Tag Archive: Silvia Pelham


Product innovation was the name of the game at ECOBUILD 2015 in London this year, from the 3rd to the 5th of March.

Setting up low carbon energy infrastructure to all is in everyone’s mind but this aim is clouded by doubts on which long term plan should be used to manage risks from our planet’s changing climate.

The question “what exactly makes a country’s sustainable policy relevant?” was a concern at the outset of the exhibition, and although consensus was attained on many facets, it continued being expressed  in completely distinct ways by the 2000 exhibitors originating from nearly 90 countries.

On the overall picture, there were hundreds of speakers present, with themes ranging from discussions on the Kyoto protocol on energy and climate and narrowing down to construction and certification issues applied to single buildings and materials.

Decades of solar expertise revealed a simplified approach to the subject, with potential clients more eager and at ease with proposed solutions to their homes and finding the subject of good indoor air quality a new theme to contend with.

But what kept bringing curious folk to the front was the now well-known and most sought-after “Big Innovation Showcase” which this year, as in former times, displayed selected new products launched into the market and a wonder to all.

Traditional techniques walked hand-in-hand with the most modern digital technologies, bringing together revolutionary assembly expertise to materials presented raw or mechanically finished to indoor and outdoor solutions.

Nature and biodiversity also played a major role this year, focusing on its application to urban areas, and bringing the natural world – birds, bees, butterflied, bats and beetles! – to newly planned ecosystems which will enable man to create liveable cities in decades to come.

The Five-Leaf System was there and suggests you pencil in the event for next year!

 

Five-Leaf System - Ecobuild - London - March 2015

Image Source: http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/

 

By Silvia Pelham

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The Best of Both Worlds

Meeting point and a starting point – this is what the BTL 2015 – the International Tourism Exhibition in Lisbon proposes to all visitors from the 25th of February to the 1st of March.

Tourism in Portugal will focus on variegated facets and representatives from north to south will strive to enhance their many qualities along the unfolding events during the coming week.

The main attraction over the past year as seen Lisbon as a preferred destination for City & Short Breaks and the old capital has grabbed the opportunity and turned decrepit and abandoned XVIII century buildings into modern, clean and attractive places to stay.

And not only in the capital….

Another attraction will be Nature Tourism and since over the years as an urban development tradition only the coastline and the three large cities in Portugal – Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto – have been largely developed, there is much to do and see in that area.

The Algarve, always considered a separate reign, will be showing what can be done to minimize impact from large developments and show visitors that there is more than beach and golf to life, if only curiosity would take them away from sea and grass.

Religious Tourism is also an untapped sector and there is more than Fatima to savour – it almost seems as if every village still holds to heart their patron saint and their need to share their faith with all who care to visit – and that is quite an extraordinary feat in itself.

Wellness has come to stay yet seemingly undiscovered by most Portuguese who can take this opportunity to find another way to recover from modern life and at a lower rate – an expensive business to set up in a country most suited to see it implemented.

See your there!

 

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By Silvia Pelham

FITUR is back again, the International Tourism Trade Fair focusing on Ibero-American markets and celebrating its 35th annual meeting in Madrid, from January 28 to February 1.

It’s a massive place, housing more than 9,000 exhibitors, ranging from large and well-established companies to budding enterprises, trying their luck on how to successfully transform their beloved leisure commodity into a thriving business.

The 18th Ibero-American Conference of Tourism Ministers and Businessmen will be prior to the trade show but on opening day, all will rush to have a glimpse of Royalty, the day ending with the ceremony and gala dinner for the 11th UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism.

Regions from 165 countries will be represented and over 7,000 reporters and journalists from 60 countries will be describing them to the world, enticing future travellers to discover new routes or re-visit revamped well-trodden tourism circuits. 

Sustainable consumption and production patterns in the hospitality business will be the order of the day, with discussions on how the sector can accelerate this shift, essential to the reconversion of the hotel sector as part of economic and local revitalization.

As the week unfolds, ways in which the traveller can quantify what makes a sustainable destination will be summed up to all partners involved, and networking might prove again to be the best engine to propagate and share success stories. 

Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts will introduce their project on Ecological Hotels around the world – “Think Planet” – and share its management and innovation practices, guarantor of the Group’s steadily advance towards sustainability.

Through the doors will come over 120,000 trade visitors and at the end, up to 100,000 people from the general public will joined them too.

All to enjoy the delights of the many and varied activities laid on for them, and the special gifts distributed by the stands to mark their presence at the event.

A great place to visit and also to meet the Five-Leaf System team! See you there!

 

Five-Leaf System - FITUR 2015 _Jan-Feb2015 - Spain

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By Silvia Pelham

Seasons Greetings

Happy New Year to the Five-Leaf System members aross the world
Happy New Year to the Five-Leaf System members across the world

It’s at the LTX 2014 EVENT (The Luxury Travel Exchange) at the Venetian and Palazzo Resort Hotel, in Las Vegas from the 9th to the 11th December.

Business owners or agents need to better their skills constantly to improve expert knowledge and guarantee success.

Events such as these are ideal to learn novel sales and marketing trends from across the globe, either by attending agent-supplier exchanges or by not missing networking receptions and luncheons!

Apart from hoteliers, tour operators and travel agents, experienced professionals on customer personalization are available to present ways in which clients expectations can be met in a new, expectant and satisfying emotional level.

