Leaders TV draws upon the extensive connections of the Travel Weekly Group and the huge reach of it’s publications and events including the newly launched Connections Events to provide a video series featuring senior executives from the industry discussing key trends and challenges.
The Travel Weekly Group has always brought senior leaders together with the wider industry, principally through their wide range of leading publications as well as networking events, industry awards and ceremonies. Although we document as much content as possible from our physical events, our audiences tell us they want to see more – and on a much higher frequency, not necessarily tied to a specific event.
We wanted to meet this demand, and with it, the opportunities for senior executives across the industry to contribute their perspective and insight for the benefit of the marketplace. We have the resources, infrastructure and expertise in-place to provide this facility – and, with a total reach of over 100,000, we’ve got the platform too.
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17/02/2017 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Mona Kapoor, Indian Vistas
We asked Mona Kapoor, Chief Executive of Indian Vistas to share her thoughts on the role social media plays in the luxury travel market.
10/02/2017 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Brenda Jiaying Ho, Ani Villas
Brenda Jiaying Ho the Director of Sales & Marketing for Ani Villas gives us her definition of luxury and what she thinks about social media.
13/01/2017 Leaders TV Interview, Dr Mario Hardy, PATA
We spoke to Dr Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Asia Travel Association about his thoughts on luxury and asked him to give us one of his memorable experiences in luxury.
06/01/2017 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Helen Beck, Crystal Cruises
We asked Helen Beck, Vice President, International Sales & Marketing at Crystal Cruises about what she feels defines luxury.
09/12/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Gabriela Sommerfeld, Quito Tourism Board
Gabriela Sommerfeld, Managing Director for the Quito Tourism Board speaks with our Leaders TV crew about why they chose to host the next Meetings event in Quito and what experiences the attendees can look forward to.
02/12/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Elena Altemir, Barcelona Convention Bureau
Elena Altemir, International Promotion Manager for Barcelona Convention Bureau speaks with our Leaders TV crew about technology.
25/11/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Renee Kachler, Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
Renee Kachler, Business Development Director MICE & Elite for Costa del Sol Convention Bureau speaks to Leaders TV about the importance of the MICE sector to their destination.
18/11/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Jose Navas, DoubleTree By Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higueron
The Leaders TV crew spoke to Jose Navas, General Manager at DoubleTree By Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higueron about challenges they face and what new technology they are implementing at their resort.
04/11/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Jasmin B. Parra, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines
Jasmin B. Parra, Officer in Charge, Sales and Accounts Management Division, MICE Department for the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines speaks with Leaders TV about how they utilise technology.
21/10/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Ana Hícar, Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort
Ana Hícar, International Sales Manager for Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort spoke with Leaders TV about how they deal with their main challenges.
14/10/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Carlos Granda, Conventia
Leaders TV caught up with Carlos Granda, Co-Founder & Director of Conventia about his thoughts on technology and using the Meetabout electronic badge system which allows on-line registration, polls, networking, alerts, etc.
10/10/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Tamara Chilachava, TBC Bank
Our Leaders TV crew spoke to Tamara Chilachava from TBC Bank in Malaga about the challenges they face during events.
30/09/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Nati Salcedo, FYCMA – Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Malaga
Nati Salcedo, International Sales Manager for FYCMA – Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Malaga speaks with Connections Leaders TV about the development of the MICE sector in Malaga and shares her thoughts on technology.
14/09/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Erika Keeroja, Baltic Luxury
Erika Keeroja, Member of board & co-owner for Baltic Luxury speaks to our Leaders TV crew about a memorable travel experience and what she feels defines luxury.
05/09/2016 Connections Leaders TV Interview, Vivienne Le Page, Autograph Collection
Vivienne Le Page, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Autograph Collection speaks with Leaders TV about the value of experiences for their guests and shares a memorable travel experience with us.
29/07/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Delna Jasoomoney, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
Delna Jasoomoney, Associate Vice President – Travel Industry Sales at Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces speaks with Leaders TV about their philosophy at Taj and how she defines luxury.
