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Destination Reports

Destination reports

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

Prague

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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Oslo’s unique MICE facilities

Oslo Opera House

Norway’s capital dazzled ITCM with its mountains and fjord

Oslo’s quality services for MICE groups was obvious immediately on arrival. The world’s fastest, quietest Airport Express Train takes 20 minutes to get you downtown and can provide large groups with an extra service and with onboard presentation screens, corporate branding and free wi-fi.
We then had a very short walk to the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania as the start to our inspection of the venues and attractions that Oslo has to offer. It has 532 rooms in eight categories, all in the process of complete refurbishment. There are 21 conference rooms, the largest for 450 delegates. An award winning buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant, which can also be the venue for a banquet for 400.


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