New Member for Italy welcomed by World of DMCs

World of DMCs is delighted to announce a new member for Italy:

 

New member for Italy is welcomed by World of DMCs.

J&TI Events, with offices in Rome and Milan, is the result of Tiziana Guerriero’s experience of over 16 years in the MICE sector.

Starting as a local DMC, with a focus on Benelux guests, J&TI then expanded to become an official travel agency in 2018, with a range of clients around the world, doing both inbound and outbound events.

J&TI are an “experience factory” creating incentives, meetings and events with interactive elements and creative solutions to (re) connect people to places, culture and destinations.

By constantly working on innovative ideas, watching the latest trends and finding unusual places, this innovative DMC aims to exceed guest expectations. Thanks to a strong relationships with local partners and a capacity to listen to & understand clients’ needs, J&TI can customize proposals according to client needs and wishes, with special attention to sustainability and the opportunity to organize climate-neutral events in support of the reforestation and similar initiatives.

 

Welcoming the new member for Italy, World of DMC’s President Gaby Seikaly said:

‘We are delighted to have such a professional, experienced member for Italy, and look forward to working closely with Tiziana and her team at J&TI Events’

 

Mission & Values

“J&TI Events is an experience factory producing business trips, incentives and luxury travel enriching them with interactive experiences and creative solutions to (re)connect people to places, cultures and destinations.”

Values
Teamwork: we believe a strong team makes the difference, because together everyone achieves more.

Respect, integrity and transparency: respect towards our partners, clients and suppliers because we want to achieve the same end goal.

Flexible and open minded: we see challenges as opportunities, embracing them enthusiastically.

Performance excellence: we dedicate ourselves every day to operate on the towards highest quality standards.

Research and Innovation: we believe our continuous desire to research and improve is the key to expanding our experience factory and the team’s creative ideas and experiences.

How we work

We listen to our clients to understand their needs and to build a meaningful relationship based on honesty and respect, in order to create the right solution. The client’s satisfaction is our main focus.

For further information on booking group and incentives to Italy, contact:

Tiziana Guerriero

J&TI Events

News and Updates from the World of DMCs: Travel is slowly returning!

2 July 2021: We have had some interesting conversations with our DMCs over the past week. Conversations that begin to shine a light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel.

World of DMCs Members at IMEX 2019

As the vaccination roll out continues apace, some countries are showing more enthusiasm for planning their future group and incentive travel than others, but that enthusiasm is most certainly evident.

Vaccination uptake is important both for the traveller, and the destination, with countries setting their own entry requirements based on the percentage of the population protected by vaccinations, and requirements for inbound travellers to have received vaccinations and taken PCR tests.

Outbound markets with the most long-haul positivity seem to be the USA, Brazil and Scandinavia. Europeans appear to be more focused on short haul destinations for now, but still with a keen desire to travel.

Currently, FIT travellers represent most of the calls – and as our DMCs previously focused predominantly on the group and incentive market, this does not represent the greater part of their business – but as needs must, many have adapted to cater to FIT requests, pending the return of group and incentive travel, and are more than happy to tailor-make programmes to suite family groups and individual travellers.

Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

The destination with the most inbound positivity, as I write this, is South Africa. The entire team has returned to work, and there are several medium to large groups confirmed and deposited for late 2021, with a keen interest from several for early 2022.

 

 

 

Our Asia-based DMCs are reporting an increase in requests for the 2021/22 season, but as borders to most countries are still currently closed, confirmations are pending. The greatest barrier to the reopening of travel will undoubtedly be the availability of region-wide flights. Many groups and individual travellers to Asia visit more than one country – so the revival of this type of travel arrangement will depend heavily on the restarting of local flights and availability of routes.

Our Thailand DMC has taken the opportunity to reassess their travel partners and to refocus on environment and resource sustainability – supporting local communities and projects rather than feeding the already large conglomerates. There will be some amazing travel programmes available in Asia once we can take to the skies again.

Saudi Arabia has been building a strong base to launch the destination to the world as soon as borders open again. With tourist offices opened in Europe, UK, Japan, and others planned, this represents a new destination for most groups and incentives, with huge potential. Visas will be readily available, and all visitors welcomed whether groups, incentives, or individual travellers. Prepare to see a large Saudi presence at trade shows in the coming year!

