Travel Places invests in London based agency headed up by Gerry Manser.


Gerry Manser, co-founder and ex-managing director of Lynton Cooper (sold to W&O Events in 2006) is heading-up a London based division of Travel Places, providing both incoming and outgoing events for companies, organisations and associations across all sectors.

Whilst the new division, called Travel Places Events, will have a strong incoming focus, particularly in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, clients of Travel Places Events will benefit from the team’s heritage and experience of international event organisation.

Gerry Manser, event director, Travel Places Events:  “Our team are passionate advocates and experts when it comes to events.  From conferences to exhibitions, incentives to experiential marketing – we know the business of events, we know the best destinations around the globe, we know the best venues and the people involved.  Now we are looking forward to delivering our skills at the highest level to clients across all sectors.”

In particular, Travel Places Events’ clients will benefit from the team’s many years of experience within the industry.  Manser is joined by Mark Nevill as operations manager and a variety of industry talent.  In all, the whole team boasts an unrivalled wealth of event organising knowledge in almost every country, and across both poles.

A key differentiator and benefit to Travel Places Events’ clients is their platinum partner status with Visit London, providing credibility and links at the most influential level across the capital.  As the only agency working as a platinum partner, they have a unique insight and perspective on the city – which is reflected in the creativity and complexity of the events they are already planning.

Tracy Halliwell, Visit London’s director of business tourism said: “We are delighted that Travel Places Events has joined Visit London’s platinum partnership.  We are looking forward to supporting their new London office and supporting the valuable work they will be creating for London’s business and events offering.”

Manser views the mid to long term as a time of unrivalled opportunity, supporting the objectives of companies and organisations looking to London as the host city for their event, be it in the sporting arena, or across the private and public sector:  “There are already more than 60 major corporate and sporting events coming to London between now and the 2012 Olympic Games, and many others are at the advanced planning stage.  We intend to be a dominant player in that market as well as the actual games and the untold number of events that will be part of its legacy.”

“We will have a range of unique product offerings for London 2012, and our relationship with American Express Europe provides the credibility and security our clients require as we develop exciting, intriguing and unusual events for the years to come both in the UK and abroad.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Travel Places Events is a new operation recently opened by Travel Places, a division of American Express Europe Limited.

  2. Travel Places Events was opened in December 2009.

  3. Travel Places Events is a Platinum Partner of Visit London.

  4. In addition to incoming business, Travel Places Events will draw on the directors’ knowledge to operate outgoing and international events.

  5. Buyers and press will be invited to see Travel Places Events in action in the near future.

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