MITM Americas MICE Fair in Havana

Havana is a unique city. And 2019 is special as it is 500 years since the city was founded.

For this MITM Americas organized by GSAR Marketing has chosen Havana and the emblematic Hotel Nacional de Cuba as the host City and Hotel for their event this year. From the 14th till the 17th of October hosted buyers (Corporate companies, incentive houses, international associations, tour operators, events, congress and fairs organizers, business travel, wedding planners and luxury travel mainly from Americas and Europe) and exhibitors (Tourism offices, convention bureaus, hotels, DMC’s mainly from Cuba) will interact during planned and casual meetings. 2 days are for table set meetings and social events. A 3rd day is for educational lectures and post-fair tours.

Of course World of DMCs’ Cuba member Cubafortravel will be present with an own table and 2 delegates to attend the many meetings with potential buyers. The delegates are Johan Dorssemont, general manager of Cubafortravel, and Yunier Ramos, incentive executive and commercial manager of Cubafortravel.

The potential for MICE in Havana and the rest of Cuba is enormous, and only limited by the already 60 year old embargo of the US against Cuba. But the rest of the world can take the situation as an advantage. Over the years the touristic infrastructure of the country has become very varied, professional and of high quality. The enormous tourist boom hasn’t arrived yet so the venues are just there for you to book and the rates are still acceptable and in the reach of a large market. A fair like this in Havana is an opportunity for incentive and meeting buyers to get to know a destination that will be a landmark for incentives and meetings in the future.

Your partner DMC in Cuba is Cubafortravel, of course member of World of DMCs.

MITM Americas
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Old Car Cuba

Havana Malecon

Havana Malecon by night

DMC Cuba - DMC - Dormeso SA

Cuba for Travel, DMC in Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

















It’s the final countdown … in just a few weeks the biggest and most popular folk festival in the world – the Munich Oktoberfest – opens its doors! In the beer tents at the Oktoberfest, the historic principle is still valid today: the customer is king. It is actually thanks to a bourgeois officer that about six million visitors come together so comfortably each year. A member of The Bavarian National Guard had the idea to celebrate the wedding of his prince regent with a huge horse race. Said and done:  the royal couple married just in this way in the context of such a festival on  October 17th, 1810 and the greenfield where the wedding took place was later named after the bride = the Theresienwiese (Wiese meaning lawn). That was the birthday of the Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest in Munich will take place from the 21st of September to the 6th of October,  2019 for the 186th time on this Theresienwiese and on the first day of the festival the first beer will be tapped at 10.00h … in Bavarian that is called “OZAPFT IS”! If you and your colleagues want to dress up in the traditional gear of Dirndl and Lederhosen for a corporate party of the special kind in Munich, feel free to call us any time … we will make it happen! By the way … even though Oktoberfest is on only once a year, Munich has loads of beer gardens and brewery halls to create this typical and traditional Bavarian feeling throughout the year, it is always worth a visit – and it has so much more to offer and explore as well. Not everything there is about beer! Ask us!

Marrakech Trendy !

If you want to joy a flawless, impeccable experience. Our trendy dinner must be done …The places are stunning! worth the visit by itself and the fusion cooking is exceptional, words can barely describe the meals with a good Moroccan & international music and amazing show during the dinner.

Savor the enchanting Marrakesh nights !

Palais Jad Mahal










This is a highly colorful, festive place that includes a restaurant, a bar and a stage for shows. The décor wavers between India and Morocco with wide colorful areas.
Service is clever and the cuisine is “world food” style, organized by Damien Durand. It is a place to go for dinner or just to have a drink, listen to live music and admire the talent of the superb Oriental dancers.

Le Comptoir Darna












Comptoir Darna is an important nightlife attraction in Marrakech, which has arrived on the scene in 1999. It proposes a perfect fusion between the orient and the occident. It is « THE » place in the red city where every night is party night. Comptoir Darna is where we live unforgettable moments, where we meet and exchange mutual experiences… It is the house of the traveler, an unavoidable pause on the caravan trail. “Darna” in Arabic means “Our Home”, so: Welcome to your home !

Buddha Bar Marrakech











The Buddha Bar brand, internationally known, moved to Marrakech. The property offers a stylish atmosphere, an Asian menu and a festive atmosphere throughout the evening.

The birth of Buddha-bar was by the imagination of its founder, Raymon Visan, a the great visionary innovative spirit, which was able, through his many discoveries and encounters, make it one of the most beautiful creations in the world of catering Lounge.

Great traveler and lover of the unusual, its founder made the Buddha Bar, a trip around the senses, a discovery of the Pacific Rim influences the movement, a place both off time and present in his time evoking the cultural opulence of distant Asia today’s West.


