Hungary - Budapest

We had the pleasure of staying at the Ritz Carlton which has 171 guest rooms, 29 suites and is a short walk from St. Stephen's Basilica, Erzsébet Square and the River Danube. The hotel presents modern luxury with a tint of tradition and we enjoyed dinner at the Ritz’s fantastic restaurant DSK Wine & Grill Restaurant.

HOTELS

If you want incredible views across the Danube your best choice would be Budapest Marriott Hotel and the Hilton Budapest in the Buda Castle... Read More'


Poland - Warsaw

Warsaw’s thriving capital was virtually destroyed during WWII mainly in 1944, with more than 85% being left totally dilapidated but over a twenty year period was completely rebuilt - an amazing feat in such a short time. The best face of Warsaw however is the Old Town and the Market Square where historical buildings and palaces were detailed reconstructed and where now cafes, bars, restaurants and shops bustle with activity. Along with its parks and gardens, the rich cultural life and most of all the friendliness of its people, all make Warsaw a cosmopolitan city.

We travelled with LOT Polish Airlines and I was really impressed, LOT operates a 3-cabin concept:  LOT Busin... Read More'


Australia - Auckland

Arinex not only have you covered in Australia, but they also plan incentive groups in New Zealand; and Project Manager Sara Halbwirth travelled to Auckland to discover where city style and natural beauty go hand in hand.

Auckland is a world‐class destination; a multi‐cultural city set in a natural paradise – vibrant, modern, and sophisticated and with a lifestyle rated among the world’s very best. From sparkling harbours to native forests, stunning beaches and the tranquil islands of the Hauraki Gulf; Auckland truly has it all.

Day 1

We arrived into Auckland and transferred to the Cordis, Auckland’s newly refurbished

hotel from Langham H... Read More'


Australia - Perth

Arinex Australia’s Business Development Manager Katie Beer travelled to Perth in Western Australia to discover firsthand Australia’s ‘new city’ with Crown Hotels and Perth Convention Bureau.

Perth offers a fresh perspective on business events with space for delegates to be inspired, think and connect. Extensive million-dollar infrastructure projects are currently transforming and changing the face of the city, so now is the right time to experience Perth.

Day 1

We arrived into Perth and took an easy 20-minute transfer to our luxury accommodation, Crown Towers. This stunning hotel has everything under one roof from state-of-the-art conference faci... Read More'


Malta - The Isles of Venues

Malta (an ever-evolving destination) has so much to offer. My destinations blog is based on the two islands I visited - mainland Malta and Gozo. I am fortunate to represent one of Malta’s top DMCs, ECMeetings Malta as our elite partner in Malta. Their superior, local knowledge, professionalism and ability to meet the needs of the incentive & conference market are hard to match. You can contact Mark Gatt from ECMeetings Malta, whose knowledge of the island, the hotels and the venues is incomparable.

The Maltese Islands are tiny, yet amazing and unique. Set at the heart of the Mediterranean and packed... Read More'


Portugal - The best of the Algarve

Welcome to the Algarve!

What springs to mind when you think of the Algarve? Let me guess; sun, beaches, golf and fun nights out?! You’re not wrong, but having just had the privilege of experiencing the destination first-hand, I’ve discovered that the Algarve has so much more to offer (as an incentive destination) than meets the eye! 

XPTO Events & DMC are experts in the Algarve. It is refreshing to visit hotels where they know many of the staff personally and it’s great to see that they have a fantastic relationship with all suppliers; built on great friendships.

On arrival I met w... Read More'


Alberta – Banff, Lake Louise & Calgary

On arrival at Calgary airport we were greeted by Mounties for a White Hat Ceremony and received a certificate and cowboy hat. Travelling to Banff took around 1 hr 30 minutes and en route we stopped for a beer and visited the Boundary Ranch located in the Kananaskisi Valley. Here many activities can be arranged including a BBQ, Dog Sledging, Horse Riding, or even your own Wild West Rodeo private Show!

Why visit?

Banff is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies, with some of the finest mountain sceneries you’ll find on the planet and... Read More'


Romania - The home of Dracula

March 2017 offered myself and the destinations UNLIMITED team a short trip to Bucharest, Romania, for an introduction to the event facilities and a taste of the town.

We arrived in the evening so traffic was light on our journey into the city centre taking 25 minutes.

Our accommodation was at the luxury 5 star Radisson Blu Hotel which offers 487 rooms and suites with contemporary design; and we were lucky enough to enjoy our stay in a Business Executive suite. Walking through the hotel I was taken aback by the funky and modern look, with indoor water features and the purple ... Read More'


Iceland - The Land of Fire and Ice

The Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a destination like no other. The land of fire and ice has a population of just over 320,00 but in 2016 tourist numbers peaked at just over two million - and with good reason.

