Inaugural DUCO France spurs positive recovery for high-end tourism in France

Successful debut for DUCO Travel Summit's inaugural Paris travel event

The world of high-end tourism continues to reawaken with the successful debut of DUCO France last week in Paris, France. Representatives from more than 120 of France’s most important high-end hoteliers and travel suppliers, including icons of French hospitality, along with the most elegant boutique properties with city, countryside, mountain and seaside locations met one-on-one with 130 of the world’s top English-speaking travel advisors and travel specialists who focus on France.

Focusing on one single destination in the destination itself, DUCO France’s educational approach provided the perfect environment for a full immersion in all things French.

Conceived by DUCO Travel Summit’s Founder, Carolina Perez, DUCO France encouraged the resumption of high-end tourism in France and offered an exclusive meeting platform for its guests, resulting in 3,400 meetings throughout the four-day “Vive La France” experience.

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“It is an honour to have started this initiative in France with the support of all the partners who have trusted DUCO France from the start,” Perez, said.

“We are proud to have gathered the most respected hoteliers of France, to foster knowledge and spark inspiration to our guests, travel agents – all keen to learn more and dive deeper into France. It has been an incredible week in Paris, with the crème de la crème of our industry coming together, celebrating the Excellence of French hospitality… We cannot wait to start planning DUCO France 2022!”

The first annual niche destination-oriented travel event celebrated France’s world of refined hospitality, showcasing the country’s diverse beauty and culture, while promoting a full immersion in French lifestyle. The success of the invitation-only French initiative confirms its official return to Paris next year for the second annual edition of DUCO France, from 24-28 October 2022.

“Refreshing and elegant and well organised. Truly, this was a gift for all of us – to be able to be together with old friends, see Paris in all its glory, and learn about wonderful new gems many of even the most seasoned advisors never really knew,” noted Jack Ezon, Founder & Managing Partner of EMBARK Beyond.

“Applause and congratulations for such an amazing week! DUCO managed to create such a beautiful gathering; we are now all even more empowered for what’s next to come! Bravo! We can’t wait for the 2022 edition,” commented Nathaniel Most, Director of Sales & Marketing of La Réserve Hotels Apartments, Villas & Spas.

“Great contacts, great venues and atmosphere. DUCO is the new unmissable rendezvous for the French luxury hospitality actors,” said Mathilde Tissot, Global Sales Manager of Maisons & Hotels Sibuet.

The DUCO France team

Created by the Brazilian-Italian entrepreneur and event specialist Carolina Perez, DUCO France has been designed to foster networking opportunities between top French hospitality providers and the best travel advisors from key markets such as North America, UK and Australia.

DUCO France builds on the success of its sister event, DUCO Italy, bringing the same concept and consistent work to France, focusing on one destination in the destination itself, inviting participants to discover, explore and immerse themselves in the cultural gems of France.

The fourth annual DUCO Italy will be held in Florence, Italy from 21-25 March 2022.

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