Hotel d’Inghilterra Roma - Starhotels Collezione
Mar 15th to 19th
DUCO Travel Summit is a high-end tourism event held annually in Florence, Italy.
It promotes the excellence of Italian hospitality to the world’s most important buyers.
DUCO is an invitation-only event featuring top producers, English-speaking travel advisors,
and outstanding hoteliers and suppliers from all over Italy. Attendees dive deep into the destination,
starting at enriching fifteen-minute daytime appointments and continuing through engaging nighttime events.
DUCO is discovery. DUCO is immersion.
It was born out of a passion for cultural exploration and understanding of this magnificent country: Italy.
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Carolina was born an explorer, sharing the travel spirit with her mother Teresa – her inspiration and with whom she worked side by side for 16 years at Teresa Perez Tours in São Paulo.
Carolina set off solo in 2009 when she founded Travelweek Sao Paulo and some years later it was acquired by ILTM Reed Exhibitions.
After a sabbatical period, she was ready to start a new venture. In 2016 in Verona, profoundly inspired by the opera Nabucco from Giuseppe Verdi, Carolina came up with DUCO Italy. DUCO was born aiming to uncover the beauty of Italy and its traditions.
A destination oriented initiative focused on the high end travels, in a boutique event format.
Along the past 5 years DUCO’s distinctive format caused a very positive impact in the upscale tourism in Italy.
In 2021, DUCO sets new ground expanding its mission towards France - a land full of history, bravery and notorious for its hospitality excellence.
DUCO France keeps its launch during daunting times revealing the audacity and courage that distinguish the French spirit.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Carolina is a world traveler and a dual Brazilian-Italian citizen. She takes great joy in creating and contributing to tourism in Italy and France.
Carolina lives in Lisbon, enjoys family time cycling and being by the ocean and in the mountains with her husband, daughter, and three stepchildren.
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 behind the scenes. But when it’s time to relax, she appreciates reading, spinning, chocolate and champagne!
With a background in drama and journalism, Paula discovered her interest in exploring the world when she began writing travel pieces for magazines. That 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. A mother of three, who lives between Sao Paulo and the US, her happiest moments are spent with her kids and her fiancé.
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. She remembers visiting her father in Japan at the age of seven 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 for eight years she organized once-in-a-lifetime vacations.
She recently came on board the DUCO team and is keen to fulfill her dream of exploring Italy.
Born and raised in the vibrant São Paulo, carrying the warm Brazilian soul and a big smile on her face.
Lucilene has a brilliant background in Accounting and MBA in business management, using numbers and spreadsheets to develop prosperous businesses.
For 10 years as a Finance Consultant, she made a great career. After living in the US for a while she decided to make a bold move and joined the high-end tourism industry working for Travelweek Sao Paulo, then as Finance Manager of the Luxury portfolio at ILTM Reed Exhibitions for more than six years.
Nowadays, Lucilene is DUCO's Finance Director, with the goal to expand the company's boundaries to the world!
Her purpose of life is to make meaningful changes in people's life and travel the world!
Always motivated by new adventures and broader horizons, Helena moved out of Marília, her small hometown in the deep countryside of Brazil, to the concrete jungle of São Paulo in pursuit of a Major in Communications.
The first step of her professional career was at one of the most renowned travel agencies in the country, opening the doors for her to the high-end travel universe. Once Helena was bit by the travel bug, she quickly learned that what happened in between airport hopping is what truly made her feel alive.
Once her luggage was packed of experience, Helena’s next smart move was Europe. She moved to Barcelona to start an MBA in Marketing and after a few months of Catalan life, Helena boarded on another adventure, uniting the High-End Tourism and the Event Industry, when she joined DUCO Travel Summit team!
Although traveling is Helena’s source of vitality, she also has a profound appreciation in coming back home to her loved ones. She is super active on social media and always online, facetiming with family in Brazil and friends everywhere, transmitting from Barcelona, Paris, Florence or wherever in the world she is!
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.
Positano, Amalfi Coast, Campania
Foiano della Chiana, Tuscany
Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany
Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany
Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany
Orta San Giulio, Piedmont
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.