In the latest of our MIPIM & Me blogs we spoke to Graham Parker. As editor of the MIPIM News, Graham has been at the heart of the world’s biggest property fair since its inception.
When was your first visit to MIPIM? Why did you decide to go?
1990 – I was hired as a reporter on MIPIM News for the second edition of MIPIM.
What is your best MIPIM memory?
Seeing Squeeze perform on the beach in 2008. A little bit of South London in the South of France.
What does MIPIM mean to you? What drives you to continue going?
A chance to cram several months’ worth of research into a week and a foretaste of Spring weeks before it reaches the UK, but more than that the privilege of working with the MIPIM News team. They’re true professionals and, because some of us have been working together for 25 years or more, they’re friends – it’s our annual gathering of the clan.
What is your forecast for this year’s show?
I think we’ll see solid evidence of a resurgence in the southern European markets – particularly Italy and Spain – after a lost decade. And a growing willingness among investors to embrace alternative assets like student and senior housing, hotels and healthcare properties.
What is the one event in the Tough Guide you wouldn’t miss?
One of my biggest regrets is that MIPIM always clashes with the Cheltenham Festival so I’d go for EG and Innesco’s Gold Cup day at Morrison’s.
One piece of advice to a first timer?
Don’t fill your diary to the brim with meetings – some of the most productive encounters at MIPIM are when you bump into people by chance, and you have to make time for that. And don’t wear new shoes – you’ll be walking many miles every day. Sorry, that’s two.