Malta continues its progress as a destinationNew hotels, extensions, more unusual venues and more emphasis on quality are all keeping Malta on the track to a bigger share of Europe’s events business. Malta sees itself as a very central location, convenient to all countries in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East and even the Far East. This assumption has been borne out in recent years by the remarkable success of its efforts to attract corporate event business.
Malta has effectively added to its family holiday business substantial revenue from business group organisers. This trend encouraged hoteliers and others to invest in more MICE facilities and these in turn attracted more events business.
Brussels & Wallonia
Find the fun in Brussels and French-speaking BelgiumBrussels and the French-speaking territories of Belgium have all the facilities for the efficient staging of any kind of event. And they also have the sense of fun that can add zest to any leisure programme
Olivier Daloze, Mar-keting Director of Belgian Tourist Office Brussels & Wallonia in Brussels, says that ‘Belgium is a small country and French-speaking Belgium and Brussels (Bruxelles!) make up just more than half of the country as a whole, but if you explore the region it is surprising what a variety of destinations are to be found.’
See Southport by the seaIn the classic resort of Southport on England’s North West coast are some of the UK’s most notable venues, from conference centres to racing to golf
For anyone not familiar with the area around Southport it may help to be reminded that it encompasses, for example, Aintree Racecourse and the Royal Birkdale Golf Course.
It is therefore an area that has a remarkable range of attractions and venues to offer event organisers.
Lisbon the friendly, fascinating city of multiple venues and attractionsLisbon is a destination where organisers never fail to find something new and interesting no matter how often they take groups there. For newcomers, Lisbon is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. No one is disappointed on a first inspection of the city, its environs and its venues.
A ‘must see’ giant statue on the coast at Lisbon is the Monument to the Discoverers, remembering and honouring the people through history who have sailed from that very point to find new lands, new continents and to extend man’s knowledge of the world in which we live. The statue is there because on that coast is the cape that is the closest piece of Europe to the new world of the Americas.
Toronto is a multi-faceted MICE destinationITCM’s correspondent, Natasha Blair, hosted by the Convention & Visitors Association, gives an overview of what Toronto can offer to event organisers
Initially I was assured that although some people think of Canada as similar to the USA, there are important differences. We should bear in mind that HM The Queen is the country’s Head of State; Toronto, the largest city was founded by the British 175 years ago.
Toronto is far from being a sea of skyscrapers. There are sculptures positioned around the city, enhancing the landscape. During my visit, I was surprised at how few people I saw on the streets in the business districts.