15/07/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Irene Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels
Leaders TV spoke to Irene Forte the Brand Product Development Manager for Rocco Forte Hotels about the difference between her normal travel and luxury travel experiences are.
08/07/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Richard Bousfield, Rocco Forte Hotels
Richard Bousfield, Regional Sales Director UK and Middle East for Rocco Forte Hotels speaks to our Leaders TV crew about how they are innovating their offering by providing unique experiences to guests.
01/07/2016 Gavin Brooking, Castello del Nero (Landcastle Holdings)
Leaders TV caught up with Gavin Brooking, General Director at Castello del Nero to discuss how he thinks luxury travel is evolving. He also shares with us one of his memorable luxury experiences.
24/06/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Daniela Marino, Sicilia Convention Bureau
Daniela Marino, Director of Operations for Sicilia Convention Bureau speaks wth Leaders TV about educating their partners and members with respect to luxury offerings and how the industry is evolving.
17/06/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Charlene Dave, Luxe Travel Hawai`i
The crew from Leaders TV spoke to Charlene Dave, Director of Global Sales at Luxe Travel Hawai`i about what is driving and evolving luxury travel and what their company is doing to innovate.
10/06/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Katelyn O’Shaughnessy, TripScope
Katelyn O’Shaughnessy, Founder & CEO of TripScope chats with our Leaders TV crew about the evolution of luxury travel and shares with us one of her memorable experiences.
03/06/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Daniele Trombacco, Verdura Resort
Daniele Trombacco, Director of Sales & Marketing for Rocco Forte Verdura Resort, spoke with Leaders TV about what they are doing to innovate luxury travel.
27/05/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Mike van der Vijver, MindMeeting
Our Leaders TV team spoke to Mike van der Vijver, Meeting Designer at MindMeeting about challenges and opportunities in the MICE sector as well as how younger generations are using technology.
20/05/2016 Leaders TV Interviews, Asier Azaceta, Meetabout
The Leaders TV crew spoke to Asier Azaceta the CTO for Meetabout during our event in Portugal about important technology trends.
13/05/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Francisco Quereda, ICCA Iberian Chapter
The Leaders TV team spoke with Francisco Quereda, President at ICCA Iberian Chapter during our train trip from Lisbon to the Algarve in the last event in Portugal. Francisco told us about opportunities and new markets for Malaga as well as security in the area.
06/05/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Cristina Nugas, Portugal No Limits
Our Leaders TV team spoke to Cristina Nugas, Managing Director for Portugal No Limits about important markets and opportunities for the MICE sector in Portugal.
29/04/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Juan José Garcia, Barceló Congresos
The crew from Leaders TV spoke to Juan José Garcia, Director of Marketing & Sales for Barceló Congresos about opportunities in foreign markets and what trends he is seeing in the meetings industry.
22/04/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Matthias Werner, Costa del Sol Convention Bureau
Leaders TV caught up with Matthias Werner, Promotion Executive at Costa del Sol Convention Bureau during our event in Portugal to talk about challenges facing the destination as well as security in Spain.
15/04/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Keith Ogbourne, Kantar Health
Our Leaders TV team spoke to Keith Ogbourne, Global Operations for Kantar Health about changes he sees within the Meetings industry and how the format is evolving to more one on one conversations.
18/03/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Bobby Ong, Accor
The Leaders TV crew spoke with Bobby Ong, VP Sales & Marketing at Accor about his thoughts on major trends in luxury travel as well as the importance of wellness.
11/03/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Patricia Simillon, Amadeus
Our Leaders TV crew caught up with Patricia Simillon, Head of Strategic Marketing at Amadeus during our recent event in Beijing to talk about major trends in luxury and how technology is useful for travellers.
04/03/2016 Leaders TV Interview, Batiste Pilet, Switzerland Tourism
Our Leaders TV Crew spoke with Batiste Pilet, District Manager North China & Taiwan for Switzerland Tourism about important source markets for Switzerland as well as challenges they face.