UK is currently operating a traffic light travel system, fraught with confusion and frequent updates. Those destinations on the Green list can arrive into the UK without quarantine, but with testing; those on Amber must quarantine ‘at home’ for 10 days – again with testing. Those on the Red list must quarantine at a designated hotel, at their own expense. There are ‘exceptions’ for business travellers, but the changes to these rules must be carefully monitored.

In discussions with a UK-based travel counsellor, we learned that holiday destinations are already ‘sold out’ for peak travel periods in 2022 and key dates in 2023 are filling fast. Contrary to public opinion that destinations are ‘crying out’ for business, there is pent up demand, rescheduled travel arrangements and in some cases, reduced availability. The UAE reports high occupancy in beach-front hotels, and premium rates, as do Caribbean and Mediterranean destinations. Flight availability is not what it was, and with no indication on how many seats will return, the recommendation is to make your plans now and book ahead of time. Do not leave it until the last minute, expecting deals.

Whether for groups, incentives, or individual travellers, planning ahead with comprehensive insurance cover and your own personal/corporate risk assessments will be the order of the day for some time to come.

Although our DMCs are mostly known for inbound group and incentive travel arrangements, many have adjusted to provide tailor-make arrangements for individual travellers. Whatever their offerings, members of World of DMCs are reputable travel providers in their country of operation, and we strongly recommend you reach out with your requests, and to find out the latest in travel opportunities before you book in this fast-changing environment. We strongly recommend working with reputable travel partners rather than trying to arrange trips yourself or online. You will be better informed, and better protected when working with professionals, and will probably save money in the long run.

Please do reach out to info@world-of-dmcs.com or our individual partners for information and updates. Subscribe to our mailing list for regular news starting September 2021.

We ALL eagerly await the return of our business, and wish you a safe flight, wherever you go this year.

 

Caroline Tapken
Executive Director
World of DMCs

 

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World of DMCs Board Meets via Zoom

world of dmcs baord meeting

 

World of DMCs Board met in April, via Zoom.

Board Meetings generally take place prior to the two major trade shows attended by World of DMCs members each year, but in these strange times, with travel forbidden by most countries, the Board has been keeping up to date via Zoom.

Hosting the meeting was President, Gaby Seikaly from Gulf Circle Tours DMC UAE, and attendees included Board Members from Armenia, Austria, Iceland and Morocco.

Even during these tough times, World of DMCs membership continues to grow, and the network is delighted to welcome Atlas Express, DMC Slovenia on board.

With IBTM 2021 planning a physical event in Barcelona later this year, it is hoped that travel will soon return and member countries can once again welcome group and incentive travellers to their respective destinations.

Until we meet again, stay safe!

Argentina Prepares for a Safe Reopening to International Travellers

Argentina is getting ready to reopen!

 

 

Argentina Travel Partners (ATP DMC) look forward to welcoming your guests back to discovering our beautiful Argentina when it becomes safe to travel again.

A complete document has been developed to guide clients through current works and protocols developed to create a safer and smoother trip experience to Argentina. It is based on news items and official announcements from the Argentine government

Latest update on July 30 2020

Protocols to resume activities and reopen hotels, restaurants and tour operators are published by the government.

 

For full details and guidance, visit ATP DMC or email info@atpdmc.com

 

City Heli Tour and lunch in the Tropical Forest of Panama

See the Panama Canal from above, with this helicopter tour over the city.

On this tailored tour you will travel over the City, flying in a helicopter for 3 or 4 passengers with panoramic windows, discovering the majestic Panama Canal from above. Marvel over the modern city, its skyscrapers and modern buildings, and the spectacular contrast with the historical area of Panama, its old town and the ruins of Panama Viejo from a privileged point of view in the sky.

Then enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by the flora and fauna of the country in the Soberania National Park.

In Panama there are more bird species than in all of North America. In addition to migratory birds, there are about 993 endemic species. The Quetzal and the Harpy Eagle are commonly spotted. In the Soberanía National Park, one of the conservation parks of the Panama Canal, there are areas for fishing in Lake Gatún, hiking, bird watching and visits to the Emberá indigenous community. The Chagres River runs through the park, which was established as a national park in 1980. The park covers 55,000 acres.

