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Barbados offers even more than the Caribbean

Barbados Beach
Jan Erik enjoys a surprising range of activities
Barbados delivers what you expect from a Caribbean island paradise – pristine white beaches, an exquisite turquoise sea, coral reefs, lush tropical vegetation and year-round warm temperatures.
But Kyle Gittens, the London-based representative of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), is keen to point out that the destination is more than just sun, sand, sea and boutique hotels with idyllic beachfront locations.

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Great cuisine, exciting activity and team-building at Northcote

Land Rovers at the entrance to Northcote

Michelle Chenery dines, drives and goes shooting in Lancashire

Organisers interested in a short incentive packed with exciting and enjoyable activities, competitive tests and superb food in beautiful surroundings should put Northcote on their ‘must-see’ list.
Northcote has been acclaimed Hotel of the Year in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, but the word ‘hotel’ doesn’t do it justice.

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Country of castles and commitment


Sydney Paulden was entranced on a visit to Unexpected Luxembourg

Luxembourg decided it was time to make itself better known to the MICE markets and I was one of the lucky people invited to a show-round of some of the country’s facilities and attractions. I was surprised at how small the country really is but also by the many benefits it has to offer to event organisers. It measures 82km by 57km (51 miles by 35) and so, within minutes, a group can enjoy excursions taking in river locations, vineyards, medieval chateaux, city centre convention centres, a variety of hotels, rail journeys through mine workings and walking tours through ancient rock tunnels.

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Prime Lake Geneva destinations

View from Le Chateau de Chillon, Montreux

Michelle Chenery visits Lausanne and Montreux

After a short flight with Swiss Air, we landed at Geneva airport to be met by Philips Excursions transfers services. The first mode of transport of the many they provided during our visit was a Mercedes mini-bus, which took us to Portes Des Iris, an original 16thC farmhouse converted in 1988 by the owners of the Château de Vullierens into a prestigious banqueting venue. The main building overlooks the Iris gardens and offers a beautiful view of the Alps and Mont Blanc. The six original vaulted stone doors became a focal point of the restoration.

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Barceló Sants - out of this world meeting options

Barceló Sants

Briony Key goes where no ITCM reporter has gone before

The chance to go to Barcelona brought back memories of back packing around Europe, so I jumped at the opportunity to see how this buzzing city has changed in the past 20 years –especially as this time I was staying at the 4-star, recently refurbished Barceló Sants hotel. Aware of the stiff competition for MICE trade, Barceló has gone beyond ‘out of the box’ thinking to attract sales – it’s taken avant-garde to a new level and opted for an ‘out of this world’ approach.

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