Beyond Asia: The Hague Convention Bureau; Talley Management Group; and Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan

TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

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From left: Jeanine Dupigny and Nadir Aboutaleb

New faces at The Hague Convention Bureau
The Hague Convention Bureau has employed two new international sales managers to focus on the city’s specialist markets; including new energy, impact economy, IT, technology and cybersecurity.

Jeanine Dupigny, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, will focus on business events acquisitions in the new energy and impact economy sectors. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the industrial development, petrochemical and tourism sectors, as well as experience working with voluntary and charitable organisations around the world.

Nadir Aboutaleb has more than nine years’ experience in the meetings and events industry, which has included time at leading venues such as the RAI Amsterdam. His new role will focus on the development of specialist events covering IT, technology and cybersecurity.

On these new appointments Bas Schot, head of The Hague Convention Bureau, commented: “Despite challenges facing our industry, there has never been a more important time to develop new relationships and promote destinations to key sectors in creative and personal ways.”

TMG adds virtual meeting expert to team
US-based association management company Talley Management Group (TMG) has added Derrick Johnson to its team as the director of event strategy and development, a newly-created position.

He has been tasked with helping clients adjust meeting formats in response to the impact of Covid-19, and will spearhead TMG virtual meeting initiatives as in-person meetings move to digital platforms.

Johnson joins TMG after serving as the executive director for the national behavioural intervention team located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was the senior director of meetings for The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

He also holds the Digital Event Strategist credential from PCMA and is a Certified Meeting Professional. In 2019, Johnson joined the PCMA board of directors and is also on the executive board of the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association.

IHG adds a Crowne Plaza Resort in Saipan to portfolio
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has signed a long-term agreement with Asia Pacific Hotels to take on the management of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

The 416-room hotel will be rebranded as Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan in 2022 following a refurbishment, before adding a 116-room extension by 2025. Facilities include six dining outlets and a club lounge, four meeting rooms, a 300-person ballroom, a gym, multiple swimming pools, retail area and a 500-metre beach frontage.

This adds to IHG’s previous announcement that it has also taken on the management of the 318-room Fiesta Resort Guam, a hotel that will rebrand as a Crowne Plaza in 2021. The combined 850 room count makes the biggest ever conversion signing for IHG’s Australasia, Japan and Pacific Islands region.

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