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Connections Meetings

Portugal - Lisbon & Algarve, 9-12 December 2015

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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
"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."
"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.


Connections is the global networking and event organiser exclusively serving senior leaders and experts in meetings, luxury and wellness. We bring handpicked leaders from the luxury travel industry together to do business and to discuss the trends and challenges facing the marketplace.

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!

The inaugural Connections Meetings event is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon and the Conrad Algarve 9-12 December 2015. To view participants list please click here.

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: [email protected]


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.


Date & Time Description Activity
Wednesday 9 December
08.00 – 22.00 Transfers – check in Free time in Lisbon – Range of activities around Lisbon at leisure
19.30 -onwards Informal dinner Connections at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lisbon – Fontana Park Bonsai restaurant
Thursday 10 December
07.00- 08.00 Optional activities Running and gym at the fitness center
07.00-08.30 Opening breakfast and check-out Connections at Saldanha Mar
08.30– 09.15 Opening briefing with Micaela Giacobbe and Mike Van Der Vijver Connections at Augusta ballroom
09.15- 10.00 1:1 Meetings experience Connections on tuc tuc to Lisbon city center and at the Palacio Foz
10.00-10.45 1:1 Meetings experience Connections at Palacio Foz or Port and Douro Wines Institute with tram experience
10.45- 11.30 1:1 Meetings experience Connections whilst walking Museu da Cerveja
11.30 – 11.45 Business break Comfort break at Museu da Cerveja
11.45 – 13.00 Lunch experience sponsored by the Lisbon Convention Bureau Connections at Museu da Cerveja
13.00 – 13.45 Transfer sponsored by Statur Transfer to Lisbon Oriente Station
13.45 – 15.00 4 Connections experiences and designing meetings session sponsored by Comboios de Portugal Private coach train Lisbon – Algarve
15.00 – 15.40 1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session Connections and designed experiences
15.40-16.20 1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session Connections and designed experiences
16.20-17.00 1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session Connections and designed experiences
17.00-17.30 Business break Free time
17.30 Transfer Transfer from Loule Station to Conrad Algarve
18.00- 19.30 Check-in and free time Conrad Algarve
19.30-22.00 Connections dinner Connections at Conrad Algarve
Friday 11 December
07.00- 08.00 Optional activities Running, gym, bike ride and tennis
08.00-08.45 Breakfast Connections at Louro restaurant
08.45–09.15 Connections and designing meetings session Connections at ballroom
09.15–10.00 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
10.00–10.45 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
10.45 – 11.00 Business break  Free time
11.00 – 11.45 1:1 Meetings experience  Algarve based designed experiences
11.45 – 12.45 Technology vs human to human battlefield with Ewan MacLeod and Mike Van Der Vijver Conrad Algarve
12.45 – 14.00 Connections experience lunch Connections at Louro restaurant
14.00 – 14.45 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
14.45 – 15.30 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
15.30 – 16.15 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
16.15 – 16.30 Business break Free time
16.30 – 17.15 1:1 Meetings experience Algarve based designed experiences
17.15 – 18.00 Connections Meetings wrap up and certifications Connections at ballroom
18.00- 19.00 Free time and preparation for dinner Conrad Algarve
19.00 Transfer Transfer to Bovino restaurant
19.30-23.00 Closing dinner sponsored by Quinta do Lago Connections at Bovino restaurant
Saturday 12 December
06.00-12.00 Transfers – check out Free time


Through Connections, senior executives are able to gather precious intelligence and insight, triggering new ideas and know how, in order to shape their future strategic plans for their businesses.

With panel discussions, debate and extraordinary speakers comes learning, sharing of ideas and inspiration. Our panel of speakers include:


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 inaugural Connections Meetings event to be held in the inspiring (not luxurious) surroundings of Portugal, 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.


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 Peter Conway.

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


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Media Partners

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

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

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Contact Us


Micaela Giacobbe

Founder and director of commercial events

Founder and director of commercial events for Connections, spearheading the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4848
Mobile: +44 (0)7852 557661
Email: [email protected]

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Evangeline Estrella

Operations Manager

Operations Manager for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4885
Mobile: +44 (0)7971 660 984
Email: [email protected]

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David Benitez

David Benitez

Head of Business Development – Meetings

Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Mobile: +44 (0)7453 576041
Email: [email protected]

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Greg Reeves

Head of Business Development – Luxury and Wellness

Head of Business Development for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4836
Mobile: +44 (0)7814 229681
Email: [email protected]

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Alejandro Roca

Alejandro Roca

Event Executive

Event Executive at Travel Weekly Group for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4889
Mobile: +44 (0)7783 993688
Email: [email protected]

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Anna Górska

Buyer Marketing Manager – Meetings

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

Mobile: +48 664 411 429
Email: [email protected]

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Ginevra Ferne

Sales Manager

Sales Manager for Connections, supporting the launch of the next generation of events.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7881 4890
Mobile: +44 (0)798 093 4479
Email: [email protected]

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