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ITCM Visits

Oh, groups will like to be beside the seaside

Walpole Bay hotel Margate exterior with vintage cars

Roger St. Pierre visits a unique property on the Kent coast

A renaissance of Britain’s seaside is taking place. Corporate planners are looking anew at resorts that are at long last getting their acts back together. Take the Kentish town of Margate, for example. The turn-round of the past half-decade has been phenomenal. Streets are clean and tidy, flowerbeds are well tended and facilities have been refurbished and given a new lick of paint. Property prices – not so long ago among the country’s lowest – have experienced a very real hike.

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Toulouse – the Pink City of Midi Pyrénées

Toulouse

Roger St. Pierre savours the incentive delights of France’s hi-tech powerhouse

Locals lovingly call it ‘The Pink City’. Actually, the ubiquitous bricks of Toulouse’s classic facades are more like orange in colour, but, hey, let’s not quibble. They make this an undeniably handsome city, imbued with a real sense of importance –more a mini-capital than a provincial outpost.

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Gateway to Milan’s art, culture and gastronomy

Hotel Principe di Savoia exterior

Michelle Chenery reports on a stay at the Hotel Principe di Savoia

Hotel Principe di Savoia is a member of the Dorchester Collection. It not only offers truly 5-star luxury and cuisine in a central location in Milan, but it knows exactly how to offer all the best of the city’s culture and art so that group organisers can not only see their groups enjoying it all, but can themselves be relaxed enough to enjoy it with them.
If any company feels that its personnel deserve the best for surviving the recession or achieving exceptional results, then the Principe di Savoia of Milan must be on the shortlist of venues to reward for past successes and inspire future successes.


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‘We ate nettles and used urine to cook breakfast.’

BGSA Ultimate Team Challenge group

Michelle Chenery lives to tell the story of the very first Ultimate Team Building Course at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.

‘Bear’ Grylls, British adventurer and TV presenter, has a new addition to his Survival Academy. It is the Ultimate Team Building Course teaching the corporate world how to work smarter not harder. I was fortunate, or perhaps unfortunate enough to be on the launch course.

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Lausanne offers much more than you imagine

Lausanne panoramic shot

Michelle Chenery reports on a trip to the Swiss city now known as the Olympic Capital, home of the IOC. Her account covers chocolate-making, wine-tasting and even the ancient role of the city night watchman

Nobody can guarantee that there won’t be hitches on a group itinerary. The important thing is to ensure that the group members suffer the minimum inconvenience and discomfort and that the problem is overcome as soon as possible.
Our group visit to Lausanne started off with a two-hour wait on the runway at Heathrow. However the Swiss airline cabin staff kept us well supplied with Swiss chocolate, so no one felt too unhappy about the delay.


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