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19 Feb 2018

Why now is the right time for action at this year’s conference RDO9

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. This famous quote by Samuel Johnson, the celebrated 18th Century writer seems as relevant today as when Johnson originally coined it. While there is certainly a huge amount of celebrated and protected historical architecture, London is a city that is constantly changing and developing. Thus we will be returning to the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel and Spa (12th & 13th September) for this year’s conference RDO9. A willingness to change is one of the keys for success, not just for modern metropolises such as London, but also businesses and industries that...

23 Jan 2018

Baby Boomers – The Ultimate Upgrade? via Lisa Migani and Peter Robinson

These days, retirement or semi-retirement no longer means the end is near. Instead, while it does mean a reduction in or end to working life, many retirees are now able to enjoy a further 20-30 more years of life ahead of them. Increasingly this has become another fulfilling life chapter in which greater numbers of people are remaining active and taking full advantage of the extra time they have without the need to work. Due to improvements in levels of healthcare, age expectancies are increasing, meaning a greater ability for retirees or semi-retirees to enjoy active lifestyles, filled with travel and...

16 Jan 2018

2018 Conference RDO9 – save the date!

The 2018 conference RDO9 has been confirmed to take place at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa, London on 12th to 13th September 2018. The first meeting of the conference working group will take place on 24th January and further details will be announced shortly after the meeting, so please be sure to keep up to date on developments via the website, and social media channels. Please also note that the annual general meeting of members has also been scheduled to take place at the conference on 12th September....

16 Jan 2018

It’s All About the People via Hassan Kadbi – CEO, Hapimag AG

At each RDO Conference, there are a variety of diverse speakers chosen from many different walks of life, creating an eclectic and inspirational mix of presentations to inspire and motivate attendees. In fact, no two presentations are the same, meaning that the conference audience never quite knows what to expect, so things never get stale or boring. Sometimes speakers give specific tips and advice and other times there is a more generalised speech with the aim of inspiring and changing dated ways of thinking. At RDO8 conference at the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa, Hassan Kadbi, who has been CEO...

Bob Trotta
19 Dec 2017

Bob Trotta

Philanthropist and resort developer Bob Trotta passed away on 13th December 2017 in his London home after a short illness. Although born in the USA, his family was from Tuscany, and he never forgot his Italian origins. Founder and Chairman of the Resort Properties Group, he was the deriving force in the group’s development of luxury resorts in Spain, Italy, Malta, Dubai and Jamaica, and remained a non-executive director after the assets were acquired by Silverpoint Group Holding in 2011. Falling in love with Jamaica during his development of the Palmyra condominium resort in Montego Bay, he founded the Palmyra Foundation, which is a charity that...

8 Dec 2017

Selling Travel Experiences Online – How to Get 6% More via Daniel Bensley – Business Development Manager, Qubit

What motivates individuals to take certain economic decisions rather than another? This is a concept that has long been studied and analysed by companies, their marketing teams and individual marketing experts. When people decide to buy one product rather than another, there are many different factors that lead to that decision, some of which are logically based and many which are based on emotions. In fact, in many ways humans are highly illogical creatures, despite what many of us would like to believe. This is what has made marketing, up until very recently seem so inexact and often very hit...

30 Nov 2017

Stretchy Thinking – How to Engage Your Staff to Strengthen Your Business via Rebecca Jones

There are so many people with great ideas for creating their own business, or alternatively how to improve the way the company they work at operates. In fact, given the right circumstances and encouragement almost everyone has creativity and innovate ideas inside of them, just waiting to be unleashed. The problem is the system that so many of us grew up in and then live in later in life, does not encourage thinking outside the box, or doing things differently. Too many of us are also held back by worrying what others think of us and how they may judge...

7 Nov 2017

Purpose Beyond Profit via Geoffrey Breeze – Executive Director, World Travel & Tourism Council

While many might consider the Travel & Tourism industry as somewhat trivial and not necessarily providing anything more than simple enjoyment in people’s lives, this mindset significantly misses the mark. In fact this sector of the economy is one of the most significant in the world “supporting 292 million jobs and generating 10.2% of global GDP.” The positive impact of this industry goes far beyond economic benefits though, with those working in tourism helping to share cultures and build mutual understanding, ultimately leading to a more peaceful world. The UN declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, with conditions of...

26 Oct 2017

Dominate Future Markets Using Accurate Opinion Data via Freddie Herbst – Commercial Director, BrandsEye

In today’s world, with the huge growth in digital technology and reliance on the internet in our lives, companies are engaged in gathering data about people more than ever. As people increasingly share aspects of their lives via social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, there is a growing stream of information available to brands about what matters to people. This data is extremely important as it can be used to make predictions about future buying habits, improvements to sales processes and ultimately be used to increase profitability. In the past brands would have to rely solely on more...

17 Oct 2017

Anyone can be a Superhero via Jamie McDonald – Adventureman, Author and International Motivational Speaker

If someone asked you to think of a superhero, what would probably spring to mind are characters like Superman, Spiderman or countless other comic-book heroes who are able to save the world with their special powers. What Jamie McDonald proved though, is that even normal, ordinary people can do extraordinary things, it doesn’t just have to be limited to fiction. @MrJamieMcDonald finding the superhero within #RDO8 pic.twitter.com/fyaR5X1qud— RDO Official (@rdoofficial) September 12, 2017 Jamie’s presentation at RDO8 at the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa was incredibly inspirational, motivational and very moving, with those in the audience literally having to hold back...