Enjoy this sky high experience for your next group that visits Panama City!

 

Soberanía National Park Day Visit

If you would like to spend more time in the Park, with or without guide, these visits can also be arranged.

Soberanía National Park protects some 525 species of birds, 105 species of mammals, 80 species of reptiles, and 55 species of amphibians. Bird species include toucans, trogons, motmots, flycatchers, woodpeckers, hawks, and tanagers. Rare species include the crimson-bellied woodpecker, crested eagle, yellow-eared toucanets, sirystes, rofous-ventaul, ground cuckoo, and even the endangered harpy eagle.

Pipeline Road is the top place to spot birds within the park. This trail is best during the early morning hours when the forest begins to awaken. Pipeline Road runs for many miles and passes through both old-growth and secondary forests. Other than birds, hikers may be able to spot capybaras (the world’s largest rodent), two- and three-toed sloths, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and coatimundis.

A mile (1.6 km) in from the entrance to Pipeline Road is the Panama Rainforest Discovery Centre, which boasts a 100-foot (30-m) observation tower. The tower is a fantastic place to spot birds in the morning. Do note, however, that there is an entrance fee.

Visitors to Soberanía can also walk along a section of the historic Las Cruces Trail (Camino de Cruces). The trail dates back to the 16th century, when it was used by the Spanish to transport gold across Panama. Today, the first section of the trail is lined with ancient stones that once marked the historic trail’s path.

 

Note: Whilst Panama’s borders are currently closed to visitors, Think Mice Panama continues to prepare exciting itineraries ready for your return! Contact us on reservas2@colon2000.com

 

 

 

UK Entry Guidelines and Travel Updates – as at 26 June 2020

Overview

UK Borders are open, with certain restrictions, but gatherings of more than 30 people are forbidden. Exhibition and conference centres remain closed, as do theatres and concert halls. You can move around the country and from 4 July 2020 hotels, hostels, guest houses etc are permitted to open.

 

 

Detailed Guidelines

UK borders are open, but visitors and residents must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You must also provide your journey and contact details upon arrival.

You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.

From 4 July changes to guidelines within the UK apply:

From 4 July, many businesses and venues will be permitted to reopen and will be expected to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines. These include:

  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • places of worship
  • libraries
  • community centres
  • restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside
  • hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses
  • cinemas
  • funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities
  • outdoor gyms and playgrounds
  • museums and galleries
  • bingo halls
  • outdoor skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and other entertainment centres
  • model villages
  • social clubs
  • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction
  • indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks

What will need to remain closed by law?

The following businesses will need to remain closed, as we have assessed that they cannot yet be made sufficiently COVID-19 Secure:

  • nightclubs
  • casinos
  • bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
  • indoor play areas including soft-play
  • spas
  • nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities
  • swimming pools and water parks
  • exhibition or conference centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

Getting Together (private gatherings)

you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location – public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household – you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers

When you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines

It will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law

 

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)
  • Gatherings of more than 30 people will be prohibited, apart from some limited circumstances to be set out in law.

Different regulations apply to Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales, and you are advised to check current advice before travelling.

For detailed information and updates (Government Guidelines), refer to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For updates and future group and incentive travel information, email DMC UK on Interopa on mice@interopa.co.uk

Status of Member Countries with Open Borders as at 24 June 2020

Below please find detailed updates from World of DMCs member countries, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain, where borders are open to certain countries and groups/meetings are permitted under certain conditions.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the individual DMCs for further updates and clear advice prior to planning travel.

 

Austria Country Update

Borders opened Mid-June with no quarantine for most European countries, including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland.
Inbound passengers from Spain, Portugal and the UK, and all other countries will be tested on arrival and potentially subject to quarantine.
Many hotels will open on July 1st, but by beginning of July all businesses should be open again.

Masks are not required, except if a 1m distance is not possible. Masks are MANDATORY on public transportation, at the Doctor/hospital and in pharmacies.
Museums are open, with a maximum groups size of 15pax for most.

