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

 

 

 

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

Dreaming of Portugal…..

When you think of Portugal, what comes to mind? Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches? The Portugal experience can be many things, history, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning… For the very best experience tailored to your particular group or incentive, #askadmc (preferably our DMC, Vega DMC Portugal), but hopefully the following information will whet your appetite to find out a little more about MICE travel to this beautiful (and affordable) European destination.

 

 

The way to our heart is through our stomach….. What to expect from Portuguese Cuisine

Yes, Portugal can offer any cuisine you wish, but why not eat local? Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine, chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals.

Be open to a new experience, and enjoy the richness of Portugal’s bountiful coastline and fertile countryside, rather than insisting on meals that you are familiar with, and can have at home.

 

Get out and about in the countryside

Of course the cities have a lot to offer, but it is the countryside where Portugal’s beauty really unfolds in all its startling variety. Take your group hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or strolling through the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Walking and talking is great for building relationships and mulling over issues raised in your more formal meetings.

Soak up the sun and relax along more than 800km of coastline, with dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf breaks off dune-covered beaches and sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along the meandering Rio Guadiana, and memorable walks and bike rides all across the country. Just #askadmc to plan your exploration.

 

 

Prefer Festivals and Concerts?

Drink, dance and feast your way through all-night established revelries such as Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João. OR your DMC Portugal can create your very own festival, at any time of the year.

 

Location, Location, Location

Lisbon is an average 2-hour flight from all major European cities and a 5 to 8-hour flight from the Americas. Easy to access, and safe, with competitive pricing year-round.

Lisbon is the Capital that combines culture, sea and great food, with a mild, sunny climate year-round and the only European capital located so close to sandy beaches. Dramatic landscapes, UNESCO monuments, quaint streets and a vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene. What more can you wish for? Lisbon plays host to more than 100 international corporate events annually with spectacular venues for groups and events of all sizes.

 

View over Lisbon

 

In Portugal you will find a little of everything: from traditional venues to spectacularly unusual settings, and an experienced team to cope with any request, or group size. From modern hotels to complexes of entertainment and culture, multimedia rooms, historical monuments, sporting venues, spectacular natural locations….. surely Portugal should be on your ‘must consider’ list for the next group or incentive trip, team building or corporate training activity?

 

Check out our DMC Portugal Vega DMC

Discover Poland with DMC Poland

Whilst DMC Poland is on hand to guide, advise and plan any group or incentive travel activity to Poland, the following can serve as an introduction to just a small sample of what this beautiful country has to offer for MICE travel, incentives, corporate retreats, company excursions, group travel and much more.

Krasicki Castle

 

Introduction

Poland is overflowing with energy and blessed with a rich history boasting historic locations, medieval castles and refurbished manors which go hand in hand with modern conference centres, new concert halls and luxurious hotels that spring up every year. The choice of destinations and venues keeps growing: from mountains to sea, from the hustle and bustle of city life to calm rural countryside.

As the 7th largest economy in the EU, Poland has 12 international airports and 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. What more could you ask for, as a group or incentive organiser?

 

Polish Cuisine

Worried about what your group might eat? No problem. Poland has everything!

Whilst pickled cucumbers are one of the symbols of Polish cuisine, and the country offers an impressive selection of over 200 varieties of soup, it doesn’t stop there!

Located at the crossroads of historical trade routes between Europe and Asia, Poland’s culinary influences are diverse: spices from the orient, cured meat and sausage from Lithuania, dumplings from Ukraine, desserts influenced by French cuisine – not to mention Poland’s own blend of traditional cuisine.

Poland’s forests offer an abundance of wild game, and are home to sought after honey from well-fed bees. Salt comes from famous mines, and bread is baked from home-grown wheat and rye.

Culinary adventures begin with some of the most trending gastronomic regions such as Pomerania (Gdańsk) and Silesia (Katowice), and in the cities of Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Warsaw, and Wrocław. In fact, your entire trip could be built around new culinary experiences!

 

Venues

Indoor, outdoor, above ground or below ground – historical or modern…. Venues for events or interesting to visit….. Poland has it all.

 

Castles & Palaces

Preserved or restored, castles and palaces are part of Poland’s historical heritage, found throughout the country, and are full of life, revitalised and re-purposed as museums or education centres; venues for cultural events or outdoor activities; converted to luxury hotels and spas; or resplendent with restaurants.

Moszna Castle

 

Over 500 castles and 2,500 palaces are scattered all over Poland, each with its own back story. Such as Kórnik Castle where legend has it that every night the castle its 18th-century owner, known as the White Lady, haunts the building which is also famous for its coach house and grounds. Moszna Castle has a total of 99 spires and resembles magical palaces featured in fairy tales and Disney films. Krzyżtopór Castle in Ujazd, which despite its dilapidated state plays host to artillery shows, concerts, dancing classes and staged knights’ battles every few months.

 

Caves & Mines

Poland’s wonders are not only found above ground, but in fabulous caves, mysterious tunnels and multi-storey medieval cellars – with nine cave systems, seventeen mines and tunnels, and countless other underground wonders teeming with life: The river flowing in the Black Trout Adit is alive with fish and the caves in the Ojcow National Park or the tunnels of the Miedzyrzecz Fortified Region are a favourite location for wintering bats. Events, parties, pop-up restaurants….. everything is possible underground in Poland.

 

Destinations

With so many attractive destinations throughout Poland, with varying climates and local appeal, DMC Poland is best placed to advise the best locations for each individual group and incentive – but here is an overview of some of the more popular cities and their highlights.

