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Jaime Viegas was recently appointed Country Manager & Business Development for the Lisbon Office of Kenes Group. Viegas has been involved with Kenes Group since 2007 supplying different services to various projects, and since 2017 was the company’s official local representative. It was a natural fit to continue the collaboration and have Jaime support and deepen the Group’s connection to the market. The opening of an office in Lisbon follows the expansion strategy of Kenes Group, allowing it to be closer to strategic markets such as Latin America, while also strengthening its European position.

The Spanish operation grows with the opening of the Seville office, the third location after Madrid and Barcelona. Seville office, being led by Maria del Mar Rodriguez as Office Director, will house the new business travel service team of Kenes Group reinforcing the events department in Madrid. Moreover, the office will bolster the company to expand both its destination management (DMC) and corporate services. The Seville office will strengthen the rest of the departments, making them more agile in providing a faster, more accurate, and customised service to clients.

“It is very exciting to add one more office in Spain, in the beautiful city of Seville, alongside our expansion in Portugal. We recognised the importance of developing our services and the addition of a BTC unit is vital to growing the DMC and corporate efforts in Spain and Latin America,” added Smara Iglesia, Managing Director of Kenes Spain.

Kenes Group concludes 2019 with a total of 19 locations in Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, USA, Canada, and Mexico.

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José María Ávila, VP Business Development for Iberia and LATAM at Kenes Group commented: “our presence in Portugal has been a fact for many years with the organisation of a number of congresses in the country. The political climate is stable, and the country’s economic growth is sustained. All these factors made it evident that we have to position ourselves better in the market”.