For further updates for group and incentive travel guidance, contact Imperial Connection johanna.schmikal@imperial-connection.at

 

Czech Republic Country Update

Visitors coming from Sweden, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Portugal and Silesian Voivodeship (southern part of Poland) must present a negative test for Covid-19.
Visitors from all other European countries can visit the Czech Republic without any obligation of test or quarantine

Face masks are still mandatory in enclosed spaces for everybody older than 2 years (for instance in city transportation, trains, shops, theatres, cinemas etc.) until the end of June 2020
Face masks are not compulsory from July 1, but people can take them in case they feel themselves sick or want stay protected

Events with up to 1000 people are allowed from Monday June 22, 2020. Larger events will be separated into groups of 1000.

 

At Maxin PRAGUE we go beyond these measurements in order to fulfil our motto – Details Create Excellence – which changed in these days to Details Create Safety. Therefore, once you organise events with us we create a program within these additional precautions:

– Speeding up entrance of guests, avoiding queues
– Using dedicated areas only for our guests or separating our groups from the rest of the venue by our mobile dome solution – Quickspace
– Booking of rooms of sufficient size
– Disinfection of all rented rooms twice a day
– Non-contact disinfection available throughout the event
– Face-mask for each participant – 2 pcs a day
– Sanitizing gel for each participant
– Mobile in-desk – application for online communication with event manager / hostess and / or guide)
– All documents required for event delivered to guests in e-form

and Last but not least providing flexible payment and cancellation terms in these uncertain times.

For further information on group and incentive travel, contact Maxin PRAGUE jarmila@maxin-prague.cz

 

 

Slovakia Country Update

Slovakia has opened its borders to citizens of 19 countries: the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland with no quarantine requirements.

Trains to Prague currently operate a limited service. Trains to Vienna will start operating in full mode on 15 June 2020.

From 6 June, Slovak Lines buses will run to Vienna, Schwechat Airport, Hainburg Budapest and Ferenc Liszt Airport in Budapest

From 9 June 2020 the following measures apply:

• wearing masks outside is voluntary, the obligation to wear a face mask indoors remains in force
• children’s corners and nightclubs are open
• the two-meter distance between tables in restaurants changes from obligation to recommendation
• Outdoor swimming pools, spas, fitness, and wellness centres may open. Hotels that have these facilities may provide all these services, Indoor swimming pools and sports venues are open as well,
• Accommodation: 24- hour break between use of rooms
•Shopping centres are open, apart from playgrounds.
Meetings set by law, like municipal council meetings, party congresses and shareholders’ meetings, are allowed without any restrictions to the number of participants,
• Masks will be compulsory only inside, during events and when the distance between people is less than 2 meters,
• Indoor and outdoor tourist attractions are opened. Casinos, zoos, and botanical gardens can let visitors in, both interiors and exteriors. Museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition halls, cinemas, theatres are opened
• Taxi drivers are no longer obliged to have a barrier between the driver and clients in their cars. The government also cancelled the 15-minute compulsory break between individual clients. Air conditioning is allowed
• The requirement to close shops on Sundays is still valid but special opening hours for seniors are cancelled. The limit for one customer in a shop has decreased to 10 square meters,
• Competitive sports events are allowed again,
• At cultural events, it will be possible to have a chessboard form of seating instead of having a two-meter distance.
Between individual visitors, at least one seat must be empty. Artists are not required to have a COVID 19 test,
• Mass events from June 10, maximum of 500 persons, from July 1 until the end of the year, maximum of 1,000 people,
• Barbers, beauty salons and hairdressers, solariums, pedicures, and manicures are opened

For further updates for group and incentive travel guidance, contact Supravia Destination Management supravia@supravia.sk

 

Spain Country Update

The State of Emergency in Spain concluded on Sunday 21 June 2020. Residents can now travel again freely within the country without restrictions.

The borders are open for EU and EFTA states, and the UK. For any other country, it’s closed.

In Barcelona and major cities, only 20-30% of hotels are open, more are to open step by step but until September the situation will not be normalised. Hotel chains such as Barceló or Meliá with many properties in each city are opening only one or two in each city. More beach hotels are open, to take advantage of the summer season, as many close during the Winter months.