26/02/2016 Sullivan Sananikone, Fairmont and Raffles Hotels and Resorts
Our Leaders TV crew spoke with Sullivan Sananikone, Director of Sales & Marketing for Fairmont & Raffles Hotels and Resorts about the main upcoming trend he is noticing in luxury as well as the opportunities they foresee for the upcoming year.
12/02/2016 Mark Harris, Wendy Wu Tours
Mark Harris, Business Development Manager for Wendy Wu Tours talks with the Travel Leaders TV Crew about growing their business throughout China and other Asian markets as well as how they are developing their website.
05/02/2016 Stefano Lodi, The Wellesley
Stefano Lodi, General Manager at The Wellesley talks to our Leaders TV crew about general trends in the luxury hotel sector as well as the importance of technology for younger generations.
27/01/2016 David Stein, The Stein Group
David Stein, Chairman of The Stein Group talks with the Leaders TV crew about where he sees the biggest opportunities for their business in 2016 as well as trends and challenges facing the industry.
08/01/2016 Adrian Rudin, NUO Hotel Beijing
Our latest Leaders TV Interview comes from the NUO Hotel Beijing after our most recent event, where we spoke to our Host and General Manager, Adrian Rudin about trends, challenges and technology in the luxury segment.
01/01/2016 Marc Mekki, Mandarin Journeys
Mandari Journeys’s Founder shared his thoughts on the future of travel industry as well as the launch of Ode to Joy, a new platform aimed at travellers looking for high-end and exclusive experiences in Europe.
25/12/2015 Mohit Saigal, TWU Travel With Us
TWU Travel With Us’s General Manager Mohit Saigal talked to our Leaders TV Crew about trends and challenges he perceives within the travel industry at our recent event in Beijing
18/12/2015 Salim Al Mamari, Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism
The leaders TV crew caught up with Salim Al Mamari, Director General, Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism at the recent Connections Luxury Event in Abu Dhabi. Salim told about his views on Wellness growth, technology and it’s demand within the sector.
11/12/2015 Girish Sehgal, Taj Falaknuma Palace
Our Leaders TV crew spoke with Girish Sehgal the General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace about challenges facing the luxury travel industry as well as the importance of trade.
04/12/2015 Sohail Pedari, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company
Sohail Pedari the Regional Sales Director for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company discusses challenges they face in the industry and the importance of trade with our Leaders TV crew.
27/11/2015 John O’Ceallaigh, Telegraph Media Group
John O’Ceallaigh, Digital Luxury Travel Editor at the Telegraph gives our Leaders TV crew his thoughts about technology and trends in luxury amongst young travellers.
20/11/2015 Gavin Brooking, Castello del Nero (Landcastle Holdings)
The Leaders TV crew spoke with Gavin Brooking, General Director at Castello del Nero (Landcastle Holdings) about the importance of trade as well as what challenges he perceives within the travel industry.
13/11/2015 Celynn Erasmus, Resilient Energy Center
The Leaders TV crew spoke to Celynn Erasmus, Registered Dietician, Author & Professional Speaker for Resilient Energy Center about wellness trends and her FAB quotient which she shares in her talks and book.
06/11/2015 George Elias Eliades, Seez Travel
George Elias Eliades, Partner at Seez Travel talked to our Leaders TV crew about the importance of wellness in the luxury travel market at Connections Luxury Abu Dhabi.
31/10/2015 Tricia Warwick, Viceroy Hotel Group
Tricia Warwick, VP Sales and Marking International for Viceroy Hotel Group talks to the Leaders TV crew about understanding customer needs and her thoughts on technology.
14/10/2015 Jón Ólafur Magnússon, HL Adventure
Jón Ólafur Magnússon, Founder of HL Adventure chats with the Leaders TV Crew about the future of DMC’s and local agency’s with regards to technology as well as what challenges he faces with his company.
