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Madeira offers exciting accommodation, views, cuisine and transport

Reids Palace, Madeira

Michelle Chenery reports on a trip to Portugal’s pearl of the Atlantic, hosted by Uniqueworld and the DMC, Abreu

Starting early from Heathrow and flying TAP direct to Funchal, Madeira’s chief city, we arrived in time to still have half a day’s activities. The ground staff of the DMC Abreu greeted us. Maria da Graca Luis, from the Regional Ministry of Tourism and Transport, gave us a rapid insight into the island as we travelled to our base, the 5-star Melia Madeira Mare Resort and Spa. .

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Speed track, horse-racing, private flying, golf, spa pampering and world-famous art in glorious countryside

This video of Goodwood features: Sir Richard Branson, Jenson Button, Lawrence Dallaglio, Chris Evans, Peter Fonda, Sir Christopher Gent, Lewis Hamilton, Jools Holland, Jay Kay, Jodie Kidd, Yasmin LeBon, Jay Leno, Mark Webber

An ITCM group enjoyed it all at Goodwood, West Sussex

You are planning corporate hospitality in the UK and you offer a choice to your guests or award winners. They can go round one of the nation’s finest stately homes and come face to face with priceless paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto; or they can go flying over glorious countryside in Cessna light aircraft and actually have a go at the controls, combined with a memorable visit to an aircraft museum to see a spitfire that still flies; or they can drive fast cars round a dedicated 3.2-mile racing circuit; or they can visit a working farm, see cheesemaking in progress and buy the finest quality home produce at a farm shop; or they can play golf with a choice of two 18-hole courses, finishing with a cordon-bleu meal in a magnificent 18thC clubhouse; or they can opt for relaxing treatments in a beautiful spa.

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Fam Trip - Naples, Amalfi, Sorrento & Pompeii

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Naples, Amalfi, Sorrento and Pompeii in 3 days

Michelle Chenery reports on a +39 Events spectacular fam trip

With an early start to the day and a 6.20am flight, I picked the most convenient way to start my journey with a night's stay at the Radisson Blu Stansted, a two minute walk to the airport via a linked walkway and with rooms so well soundproofed you could hear a pin drop. I woke up refreshed and ready for the days that lay ahead of me.
After a comfortable flight I was met at the Naples airport by the group's host for the weekend, Managing Director of +39 Events, Lorenzo Pignatti. With a private transfer waiting for us we were off on our way through the busy streets of Naples to our first port of call, Grand Hotel Parker's.

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Fam Trip - Brussels & Wallonia (Southern Belgium)

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Our classic tour of the Ardennes

Michelle Chenery reports on a Southern Belgium ITCM fam trip that coincided with the volcanic eruption and produced more adventures than we bargained for!

Our MICE buyers’ adventure in Wallonia started with a bang. All the early morning news was of the volcanic eruption in Iceland and how many flights were cancelled. Heathrow closed at 12 noon, but our 11.15am flight on Brussels Airlines was one of the last to leave UK airspace, which was then to close for a further six days. On arrival at Brussels airport after a comfortable flight on time we were transferred to Trajectoire, where we had our first sight of the classic cars we would be driving for the next three days. The delegates were like children let loose in a candy store. Inside the building there were wall-to-wall classic cars.

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Fam Trip - France - Chantilly

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Chantilly charmed the buyers

After hard but rewarding work at the Bedouk MC&IT exhibition in Paris, Chantilly showed the enchanting face of France. Briony Key reports

Evènement France 2010 took 13 UK event organisers on a four-day trip to France for Bedouk MC&IT – and much more. Briony Key accompanied the Fam Trip group, hosted by Atout France and ITCM, from the latest Paris hot spots to the charm of Chantilly.
Following an easy flight with Air France the group soon discovered Accor’s savoir faire. Its hospitality evening, at the Novotel Tour Eiffel, was a feast of fine food and French flair, with great views of the icon of Paris. Soon everyone was mixing and in the mood for finding out more about the excellent business opportunities that were about to be showcased.

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