Paul Szomoru appointed Destination Chair of MIA

8th May 2017

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We are pleased to announce that Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Tourism at the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, has been appointed Destination Chair of the Meetings Industry Association (MIA).

The mia is one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector, responsible for significant industry contributions including an accreditation scheme, industry awards, invaluable research and a voice to government.

The association holds a ‘Not for Profit’ status and continues to be governed by a dedicated group of volunteers who are industry professionals with active leadership roles within their own organisations. With their guidance the mia continues to evolve with the industry it serves making this one of the most appropriate membership choices for any organisation operating in the sector.

Discussing what he hopes to achieves in his new position as Destination Chair for MIA, Paul said:

“As destination chair I’m looking forward to working with colleagues in the MIA destinations group to further increase collaboration between the destinations, enabling us to collectively improve upon our work and promote the strong offering of the UK. If destinations and convention bureaux in the UK can work together to be better and more successful, we will in turn be able to increase the number of international events we bring in to the country.

“Personally, this role is about believing in and supporting what MIA is all about. Being a voice for our industry, a source of information and champion of quality and industry excellence.”

Paul’s career began in the world of hospitality at two four-star hotels in Berkshire, working in proactive sales before moving back to the North East in 2003 to be part of the management team that opened Hilton NewcastleGateshead. Following this, he worked at local Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), Benchmark Communications as Sales and Marketing Manager.

In 2006, Paul joined NewcastleGateshead as an Initiative as Business Relationship Manager in the Tourism Tyne and Wear team, before taking over the role of Head of Business Tourism within the organisation four years ago.


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