02/10/2015 Ajay Bandhu, Velaa Private Island
At the latest event in Abu Dhabi, the Leaders TV crew caught up with Ajay Bandhu, Resort Owners Representative at Velaa Private Island. Ajay tells us about emerging trends and the importance of wellness in the luxury market.
18/09/2015 Maria Gregoriou, Seez Travel
The Leaders TV team spoke to Maria Gregoriou, Managing Director at Seez Travel about current trends in the luxury sector and her thoughts on wellness.
04/09/2015 Stephane Fruitier, Most Exclusive Hotels in the World
Stephane Fruitier, CEO at Most Exclusive Hotels in the World talks to our Leaders TV crew about the challenges in the Travel industry and current trends.
28/08/2015 Alfredo Bataller, SHA Wellness
Alfredo Bataller, CEO at SHA Wellness Clinic talks with the Leaders TV Crew about challenges facing destinations and how wellness is likely to develop over the next few years.
21/08/2015 Andrew Mabbutt, Feefo
Our Leaders TV crew had the pleasure to chat to Andrew Mabbutt the CEO at Feefo about why reviews play such a key part in the customers booking process and the importance of trade events.
14/08/2015 Marcel Perkins
Marcel Perkins, General Manager at Latin Trails, speaks to the Leaders TV crew about challenges in the luxury market as well as the importance of technology and how it can help better service travellers.
07/08/2015 Quentin Desurmont
Leaders TV spoke with Quentin Desurmont, President at Traveller Made about key challenges facing luxury travellers and the trend towards emotional travel.
31/07/2015 Anna Bjurstam
Anna Bjurstam the Vice President at Six Senses Spas spoke with Leaders TV about the match between luxury travel and wellness and why wellness is becoming more important to travellers.
24/07/2015 Ahmed El Hamzawy
At our last event in the Conrad Algarve our Leaders TV crew spoke to Ahmed El Hamzawy, General Manager at Mubasher Holidays about trends in the Middle East as well as generating awareness about destinations to the Middle Eastern markets.
17/07/2015 Rob Sinclair Barnes
Rob Sinclair Barnes from Amadeus talks to the Leaders TV Crew, about the importance technology plays for connecting travellers and travel businesses, and how trade events build meaningful relationships.
10/07/2015 John Bevan
The Leader TV crew chatted to John Bevan, Chief Operating Officer for SpaFinder Wellness 365 about his thoughts on personalisation trends within the luxury market, the kind of challenges he is facing within Luxury and how the wellness industry is being influenced in this modern day and age.
03/07/2015 Giuseppe Vincelli
Our Leaders TV Crew spoke to Giuseppe Vincelli, General Manager for the InterContinental Hotel in Lisbon about the importance of technology for their business and the challenges he feels are facing the luxury sector.
19/06/2015 Ines Dlugos
Ines Dlugos, Director of Luxury Sales for Conrad & Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts chatted with the Travel Leaders TV Crew about how technology is affecting the Conrad experience with their younger market and the Conrad concierge app. She also mentions a few future concepts, as well as the strong growth within emerging markets.
12/06/2015 Tim Lorimer
Tim Lorimer, Global Sales Manager for Etihad Airways talks with the Travel Leaders TV Crew about one of the group discussions he participated in at the Connections Luxury event at the Conrad Algarve and how this brought about some interesting discussions within the attendees.
05/06/2015 Norbert Pokorny
The Travel leaders TV Crew caught up with Norbert Pokorny, Managing Director at Art of Travel at the Connections Luxury event in the Conrad Algarve. Norbert tells us about the focus on the experience for the luxury customers, as well as the trend towards technology and how the effects the premium luxury client.
29/05/2015 Patricia Iinuma
Patricia Iinuma, Global Director of Sales-Luxury at Hyatt Hotels talks with the Travel Leaders TV Crew about ultra personalisation and wellness in the Luxury travel industry. Patricia also speaks about this growing trend towards wellness across the age groups.
