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Event management company is launched 10 February 2006

    CONFERENCE organisers will have a one-stop shop when they come to the Isle of Man thanks to a new event management company.

    Destination Isle of Man has been formed with the main aim of facilitating conferences and major events to be held in the Island.

    Managing Director Laurence Skelly explained: ‘We are looking to make it easy for conferences to choose to come to the Island. Destination Isle of Man offers a service which hasn’t previously been available here – namely a one-stop shop for organisers of conferences, incentive trips, major events and product launches. We will be offering the custom deal, able to take over the all the organisation, and with the local knowledge to deliver every time.

    ‘We are looking forward to working with the Department of Tourism to grow the out of season market.’

    Tourism Minister David Cretney welcomed the new tourism service. He said: ‘My Department has invested in world class facilities such as the Villa Marina and National Sports Centre, and there’s an increasing choice of quality hotels which will welcome efforts to develop year round business.’

    Laurence has set up Destination Isle of Man in partnership with Terry Toohey. Both have extensive experience in the tourism industry – Laurence’s background is as a tour operator in the Island and North America, while Terry has 40 years experience in the tourism industry in the Isle of Man and South Africa. They have teamed up with local tour operator Travel Services Limited to be able to offer travel arrangements as part of the total package.

    Services provided by the company can include everything from venue selection, online registration, speaker & financial management, travel arrangements and ground handling. In addition they can organise extra curricular activities such as golf, spa-days, karting or pony trekking and can tailor the package for a select few or for hundreds of conference delegates.

    The website www.destinationisleofman.com explains the services available in more detail.

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