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Founder / Owner Mai 10 Luxury Travel
World Travel Specialist, pioneer in the industry, Founder and CEO of Mai10, Leading Luxury Travel company specialised in tailor-made trips for individuals and high-end groups.
Vice President, International Sales & Marketing, Crystal Cruises
Having spent nearly 30 years in the travel industry, I must now be a veteran however still feel that there is much to learn and experience. I've had the pleasure of working in several areas of the industry starting out as a holiday rep learning the ropes at the coal face in Spain, Austria, Andorra and Switzerland before moving into hotel contracting and brochure development.
Following this, I moved into the incentive world developing reward and recognition campaigns for large sales organisations before heading into the hotel world and handling the ex UK sales for properties in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US.
Finally, I've landed up in the cruise section of the industry working with over 17 markets responsible for their sales, marketing and operational activities.
CEO Dnata travel Europe
Regional Director of Global Sales Europe & Middle East, Rocco Forte Hotels
From London to Rome, Sicily to Shanghai, each Rocco Forte property is as unique as the place it calls home – each steeped in the spirit of its setting, united by the Forte family’s signature Anglo-Italian style, sophistication and warmth.
Expect national landmarks at the city’s best addresses and heavenly retreats. Secret gardens, celestial spas, rooftop bars and world-leading restaurants. Imaginative, original design, inspired by each locale, alike in quality and comfort. Genuine, individualised service and an open, easy atmosphere. Expect an unforgettable stay – and expect to return.
Director MICE Business at Vincci Hoteles & MPI President Elect - Iberian Chapter
Non Executive Director, Eco Hotels UK Plc
Senior Sales Manager, Joan Estrada Special Events & Special Weddings
Area General Manager Iberian Peninsula, Hilton Worldwide
Associate Vice President - Travel Industry Sales & Luxury Partnerships, The Indian Hotels Company Limited
Vivienne Le Page
Managing Director, Magowan Consulting Limited
General Manager, St. James's Hotel and Club
Chief Digital Officer at Nordea
President & Founder of Black Tie
Founder & Managing Director, Wellbeing Escapes
In 2005, Stella Photi had an idea. Largely to meet her own longing of being able to plan a break that would make her feel better on every level. At the time she was looking for a yoga holiday for herself and came up with over 200 choices on the web. How could she decide which was the best one for her and even which one was any good without spending extensive amounts of time on research? Time that she didn’t have. Stella was and still is a typical working woman, trying to juggle the demands of her work, family and keep up with her own interests and frequently feeling overwhelmed. That’s when the idea of Wellbeing Escapes was born and she created a company that would lead the way in pioneering wellness travel.
Her quest was to make healthy breaks accessible and exciting for everyone. Stella and the team put together a wide range of holidays that were researched extensively and would deliver on expectations.
Today wellbeing Escapes is the UK’s most established and largest wellbeing holiday company, having won awards along the way and partnering with major brands such as American Express, Kuoni and The Telegraph. They offer down to earth and objective advice and the team will always do their best to find a break for you that fits your needs. That’s why their clients return to them year after year for their wellbeing holiday fix!
Global Brand Director, Travelport
Director of Partners, LURA Lifestyle Management
I worked for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for 5 years as Concierge and Assistant Chef Concierge of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Worked for SLH Windsor Arms Hotel as Front Office Manager/Chef Concierge for 3 years. During my time in the hotel business I was an active full member of Les Clefs d'Or Canada where I held the position of secretary of Les Clefs d'Or Ontario for two terms and one term as Vice Director of Les Clefs d'Or Ontario. I launched the American Express Canadian Centurion Concierge service and lead a team for 3 years. Relocated to the United Kingdom as Head of Concierge Services for American Express UK for 3 years. In February 2014 moved to London, United Kingdom as Head of Services at Westfield Europe Limited, until June 2015. During my time at American Express and Westfield I was an active corporate member of Les Clefs d'Or Ontario and the Golden Keys of Great Britain. I also was successful as a mentor for a retail student at Brighton University from 2013-2014. I was Director of Partner Relations at Insignia-Lifestyle Boutique, a Lifestyle Management company for high net worth clients. Currently I am Owner and Director of Partners of LURA Lifestyle Management.
Strategic Hospitality Consultant
Charlene T. Dave
Founder, CharlotteJames Travel Design
Ivo van de Velde
Professional Travel Planner, ADVIVOS
Manager for UK & Ireland, ENIT Italian Tourist Board