Whilst the name itself conjures up images of snow covered mountains and glaciers, there is much more to see, learn and do throughout this country. You can enjoy long summer days of nearly 24 hours’ sunshine, but that is followed by short winter days with only a few hours of daylight.

Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, plus the world’s most active volcanoes and geothermal wonders. Iceland is not your normal European dest... Read More'


Florida - Welcome to Miami

Welcome to Miami!

In the words of Will Smith; ‘Party in the City where the heat is on, all night on the beach til the break of dawn’......and this is exactly why you must make Miami your next incentive destination!

What springs to mind when you think of Miami? Let me guess; sun, gorgeous white sand beaches, Muscle Beach, Miami Vice, and rollerblading down South Beach? You’re not wrong, but having just had the privilege of experiencing the destination first-hand, I’ve discovered Miami has so more to offer (as an incentive destination) than meets the eye! Here are just some of the many reasons why:

Ocean Drive has the largest concentration of Art-Deco buildings in... Read More'


Italy - Pisa

I had the pleasure of visiting Pisa for 2 days with Italian Hospitality Collection hotels represented by BVS London and flights via Chris Klinker at Eton Travel. Plus Nicola Del Bono our represented DMC i2travel organised the fabulous ground programme.

Well, what can I say about Pisa and its conference / incentive options?!  After a 2 hour flight we touched down in Pisa for a brief glimpse of the city.

We stayed at the Salzburg for 2 days on an agency Business Development visit with Stephanie Kubik from ROBINSON Resorts (represented by the lovely Kai Schömann at Hotel Republic) and Carina Schuck at our Salzburg represented DMC Weichlein Tours + Incentives, who organised the fabulous ground programme.

Although this tour was to Austria... Read More'


Poland - Krakow

Welcome to Krakow!

Myself & Nikki Mitchell hosted a Business Development Trip to Krakow with Mazurkas DMC Poland.

 Arriving at the airport, we took our transfer from the airport to Krakow and a mile down the road we found ourselves stranded in the snow after the bus ‘breaks down’! After around 10 minutes of the driver trying to fix the coach an entire convoy of trabants arrived and we were driven to Stara Zajezdnia Brewery and enjoyed some beer tasting, sampled their awesome cuisine and a had show-round of their adjacent and amazing gala dinn... Read More'


Australia Secrets of the land Down Under

I loved Australia! It is a year-round destination which is perfectly suited as an ‘events’ location and can be undertaken within a week. The quality of the hotels, venues and restaurants are second to none making it perfect for groups and high end event programmes.

Sydney is such a diverse, cosmopolitan city with fantastic facilities for meetings, with the largest natural harbour in the world; and of course the Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It is amazing how many different attractions can exist in one city - a harbour, forests, parks, urban areas, the famous Bondi Beach and not forgetting the fun city life with fantastic shopping.

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Ireland

The warm and welcoming city of Dublin and its beautiful surrounds is home to an amazing range of event spaces, venues, hotels and private dining options not to mention a great infrastructure and world class service and facilities, as well as a great mix of truly unique and unusual spaces and experiences to really give your event, trip or occasion the wow factor.

If it’s hosting a conference or an event or planning a luxury get away or incentive trip and you need an amazing venue in a great location with easy access and a truly memorable experience for your attendees Dublin has you covered!

In a city that has everything to offer and of course that famously renowned Irish hosp... Read More'


St. Lucia - #LetHerInspireYou

The first thing that strikes you about the island when you arrive, is what calm, relaxed yet efficient people the St. Lucians are.  Even the customs officer is polite and everyone seems to take genuine pleasure in making sure you enjoy yourself.

The climate doesn't radically change averaging between 80-90° year round, it rains nearly every night and the sun shines nearly every day, paradise! With enough choice of hotel properties, interesting sightseeing and good restaurants to offer a combination of relaxation and activity to please most, if not all, clients, the idea of a Caribbean paradise is to unwind and recharge your batteries for your return to the UK. 

I may be bias... Read More'


Russia - From Russia with Love

Welcome to Russia!

I enjoyed a few days in Russia with our DMC; RUSMICE and visited both St. Petersburg and Moscow. I flew in to Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg and from here transferred to Vasilievsky Island, to visit the Icebreaker Krasin; a floating museum of Arctic exploration.

The Icebreaker can accommodate a group of 20 pax for cocktails and a Red Army Choir can also be arranged, which is a nice way to start the trip for small groups. Whilst one half of the group has cocktails, the other group is... Read More'