Interviews

Stephen Morton-Prior: “We plan events like movies”

by admin • November 10, 2014

Inside the mind of a planner: How to implement technology into events Stephen Morton-Prior Managing Director at Clearwater Events 19 years of experience in the Events Industry Prior to the launch of Clearwater Events, he has held positions in the Event Management sector He had the opportunity to work with a diverse portfolio of global […]


How to organize events in Malta?

by admin • July 11, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to organize events in Malta? Organising a MICE event in Malta is becoming increasingly interesting: Malta is a destination with a high “feel good factor”. An event to this destination will definitely have a positive effect. After a successful career in catering and logistics in Belgium, Paul moved to Malta […]


Destination spotlight: Florence Convention Bureau

by admin • July 4, 2014

Florence Convention bureau: “National public institutions should give more support to private companies and help them in relaunching the meeting industry”. After an exciting career in the event organization as marketing director of an important Italian DMC, Carlotta Ferrari started to work for Florence Convention Bureau in 2010 as a congress developer. After almost one […]


Destination spotlight: Stuttgart Convention Bureau

by admin • June 27, 2014

“The conference sector has succeeded in emancipating itself from the tourism industry. It responds with new qualifications and competences to the constantly changing demands of its clients” Anne Demuth is the Head of the Stuttgart Convention Bureau.  Stuttgart is one of Europe’s most successful centres of business and technical innovation, and the Convention Bureau benefits […]


Meeting venues have to prove their value in multiple ways

by admin • June 23, 2014

“The least expensive meeting venue does not guarantee that you are selected. You have to prove your value in other ways” Daniella Middleton is a destination marketing and business development professional living in New York serving as the MICE Division Director for Development Counselors International (DCI). Azavista interviewed her about DCI’s new study entitled  “Exploring the […]


Supplier spotlight: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

by admin • June 13, 2014

“Be honest and open about what you want, what budget restrictions you have and aim for a win-win for both parties” Mr. Kees Hogetoorn, Director of Sales & Marketing at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam tells us what corporate planners should do to have an efficient working relationship with hotels. In his view, the best […]


Supplier spotlight: Marriott Hotels of Brussels

by admin • June 6, 2014

“Stop sending out multiple non-qualified requests to a wide group of hotels. Rather take the time to research with the end client the precise requirements for each of the meetings”. To improve the relationship between hotels and event professionals, Azavista spoke with Pierre Dorrell, Market Director of Sales and Marketing at Marriott Hotels of Brussels […]


Supplier Spotlight: Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites

by admin • May 26, 2014

Miguel Ximenez, Vivamarinha hotel: If planners could allow for longer time frames and provide schedules on a regular basis, they could more efficiently reduce costs and minimize the risk of mistakes. Miguel Ximenez is a Sales Executive at Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites. He is responsible for the corporate market accounts in Spain, Belgium, Holland and […]


Supplier spotlight: Leonardo Hotels Belgium

by admin • May 23, 2014

“Céline Casteels, Leonardo Hotels Belgium: Recession has seriously impacted the meetings industry, but now many companies are recovering“ Céline Casteels, the Regional Sales Manager for Leonardo Hotels in Belgium, gave us an insight in the meetings and hotel industry. Miss Casteels works in the hospitality industry for more than a decade. She joined Leonardo hotel […]