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Event planners show solidarity with Nice, say DMCs

Clients tell destination management companies they don't want to change plans after attack that left 84 people dead
18/07/2016

Pictured: at least 84 people died when a truck was driven into crowds of Bastille Day celebration spectators

Meeting and event organisers have reconfirmed commitments to Nice in the wake of the attack which left at least 84 people dead.

Destination management companies in the Cote D’Azur say clients have told them they have no intention of changing future plans to hold events in Nice. 

Dozens of Bastille Day celebration spectators died when a truck drove into crowds of people gathered on the Promenade des Anglais. The driver was subsequently killed following a shoot-out with police at the scene.

Pierre Oudin, director of Raising Stones Events, which has offices in Monaco and Cannes, said: “I have received hundreds of emails from the UK, USA and other countries. Some of them reflect probably the best reaction as they explain they don’t want to change any plans for coming events. “I received one from a large UK agency which said one of their senior staff was coming to Nice for a holiday and he asked for a site visit so he can promote our destination.”

Oudin added that the company would need to adapt its communication with clients, as he recognised the responsibility to ensure safety for client events.

“We know those kind of events could touch London, Barcelona or any city in the world and the best global reaction we could have is to remain unified,” he added. “We have to celebrate the beauty of our destination, of our food, our culture and to always work to improve our services for any new group coming there.

"I still plan to travel in US and all over the world and we have to never stop sharing our passion because of a couple of crazy people.”

Menno Meyer, MD of Phenix Events operates across the south of France, from Marseille to Monaco, and explained the attack came at a traditionally quiet time for meetings and events business. 

“Because of the tourist season and holidays, we have no groups until early September, so we do not have to make any changes or adjustments to events right now,” he said. “This morning I have not had any reaction from our clients with regards to possible changes, just a series of kind mails expressing solidarity and making sure we’re all OK.”


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