Since 1743 when it was founded, Moët & Chandon has been passing down unequaled winemaking savoir-faire and an innovative and pioneering spirit from generation to generation.

The 1,190 hectares of rich limestone soil, 50% of which is classed as Grand Cru and 25% Premier Cru, make up the largest vineyard area in Champagne. Underground, the Moët & Chandon cellars are the most extensive in the region. Extending more than 28 kilometers, they form a subterranean labyrinth where the wine metamorphoses under optimum conditions of humidity and temperature.


The team building Champagne is primarily a means of exchange, sharing and fun used as a key  to play together  and improve company engagement.
Our sommeliers entertainers will tell stories and anecdotes about the great world of Champagne, introducing the basics of tasting, and lead the participants, divided into teams, to test their sensory abilities, sharing sensations and comments.


Kenya bans single use plastic bottles and straws

Another bold move, so we can stay green!


As the war on pollution gains momentum, Kenya announced a ban on the use of single-use plastic bottles, straws, and related products within the protected areas in the national parks, national reserves, conservation areas, and any other designated wildlife protected area. The ban shall take effect from the 4th June 2020.

This is a step up to the existing ban from 2017 on the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic bags.  The ban applies to carrier bags with handles & with or without gussets and flat bags without handles & without gussets.
Be advised, the fines for being caught with a plastic bag are quite severe.

On the Footsteps of Gaudí

We will take the guests on a city tour through Barcelona following the footsteps of the city’s most influential son of all times: Antoní Gaudí. This outstanding architect lived and worked most of his lifetime in Barcelona, and his “footprints” can be seen frequently as you wander through the Catalan capital.

Starting from the landmark Sagrada Familia, the Church of the Holy Family: this is Gaudí’s masterpiece “par excellence”, although he couldn’t finish it during lifetime; it is already the most emblematic building of the city, the Eiffel Tower of Barcelona.

We will move on visiting Parc Güell, and we’ll continuing down towards the city centre, we will reach the elegant Passieg de Gràcia where two other masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí are located: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

All Gaudí’s masterpieces are listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

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Press Release Gulf Circle Tours – UAE

Gulf Circle Tours Celebrates a Successful Year

Frankfurt, Germany, May 2019:  Gulf Circle Tours is delighted to be a member of the esteemed Dubai Travel & Tourism Delegation to IMEX 2019, after a successful year and record numbers of inbound travellers to the UAE for conferences, meetings and incentives.

Conference Management: Gulf Circle Tours is celebrating a particularly successful year at IMEX 2019, having recently launched a new company within the group to conceptualise and manage conferences within the UAE, Al Turath Events.  Our first conference, the GCC eHealth Workforce Development Conference (eHWDC 2018) took place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi in November 2018, and the second will take place later this year, this time in Dubai.

Our specialised team of conference managers is available to support all types of conferences and events, and we look forward to meeting with prospective clients during IMEX 2019.

Online Payments: Streamlining payments has also been a focus for improvement during the past year, and we are delighted to announce that credit card payments are now accepted via our website . With payments possible online, this facility is becoming even more convenient for our international clients, large and small.

Worldwide Representation:  Our management team has been busy travelling the globe, attending travel trade shows and presentations, and making individual sales calls with our trusted partners.  Our network of representatives now covers the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg; Scandinavia; Spain & Portugal; Italy; Poland; the Philippines and the United Kingdom. We work closely with all our representatives and are more than happy to encourage clients to speak to our partners in their respective countries, confident that they will receive the same excellent service they would expect if talking directly to the team in the UAE.

World of DMCs: Gaby Seikaly, Managing Director Gulf Circle Tours has this week had the honour of being confirmed as President of the renowned network of destination management companies, World of DMCs.  As President, he will be responsible for leading the network and managing its activities for the coming two years.  World of DMCs accepts just one representative per country, and Gulf Circle Tours is the proud member for the United Arab Emirates.


About Gulf Circle Tours

Established in Dubai in 2001, GCT is part of a larger portfolio of companies in Jordan, as well as being a member of the United Arab Emirates Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the UAE’s Department of Economic Development, a preferred member of the Dubai Business Events (DBE), the Society of Incentive Travel Executive (SITE), and the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and members of the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).  Gulf Circle Tours manages individual travel itineraries as well as meetings, groups, incentives and corporate travel.  Working with travel professionals from around the world, our experienced team speaks your language, and delights in personalising the services offered to each individual client.

