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About the Director

About the Director: David Jones, BA (Hons), PG Dip, Dip RSA TEFLA.

Skill sets:
Staff recruitment: job design, drawing up person specifications, designing and posting job adverts, interviewing candidates, shortlisting, assessing skills and qualifications, employment documentation, employment contracts.

Drafting employment procedures and policies.

Handling disciplinary, grievance and redundancy procedures.

Staff management: conflict resolution, running meetings, internal communications, running staff appraisals, identifying training needs and arranging CPD / insets / external training.

verseeing Health and Safety matters, conducting risk assessments.

Business networking and developing business contacts.

External communications.

Agent / distributor recruitment.

Contract negotiations.

Writing copy for marketing purposes: brochures, websites and other collateral.

Design and production of promotional materials in various media.

Press releases.

Devising a crisis response strategy.

Responding to media enquiries.

Copy editing for grammar, accuracy, conciseness and style - to deadlines.

Story-checking and research.

Customer-service assessment and training.  Running a mystery shopper programme.

Event management: planning, sourcing venues and facilities, promotion, delivery. 

Collecting client feedback: questionnaires, running focus groups.

David is a Meridian Club member.  Meridian Club was first introduced at World Travel Market - Reed Travel Exhibitions' flagship event - in 1991, with a view to providing a focussed professional environment to facilitate targeted business contacts between buyers and sellers at the event.

In 1997, Meridian Club was extended across other Reed Travel Exhibitions' events within the portfolio and changed to an annual membership, rather than just registering on a show-by-show basis.  These other events include the British Travel Trade Fair, Arabian Travel Market, Mediterranean Travel Fair and CIS Travel Market.

Membership is restricted to Senior Buyers who purchase travel industry products and services.  These buyers can use their Meridian Club membership when they visit Reed Travel Exhibitions' events, to help them make the most of their visit and maximise their business opportunities with the exhibitors at the event.

Today the Meridian Club membership is made up of over 22,000 international travel industry professionals.