22/05/2015 Alison Styles
The Travel Leaders TV Crew spoke to Alison Styles, VP Sales and Marketing EMEA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group about her views on the main trends in luxury travel and the move towards authenticity. Alison also gives some insight into the main challenges facing the luxury travel industry.
14/05/2015 Pearl Vedere
Our Leaders TV crew had the pleasure to chat to Pearl Vedere, Director of sales for Hôtel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe about their focus for 2015 and she shares with us one of her most memorable moments whilst working in the luxury sector.
08/05/2015 Joachim Hartl
Our latest Leaders TV Interview comes from the Conrad Algarve after our most recent event, where we spoke to our Host and General Manager, Joachim Hartl about trends, challenges and technology in the luxury segment.
29/04/2015 Ásta Ólafsdóttir
The Leaders TV crew sat down with Asta Olafsdotti,Sales and Marketing Manager at Nine Worlds to talk about Iceland as a luxury destination and how they are building on current and new business.
10/04/2015 Sally Winfield
Sally Winfield, COO at The Accord Group chatted with the Leaders TV crew about the various clients they work with, how Accord helps these clients to market their own destinations as well as how to market these destinations to the right audiences on the right platforms.
27/03/2015 Nigel Vere Nicoll
Nigel Vere Nicoll is the CEO of The African Travel & Tourism Association. (Atta) Our Leaders TV Crew chatted to Nigel about his view on the main trends within luxury travel and how Tourism in Africa has changed over the years.
20/03/2015 Michael Holtz
The Leaders TV Crew chatted with Michael Holtz, Owner and CEO of SmartFlyer, from New York. Michael tells us about his focus on finding the next best thing for high end travel, new destination trends and how his company faces current challenges.
13/03/2015 Javier Rivadulla
Javier Rivadulla, Sales and Marketing Director for Finca Cortesin talks to the Leaders TV crew about the importance of meeting guests expectations and their focus on positioning themselves in the US and European markets.
06/03/2015 Suzy Trott
The Leaders TV Crew caught up with Suzy Trott,Commercial Director, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board at the inaugural Connections Luxury event at the Four Seasons in Hampshire, UK. Suzy tells us about the main key trends towards private villa rentals as well as her thoughts on the biggest challenges within the industry.
27/02/2015 Francine Sheridan
Francine Sheridan, Director of Europe & Middle East for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board talks to us about future plans and the importance of Trade to LA Tourism.
20/02/2015 Danielle Genty-Nott
The Regional Manager of UK & Europe for Tourism New Zealand, Danielle Genty Nott talks to us about travellers desire to have memorable experiences whilst on holiday and what makes New Zealand a luxury destination.
13/02/2015 Richard Bousfield
The travel leaders TV Crew caught up with Richard Bousfield, Regional Sales Director UK and Middle East, Rocco Forte Hotels. Richard talks to us about an exciting new opening and some of the emerging trends in the luxury sector.
06/02/2015 Ines Dlugos
Ines Dlugos, Director of Luxury Sales for Conrad & Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, talks to our Leaders TV crew about customer needs and an increase in travel to their properties from emerging markets.
30/01/2015 Ricardo Afonso
The Leaders TV Crew caught up with Ricardo Afonso, Sales Manager of the Conrad Algarve while taking in the ‘birds of prey’ experience at the Connections Luxury Hampshire Event. Ricardo talks to us about the main trends in luxury, some of the biggest challenges, and how events like Connections Luxury have helped his business.
16/01/2015 Lauren Sycamore
Lauren Sycamore, Destinations Director for The Florida Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council talks to the Travel Leaders TV crew about key trends for Florida Keys and their focus on the honeymoon market as well as the biggest challenge of getting more guests out to the Florida Keys.
09/01/2015 Glynis Jeffery
The Travel Leaders TV crew chatted to Glynis Jeffery, Director of Sales and Marketing for Elegant Hotels Group Barbados about trends towards personal service within the luxury market and how the company is adapting to the challenges they face within the market.
