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Destination reports

Prague showcases its new venue investments

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic and its own 10th anniversary, the Prague Convention Bureau invited ITCM to the Czech capital city. Jan Erik reports
Following my first visit to The Czech Republic I can confirm that its capital, Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its wealth of historical architecture is impressive and romantic. One of Prague’s experienced transport companies, Transfers365, moved me speedily from venue to venue, but I also took the opportunity to spend some time walking around the city centre. I was intoxicated by the extremely well-preserved architectural styles ranging from the 9thC up to modern times. I was entranced by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and creative contemporary architecture, sometimes with various styles from different epochs within the same building.


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Work hard and play hard in Leeds

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Roger St Pierre reviews how much this great city has to offer
Compact and heart-warmingly friendly enough to be a town but boasting the sophistication and amenities of a major city, Leeds is a powerhouse of England’s resurgent north country.
Though its manufacturing and industrial sectors have been of key importance – and currently employ close to 400,000 people across some 1,800 registered companies – it is trade and commerce, retail and wholesale, that have long provided the pulsing lifeblood.


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How well do you know Lisbon?

Lisbon

Michelle Chenery reports on the city’s multi-faceted MICE facilities

It is easy to see why ICCA has rated Lisbon as one of the world’s Top Ten Destinations for international meetings and congresses. Portugal’s capital has advantages in every aspect that is taken into account by organisers of large events. It boasts an average of over 290 days of sunshine a year, with temperature lows of 17degC and highs of 27degC. It can be reached within one to three hours on flights from the main cities of Europe, whilst a 5- to 8-hour flight gets you there from the most important centres of North America, as it is served through direct flights by so many of the major airlines.

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Seoul should be on your shortlist

Seoul Floating Islands

Sydney Paulden reports on a visit to a fascinating and friendly city

It seems as if Korea has until now been somewhat overshadowed by the aggressive international marketing of some of its Far Eastern neighbours. But things are changing rapidly. The world of incentive and conference professionals is finding that Korea is a destination offering experiences remarkably different from any in other parts of the region.

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Gothenburg has Europe’s largest integrated venue

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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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