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A series of personal reports on selected hotels by ITCM staff

A place in Vietnam to put on an organiser’s shortlist

Ana Mandara Hue Hotel

Jane Stanbury enjoyed a luxury stay at the Ana Mandara Hue Hotel

Hue is a cultural ‘must-visit’ for any group travelling to Vietnam. Located on the banks of the Perfume river, it has a fine collection of World Heritage sites including The Citadel, the magnificent ancient royal temple and the tombs of Nguyen emperors featuring time-honoured elaborate gilding, lacquering and intricate woodwork.
Another famous visitor attraction is the Mieu Buddhist Temple. It was here that the Venerable Thich Quang Duc was the resident monk. He self-immolated in 1963 by setting himself on fire on a Saigon road in protest against the oppression of Buddhism by the then President Diem.


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Treasures of the Cotswold Hills

Cotswold House

Roger St Pierre enjoys Cotswold House and Noel Arms in Chipping Campden

Dial it up on your sat-nav and you will find that Chipping Campden is a seemingly remote little place, tucked away in a web of narrow country lanes, deep in the Cotswold Hills.
When you get there though you’ll find a bustling little town – or should that be large village? – that somehow feels as if it is, at least for that moment, at the centre of the known universe.


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Lost for words in Shakespeare Country

Welcombe Stratford-on-Avon bedroom

Roger St Pierre enjoys a Welcombe at Stratford-on-Avon

Judging from the bigger than ever crowds of Japanese, Chinese and American tourists thronging the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon and the neighbouring countryside this summer, it was an astute move to re-brand this history-laden section of what for years was known as ‘Heart of England’ as ‘Shakespeare country’.

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In the middle of all the Turkish delights that Istanbul has to offer

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Michelle Chenery stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town

One of the most fascinating of places to visit is the Old Town of Istanbul. No matter how long a group has available in Turkey for an incentive or a leisure programme, it can all be very enjoyably spent there and everyone will carry back their own special memories.
It is therefore pleasing to find a modestly priced good quality hotel called DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Old Town. Only 15km from the Atatürk International Airport and conveniently served by a taxi rank and a tram stop, the property is also just a stone’s throw at most from many of the must-see attractions of the Turkish capital.


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Sleeping and brainstorming in Helsinki

Radisson Blu Royal Helsinki exterior

ITCM overnights at the Radisson Blu Royal

ITCM had limited time to spend in Helsinki on the way to more distant parts of Finland. Radisson Blu has three hotels in Helsinki and it turned out that the Radisson Blu Royal was a very good choice for our purposes.

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