Session: Corporate Hospitality


Hospitality from the Ship’s perspective – bridging the gap between ports and ships; Tips to working together to obtain the most from a ship’s visit

Speakers: Mark Tower, Daan Meijer, Patti Lock

Mark Tower
Managing Director of Topsail Events and Charters ltd. 

After a 5 year spell in London’s advertising and marketing industry, Mark started his own charter business with Thames sailing barges in London. This has grown over the last 20 years to be the UK’s foremost marine event management and corporate hospitality company using both modern and traditional vessels. He was appointed Maritime Director of the UK International Festival of the Sea in 2007. He has worked on developing income and commerce on historic and Tall Ships at many major events including the port visits to Liverpool and Falmouth in 2008 as well as Belfast in 2009. Mark is currently working on plans for historic and Tall Ships to capitalise on opportunities offered by the Olympic Games coming to the Port of London in 2012.

Patti Lock
Patricia Lock is President of Great Lakes Marketing Group.  Working with over 25 ships and 40 ports around the Great Lakes, she specializes in enhancing the tall ship in-port experience for both ports and ships. Ms. Lock’s goal is to ensure that a tall ship visit is enjoyed by all. Now planning the fleet’s return to the Great Lakes in 2010, Ms. Lock is coordinating the fleet for Toronto, Cleveland, Green Bay and Chicago.


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