Hafencity Hamburg – the new “downtown at the water”


The new district HElphilharmonie Queen Mary 2afenCity in Hamburg is one of the most outstanding urban development projects. The idea to transform the edges of the port around the city center of Hamburg was partially developed in the 1990s. Based on a sophisticated concept, the new district expands the area of Hamburg City by 40 percent.

With its over 100 projects and places the Hafencity already regarded as a model for major international urban development projects, although its development time scale continues through to 2025.

There are three major projects that play a special role in the cultural and architectonical make-up of this new part of town: the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, the International Maritime Museum Hamburg and the Science Center.

Especially the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall is important as it is the new incomparable landmark of the new district and the entire city. Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron have created a spectacular concert venue. On top of the historic Kaiserspeicher A, a former cocoa warehouse built 1963-1966, the new facade of the Concert house is installed.

This architectonic hybrid is worldwide unique and a fantastic and outstanding landmark of the Hanseatic city. The official opening of the Elbphilharmonie is in January 2017 and will add a new spot on the touristic and cultural map of Hamburg!


Picture source: Elbphilharmonie ©Photo: www.mediaserver.hamburg.de/ Jörg Modrow

Batukaru Temple

Batukaru Temple, referred to by locals as Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples, located at the foot of namesake Mount Batukaru. At an altitude of 2,270m above sea level on the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung, the temple is surrounded by cool natural forests, providing a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers.

Mount Batukaru as a whole is considered a sacred site and the misty slopes of the heavily forested mountain enhances its spiritual vibe. The temple complex is frequented by visitors on any given day; however several parts of the temple’s inner sanctum remain off-limits to non-pilgrims. The temple is devoted to the Hindu god Mahadeva, considered the master of the air, water and plants. The 11th century Batukaru Temple shares the cool and quiet upland vicinity of the Wongaya Gede farming community in the Penebel Village of Tabanan regency.

Old Balinese chronicles state that the temple suffered major destruction following a siege by the neighboring Buleleng kingdom during the warring times of 1605 AD. The temple remained in ruins for a considerable period, until major restorations began in 1959 for over two decades, reinstating Batukaru Temple back to its current form.

A visit to the temple calls for proper attire and conduct. As with any Balinese temple visit, you must wear a sash around your waist, which are available for free at the security post before the temple entrance, and women during their periods are not allowed to the temple grounds. There is a large parking area a kilometer down from the temple, where a variety of local kiosks and warungs offer local cuisine, snacks and refreshments. One of the traditional must-try cakes in the Tabanan region include klepon, palm sugar-filled gelatinous steamed rice flour balls served with shredded coconut.


  • Ancient Temple Building
  • Tropical Rain Forest with Temple in The Middle of Large Pool

ALLIANZ ARENA MUNICH – events in the home of FC Bayern München

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What is your first thought of Munich? Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus and the FC. Bayern München? Our suggestions for an unforgettable event in Munich is of course the ALLIANZ ARENA, home of the famous football club Bayern München where 75.000 enthusiastic spectators support their teams. The most modern football stadium in the world  offers the ideal setting for your event up to 2.000 people in more than 20 rooms. Whether it is a gala dinner in the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt for 150 guests, a meeting in an Eventbox for up to 60 persons or party in the Sponsor area for up to 500 guests. The ALLIANZ ARENA is the perfect venue for exclusive business meetings, a presentation, a gala dinner or simply a private party. And all of it can be combined with guided tours of the arena including a visit of the team rooms, a visit of the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt or a VIP tour.

Bali Royal Dining

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Asia World Indonesia brings you a great way to immerse in a Balinese authentic cultural soirée, a chance to dine the way the island’s royals does…

The experience starts with pick up at your hotel in South Bali at 17:30 hrs and departs with our guide to arrive at the Puri Anyar Kerambitan , Tabanan.

Arrive at the compound at around 19.00 hrs and be welcomed with a procession comprising live traditional orchestra, boys with torches and women dancers in Balinese costume leading you to, the under the stars, dining area surrounded by Balinese Atmosphere.

Witness a welcome dance by young pupils of the local village followed by welcoming wise words by the prince. Then it is time to enjoy the lavish traditional Balinese cuisines specially prepared for you.

Enjoy the sound of traditional instruments in the background as you dine. Transfer back to your hotel after dinner.

Contact us at info@asiaworldindonesia.com for further information



Cap San Diego – the event cargo ship in Hamburg


The harbor and the ships belong to Hamburg as the famous Reeperbahn or the Alster lake.

The best way to get the ideal Hamburg feeling is to have your Gala Dinner on a great and special venue directly in the harbor and the very city center. The Cap San Diego, build in 1962, is the biggest in the world and still fit to drive, once known as “The White Swan of the South Atlantic“. Travel back into the past and experience a maritime and historic evening in a traditional and rustic ambiance. The Cap San Diego has different areas for events: the outdoor area at the pool deck for BBQ parties with the perfect view on the harbor and the river Elbe; the Salon for up to 70 persons in a typical setting of the 1960’s for passengers or the larger freight rooms for dinner or party events up to 500 guests.

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.


We have many great venues in Switzerland, like the
– Dannemann Cigars factory in the neighbourhood of Lugano
– Chillon Castle in Montreux and many other castles, mainly in the French speaking area
– Zoo or Giardino Verde in Zurich
– Olympic Museum in Lausanne

On our homepage you find more details: http://www.felixevents.ch/index.php?id=209 or on our event-link a small presentation of an small event for 70 persons at a lovely castle in Geneva.

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.”




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!


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!