02/01/2015 Amanda Lucas
Amanda Lucas, Head of Sales & Business Development, Masai Mara Wilderness Lodge chatted to the Leaders TV Crew about the main trends she is seeing in luxury, some of the challenges they are facing in Africa and how they are adapting to these challenges.
26/12/2014 Nick Wrightman
Nick Wrightman, Managing Director & Owner of the Discerning Collection had a quick chat with the leaders TV crew about their boutique service and personalised offering, the kind of challenges they face currently as well as his focus for the company over the next 12 months.
19/12/2014 Emmalene Turner
Emmalene Turner, Director of luxury for Global Accounts for FRHI Hotels & Resorts took some time out of her busy Connections luxury schedule to have a quick chat with the leaders TV Crew about the emerging trend of moving back to heritage, the challenges faced within booking and customers journeys, as well as the importance of trade for their business.
12/12/2014 Edward Mitchell
Edward Mitchell is the Director of Sales for Rovos Rail, a Luxury Heritage Rail service based in South Africa. Edward spoke to the Leaders TV crew about the importance of Trade to their business and a particular challenge they face.
05/12/2014 John Bevan
The Travel Leaders TV Crew caught up with John Bevan, Managing Director for SpaFinder Wellness 365 at the Connections Luxury event, where John tells about his views on emerging trends in the luxury travel sector, the growth of wellness tourism and what sort of opportunities are emerging for the luxury market.
28/11/2014 Sarah Harrison
The travel leaders TV Crew caught up with Sarah Harrison, Travel Trade Sales Manager for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts at the recent Connections Luxury event at the four seasons in Hampshire, UK. Sarah highlights some of the emerging trends in the luxury industry, and talks to us about exciting new openings and the importance of trade for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
21/11/2014 Tim Lorimer
The Leaders TV crew chatted to Tim Lorimer, Global Sales Manager for Etihad Airways and learned all about Tim’s views on key trends in the airline sector, where Etihad is investing for the future and what challenges he sees for Etihad going forward.
14/11/2014 Rob Sinclair-Barnes
Rob Sinclair-Barnes, Strategic Marketing Director for Amadeus talks to the leaders TV Crew about emerging trends in luxury and how much travel has changed, how Amadeus facilitates travel bookings and personalised customer managements solutions.
07/11/2014 Susannah Lurie
Susannah Lurie, Senior Sales Manager for the Four Seasons UK Collection tells us about her job role, building on current and new business, key trends in luxury and some of the real challenges that the luxury industry is facing today and defining what true luxury means.
Micaela Giacobbe is founder and director of commercial events for Travel Weekly Group, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events called Connections.
Prior to joining Travel Weekly Group Micaela was head of marketing & communications for World Travel Market (WTM), the flagship travel trade event of Reed Exhibitions with responsibility for marketing, e-marketing, public relations, events and promotions. WTM attendance figures increased by 10% in 2010, 5% in 2011 and 3% in 2012 as a result of the work Micaela and her team undertook. During 14 years at Reed Exhibitions, Micaela led the branding rationalisation across the Travel Group, created the marketing, communications and conferences strategy for the inaugural WTM Latin America event in 2013 as well as being responsible for seven WTM Vision conferences midyear around the world (London, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Dubai, Milan and Mumbai). Micaela also developed and successfully launched Decision Makers TV, a video-based website profiling many of the travel industry’s most senior movers and shakers. With a marketing and public relations background spanning more than 15 years, Micaela’s combination of passion and determination, creative drive and strategic intelligence has propelled her through the ranks of notable blue chip companies such as Coca Cola, Olivetti, Reed Exhibitions and now Travel Weekly Group. A specialist in branding, identity and strategic corporate restructuring, Micaela has now added the development of new product ranges to her long list of talents that also includes speaking five languages and competing in triathlons.
Operations Manager for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Operations Manager at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Evangeline completed a one year placement as the e-marketing assistant for World Travel Market, the leading global event of the travel industry. During her time, Evangeline developed a wide knowledge in digital marketing, website management and social media.
