From zero to hero-IMEX 2017

Above pictured with Sharon Joyce-Director of sales from my favourite Dublin brand: O’Callaghan Hotels- if you are looking for a true Irish experience and great customer service pick them!

May 2015

I have just started my agency. I was 25 years old, just turning 26. I attend IMEX 2015 for the very first time in my career as a visitor.

That year, I also attend many forums and events to get to know the people in the industry: (thank you M&I FORUMS, IBTM WORLD, EUROPE CONGRESS to name a few).

I make friends with people who are now my suppliers and business partners- one sneaky photo form one of the forums :) I spread a very important industry message across : “MICE AND HOSPITALITY — IS ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE”

April 2016

My business is growing , I am slowly progressing and attracting more clients and getting to know the people in the industry better. I attend IMEX 2016 for the first time a hosted buyer by an exclusive invitation of a hotel chain with whom I work with. I also take part in a special FAM TRIP (thanks to wonderful Amelie Aguirre from Discover MICE — who is not only my friend but also someone I look up to professionally).

Oh and let us not forget: I win MR HOLLAND photo competition and win an exclusive trip for two to Amsterdam :) This is the winning photo :)

The photo that has won me an amazing tip to Holland: THANK YOU TO HOLAND TOURISM BOARD for their generosity! Especially Sven Boelhouwe who looked after me so well!

May 2017

I attend IMEX as a STAR hosted buyer and also take part in a hosted buyer interview.

I meet suppliers (and friends) at every corner. The expo is great! I finally feel like I belong here! I grew with IMEX over the last 2 years!

I now have worldwide clients !!!

I am now also partnering in a second business.

I am committed to bringing innovation, sustainability and technology to the industry- with VR tours and 360 presentations for the hospitality industry.

Just to tell you a little bit about the VR in the hospitality industry:

Bitkom surveyed 105 companies in the tourism industry and found that three quarters of them (74 percent) believe that, in 2025, it will be common to explore destinations with VR headsets before a vacation.

Also, A study by the management consulting firm PwC backs up this prediction. Werner Ballhaus, Head of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications at PwC Germany, says:

“I believe that virtual reality will have already conquered the mass market within ten years.”

Meet in LA already uses VR to showcase their city to MICE buyers.They prepared a special VR platform, showcasing the city and its attractions all in VR- check it out, it’s impressive!!!

Their CEO said: “Our goal was to make L.A. a little more reachable where you can get your arms around it,” said Mr Green. “We listened to our customer advisory board about different tools that they’d like to see, and what would make their lives easier. They constantly came back that L.A. is so big that, ‘I don’t know where to start.’ So we took that to our board of directors and said we’d like to launch this platform just so planners can get comfortable with our city.”

Marriott hotels (Biggest hotel chain in the world) Introduces The First Ever In-Room Virtual Reality Travel Experience across a range of their hotels!

Best Western LAUNCHES VR tours for all his North American properties (approx. 2000 properties)

Asia also investes heavily in VR presentations: Destinations and hotels

Europe follows: Travel company Thomas Cook has recognized the trend and equipped 880 of its German branches with VR headsets. Customers can use these to pay a virtual visit to 50 holiday destinations and hotels

My first company Hotel4meetings sources hotels and venues for group travel, meetings and events.

We also organise group incentives. On top of that, we advice customers on the safest destinations and bring creative ideas while connecting our customers with the best suppliers. IF YOU WANT THE BEST: YOU NEED TO CONTACT US!

Get in touch with me today: pauline@hotel4meetings.com

Also, for people in the hospitality and MICE industry who are still reluctant about VR and 360 tours I will say this:

“Tell me and I will forget;

teach me and I may remember;

involve me and I will learn.”