with Michelin Star Chef at Infinity Pool Area sponsored by Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
Monday 30 May
07.00 – 08.15 Running and fitness centre Optional activities
07.00 – 08.45 Connections at “El Palmeral” Opening breakfast
09.00 – 09.45 Connections at “Salon de los Vientos” Opening welcome with Micaela Giacobbe and David Benitez
09.45 – 10.30 Meet at the supplier’s table at “Salon de los Vientos” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience
10.30 – 11.15 Meet at the supplier’s table at “Salon de los Vientos” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience
11.15 – 11.30 Free time Business break
11.30 – 12.15 Meet at the supplier’s table at “Salon de los Vientos” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience
12.15 – 13.15 Connections learning at “Salon de los Vientos” “MEGATREND ONE: Upcoming technologies of work and life we need to be aware of” with Ewan MacLeod
13.15 – 14.15 Connections at “El Palmeral” Healthy buffet lunch sponsored by the DoubleTree by Hilton Reserva del Higueron
14.15 – 14.45 Free time Business break
14.45 – 15.30 Transfer to Mijas and walk to “La Alcazaba” 1:1 Connections Experience
15.30 – 15.45 Briefing at “La Alcazaba” in Mijas Briefing of afternoon programme
15.45 – 16.30 Meet at the supplier’s table at “La Alcazaba” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience in Mijas sponsored by
Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
16.30 – 17.15 Meet at the supplier’s table at “La Alcazaba” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience in Mijas sponsored by
Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
17.15 – 17.30 Free time Business break
17.30 – 18.15 Meet at the supplier’s table at “La Alcazaba” and choose an activity 1:1 Connections Experience in Mijas sponsored by Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
18.15 – 18.30 Walk to Mijas Town Hall Free time
18.30 – 19.30 Connections learning at Mijas Town Hall “Dissecting the Meeting Designer – 5 content design lessons from our last Connections Meetings” with Mike Van der Vijver and David Benitez
19.30 – 22.00 Dinner at “La Alcazaba” Dinner sponsored by Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
22.00 Transfer Transfer
Tuesday 31 May
07.00 – 08.00 Running and fitness centre Optional activities
07.00 – 08.45 Connections at “El Palmeral” Breakfast
09.00 – 09.30 Transfer to Michelin star restaurant “José Carlos García” 1:1 Meetings transfer experience
09.30 – 10.00 Connections learning and experience in Malaga Port 1:1 Meetings Content Design Learning experience- lead by Mike Van der Vijver
10.00 – 10.30 Connections learning and experience in Malaga Port 1:1 Meetings Content Design Learning experience- lead by Mike Van der Vijver
10.30 – 11.15 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “José Carlos García” and choose an activity  1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga Port
11.15 – 11.45 Free time Business break
11.45 – 12.30 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “José Carlos García” and choose an activity 1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga Port
12.30 – 13.15 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “José Carlos García” and walk to “El Pimpi” restaurant 1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga city centre
13.15 – 14.15 Connections at “El Pimpi” restaurant Networking lunch at the emblematic “El Pimpi” restaurant sponsored by Malaga Convention Bureau
14.15 – 14.30 Free time Coffee break
14.30 – 15.15 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “El Pimpi” and choose an activity 1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga city centre
15.15 – 16.00 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “El Pimpi” and choose an activity 1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga city centre
16.00 – 16.15 Free time Business break
16.15 – 17.00 Meet at the supplier’s table in restaurant “El Pimpi” and choose an activity 1:1 Meetings experience in Malaga city centre
17.00 – 17.30 Transfer to Doubletree by Hilton Reserva del Higueron 1:1 Meetings transfer experience
17.30 – 19.00 Free time Business break
19.00 – 19.30 Transfer Transfer to Museo Automovilistico de Malaga
19.30 – 20.00 Connections at Museo Automovilistico de Malaga Connections Meetings wrap up and certifications with Micaela Giacobbe and David Benitez
20.00 – onwards Connections at Museo Automovilistico de Malaga Closing dinner sponsored by Malaga Convention Bureau
22.00 Transfer Transfer to DoubleTree by Hilton Reserva del Higueron
Wednesday 1 June
06.00 -onwards Free Time Transfers – check out

Click here to download the PDF version of the programme.

