TNT MAGAZINE RECOMMENDS MOSTAR FOR TRAVELLERS’ BUCKET LIST

TNT Magazine has recommended Mostar as the destination that should be put on a travellers’ bucket list.

The magazine’s writer Clare Vooght describes the city as the rising star of the Balkans, and she is no short of praise for Bosnia and Herzegovina either.
“I’m here because travel junkies have dubbed Bosnia one of the world’s most exciting undiscovered destinations. Its rugged landscapes, clear rivers and rich East-meets-West history under the Romans and Ottomans are the drawcards,” writes Vooght.

Vooght takes in local attractions such as the Old Town’s stunning Koski Mehmed Pasha and Mostar’s famous Old Bridge, saying that “in-the-know travellers, notably Aussie backpackers, make a beeline for this bridge to take a precision jump into five-metre-deep water”.

Her short break to Mostar also includes a local cookery lesson, and Vooght concludes her visit saying “that Bosnia really does have it all – food, history, architecture, natural beauty, a fighting spirit and a darn good sense of humour”.

Albania Holidays DMC opens new office in Kosovo

We are happy to share with you the news about opening our new office in Pristina, Kosovo. This will be another destination for us to manage. It aims to enrich our portfolio in another country, quite new and intriguing to explore. We already offer tours for groups and individuals not only in Albania, but also in other countries of Balkans.

Having an office in Pristina, enable us to be more flexible in dealing with our client’s requests and MICE partners as well as increase our database of places and venues, events and activities. If you are looking for a partner in Albania and Kosovo, look no further than Albania Holidays DMC.

AIRBUS IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA

Twiice DMC’s latest client AIRBUS Toulouse completed their all African seminar last week at The Victoria Falls Conference Centre. “This seminar is the best I ever did. Zambia, Livingstone, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and the Zambian people, all was a wonder” said the Airbus Marketing Manager. During the seminar, delegates were treated to daily visits from an elephant herd stopping for a drink at the venue’s watering hole. The delegates thoroughly enjoyed social evenings including cocktails on the Lady Livingstone where they had sightings of giraffe, elephant, hippo and crocodiles and a sunset toast overlooking the Victoria Falls followed by a delicious dinner on the Livingstone Express Steam Train. AIRBUS staff and clients chose to stay for post-conference adventure in Livingstone surrounds and Chobe National Park with feedback as follows – “Livingstone Island is something you have to live! I understand why (Victoria Falls) is one of the wonders of the world! It was really amazing, one of the best experiences of my life!”

 

Airbus make the freedom of flight possible by designing, manufacturing and supporting the world’s best aircraft. Its people around the globe are united by a passion for aviation, as well as their desire to create better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly. The company – a division of Airbus Group – helps shape the future of air transportation and drives sustainable growth around the world. Based on a deep understanding of ever-changing market needs, Airbus pioneers technological solutions and seeks the most efficient sourcing and manufacturing possible – so airlines can grow and people can connect.

Airbus’ comprehensive product line comprises highly-successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to more than 500 seats: the single-aisle A320 Family (including A320neo, the best-selling aircraft in aviation history); the wide body, long-range A330 Family (including the A330-200 Freighter, plus the recently-launched A330-800neo and -900neo); the new-generation A350 XWB Family; and the flagship A380.

Ambiance Incentives obtains ADMC Accreditation, as first Spanish DMC ever!

ADMC

 

Since 1 January 2015, the Spanish DMC Ambiance Incentives is designated “Accredited Destination Management Company” (ADMC) by ADMEI, the Association of Destination Management Executives International, based in Dayton, Ohio.

“We are so excited to obtain this accreditation, as it proves our standing as a professional DMC in Spain that meets all strict requirements set by ADMEI, and also gives us a highly important recognition in the marketplace” says Managing Director Marc Schwabach, DMCP. “And being the first DMC in Spain to obtain this accreditation, and only the second in Europe after our dear friends of Hadler DMC, Denmark, is just fantastic!”

Fran Rickenbach, CAE, IOM, Executive Vice President of ADMEI, states: “ADMEI congratulates Ambiance Incentives for successfully completing the requirements for the Accredited Destination Company (ADMC) designation, and for being recognized as meeting the standards and criteria that are indicative of the highest quality destination management service providers.”

ADMEI’s Destination Management Company Accreditation program is designed to elevate professional standards and designate firms that demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience essential to the practice of destination management. Only 65 DMC’s in the world have achieved this accreditation, 63 in North America and Mexico, and 2 in Europe.

For more information on ADMEI and the ADMC program, please visit www.admei.org

About Ambiance Incentives: Ambiance Incentives is a well-established Spanish DMC founded in 1998 by Olga de Torres-Bohórquez and Marc Schwabach, DMCP, with offices in Barcelona and Sevilla. Ever since, Ambiance Incentives operates successful incentive, conference and special interest programs all over Spain and Andorra for its international clientele from all over the world. Apart from being member at ADMEI, Ambiance Incentives is also represented at SITE, MPI, World of DMCs and the Barcelona Convention Bureau.

For more information on Ambiance Incentives please visit www.ambiance-incentives.com

-The Greek Islands – first again!

Conde Nast’s discerning travelers once again voted the Greek Islands as the ‘world’s best islands’ with Santorini in first place and Crete & Mykonos placed third & fourth

Santorini is still riding the wave of popularity as the top Greek Island destination, and rightly so. The tiny island experience is both spiritual & sensual with the endless blues of the sea & sky over the ancient caldera.

Conde Nast Traveller has placed two Santorini resorts in the 2015 top 30 best hotels in Europe with Canaves Resort in first place & Perivolas Resort in third place. Both resorts are located in Oia village with outstanding architectural design, world-class service & breathtaking views.

Another two Greek Island hotels made it into this prestigious list: the Blue Palace Resort & Spa in Crete and Grand Hotel Mykonos

 

Canaves

Metropolitan DMC Perivolas

News on Engelberg, a trendy mountain village

Engelberg is the closest ski resort from Zurich airport (90 minutes by motor coach) and offers plenty of non-ski activities during the winter, such as:
– Cable car ride up to the glacier of Mount Titlis
– On top of Titlis visit the Ice grottoes or walk across the scary “cliff-hanger-bridge”
– Challenge your colleagues in the brand-new X-cross park with the electro-cross-bikes
– Air board fun
– Curling
– Horse drawn carriage rides
– Sledging

Johann Strauss Ball in Vienna

Dance the night away!

 

Vienna is celebrating carnival just like in Rio de Janeiro. Viennese are dancing!

Not necessarily on the streets because the weather is simply too cold to wear short dresses and high heels to trudge through the snow. What Viennese do is that they dress up festive, women in a long evening dress and men wear a tailcoat. They put on their shining dancing shoes and enter one of the historic venues or city palaces to enjoy a night of dancing and entertainment on one of the almost countless balls.

Ballstimmung mit Musiker

Picture: Kursalon Betriebs GmbH

More than 450 balls take place in Vienna each year in the short season from November until Ash Wednesday. A highlight every year is the Johann Strauss Ball that takes place at the legendary Kursalon Hübner, where the famous musician Johann Strauss celebrated his biggest successes. Now there is the opportunity to experience this high class event on February the 13th, 2016. Kursalon is located right next to the city park and just around the corner the hotel Intercontinental Vienna offers the perfect combination for two breathtaking nights in the capital of music – in Vienna.