Destination Reports

Destination reports

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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One incentive brought $80m to Dubai

HE Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s DTCM

More breathtaking projects on the way to the Emirate

Dubai has always got to be taken seriously. Over the past 20 years it has announced plans that have made people, initially, shake their heads in disbelief, but then those plans have quickly and surely turned into reality.
When ITCM was in Dubai a few weeks ago, we heard of more remarkable projects in the pipeline – and some that had already been achieved which, in our opinion, have not received great enough recognition in the world outside.

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