Find out more about Connections and for further information contact: micaela@weareconnections.com

Suppliers

Connections Meetings has places for just 30 to 40 of the most relevant and hand-picked meeting supplier brands. Connections will welcome national, regional and city destinations (Convention Bureaus), hotels, DMC’s, and event services.

The upcoming Connections Meetings event will be held in the inspiring surroundings of Malaga, offering an innovative, focused and fruitful platform for senior executives to build powerful and personal relationships in business.

Suppliers – What’s In It For You?

Get Connected

Connection Meetings connects leading suppliers with senior meeting buyers (budget holders) who create meetings in a totally different way- The Connections way! The full agenda includes one-to-one experiences, dedicated invaluable networking breaks around breakfast and lunch as well as the prestigious Connections dinner with evening entertainment. Wi-Fi, all activities, healthy food and refreshments are all included.

Get Inspired

We offer expertise in designing meetings by actually showing you how it is done. This is where theory meets practice for a real enlightening learning experience. Each session will be properly designed and it will enable supplier attendees to adopt a more consultative approach to your prospective buyers when hosting future events.

Get Return on your Investment

Knowledge is key and does not end at the event. Connections Meetings provides continued engagement with like-minded individuals for relevant idea sharing. Suppliers will earn a place on our guest list and receive year- round exclusive invitations to Connections dinners, monthly Travel Weekly business breakfasts and exclusive online platforms.

Buyers

Connections Meetings has places for just 30 to 40 of the world’s most senior meeting buyers. Connections will welcome corporate meeting owners, associations, NGOs and more from key and growing markets across the globe. You must be senior level and responsible for multiple budgets and events.  As we are a global platform you must regularly contract outbound meetings that services high net worth customers.

To see if you qualify as a Buyer for Connections Meetings and for further information, please contact Evangeline Estrella.

Buyers – What’s in it For You?

  • You will learn the basics of meeting design and its great benefits for your meeting audiences. You will learn the theory of the acclaimed book “Into the hearts of Meetings” by actually experiencing a completely designed B2B programme.
  • Engage and create business opportunities with 30-40 leading “like-minded” worldwide suppliers that would be able to understand and help your meetings be more successful.
  • Intimate access to an exclusive group of 30-40 leading “like-minded” worldwide meeting owners and planners from different Corporations, Associations and NGOs like yourself.
  • This “knowledge sharing” and “Business sharing “designed platform will help you innovate in your next meetings for obtaining greater outcomes from your meeting audience.
  • Activities allowing creative discussions and memorable experiences
  • Up to three nights hosted accommodation
  • Ground Transfers & all meals during event programme

Sponsors

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Media Partners

Connections Meetings is delighted to welcome the following companies supporting the event series:

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Supporters

Connections Meetings is proudly supported by the following companies:

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Contact Us

micaela

Micaela Giacobbe

Director of commercial events

Founder and director of commercial events for Travel Weekly Group, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4848
Email: micaela@weareconnections.com

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Peter

Peter Conway

Head of Business Development – Leisure

Head of Business Development at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, the next generation of events in the travel industry.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4884
Email: peter@weareconnections.com

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Evangeline

Evangeline Estrella

Buyer Marketing Manager

Buyer Marketing Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4885
Email: evangeline@weareconnections.com

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David

David Benitez

Head of Business Development – Meetings

Head of Business Development for Connections, the next generation of events in the travel industry.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Email: david@weareconnections.com

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Greg Reeves

Sales Manager

Sales Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Email: greg@weareconnections.com

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Alex

Alejandro Roca

Events Coordinator

Events Coordinator at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4889
Email: alex@weareconnections.com

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