20th December 2006

All I want for Christmas

What do you want Santa to bring you? Ten industry figures tell us what’s on their present list

I’d like the power to halt time. Not just because of my premature ageing but also the need to exorcise my brain of ideas and things to do. Guess I’ll just have to stick to socks and handkerchiefs

Andrew Evans, Fresh RM

No more National Meetings Weak (sic). Internal event organisers acting like consultants, not gophers, asking ‘why should we do this?’ and ‘what will this event do for us’. No more of this new association nonsense and some effective cooperation from the few that should be left

Richard John, RJA Associates

A magnum of vintage Veuve Cliquot champagne, a bottle of U'Luvka Vodka, in front of an open fire with someone special and my mobile phone in an ice bucket!

Philip Hughes, The Ice Box

I would like for myself to meet a motor mechanic who does not charge me £500 for smiling, and for the industry, a government subsidy for Christmas parties. Oh yes, and snow on Christmas Eve and carol singers who know more that three lines of any given carol they attempt. Does this qualify me a grumpy old man? Good!

Chris Gothard, The Hop Farm

An Australian passport!

Andy Center, Ithaca Media

A tall dark handsome man who says yes to everything I ask of him! Oh, and world peace of course!

Sarah Gladstone, EPM

I could ask for peace on earth and goodwill to all men but a box of sugared almonds would be just right

Geoffrey Dixon, Vivid Interface

I would like Santa to bring a sack load of buyers who want to book their meetings online and another sack full of venues who seriously want to get their business!

John Gallery, Great Potential & Late Meetings.Com

My Christmas wish? To see many more corporations and associations recognising the superlative appeal of Britain for business and drive the destination further up the ICCA and UIA rankings.

Joss Croft, Visit Britain

World peace

Jonny Sullens, Ithaca Media

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