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Destination reports

How well do you know Lisbon?

Lisbon

Michelle Chenery reports on the city’s multi-faceted MICE facilities

It is easy to see why ICCA has rated Lisbon as one of the world’s Top Ten Destinations for international meetings and congresses. Portugal’s capital has advantages in every aspect that is taken into account by organisers of large events. It boasts an average of over 290 days of sunshine a year, with temperature lows of 17degC and highs of 27degC. It can be reached within one to three hours on flights from the main cities of Europe, whilst a 5- to 8-hour flight gets you there from the most important centres of North America, as it is served through direct flights by so many of the major airlines.

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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

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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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