Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa
Forio d'Ischia, Ischia
DUCO Travel Summit is discovery.
It was born out of a passion for cultural exploration and understanding.
DUCO is a ground-breaking.
Held annually in Florence, Italy, it is the first travel event to showcase a single destination.
Promoting the excellence of Italian hospitality to the world’s most important buyers.
DUCO is an invitation-only event featuring a curatorship of the best English-speaking travel advisors and a select group of suppliers.
Attendees dive deep into a destination, starting at enriching fifteen-minute daytime appointments and continuing through engaging nighttime events.
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Carolina was born an explorer, sharing the travel spirit with her mother Teresa – her inspiration and with whom she has worked side by side for 16 years at Teresa Perez Tours in Sao Paulo. Carolina set off solo in 2009 when she founded Travelweek Sao Paulo. A few years later it was acquired by ILTM Reed Exhibitions.
After a sabbatical, she was ready to start a new venture, this time in Italy, the land of her ancestors, and where half of her heart resides.
She packed her dreams in a bag and was off to Italy. “There are so many events that bring Italians to the world, I wanted to bring the world to Italy. A tribute to the excellency of the Italian hospitality.”
As she traversed the country, Dante’s words spoke to her: “Beauty awakens the soul to act”.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, a world traveler and a dual Brazilian-Italian citizen, she takes great joy in creating and contributing to quality tourism in Italy.
Carolina recently relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Portugal and now calls Lisbon home.
She enjoys family time cycling and being by the ocean and mountains with her husband, daughter and her three step kids.
With a background in drama and journalism, Paula discovered her interest in exploring the world when she began writing travel pieces for magazines, which led her to Teresa Perez Tours and a few years later to Travelweek Sao Paulo.
When she received Carolina’s invitation to join her on a new venture in Italy, Paula was trailing another path, splitting her time between Brazil and California and studying to get a degree in psychology. Her gypsy soul spoke louder than her Freudian aspirations and she heard herself saying YES to DUCO!
Driven by her passion for the industry and for Italy, she crisscrossed the Italian peninsula, visiting 130 hotel properties to present DUCO in person.
Adding another country to her lifestyle can be challenging, but also incredibly enriching and exciting. Mother of 3, her happiest moments are spent amongst her kids and her fiance, who lives between Sao Paulo and the US. The romantic in her delights in experiencing the colors of new cultures and sharing them with a flair; like a love letter to the world.
Director of Marketing & Operations
While Camila was studying for her degree in communication and advertising, she began her journey in the tourism industry as a marketing intern for Teresa Perez Tours.
Her passion for event planning was sparked when she joined Carolina´s new venture, Travelweek Sao Paulo, and then stayed on for five years after it was acquired by Reed Exhibitions, at ILTM events portfolio.
Camila and Carolina’s stars crossed once again when, after a period of self-discovery through astrology, Camila joined DUCO in March 2019.
Methodical and bossy, Camila enjoys leading from the behind the scenes. But when it’s time to relax, she appreciates reading, spinning, chocolate and champagne!
Bia’s international upbringing – she was born in Brazil and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Montreal and Berkeley, CA – fostered a special appreciation for travel and the fine arts.
Her career took flight in 2001 at Air France where she gained experience in customer service. She later joined the commercial area at the Canadian Consulate in Rio, and then assisted the City of Rio in preparations for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Not missing a beat, Bia came straight from the Rio Games to DUCO, where her talents and enthusiasm have reached the stars.
Currently living in Rio, she celebrates her love for music during Carnival when she plays percussion in street bands!
Born in the countryside of São Paulo but with wanderlust in her veins, Marina has lived in Canada, Australia and most-recently in Italy. She has a degree in hospitality management and got her start in sales at renowned high-end hotel brands, such as Baglioni Hotels.
Her Italian roots and passion for the enchanting led her to DUCO, where she practices her Italian and joyfully handles exhibitor relations.
Addicted to sports, Marina divides her time between DUCO, football, CrossFit, running, beach tennis and, of course, a few glasses of rosè.
Exhibitor Relations Administrative
Vanessa is a Sansei, a third-generation Brazilian of Japanese descent. At the age of seven, she remembers visiting her father in Japan and how that journey across cultures and continents sparked a passion for travel.
After graduating with a degree in tourism, she started her career working in a hotel before joining Teresa Perez Tours, where she organized dream vacations for eight years.
She recently came on board the DUCO team and is keen to fulfill her dream of exploring Italy.
Elisa has grooved from boutique travel agency to renowned hotels. She started her career at PHD Travel and her passion for the hospitality industry and upscale services soon rocked her to a bossa nova beat to São Paulo’s hip, yet classy, Hotel Emiliano.
A globetrotter at heart but with deep Italian roots, Elisa brought her holistic view of the luxury travel industry - acquired in her years of sales experience with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Brazil – to DUCO.
Family, friends and gastronomy are always on her agenda, just like an authentic Italian-Brazilian!
Aquarius with Aquarius rising, Bruno’s years of studying and doing theater awakened his admiration for the arts and performances. After receiving his degree in advertising and publicity, he joined Teresa Perez Tours immersing himself the tourism market and upscale travels.
In 2019, he walked onto a new stage: DUCO. In marketing he has a new opportunity to perform with the DUCO team. A true lover of music, food, travel and friends, he uses his theatrical experiences, tourism preparation and cheerful energy to steer the stars into a harmonious experience.
If it’s true that numbers make the world go round, Cris clearly has her hand on the DUCO rudder. With an undergraduate degree in accounting sciences and an MBA in controllership, Cris oversees the company’s budgetary planning, accounts and management reports. She simply adores numbers, spreadsheets and reports and is totally in love with her work.
Cris, who also holds Italian citizenship, came on board with DUCO at the early stages of the company. She is DUCO´s finance translator for non-accountants!
Living in Florianópolis, a beautiful coast city in the south of Brazil, Cris still finds time to take care of her two daughters, one cat, one parrot and nine (yes…NINE) rescued dogs.
DUCO gathers together a selection of the highest-level exhibitors from all over Italy. Luxury hotels make up the majority of our exhibitors,
followed by elite inbound tour operators, exclusive villa rental companies, and regional tourism organizations offering a wide range of bespoke
experiences. Attendees can be sure to find the best the country has to offer at DUCO.
Forio d'Ischia, Ischia
San Giustino Valdarno, Tuscany
Lake Como, Lombardy
Lake Como, Lombardy
San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany
Alpe di Siusi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Dolomites
Orta San Giulio, Piedmont
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto, Dolomites
Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Campania
Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino-Alto Adige, Dolomites
Castel San Pietro Terme, Emilia-Romagna
All Over Italy
DUCO invites the top travel advisors from the major English-speaking markets to Italy on occasion of the event.
This premier curatorship, sponsored by DUCO, includes attendees from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia.