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My dream destination: India – Rob Morgan, Banks Sadler

India – the vibrant emerging MICE destination that has so much to offer for international events.

India is one of my dream destinations with its captivating colours, regional cuisines, famous buildings, royal palaces, incredible wildlife and unique culture. India offers vast land from hiking the Himalayas to sundown cocktails on the beaches of Goa.

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Complete Qatar: Where a ‘Shukran’ goes a long way

Urban Land Institute event coordinator Agnes Gomori joined C&IT, Qatar Tourism Authority and a host of international associations and event agencies for Complete Qatar, a four-day familiarisation and educational visit to Doha. Gomori shares her first impressions on the destination for C&I Traveller, while outlining the benefits for potential large-scale events.

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Three of the best… destinations for Corporate Social Responsibility incentives

“When the client announced they were doing a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme within their incentive package it brought the company together, not just the people who had qualified and were on the trip, but the rest of the employees, too,” Lynne Embling, director, Global Incentives.

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Nine reasons why Downtown LA is California’s hottest destination

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The home of the Los Angeles Lakers is the illuminating focal point of Downtown’s LA Live metropolis, and whether it’s basketball or the hottest act in town, LA explodes into life when the Staples Centre opens its doors.

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3 hotel bars for the perfect nightcap

Le Bar, Beachcomber Hotels’ Royal Palm Marrakech, Morocco

Let’s start with Le Bar. The entrance is made through a towering doorway, which opens into a large foyer where a huddle of sofas and arm chairs are warmed beside a dusky fireplace.

Through a second looming doorway is the bar where black and gold is everywhere to be seen in this ‘in-the-round’ setting. The black granite palette and woollen rugs draped on the walls make some corners of the venue seem large and others intimate, a clever technique to create a suitable setting for the hotel’s solo travellers or visiting corporate groups, like a hybrid of a winter chalet and Arabian grandeur.

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Chasing Aurora

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With the Northern Lights top of the bucket list, Tromso has long been high on my list of places to visit. So when the invite for a FAM trip to Tromso from Innovation Norway and Visit Tromso appeared in my inbox a couple of months ago, there was no way I was going pass up the opportunity.

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Cairns and Port Douglas: three of the best experiences

GBRUK buyers have sampled an exhilarating itinerary in Cairns and Port Douglas in Australia, part of a three-day educational programme following on from Dreamtime 2015, Tourism Australia’s business incentive showcase which took place in Adelaide, South Australia from 6-8 December. The group visited Cairns from 9-11 December, hosted by partners including Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia and Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Business Events.

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Food glorious food – but let’s not forget the wine

FoodblogAdelaide, South Australia’s capital city, is known as the recycling capital of Australia and the city of churches. For incentive groups, however, there are two much more enticing and appetising facts – the city has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in the country and it also produces around 70% of the country’s wine. Foodie enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the city’s upmarket dining options and the wine experiences on offer. Ten representatives from UK agencies and myself were lucky enough to get a taste of some of these during Dreamtime 2015, Tourism Australia’s business events showcase, hosted in Adelaide from 6-9 December.

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A taste of the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was reportedly Christopher Columbus, back in 1492. An island with a rich history, it is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, according to figures reported last year from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and in May, travel firm Expedia declared the island its leading travel destination. It’s not hard to see why – the Dominican Republic has all the essential ingredients that the word Caribbean conjures – (merengue) music, rum, lots of cigars, sandy beaches and turquoise water, as well as a sophisticated and growing hotel infrastructure.

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Greece: Athens highlights and the stunning Costa Navarino

Athens, steeped in history and culture, can’t fail to impress as a destination with the iconic Acropolis towering over the city. What left a bigger impression on event planners on a recent fam, however, was the fact that tourism and infrastructure is largely unaffected by the negative headlines on the country’s financial crisis.

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