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Donnafugata flying high with four-day Boeing conference in Sicily

The burgeoning reputation of Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA, in Sicily, has soared to even greater heights after it hosted US giant Boeing for a four-day international conference, featuring leading personnel from some of the world’s top aviation corporations.
The multi-national aerospace company – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial airliners, defence, space and security systems – invited more than 100 international delegates from across the globe to the five-star Resort for a four-day event covering the evolution of aviation and aircraft and showcasing the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and B737 twin-jet narrow-body airliner.


The conference also included a two-day golf tournament, the European Airline Classic, at which the 100-plus delegates – decision-makers from many of the world’s biggest airlines – played on both of Donnafugata’s splendid courses, the Lakes and Parkland – venue for the 2011 Sicilian Open.

Boeing selected Donnafugata because of the Resort’s ability to cater for all requirements of the four-day event – from the conference itself, through first-class catering and accommodation to the golf tournament. And, as we’re just 15 minutes from the airport at Comiso, it was convenient for some of the delegates who arrived by private jet. Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA sales and marketing director, Andrea Pinna, explained: “Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA prides itself on its worldwide reputation as a conference venue and for being able to provide everything required for international businesses – and all within a stunning environment.

“The fact that Boeing chose to host its event here is testament to all the work and progress we have made in the last few years, not only in the product but also in our relationships with the international markets.”

With the autumn months remaining warm in Sicily, temperatures were perfect for golfers to tee-off on the Resort’s two championship courses, or for the culture vultures among the delegation to explore the myriad UNESCO cities in the area or to relax in the award-winning spa.

The Events Center at Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA offers eight fully equipped, elegantly furnished meeting rooms – each with the latest audio-visual equipment – in a sophisticated setting, ideal for everything from a four-day aerospace conference through to a wedding, with a capacity for 350 people.

Resort staff are on hand to help organise any aspect of the event; transfers are available from the airport by auto or by helicopter; special dinners can be hosted in the historic Villa Baroque; and all other aspects – hostess service, translation, photography and many more – can be handled efficiently and professionally.

Located just 15 minutes from Comiso airport and set in the beautiful area of Donnafugata, a natural reserve and famous tourist destination known for the imposing castle which bears the same name, Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa boasts a number of fantastic historical cities to explore nearby. These include Val di Noto, the heart of Sicilian baroque; Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto, Siracuse and Scicli. All are deemed fitting of UNESCO World Heritage status.

The Resort is home to a luxury 900m2 spa with indoor pool, hydro-massage, sauna, steam bath and gym areas, with a host of seasonally selected treatments.

Host of the 2011 Sicilian Open and featuring two 18-hole championship courses – the Gary Player-designed Parkland, and the Links – Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa has won widespread acclaim across the golf industry since opening in 2010 and its Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence offers a variety of tuition packages and individual lessons for golfers of all abilities aged six and above.

And Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA’s south-east location gives guests the ideal opportunity to explore the unique gastronomic delights of the region, which include a plethora of impressive vineyards and its own inimitable style of cuisine.

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