Warsaw

The capital of Poland is a city with many faces where tradition mingles with modernity, a meeting place for politicians, economists and artists of all nationalities, and a favourite with visitors.

Warsaw offers a wealth of entertainment options, including theatre, cabaret shows, film festivals and concerts by famous opera soloists, pop stars and classical music performers. Warsaw hosts several music festivals annually, including the International Festival of Contemporary Music, Warsaw Autumn, and the Mozart Festival. The scenic Old Town and its Market Square, offering wine cellars and elegant restaurants, St John’s Cathedral, the King’s Castle, and many more historical and cultural delights are fantastic locations to while away the time, or host an event to be remembered.

 

Gdańsk

Gdańsk is as old as Poland itself. Located in the north of the country on the sea coast at the mouth of the Vistula, Gdańsk was the Polish gateway to the sea. Also known as the Capital of Amber, often referred to as “Polish gold,” amber is the oldest and most precious export product from the Baltic Coast.

Gdansk

 

Wrocław

Wrocław is one of the most visited Polish cities, full of monuments and thousands of years of history. Magnificent manor houses, churches, the university and a whole gamut of Nobel Prize winners are all witnesses of the town’s past and present splendour.

 

Lublin

Lublin is the largest city east of the Vistula River, just 100 miles away from Poland’s capital, known as the “gate to the East” and is an important educational and scientific centre.

 

Opole

Opole has preserved its historical urban layout which originated from the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries and is referred to as the Silesian chessboard. The National Festival of Polish Song has been held here annually since 1963 and each year new events, fairs, shows and competitions are added to the city’s events calendar. The city’s famous Amphitheatre, designed by local architect Florian Jesionowski, accommodates an audience of 5640 with each of the 42 rows of benches being 280 metres in length.

 

Outdoor Pursuits

From skiing and snowboarding in the mountains to kayaking on more than 10,000 paddle-friendly lakes, Poland is a dream for outdoor activities – whether individuals, groups or for incentive travel programmes.

 

Skiing/Snowboarding

In the south of the country are several dozen resorts for winter sports with the better-known ski slopes in Zakopane; or the longest in the Tatry leading from the mountain revered by Polish skiers – Kasprowy Peak, to the Gąsienicowa Meadow – which is over 7 km long.

 

Winter in Poland

 

Kayaking

Poland has a dense network of waterways, ideal for kayaking excursions, with about 150 mapped routes along rivers and through wonderful, twisting lakes.

 

Kayaking – River Drweca

 

Cycling

Newly-built cycling lanes in cities, forests, along river bank trails, and challenging mountain trails, attract thousands of bikers every year. Recent investments in biking infrastructure have made Poland a perfect destination for individuals, leisure groups and serious cyclists alike. Cycling can be built into a group trip as a complete travel experience, or half day activity.

 

Narrow Gauge Rail Trails

Poland has an abundance of narrow-gauge railways criss-crossing the country – an unusual and highly appealing way to explore this beautiful country. The famous narrow-gauge Bieszczady Forest Railway runs through mountainous terrain, or for the more active, the Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley runs from Zagórz to Krościenko – 47 km of Poland’s most stunning railway route on a bicycle trolley propelled by your own power! The collection of renovated narrow-gauge rolling stock scattered across Poland is one of the largest in Europe, and offers endless opportunities for groups and incentives to explore the countryside in a unique style.

Krakow

Why Germany for group, incentive travel and conferences?

Why Germany? Just ask MR Congress & Incentive DMC

Germany indisputably is the most popular destination for groups, incentive travel, international conferences and culture in Europe!

 

 

Forty UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 6000 museums, acclaimed theatres and world-famous orchestras, top-class events and a buzzing creative scene are just a few highlights of the incredible offer throughout the country. Amazing architecture, cultural and historical treasures and the highest standards of historic preservation can be found in the capital Berlin as well as in urban areas such as the Rhine-Main region – home to Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mainz and Darmstadt – the Rhine-Ruhr region with Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen, and major cities such as Hamburg, Munich or Dresden and Leipzig. There are countless festivals, celebrating everything from music to wine or beer, along with arts and cultural events and, of course, the country’s many Christmas markets, which are as popular as they are enjoyable. The huge diversity of events always makes at stay in Germany worthwhile.

Germany also has diverse natural landscapes. More than one third of the country’s land area is under some form of protection. With a total of 16 national parks, 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves and over 100 nature parks, there are more than 130 preserved national landscapes just waiting to be explored.

Germany offers a wide range of options for sustainable travel. Towns and cities boast excellent public transport networks and a good infrastructure. Hotels and restaurants support the use of regional produce within a very popular and interesting, traditional as well as modern culinary scene that will delight anyone who enjoys good food.

Germany’s central location in Europe secured the country a leading position as an international conference and meetings destination. In every region one finds attractive towns and cities that meet any requirement, no matter the type of event. The major cities in Germany are among the most popular congress and trade fair destinations worldwide. They feature a first-class infrastructure with a versatile modern hotel landscape and a wide variety of venues catering for different types of requirements and styles. Each city has its own character, and many can score with specific sector know-how, such as Stuttgart or Wolfsburg which are both hubs for the automotive industry. This makes it easy for conference organizers to add a distinctive flair and personality to their events. Be it historic or cosy, urban or arty, a mix of all or a specific industry sector and scientific knowledge. The cities provide the meetings industry not only with the infrastructure needed but also with the opportunity to create truly unique events.

MR Congress DMC is an owner-managed full-service creative and event agency headquartered in Berlin with an office in Munich – in operation for over 25 years. Available for all your group, incentive and corporate travel needs throughout Germany.

 

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