La Fayette Destination Management Services opens its doors to the French Riveria

Katja Balcke

After the successful launch of La Fayette Monaco, we are happy to announce the new opening of La Fayette French Riviera since August 2010.

The office is based in Cannes and is managed by Katja Balcke, who has been running a communications agency since 1989. Her perfect knowledge of the French Riviera and her recognition on the German market are great assets for us. She will be working in close collaboration with the Monaco office in order to offer the best services in all locations over the French Riviera and Provence. With this great news, Katja Balcke being already very busy. Likewise our Monaco office, which, after only 8 months in business, is thriving, thanks to the talents of Lucas Coenen and Michael Freeland. Attention Pharmaceutical Planners – ESC Congress taking place in Paris dated, 27-31 August 2011 With 30,000 attendees expected, the reservation of all services for the ESC Congress is to be prepared well in advance, especially for restaurants and transportation. The congress will take place in Villepinte, located close to CDG airport, where, apart from airport hotels, there isn’t much else to welcome your guests. If your agency is involved in this event, please let us know your needs as soon as possible in order to plan well ahead and reserve the best venues, restaurants, transportation services, etc. We want to make sure you get optimal services. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can secure our best services. Our suppliers have already warned us that they will work on a first come first serve basis… It seems like we’re back into better years. I hope they last a long, long time! A NEW MEETING DESTINATION? BORDEAUX – PLACE DE LA BOURSE Bordeaux has shaped up over the past 5 years to become an attractive destination living up to its status of UNESCO World Heritage city.

Place de la Bourse – Bordeaux

The river banks entirely redesigned with gardens in front of majestic historic buildings, a futuristic tram that slides quietly throughout the city, an elegant 5-star hotel, the Regent, facing the theatre and now, opening in September, a convention centre built in what was the stock exchange, a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture. Four areas are fully modular and perfectly equipped with the last technological headways in term of communication, offering a total of 2,440 m2 floor spaces, suitable for all types of events from 40 up to 1000 participants, in the very heart of Bordeaux. The “Place de la Bourse” offers the ideal venue for your nextspecial event, surrounded by 1 650 hotel rooms from 3 to 5 stars. AN UPDATE ON FRANCE’S HOTELS The Shangri La Hotel should be at last be opening in December 2010 with 101 rooms and suites, with an unbeatable view over the Eiffel Tower. Top deluxe! The Royal Monceau, after 2 refurbishments, is planning to re-open in October 2010 with 152 rooms & suites under the new management of Raffles chain.

Hotel Lutetia – Paris

A new W hotel, the top-modern luxury brand from Starwood is foreseen to open in April 2011 next to the Opera and the Galeries Lafayette department stores with 90 rooms and suites. Lutetia has been sold by Concorde hotels to Alrov group, who plan to transform it into the luxury hotel of the left bank. Some important refurbishing is necessary to achieve this, and we look forward to seeing the result.

A TREE FOR HOPE Katana, our production company, organized an exhibition of Italian artist Fabio November’s sculptures: 12 Fiat 500 sculptures in which a tree is growing, exhibited throughout June 2010 on the prestigious Place Vendôme (the jewellers’ square). This happening was to promote the association Dessine l’Espoir (Draw Hope) that helps women struck by HIV virus in West Africa. One of the sculptures will be auctioned and the revenue will go towards the association. WE’LL BE THERE! Attending as every year! Come and meet us at: IT&ME – Chicago, October 13-14 FICP – Miami, November 17-20 EIBTM – Barcelona, November 30 – December 2


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