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ITCM Visits

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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Calella - Catalonian gem


Roger St. Pierre visits a lively Spanish resort that’s open for group business all year round

Barcelona has been widely acclaimed recently as the world’s most ‘hip’ city but with such recognition comes a price, for the Catalan capital city is rapidly becoming more expensive and more difficult to book.
Enter Calella. Renowned in the early days of package holiday mass tourism as a low-rent bucket-and-spade destination, this one-time fishing village has been steadily upgrading its game and is now vying against its massive neighbour for corporate meeting and incentives’ business.

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Thinking Paris? Think Pullman

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Briony Key reports on a visit to the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Sleek and chic, standing on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is stylish and very well situated. A 4-star property, it is the flagship of the six Pullman hotels in Paris. It is so close to Eiffel’s famous masterpiece you could almost hug the tower from your balcony.

Re-opened in May after a 100% renovation by interior architect and designer, Christophe Pillet, the open-plan property is elegant and modern. There are Pullman ‘welcomers’ based in the lobby to greet all guests on arrival.

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