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Destination Reports

Destination reports

Millions and billions refurb New Orleans


Roger St. Pierre surveys the post hurricane recovery

It’s already seven years since the fearsome Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the fabled ‘Crescent City’. Sadly there are still many unhealed scars in some of the poorer outlying neighbourhoods but it’s business back to normal downtown in the Big Easy, which has regained its crown as America’s fun city.

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Atlantic City is a sure bet

Atlantic City

Roger St Pierre finds that Atlantic City is beginning to convince Europe it is a great MICE destination

In this age of digital photography and Photoshop manipulation, the old adage that ‘The camera never lies’ is a lie in itself.
In the wake of last November’s Hurricane Sandy we were bombarded with images of devastation all along the USA’s East Coast. From the pictures on the news’ programmes it appeared that the gaming and leisure resort of Atlantic City had been particularly hard hit, with its famed boardwalk smashed to smithereens.

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Philadelphia adds to its giant MICE facilities


Roger St Pierre sends reports during an extended visit to some of the USA’s top conference destinations

Home of the Liberty Bell, Liberty Hall and the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is the cradle of the American nation. Steeped in history, ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ is at the same time cutting edge modern. It even boasts a skyscraper shaped to resemble a computer memory stick.
Nowhere is this bustling metropolis more state-of-the-art than at the lavishly refurbished and expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, a whopping US$786m project that’s been five years in the making.

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Hi Tech blows your Mindspace in Hyderabad


Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh, South India, offers a convention centre and hotels to compare with the most modern in the world – as well as the chaotic streets and visitor attractions of an ancient city

Hyderabad is not merely a city of contrasts. It’s two different worlds in two different eras. We were driven into the old city to visit the must-see Chowmahalla Palace. It has to be one of the memorable attractions of India, with two vast courtyards and a total of five palace buildings with a backcloth of fountains and gardens.

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Not-so-faraway Faroes


Roger St. Pierre finds magic and MICE potential in the Faroe Islands

Looking for a destination that’s out of the ordinary but not too far away and which boasts a state of art infrastructure to ensure your event’s success? The mystical Faroe Islands could be the answer.
‘In the middle of nowhere but easily accessible’ might seem like a contradiction in terms but, thanks to the high quality service offered by Atlantic Airways – the islands’ national carrier – both of them apply readily to this enticing archipelago, set somewhere between the far north of Scotland and Iceland.

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