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Destination Reports

Destination reports

Dubai never fails to amaze

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building

Dubai is a wonderland of MICE facilities and attractions, reports Sydney Paulden

I have been visiting Dubai for over 25 years, but on every occasion I have been a newcomer. Dubai changes so much and so rapidly, that even residents can be bewildered, losing their bearings. It reminds me of the old joke: Question: ‘What’s that big building?” Answer: ‘I don’t know, it wasn’t there yesterday’. The Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, along with many of the top hotels and visitor attractions, has just been kind enough to host ITCM on a destination updating visit, focussed primarily on MICE facilities.

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The two contrasting islands of Madeira

Belmond Reid’s Hotel

Roger St. Pierre reports on their MICE enhancements

Our choice of accommodation for a sampling of the Holiday Property Bond portfolio was the charming modern but characterful Encosta Cabo Girão, an estate set seven miles from Madeira’s bustling capital city, Funchal, right at the top of Europe’s highest sea cliffs – a dizzying 1,932 ft (over 600 metres) above the waves.

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Toronto is full of great surprises

CN Tower and MTCC

Michelle Chenery reports on a packed Fam Trip itinerary

Ditch what you think you know about Toronto and take a fresh look at the city. Development over the past few years has changed the city dramatically, so that even the locals don’t recognise it. There have been hotel openings, new venues and refurbishments, with many still in the pipeline to be ready for the Pan American Games in 2015.
One is the Union Pearson Express rail link that will speed delegates the 20 miles from Toronto Pearson International Airport in 25 minutes. Billy Bishop City Airport can be even more convenient.

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Put Athens back on your shortlist

Athens Hilton Hotel and running man glass sculpture

Greece is ready for your event, reports Michelle Chenery after a visit hosted by Marketing Greece, Aegean Airlines and the Athens & Attica Hotels Association

Greece is coming through a very painful economic period. The signs of it I saw on the streets of Athens were occasional demonstrations, but they didn’t seem to stop the local residents from going about their daily life. Shops, cafes and restaurants were busy. People were optimistic. They all claim to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Athens is ready and very willing to be put back on a list of destinations to be explored for events. Its hotels have every facility for all sizes of conferences. Its unrivalled cultural relics and visitor attractions are still there to enrich leisure and incentive programmes.

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Surprise after surprise in Leipzig


Sydney Paulden of ITCM wonders where Leipzig has been hiding itself all these years

Leipzig was a major centre for European trade and culture for centuries, but it seemed to become almost dormant for about 50 years. It is now making very positive strides towards regaining its place on not only the European scene, but the world scene. ITCM, in the shape of Sydney Paulden, was one of a group of specialist MICE journalists invited to see a sample of the wide range of facilities that should attract association and corporate events to Leipzig. Other members of the hosted party flew in from the USA, Brazil and China.

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