Head of Business Development – Meetings
Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
David Benitez is the co-founder of Content Cocktails and he is a very passionate individual on human interactions in a humane kind of way! He is very dedicated to support the different destinations to better adapt and to reach out to the Global Meetings Industry community in the most effective way. David is also an expert in connecting people to do business in the Travel and Meetings Industry market place.
David has recently joined forces with the Travel Weekly Group to help organise Connections Meetings- the first designed H2H (Human 2 Human) event in history. Connections is breaking the mould of the “usual” b2b workshops and conferences by actually applying designed programme methodology for suppliers and buyers to live out experiences that will create strong bonds for long lasting business relationships.
Prior to Connections Meetings, David launched successfully the award winning educational summits called “IBTM Talks” for Reed Travel Exhibitions, a series of tailor-made events that have provided insight to meeting planners and Suppliers in various regions across the world. Finally, David has experience in launching and project managing “Evento Days”, the Leading Meetings Industry Exhibition in Spain.
Head of Business Development – Luxury and Wellness
Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Head of Business Development – Luxury and Wellness for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Greg was the founder and individual responsible for building the Thump Clothing brand. Responsible for and managing a free lance team through marketing campaigns, product design, clothing line collections, launch party organisation, social media, web development, sales, inventory tracking, finance and forecasting & forming close links with retailers and brand ambassadors. Greg previously completed two years at Reed Exhibitions as the Sales Executive for the Leisure Travel Portfolio where he maintained and grew revenue with existing clients and prospect heavily for new business across four of the industry’s leading events. World Travel Market London, WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market.
Event Executive at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Event Executive at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events. Prior to joining the Travel Weekly Group, Alejandro completed a six month placement as the production assistant for Galician Radio Television Broadcasting Company (CRTVG). During his time, Alex developed a wide knowledge in marketing, event planning, video editing and more.
Buyer Marketing Manager – Meetings
Buyer Marketing Manager – Meetings at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Anna Górska is business development director at EXPO XXI Warsaw, and was recently elected as an ICCA Central European Chapter Chairperson for the third term. Anna is an ideas person; always switched on, and looking for way to work outside of the box. Her solid relationships within the international meetings and events community, combined with her passion for helping people to unite to achieve common goals make her a real asset to the Connections team.
Anna Górska is working with Connections to help recruit buyers for the Meetings series and to curate the educational content at each of the events – which will take place in Quito and Florence in 2017. Providing thought leadership and sharing relevant knowledge is a key pillar of Connections Meetings. Anna believes that knowledge is vital for stimulating innovation in the congress realm, and will be collaborating with, among others, Mike van der Vijver, promoter of the Meeting Design and co-author of the book “Into the heart of Meetings”.
For years, Anna has provided educational content for meetings and events students. She has lectured at universities, and is co-author of “The Real MICE Book”, which will be published in Spring 2017 as a manual for students. In the future, she would also like to launch a Polish educational platform for the industry.
Sales Manager for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.
Ginevra graduated from the Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland, in May 2015. Having gained a degree in Business and Hotel Management with Sales & Marketing, Ginevra went on to travel throughout various parts of the world. Originally from Italy, she started her career in the luxury industry at the Punta San Vigilio in Lake Garda and has also worked for The Hotel Bagués in Barcelona, Belmond Hotels, formerly known as Orient-Express Hotels and Pineapple Luxury Hotels Specialists in London, UK.
As Sales Executive for the Corporate Division of Pineapple, Ginevra was proactively selling 9 luxury hotels across the UK, Europe, Asia and America to win new corporate, groups and leisure business. Ginevra’s tasks included sourcing new clients, account management, growing local accounts into international RFP’s. Conducting site inspections on a weekly basis & quarterly account reviews, hosting FAM trips & evening entertainment, managing appointments for hotel clients and the network of travel managers, companies and consortia programs, obtaining proposal agreements and contract sign-offs.