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September, 28 2018
Outstanding services provided to the MTV Music Festival 2018
Bland Group once again proudly provided the complete security solution for the MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival and supported artists and crew with the management of their inbound travel.
The popular event, which has grown significantly over the past 6 years and created positive international value for Gibraltar, saw thousands of people from around the region and abroad enjoying international artists performing live on stage.
The 140-man security team was led by Head of Security at OSG, John Paul Payas. Experienced in his field, John Paul worked closely with event producers, the RGP, Fire Brigade and Medics to compile a comprehensive security plan for the event.
8 guards provided perimeter security in the lead up to the event, both day and night to ensure the safekeeping and security service for property such as equipment.
On the day, 90 Security officers and 50 Stewards were responsible for working from 11am till 4am. OSG provided access control, through security checks at the main entrance, back stage and front stage security, special area security (VIP lounges) and personal protection service for artists, performers and VIPs. Training was delivered to all staff ahead of the event and they were clearly identifiable through their standard uniform and equipped with communication devices.
John Paul Payas recognised the efforts put in by the large-scale team to deliver the safety and security demanded by such an operation and was delighted with the feedback from Event producers and organisers that the security provided was excellent. He commented “we have a breadth of experience and we are well versed with managing the security needs for large events such as this”.
Responsible for managing over 100 artists since the festival started, Blands Travel provided inbound destination services for the artists and crew. A key member of the festival team, involvement with the festival starts early in the year with arrangements put in place for accommodation, logistics and ground transport.
Blands Travel provides seamless airport representation and transfers to airports and hotels for artists and crew arriving into both Gibraltar or Malaga Airport. The event also provides an opportunity for Blands Travel to work closely with other Bland Group companies including the ground handling agents, Gibair. Several artists arrive via their personal jets and a need for discretion and privacy is guaranteed by the two companies working closely together.
Nuria Saccone, Head of Destination Travel commented that “we are a professional inbound destination management company with over 51 years’ experience as Gibraltar’s leading ground handling agent. Since its inception, the Blands Travel team has worked very closely with its producers to ensure the festival continues to be a significant event in the festival circuit. Critical to our delivery is our attention to detail and ability to provide all artists and crew with the best possible experience and show what a special destination Gibraltar is to visit”.
The dedicated and high-quality service provided Blands Travel team has been complimented by the producers, artist management and the Government of Gibraltar.
A key event in the Gibraltar cultural calendar the MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival provides an excellent opportunity for Bland Group to get involved and work together across it’s Group of companies to showcase the best we have to offer from travel and tourism to security. At the end of yet another busy, yet successful event we are already excited to see what next year brings!
Main image provided by Neville Zammit
Gallery image provided by Aaron Baglietto
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