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Mr. Allvey

Mark Allvey

Managing Director, Niquesa Travel

Niquesa Travel's Managing Director Mark Allvey has spent 30 years in the luxury hotel sector in Europe, Asia and North America, working with brands such as One & Only Resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels and The Oberoi Group.

Mr. Allvey's global black book of hotel contacts is invaluable in ensuring Niquesa Travel's clients enjoy the best possible rates, upgrades and VIP services when travelling. One of his abiding travel memories is of approaching the almighty cascades of Iguazú Falls by helicopter: "Above the roaring wall of water that separate Brazil and Argentina, technicolour rainbows come and go in the clouds of mist around you. After viewing the falls from above, we saw them from underneath in a jet boat - a gratifyingly real (and wet) encounter! I find getting up close with nature awe-inspiring."

Located in central London, Niquesa Travel was founded to provide couples, families and small private groups with luxury holidays that are truly unique, experiential and life-enhancing. Niquesa Travel's commitment is to curate journeys - both physical and emotional. Rather than book a holiday based on where you want to go, its objective is to create an experience around how you want to feel.

Niquesa Travel pledge to set the scene for unique and unforgettable experiences for you and your loved-ones, with a reputation for seamlessly organising every minute detail of your trip, so that you can focus on the more important things in life. Its personal approach ensures that every element, from the proposal to the trip itself, evolves along with your changing needs, wishes and desires.

Please visit http://www.niquesatravel.com for more information.

Mr. Allvey can be contacted at +44 020-382-98080 or mark.allvey@niquesa.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.