MIPIM, the international property conference takes place this week in the sunshine of Cannes. More than 80,000 delegates and over 20,000 companies are expected in the south of France, including many developers, industry advisors and local government officials from the West Midlands. Dawn Roberts, director of public relations consultants Headline Communications, will be keeping an eye of the goings-on.
I hadn't even packed for MIPIM (I head off on Tuesday) but I already had a few missives from various members of the advance party.
Mike Loftus, of Locate In Birmingham, has emailed me to say he has lost his pants.
He means ‘pants’ in the European - rather than the American - sense, which is serious, because it means he could be going commando for the week.
It seems Mike, with just 40 minutes to spare between landing at Brussels and his transfer to Cannes this morning, made the connecting flight, but his luggage didn’t.
To make matters worse, he’s in a ‘low budget’ hotel (ratepayers of Birmingham will be pleased to hear this) with no manned reception. The chances of his suitcase finding him are therefore slim.
Snapper Tony Flanagan also sent me a text to say the weather was hot (hurrah!) and helpfully advised me to bring some Factor 30 and a bikini. This was swiftly followed by a text from his cohort Andy Skinner, informing me that “the look this year is skimpy”.
I therefore asked Skinner if he had taken his thong along. He responded in the positive, but regrettably Flan had borrowed it and headed for the beach.
So here’s the outlook for Cannes: Flan, Skinner and Loftus rotating a Peter Stringfellow-style leopard print thong for the week.
It’s not too late for me. Anyone want to buy my ticket?