For further information, contact: Mr Gaby Seikaly, Managing Director Gulf Circle Tours




From “Tin Lizzie” to Micro-Vehicles

More than 100 years ago, mass motorization began. Then, the carriage-dominated street scene changed completely in 1908. By the end of the 1920s, the ‘Tin Lizzie’, the first Ford Model T car, was sold by the millions. Many carriage builders and coachmen had to give up. Some companies were turning into wagon factories, streetcar enterprises or car dealers. Today, the automotive industry itself faces the biggest change in history. One vision for the future even claims that in 15 years, no one will enter a car dealership and today’s babies could possibly be the first adults who no longer need a driver’s license. In order to cope with the increasingly “thick air” in the cities,  emission control is a major topic and diesel driving bans, city tolls, charging stations for electric cars, as well as the attractiveness of the public transport are on everyone’s lips. Innovative micro-vehicles – so it is predicted – will compete with the car as a lifestyle object and status symbol within the next 5 years.


September 12th – 22nd, 2019 IAA & New Mobility World in Frankfurt

The above – and so much more – are the topics at the IAA, the International Motor Show. It is the most important mobility fair worldwide. Nearly one million visitors and journalists will experience the future of mobility in all its facets at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In an exhibition area of 230,000 m², more than 1,000 exhibitors present their product premieres. In addition to the symposia for trade visitors, a plethora of events complement the supporting program of the IAA in Frankfurt, especially the New Mobility World, which is the world’s most comprehensive platform for the mobility of the future with 5 thematic blocks and 3 event formats – it is the stage for future mobility and the platform for masterminds, entrepreneurs and decision-makers to discuss the future of mobility across all sectors. Representatives from the  sectors telecommunication, energy and automotive  as well as from public transport, municipalities, start-ups, consulting companies and the scientific community discuss and present solutions for our mobility of tomorrow. 2019 will focus on urban mobility, mobility as a service, clean and sustainable energy, connectivity and automation. In the exhibition area leading market participants and newcomers present their concepts for the mobility of tomorrow – from global tech firms to start-ups. In the Expo area with theme parks and demo areas future technologies will be presented.


Digital business models, autonomous driving, smart cities, alternative drives

Exciting topics are discussed, exhibited, illuminated. Not without humor, for example, there is the question “Everything electric – no?”  The whole world is discussing the electric car, but what about hydrogen power? After all, fuel cell technology definitely has distinct prospects! Under the slogan “Driving Tomorrow”, the IAA Expo and the IAA Conference 2019 will focus on alternative powertrains and smart cities this year. It therefore will be exciting to experience what innovations will be presented for hydrogen and urban development in 2019.

Mobility – Innovation – Emotion – Adventure … it’s all there!

And we would not be who we are, if we wouldn’t want to help you with your stay in Frankfurt and your participation at the show to be as perfect, complete and enjoyable as possible. Just overnight stays, breakfast & transfer to the fair? Need to arrange a press breakfast, a hospitality suite, a get-together for your customers?  Want to spend some time to experience a bit of Frankfurt … try the typical regional cider in Sachsenhausen, take a walk on the Römerberg, enjoy the view from the 200m high Main Tower or  take a cruise on the River Main? Challenge us … everything is possible!

La Feria de Abril in Sevilla

The unique “Feria de Abril de Sevilla” begins every year 3 weeks after the Holy Week, the much beloved “Semana Santa”. It starts at midnight on Saturday, and runs seven days, ending on the following Saturday. Every day the Feria begins with the parade of carriages and riders, at noon. For the duration of the fair, the fairgrounds are totally covered in rows of “casetas” (individual decorated marquee tents which are temporarily built on the fairground). Some of these “casetas” belong to prominent families of Seville, some to groups of friends, clubs, trade associations or political parties. From the late afternoon until six or seven the following morning, you will find crowds partying and dancing “Sevillanas”.


According to a popular saying, Seville has a very special colour, and all the more so during its “Feria de Abril” where you hear all day and night and everywhere Flamenco music, and in particular the “sevillanas”, a particularly pleasant and cheerful part of Flamenco that is easy to dance to, especially for women. Once the pointed hoods, trumpets and drums of Easter week are left behind, it is the turn of flounces, ornamental combs, castanets, and, above all, the joy of a people who positively give off imagination and good humour. Sevilla is more beautiful than ever during the “Feria”, and, with music and jubilation, it displays the essence of this magical city: its joyful spirit and the good nature of its people.


On 24.04.2019 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine set Ukraine Visa-Free for citizens of Ecuador with stay up to 90 days that let Ecuadorian citizens visit Ukraine in tourism and business purposes more comfortable.

Now Ecuadorian citizens could come to Ukraine free of visa for stay up to 90 days in the period of time 365 days.

In one year after the first entry to Ukraine citizens of Ecuador could come again with visa-free conditions of their stay in Ukraine.

The same rules are set for citizens of Ukraine who plan to visit Ecuador in tourism and business goals.