People who live in Rotterdam have an interesting way of explaining the differences between themselves and their two neighbours. “Amsterdam spends the money; The Hague saves the money; and Rotterdam earns the money.”
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Delegate downtime can be a rare occurrence during a meeting or conference, so if you find yourself in Dubrovnik, Croatia with a morning or afternoon to spare, here’s a few ideas of how to make the most of it.
With Singapore celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence this year, these four cultural experiences give a flavour of the island’s colourful past and present.
Singapore Botanic Gardens: Located a few minutes away from bustling Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens, opened in 1859, is Singapore’s oldest garden and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July. The site includes the National Orchid Garden, with more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, including orchids named in honour of State visitors and other VIPs. The Cool House, a tropical highland cloud forest, provides a welcome respite from the heat. There are several venues within the Gardens that can be used for groups, including Burkill Hall, a restored two-storey colonial house overlooking the National Orchid Garden. It can host up to 80 on one level and 100 on the second level for events.
With a supposed heat wave on its way to the British Isles this week, C&I Traveller checks out the best outdoor event spaces set to be the talk of the town this summer.
£26m is a lot of money. Well, that goes without saying. In footballing terms, it could buy one-sixth of Lionel Messi. In the hospitality industry however, this sum can turn a tired Midlands resort into one of the UK’s most luxurious properties. Just ask The Belfry.
The Parthenon has stood atop the Acropolis of Athens for nearly 2,500 years, and is arguably a big draw for visitors to the Greek capital. Despite this prime attraction, the city of Athens has had a few bumpy years of late when it comes to tourism, with political turbulence having had a severe impact on the numbers of business and leisure visitors, and many C&I groups opting to head elsewhere.
The city that rolls on seven hills has much to offer for groups.
Where to stay
EPIC SANA Hotel is located barely a 20-minute walk from Lisbon city centre and has become one of the city’s most popular venues for events due to its impressionable style, expansive meeting facilities and spacious rooms (not to mention the incredible view of Lisbon from its rooftop pool). In addition to its 291 rooms, there are a further five junior suites; 12 deluxe suites; two diplomatic suites and one presidential suite. The hotel also offers 1,700sqm of event space across 14 rooms, with free wifi.
Located on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland, famed for being the home of Santa Claus. That’s about as much as I knew about the destination ahead of a fam trip hosted by The DMC Advantage and Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris. I was joined by event planners from agencies including Shore Events, Inception Global, River Marketing, BI Worldwide, TMB Marketing & Events, Adding Value and CMM.
Rally in Mini convertibles
With the weather pushing 29 degrees, a three-hour rally around the west part of the island in Mini convertibles was an easy sell. After an early morning departure from Trou Au Biches resort, we gathered in the hotel’s car park and split into three groups, armed with some detailed or confusing directions, depending on which event planner you spoke to, water and a lot of faith in our designated drivers, with the repeated warning of ‘this is not a race’, ringing in our ears. Luckily for us – or rather them, Emotions DMC followed the groups at a respectable distance.