Yester year elegance in the Cape Winelands

By special invitation prior departure to South Africa guests are welcomed to the majestic Vergelegen Wine Estate founded on 1 February 1700.

When Willem Adriaan succeeded his father, Simon van der Stel, as governor of the Cape in 1700, it didn’t take long before he claimed a modest 30,000 hectare piece of land for himself. It took three days by ox-wagon to reach Willem Adriaan’s farm on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountain range overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; hence the name Vergelegen (meaning “situated far away”).

A mere 45 minute journey by Vintage Car, the oak lined lanes of Vergelegen welcomes guests. Arrival cocktails are served in the garden in front of the estate’s opulent Cape Dutch Manor House. As the sunset reflect against the beautiful Hottentots Holland Mountains, guests make their way through the manor house onto open lawns and are surprised by the majestic Camphor Trees that pose elegantly overlooking our marquee set for a sensational gala evening.

Our evening includes a 5 course dinner prepared by one of Cape Town finest chefs. While a sensational meal is served, the stage is set with some of South African best vocal and instrumental performers.

After some dance, dessert and after dinner spoils we journey back to Cape Town.

Auckland wins at Ultimate Sports Cities Awards Auckland named Best Medium Sports City and ranked fourth overall

Auckland continues to make its mark on the global stage as an international events city, winning three awards at the 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and being ranked fourth overall in the world.

Auckland was named Best Medium Sports City (1.3 million to 3 million) for the second time running, as well as securing awards for Best Events Strategy and Best Security. Auckland is also ranked fourth overall, behind New York, London and Melbourne.

The results were announced last night at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland, the annual international event focusing on connecting sports events rights holders, organising committees, host cities, media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

Auckland was competing in the biennial awards alongside other great international sporting cities including Calgary, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, New York and Tokyo.

Mayor Len Brown says it is great to see Auckland continuing to feature amongst the world’s best sporting cities.

“Hosting major events showcases Auckland to the world, giving people a reason to visit, to stay longer and to experience more of what we have to offer. It brings benefits that extend beyond the duration of the events themselves, boosting our sporting organisations, local businesses and regional amenities.

“Aucklanders have seen first-hand how events can transform a city, with events like RWC 2011 and last year’s ICC Cricket World Cup and FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“We know the World Masters Games and British and Irish Lions Tour coming up next year will bring tens of thousands of visitors and an economic boost to Auckland. These all help to showcase Auckland as a great place to live, work and visit.”

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says: “This is recognition for the region-wide team effort that is required to host major sporting events.

“Auckland is regularly recognised for its joined-up approach to delivering great events, with ATEED working closely with event organisers and sponsors, event partners like sporting federations, city agencies and our council family, volunteers, our communities, and central government.

“It’s also recognition that Auckland’s Major Events Strategy is returning great results for Auckland, but there is always room for improvement. We are now halfway through the strategy’s 10-year scope and ATEED is updating the strategy to make sure it continues to deliver results for the developing region and population, and delivers broader results for the investment in major events ATEED makes on behalf of Auckland Council.”

SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and Rankings head judge and founder, Rachael Church says: “The stunning city of Auckland is a deserved winner of all of the awards it has received in the 2016 edition of SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities – Best Medium Sports City, Best Events Strategy and Best Security.

“The city scored highly in many categories and impressed the judges with its strong and transparent major events strategy in particular and its successful policy of creating home-grown events.

“Auckland is a city with engagement at its core when it comes to sports events  – whether between the city and stakeholders, the city and participants or the city and its visitors – everyone is made to feel that they are at the heart of sport in Auckland.”

 

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Unique Options for your Gala Event in Vienna

Vienna is the most interesting place for your Gala Event!

Numerous options from 20 to 800 guests await you!

From high luxurious, traditional venues to top modern, stylish places, from cosy places in the green country side to hip dinner clubs – take your choice and ask your team from Imperial Connection – your Austrian MICE partner for the perfect option for your event!

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Today we want to present you the option of an elegant traditional Viennese Evening, to give you a first glimpse on one possibility!

Already the start of the evening should be very historic! Your guests will be met at the hotel by romantic horse carriage and enjoy a ride through the narrow streets of downtown Vienna until they reach one of the wonderful historical Palais or palaces.

A page in historical uniform will open the door of your carriage and welcome you to a fairytale evening!

While our guests enjoy their aperitif, musicians will play some decent background music and an imperial couple in costumes is available for taking pictures.

Fanfares will announce that dinner is ready and the Major Domus invites you to the grand salon. The Major Domus will lead through the evening, introducing the menu and the showblocks.

A Trio or quartet in baroque costumes welcomes you already upon entering and will perform some nice background music during dinner!

For speeches or award winning ceremonies a stage with a nice backdrop and screen can be built up and perfectly integrated in the elegant setting.

Various show acts are available – a diverting waltz show, a duo performing the most famous songs from musicals, violinists performing classical music in a rocking way, rather unknown instruments playing your company song and much more.

A second salon will open after dinner, where a stylish bar and hip DJ awaits you to spice up the evening. Dance and party on for the rest of the night!