For further updates for group and incentive travel guidance, contact Ambiance Incentives info@ambiance-incentives.com

A Train Lover’s Dream – in Panama

Imagine a dream destination where you can find the most beautiful beaches and islands of two oceans, the most imposing mountains and jungle, a modern metropolitan city and last but not least, the eighth wonder of the world: the Panama Canal. All this in one place and one amazing destination at your fingertips! In this little paradise you can find the most complete tourist infrastructure in which you will be greeted by locals with a friendly smile.

Live the experience of taking the Inter-oceanic Train bordering the Panama Canal.

The route stretches 47.6 miles (76.6 km) across the Isthmus of Panama from Colón (Atlantic) to Balboa (Pacific, near Panama City), alongside the Panama Canal. You will travel by road to the modern Agua Clara locks of the Panama Canal where you can observe, among other sights, the passage of the PANAMAX ships. From the train’s panoramic windows, see wonderful views of Lake Gatun, the verdant countryside and the huge ships making their way along the canal.
The tour is completed with a visit to the historic city of Portobelo, a world heritage site, which owes its name to Christopher Columbus and which was also a key point on Spanish trade routes during colonization, with an important fortress on the Caribbean Sea.

Enjoy this experience with your next group visiting Panama City, courtesy of www.thinkmicepanama.com !

Future Planning when Crisis Hits

When crisis hits, as it does on a regular basis in different shapes and forms, what steps do you take to ensure business continuity and survival? In the travel business, and particularly in the meetings, events and incentives travel industry, planning is done well ahead of the date of travel. Sometimes years ahead of the event. This makes it all the more heart-breaking, and financially devastating, when events that have been planned and worked on for months or years are cancelled at the last minute due to a world crisis or unforeseen disaster. There is little that can be done, except advise everyone as soon as possible, cancel what can be cancelled, and hope that suppliers and partners are fair and just when it comes to deposits and refunds.

The next step is to ensure that non-vital associates take whatever holiday is due to them, before looking at redundancies and time off without pay. Reduction of costs and short-term savings are vital to ensure business continuity, but should not be at the cost of future business, and possibly losing valuable team members.

Review upcoming events, and see if they need to be rescheduled, revised, or cancelled as well.

One area you should absolutely NOT cut back on is forward planning and marketing. Unlike advertising, which is instant, and invariably expensive, marketing adopts a softly-softly approach and relies on content creation, sharing of information, and ensuring your product or destination remains top-of-mind in your target market. Hibernate during a crisis at your peril. Your competitors will move into your space, and into prime position to take advantage of future business potential. Certainly, your messaging during times of crisis should be respectful and appropriate – maybe even subdued, but you should not disappear from view.

Take this time to review your marketing and promotion activities. Can you reach people in different ways? Is there support you can offer, as a business, during the time of crisis? This is not the time to make a quick dollar, but more to build your community, your visibility and awareness.

Stay positive, stay visible and stay engaged with your community, whether near or far. Ensure only verified facts are distributed via your marketing and social media channels; and above all, stay professional.

If a trade show has been cancelled, as ITB 2020 has been at the 11th hour, look at different ways of ‘meeting’ with those with whom you had appointments. Why not schedule a Zoom meeting? Send them an invitation with a link! Face to face chats, with document sharing and the ability to make your presentation without even leaving your desk. This crisis will pass, as every crisis before it has done. It may change the way we do business, or the steps we take to ensure the health and well-being of future event participants, but use it as a learning experience and see what positives you can take out of it.

Step up your digital marketing and social media presence. Update your website, work on your database, your online identity, your strategy and messaging….. look at the enforced ‘down time’ as a blessing, enabling you to complete those desk-bound administrative tasks you never seem to have time for.

During any crisis, your team will be looking to you for guidance and advice. Make sure you are correctly informed, that you look for the positives, and that you continue to plan for the future. Build on the lessons learned from this particular crisis, and update your crisis planning and business continuity planning so you are ready for the next downcycle, whenever and however it may hit.

World of DMCs are still planning for IMEX 2020 in May (Frankfurt) – so hopefully we will see you there!

