With our respect and admiration: Ingrid Teyema

The whole euromic family was saddened to hear of the passing away of Ingrid Teyema, founder of Delta Amsterdam, early member of euromic, and our first female board member. Ingrid was a pioneer who stood proudly at, and contributed so much to, the birth and development of group and incentive travel in the Netherlands, winning many awards on the way.

As a major contributor to us as an association in the 1980’s and 1990’s, she helped strengthen the foundations in that period that means we are proudly celebrating our 50 year anniversary this year. Her contribution was full and tireless, and will be remembered by us all in our special year.

She was not only a hugely successful business woman (at a time in the world where the two words did not go together naturally – something that she helped change in both the Netherlands and in the then young group travel market), but a mother too: she raised her children Alexandra and Andreas immersing them in the incentive world and teaching them much about business. They both now continue to run Delta Amsterdam, the leading DMC in the Netherlands that Ingrid set up with her husband nearly 60 years ago.

Fellow members of course have fond memories of Ingrid and her contribution. Tasso Pappas, euromic Tanzania and a past SITE president said: “I had the chance to know [Ingrid] and to compete and collaborate with her many times; I had high esteem for her as one of the incentive pioneers and a DMC legend.” Andrew Hulewicz, euromic Poland remembers her as, “a great personality, a great friend. I have many memories from our euromic meetings.” Hasan Dinc, euromic Turkey, acknowledges how her legacy will live on, in Alexandra and Andreas: “Another legend passed… but Ingrid’s amazing personality lives on through [you both]. She will forever remain in our hearts and memories”. Eduarda Neves, euromic Portugal added “I was so lucky to have been with her in South Africa many years ago, she was a strong and spirited person, a very special woman.”