Your company can be presented as little or as much as you want! We can create desserts with your company logo, welcome the guests with an aperitif in your company colours etc.

I hope that we were able to tempt you! Please contact me at johanna@imperial-connection.at for an offer which is exactly taylor made to your requirements!

Bush Dinner under the stars

Bush Dinner Under the stars

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The spirit lives on from the authentic Out of Africa Safaris of the 1950’s;  Whilst on a Kenya or Tanzania safari, our esteemed guests crown their wildlife experience with our signature Bush Dinners ; set under the open starlit skies ringing in the magic of the sights and sounds of Africa, you have the choice of casual to full white glove service.

Food is usually ‘Nyama Choma’ on a grand scale (nyama choma is the Kenyan version of an Argentine asado or a South African braai – just way more delicious). Chefs in tall white hats prepare all manner of grilled food to order accompanied by bowls of salads, chunks of cheese and freshly baked bread, which are all on their tables.  A campfire and Masaai dancing enhances the ambience. You might want to add extra colour by donning on the traditional Masaai outfits complete with the beadwork.  And there’s more… we will define your own experience based on the customer and budget.

Dinner at Xcaret (Cancun, Mexico)

 

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Dinner at Xcaret

Xcaret is located on the seashore near Cancun in the Riviera Maya, is a majestic park by the sea that features unique activities, where you have fun while discovering the natural and cultural richness of Mexico, is characterized by a constant effort in promoting and preserving the culture of Mexico. In Xcaret you can enjoy the incredible experience of the “Xcaret Mexico Spectacular” celebration and dinner. 

Relax in an area reserved for you called “The island”  as you get a taste of Mexican food while watching this grand celebration. Become a part of this celebration filling your senses with the delight of the feast Xcaret has prepared for you; an original mixture of regional and international food to satisfy even the most demanding palates.

Amazed yourself with the illuminated paths and enjoy being transported to ancient times with the presence of our prehispanic characters. The island entrance it’s spectacular, you will enjoy the snail, which symbolizes the union of the four elements to give rise to our mother nature, and then you enter to an underground cave that means the reborn of the human being.

To have an amazing end, the great voices of Xcaret´s singers along with the magnificence of the costumes and many more surprises will delight you.

 

 

 

Your gala night in Old Havana

Cuba is the place for gala dinners because from an appetizer cocktail to a digestive cigar we dance to life music in the exotic surroundings of a beach with palm trees or the background of a colonial palace or plaza.

With Cubafortravel you can enjoy Cuban culture with all senses. We propose here a gala dinner during the stay of your group in Havana.

At sunset guests are picked up from the hotel by classic American convertible vintage cars. Don’t get dressed too fancy because Cuba is no place for tie and cocktail dresses. Just feel at ease and dress to dance.
You drive over the Malecon Boulevard to Old Havana while you see the Cubans enjoy the sunset and they see you drive by.
On arrival at the Plaza Vieja a variety of Cuban cocktails are served. The Plaza is public but a corner is set off for the group. The tables have gala outfit and are set in front of a stage. The surroundings is all colonial style architecture
When guests are seated a 4 set menu is served with lobster as main dish accompanied by fish and shrimps.
During dinner a band plays traditional Cuban music world widely known as Buenavista Social Club. Of course guests are invited to dance on the rhythm of the music.

After dinner we continue by bus to the newest night venue in Havana the Fabrica de Arte. In a former vegetable-oil-factory a group of Cuban artists have made a night venue that combines art exhibitions with modern music performances and not to forget the many bars with Cuban cocktails. The building houses many areas and quiet corners to walk around, meet people, listen to music or observe the art on exhibition. Guests have a special credit card to drink in the many bars of the place. There are buses returning to the hotel.

This gala dinner is possible starting 25 to 750 pax.

Come and try them in Havana with www.cubafortravel.com.

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Egypt THE Destination for a Gala Dinner…

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Egypt is a destination packed with iconic locations for an unforgettable gala dinner…

Starting with “the Great Pyarmids” – one of the seven wonders of the world !

 

Egypt’s range of gala dinner venues will ensure that your delegates experience great culture, impressive surroundings, a perfect weather and enjoy great food and entertainment to mark the launch or wind-down of your conference proceedings.

Gala dinner venues can vary between pharaonic temples, ancient palaces or simply natural scenery of the desert & its mountains or beautiful sandy beaches with crystal blue waters.

With a moderate climate all year round; Egypt is a destination worth exploring for both authentic venues and world-class hotels ranging from less than 100 guests to tens of thousands.

 

Discover Unique Gala Dinner Venues in Bulgaria with Insight Events Ltd

In today’s event planner’s world demands and preferences change constantly. Clients are searching for new ideas for their events, for interesting concepts, unexplored destinations and memorable experiences for their gala dinners. At Insight Events Bulgaria we have come to believe that the choice of venue is probably number one in delivering all this to our clients.

 

In the course of our practice we have handled numerous functions at locations that you would not normally imagine for an event. Being one of the oldest countries in Europe, with historic sites and tons of restored buildings, Bulgaria gives endless choice of unique gala dinner locations.