For further information on how to become a member of World of DMCs, to contact any of our members, or for any other information, please email info@world-of-dmcs.com

World of DMCs at IMEX 2019

 

Finnish Lapland – not just for Christmas!

Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, roughly the size of Portugal, a sparsely populated area with around 180,000 inhabitants – and more than 200,000 reindeer! Lapland is bordered by Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. It’s known for its vast subarctic wilderness, ski resorts and natural phenomena including the midnight sun and the Northern Lights.

 

 

With six airports, a well-maintained road network and accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to quaint hostels and cosy cottages, Lapland is well equipped to host groups and incentives of all sizes, all year round.

 

Where to go

Rovaniemi is the lively capital of Finnish Lapland and embraces two major rivers right on the Arctic Circle. The wilderness of Lapland is a mere ten minutes from the city centre, beckoning adventurers to explore its untouched expanses. The most exciting Arctic Circle crossing is also located in Rovaniemi, as is Santa’s Village, where Lapland’s most famous inhabitant, Father Christmas himself, is on hand to welcome visitors.

 

Snow Restaurant

 

Rovaniemi offers a wide variety of incentive and group travel experiences, catering to events and groups from ten to thousands of participants.

 

Levi is the destination for active travellers, and only 15 min away from Kittilä airport. Levi is a trendy ski resort with a definite Lapland vibe, where everything is close at hand for relaxed fun and entertainment.

 

Saariselkä is the ideal destination for those looking for an authentic and natural experience in Lapland. A good local infrastructure and a nice selection of hotels provides a comfortable base to explore winter at its best. Highlights include breath-taking snowmobile safaris, rides with husky sledges around the beautiful Urho Kekkonen National Park and a visit to an authentic reindeer farm hidden deep in the forest.

 

Local Cuisine

Lapland cuisine is inspired by nature and the pure ingredients it offers; simple, yet full of the fresh flavours of the local produce such as berries, mushrooms and game.

Reindeer is traditionally sautéed and served with lingonberries and mashed potatoes, but the delicacy is also available as ribs, pizzas, burgers, and even sushi!

Soft bread cheese leipäjuusto has been slightly grilled, giving it the distinctive brown marks. The food is also known as ‘’squeaky cheese’’ due to the sound it makes when you chew on it. The cheese is traditionally paired up with cloudberries and served as a dessert, but some also enjoy the cheese in their cup of coffee!

Arctic forests and bogs grow bilberries, cloudberries and bright red lingonberries, which visitors are permitted to pick. Berry picking is popular in Lapland for both young and old, and the best berry patches are usually kept secret! Unless, of course, you are exploring with the right DMC!!

Some of the best salmon rivers in Europe and the many lakes make Lapland a fisherman’s paradise. The fish is often cooked slowly near an open fire or by smoking it, which gives the food a strong, hearty aroma.

There is even a ‘native’ potato! Much like some of the world’s finest cheeses and wines, ‘’Lapin Puikula’’ has the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) label in the European Union, which means that only this specific type of potato, cultivated in Lapland, can carry the name. Enjoy the starchy potatoes as a side with reindeer or fish, or try it as chips!

 

When to visit Lapland

Winter in Lapland means flying down the slopes on skis, trekking Finland’s most iconic mountain with snowshoes, and visiting castles made of snow and ice, but summer also offers exciting adventures.

 

Summer in Lapland, for example, offers the magic of the Midnight Sun. Lapland is the place to experience round-the-clock light when the sun doesn’t set…. It is also the perfect time to enjoy magnificent flora and fauna, covering over 70% of Finland’s area. Camping, and Campfires, biking, berry picking, trekking, learning arctic survival skills….. the list of activities available throughout the year in Finnish Lapland is as endless as your imagination.

 

Your DMC Lapland – Arctic Incentives

Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris is specialized in creating and marketing services for MICE groups (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events). We are part of the Lapland Safaris company, which has over 30 years of experience and expertise in business-oriented travel services.

For sample itineraries, visit http://www.arcticincentives.fi/programs/ But for tailor-made programmes to suit your specific group or incentive, contact Arctic Incentives

Email: sebastien.brosseau@laplandsafaris.fi