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Destination reports

Seoul should be on your shortlist

Seoul Floating Islands

Sydney Paulden reports on a visit to a fascinating and friendly city

It seems as if Korea has until now been somewhat overshadowed by the aggressive international marketing of some of its Far Eastern neighbours. But things are changing rapidly. The world of incentive and conference professionals is finding that Korea is a destination offering experiences remarkably different from any in other parts of the region.

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Gothenburg has Europe’s largest integrated venue


Jan Erik reports on how Sweden’s second largest city has become a major player in the MICE market.

You might be forgiven for knowing very little about Gothenburg. Lennart Johansson, Director of the Gothenburg Convention Bureau, acknowledges that it is considered a second city in a less well-known country and it presents a challenge in attracting meetings and incentives. However, my two-day trip to Gothenburg has revealed how much it has to offer after massive upgrading of its facilities.

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A new view of Jamaica

View from Hyatt Zilara

Michelle Chenery reports on an unexpected itinerary along Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor

The Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva quality service starts as soon as you arrive at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay. There is access to a private lounge where guests are greeted and provided with a complimentary, smooth transfer to the two sister resorts. Invited out to Jamaica by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Hyatt Hotels, it was just 15 minutes from the airport to the two sister properties that have benefitted recently from multi-million-dollar investments.

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Israel is a unique destination

Al Aqsa Mosque

Events business is on the increase
Jan Erik Paulden was invited by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to see what Israel has to offer to event organisers. He reports on a land where ancient religious and historical texts come to life, supported by modern facilities tailored to MICE sector.

Israel has all the elements for a successful MICE event - unique historical and cultural heritage, year-round warm climate, long coast with delightful beaches, a variety of landscapes and activities, plus top-class hotels and meeting facilities. Israel hosted many events in the 1990s, but political and military conflict in the new millennium meant the events industry lay fallow for about a decade.

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Prague’s endless range of surprises


Michelle Chenery reports on some creative MICE facilities

I spent just 48 hours in Prague and my head is packed with memories of remarkable food, fascinating quirky buildings and uniquely created visitor attractions. It wasn’t my first visit to Prague, but in the couple of intervening years much has been added and changed so that it did not in any way seem like a re-visit.
I was in a group invited by the Prague Convention Bureau and the itinerary proved that if any organiser is looking for an interesting destination, then the Bureau can be recommended as a first port of call. It can point you in all the right directions.

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