 

Our team at Insight Events Bulgaria will share with you just a few ideas for organizing your next gala dinner in Bulgaria –

 

National History Museum, Sofia

Going Back In Time

 

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Sofia’s biggest and most important museum is worth visiting if only for the chance to walk around the residence of a former communist dictator. The museum is housed in one of the buildings used by Bulgaria’s Communist head of state Todor Zivkov and his entourage. Access here was heavily restricted and the area still holds a certain mystique for the locals. For obvious reasons, no Bulgarian over the age of 30 would call the building’s typical 1970’s architecture “beautiful”. However, to a visitor unscarred by the memory of Communism’s constant aesthetical offences, the wood carving, marble floors and wall mosaics would seem intriguing.

 

As catering venue The National History Museum offers the opportunity for a grand welcome reception followed by seated gala dinner in the so-called Sunny Hall, surrounded by gold and silver treasures, Thracian, Roman and Early Christian artifacts and exquisite exhibits dating back from 4000 BC.

 

The Museum is suitable for seated dinners for up to 130-150 guests.

 

Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv

Dinner With A View

 

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Plovdiv’s magnificent 2nd-century-AD amphitheater is one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatres, located in the city center of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It was built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, was only uncovered during a freak landslide in 1972. It once held about 6000 spectators. Now largely restored, it’s one of Bulgaria’s most magical venues, once again hosting large-scale special events and concerts.

 

Our team at Insight Events Bulgaria will happily take you and your guests on this fairylike adventure by organizing your gala among the ancient ruins of this unique location. Despite its size, the amphitheater is suitable for more intimate gala dinners for up to 50-70 guests.

 

Ravadinovo Castle, Sozopol

In Love With The Wind

 

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From first glance, the Ravadinovo Castle is made in the style of the classic Western European castles combining various styles from the Renaissance and Romantic periods – but this comes not to be true!  The style of the Castle is one and only – a unique Fairy style. This is the secret of its magic impact – the dream that came true to make a castle existing only in fairy-tales. It was built completely of 20,000 tons of stone, which was specially extracted from the bowels of the earth in the Strandzha Mountain. According to the Geological Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, these stones are aged about 227 to 247 millions of years. They contain traces of diamonds, which make the castle change its color – in the morning it has pink nuances, during the day it becomes white and at full moon – it glows.

 

The Ravadinovo Castle gives the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Gala dinners can be organized for up to 150-170 guests, depending on set up. Do not hesitate to turn to Insight Events Bulgaria for a full concept design of your gala event.

 

Sofia Event Center, Sofia

See The Future

 

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Sofia Event Center – SEC is a unique multifunctional hall with no equivalent in Bulgaria. The hall was conceived and designed by leading experts in the field of organizing events and implementing the technical equipment.

 

SEC is suitable for all kinds of events – conferences, gala dinners and awards, ceremonies, fashion shows, chamber concerts, exhibitions, launch of new products, weddings, political events, TV and many other formats.

 

Combine outdoor cocktail with a fabulous gala dinner for up to 750 guests. At SEC you will see state of the art technical surroundings, 3D wall mapping and unique venue transformations, all contributing to your one-of-a-kind event experience.

 

This is just a glimpse of what Sofia and Bulgaria have to offer for your gala dinner. An ancient site or ultra-modern hall, an outdoor space or a restored factory, museum or gallery – you name it – we have it! The Insight Events team is experienced in thinking out of the box and will suggest the best option for your next unique event.

EVERY CLOUD HAS TO HAVE A SILVER LINING – MAKE VISITORS BELIEVE IN OUR DESTINATION

The function of a DMC could be mistaken by some individuals as an porthole to simply secure accommodation, some transfers and other services that are required to experience a destination.

 

My personal take on a DMC is, we are the concierge for our respective destinations. The one destination contact an interested guest can go to without looking any further. We remove the question on, how to get to us?, and, what to do?

We are the best compass for directing guests towards choice accommodations, and services that best compliment their needs and wants. Because we are specialist on our destination, we guide concerned guests with advise that guides away the conversation around safety and security.

How? We do not avoid the topic, but we show them our city and countryside, and let them meet the people of the land. We allow to open discussion around topics of concern, and answer those questions with actual local knowledge from guides, ourselves and the people of our destinations.

Our strongest response is educational journeys to our countries. By hosting agents ignorant on our services, attractions and value, we educate and enhance their knowledge, and allow them to depart as diplomats.

We use our websites, social media and many other platforms as advertising, but, there is very powerful messaging through word of mouth generated by actual guest experiences.

Cape Town – a Grande Beach Event

Our group of 100 guests were looking for a relaxed setting to welcome their guest to Cape Town and South Africa. The Grande Cafe & Beach, pitched on the shores of Table Bay set the table for this elegant Cape Town welcome. Welcome with some cocktail and a sensational beach setting, guests enjoyed a sensational dinner complimented by a local band to set the tone and tunes for a celebrated evening in this iconic city.