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Dieter Hardt-Stremayr

President, European Cities Marketing

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Dieter Hardt-Stremayr was born in 1963 in the Austrian province of Carinthia. After business-high-school he studied Business Management and Business Education at the University of Graz. He started his career in tourism as a tour-guide to European cities for an US-based tour-operator who was specialized in student-travel. After finishing both studies in 1989 he worked…

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Flavie Baudot

Acting Head, European Cities Marketing

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Flavie Baudot has more than 15 years’ experience in the Tourism and Meetings Industry. She began her career with diverse experiences in customer relations in the insurance and hospitality sectors and then decided to specialise in tourism, mixing her avid passion for international relations, people and cultures. Having graduated in Tourism Management and Culture in…

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Jane Cunningham

Director, International Associations, BestCities Global Alliance

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Jane is an experienced industry professional with a passion for facilitating engagement between associations and destination stakeholders to promote the impact that conferences have on a destination.  Effective cross collaboration can result in positive outcomes globally and contribute towards the UN SDG’s. Based in Stockholm, Jane has been working for BestCities Global Alliance since 2010…

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Lesley Williams

Director, Market Development, BestCities Global Alliance

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Prior to joining BestCities Lesley was Head of Business Tourism for Marketing Edinburgh where her key focus was sourcing and bidding for national and international conferences for the city. Recognising the impact that conferences can leave in a destination, Lesley serves on a number of committees focused on raising the profile of Scotland as a…

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Melissa Riley

Vice President of Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC

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Melissa Riley serves as the Vice President of Convention Sales and Services at Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital. A 20-year veteran of the travel and hospitality industry, Riley leads a team of more than 30 who work in concert to generate a positive economic impact for the District….

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Patrick Bontinck

CEO, visit.brussels

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After four years of study at the Ecole Hôtelière (Hotel School) in Lausanne, it was quite natural that his career should be oriented toward this sector. From 1998 to 2009, Patrick Bontinck built and opened hotels, but also managed and took over hotels, in particular for the Martins Hotels group. His varied experience has led…

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Paul Vallee

Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

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Paul Vallee is managing director of the BestCities Global Alliance. He is responsible for the successful delivery of the alliance’s strategic plan, performance monitoring and overseeing its operations. Paul is also executive consultant with Gaining Edge, which in addition to managing BestCities, provides consulting exclusively to the convention and meetings market. Paul recently assumed these…

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