In our latest 'Getting to Know' feature, proudly sponsored by VisitBritain we caught up with Maria Ines Bertone - freelancer with over 25 years experience in the industry.
Q: In a nutshell, tell us the about your services and the some of the industries you’ve freelanced for?
A: I've worked in different industries, leisure travel, accompanying groups around the world, professional musicians, supervising their travel arrangements during concerts, etc. Also for the pharmaceutical industry, making sure the events run smoothly, following the international guidance and regulations, incentives, insurance companies, associations, congresses, medical meetings, engineering, pets food, food industry, government meetings.
Q: How did you get started in the events industry?
A: Whilst studying tourism I was working as receptionist, at information desk or as tour guide during events in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I was born and graduated.
Q: Most memorable moment working as a freelancer?
A: Listening to professional musicians such as Vladimir Rostropovich back in Russia after many years out of his country
Q: Best location you’ve worked at?
A: Difficult question!! The planet earth is beautiful and I loved working in South Africa, where USA comfort is combined with European flavors.Hawaii, where the Aloha spirit is always presentNew Orleans where hospitality is felt each step you walk in that lovely city!
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you first started out in the events world?
A: Be yourself, put your heart at the service of others. Listen to the other person - everyone has a story to share.
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