As travel experience becomes more complex, so the consumer is more aware of what to expect from a unique and distinct travel service – innovation through a service concept which brings together escapism, entertainment and culture.

Long-term customer relationship is what all engaged in the industry are looking forward to – especially at a time when economic dictates seem to determine and rule over most holiday choices.

As such, not having to find a client provides organizations with a saving, in terms of marketing for new business, developing other travel-supplier relationships and postponing young agent’s practical training and education to a near future.

Peer-to-peer perspectives are invaluable to help re-define business models and enhance new dimensions in travel, re-defining travel habits, influencing better choices and gaging wisely what new paths  affluent travellers are expecting to like to tread.

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By Silvia Pelham

It’s at the Business Design Centre in London this year for two full days (26-27 November) where the global design community will meet.

This is the annual meeting place for the global design community:

  • designers
  • architects
  • hotel owners
  • developers
  • operators and
  • investors

come together to share their knowledge about design and creation of breathtaking hotel environments.

The latest news on products and suppliers will be available but it is really industry trends which designers and architects look forward to grasping and understanding.

Hostels, as the latest trend in the world of hospitality, are found to be the fastest growing players in this area and they are certainly a good opportunity for designers to have fun creating light, ever-changing and novel themes.

Also restaurateurs turned hoteliers are bringing new ways to transform guests’ stay into success stories by adding unforgetable experiences at the dinner table and making sure there is a definite yes to come back for more.

The state of the market will be discussed by not only by hotel developers but also have a great input from investors and operators – these have pointers which are essential to be had by architects to create stunning and spectacular interiors.

The exhibition will have the room sets with their designers presenting their ideas for this year’s hotel design competition – the winners will have the opportunity to work for a room design for a new hotel brand.

The 2014 brief is to be called “simplexity” – the new and emerging theory of a relationship between simplicity and complexity – and candidates will explore how hotel interior designs can be more harmonious and intuitive experiences for its visitors.

The European Hotel Design Awards will honour the work of industry leading architects and designers and many of their finalists will be talking at the conference.

Really a must – and if you did not make it this time, make sure you pencil in the event for next year!

Five-Leaf System - Sleep 2014 - London - UK

Image Source: http://www.thesleepevent.com/

 

By Silvia Pelham

EIBTM 2014 is in Barcelona again – 18th – 20th November – this time the 27th edition.

And what does EIBTM mean?  It is the Exhibition for the Incentive Business Travel and Meetings in Spain.

It is an ideal place to meet people who specialise in making events and conferences feel more engaging and be more productive.

This industry is no longer interested in keeping delegates confined to their event physical space and coming to these exhibitions help organizers build relations which will develop their business by expanding and focusing their networking onto new topics.

New meeting formats with technology and innovations at their fingertips will give planners inspiration to create more engaging participation and interaction between attendees and improve their skills and language on numerous multi-faceted sessions.

And the city, well … it is always worth a re-visit!

 

Five-leaf System - eibtm 2014

 

Image source: http://www.eibtm.com/

By Silvia Pelham

 

 

ihmrs 2014 – INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, MOTEL + RESTAURANT SHOW

November 9-11, 2014 – New York, NY

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) will celebrate its 100th year next year and is held as the longest running event in the hospitality business in New York.

It is always held in November and acquaints all 16,000 buyer attendees this year from around the world with the most up-to-date and novel trends in the market for the coming year.

Present are, from one end, hotel and restaurant chains, managing, design and purchasing companies, and from the other, marketing, sales, creative, financing, accounting, foodservice, housekeeping, purchasing, equipment, telecommunications and operations directors and owners.

The winners of the 34th Annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality design will also be known then and the Hospitality Leadership Forum will take place the day before the show opens.

 

Five-Leaf System - ihmrs - NY - USA

Image Source: http://www.ihmrs.com/

By Silvia Pelham

 

Destinations for All

Conditions are set to establish new thinking about developing tourism destinations where all can take part, at the first World Summit Destination for All, at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, from the 19th to 22nd of October 2014.

For the first time businesses, governments, academics and NGO´s get together to inform and enlighten all present on how best to integrate disabled people in facilities open to the public.

The French have set January 1, 2015 as the deadline for legislation to come into force in their country, following the directives set at the Conference of States, Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July 2013.

To link sustainable development and the inclusion of persons with disabilities to all destinations, should be a target market for future investors, since it is taken as certain that a greater number of older travellers are not only on the increase but also staying longer periods and throughout the year at their holiday destinations.

 

Five-Leaf System - Destinations for all - Montreal Canada - Oct 2014

Image Source: www.accessibletourism.org

By Silvia Pelham

For those who love adventure

2014 ADVENTURE TRAVEL WORLD SUMMIT

This year, 06-09 October, Adventure enthusiasts are gathering in Ireland for the World Summit under the auspices of ATTA, the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

Hundreds of like-minded people with the opportunity to meet other professionals, and foster and develop their business, will be travelling from around the globe for this experience.

The winners of the Tour Operator Scholarship are all from South America this year – Mexico, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

These companies have shown their potential for positive impact on their local culture and care for preserving natural resources together with a high level of professionalism.

As a prize, they get to come to Ireland, a table at the ATWS, over €3,000 to aid on ATTA membership fees and travel expenses and to top it all a one-year council from an accredited mentor.

 

Five-leaf System-AdventureWorldSummit-Ireland 2014

Image source: http://www.adventuretravel.biz/connect/summit/

By Silvia Pelham