Uganda On the Cool List as Your Travel Destination In 2019

Uganda has made it to the National Geographic Travelers Cool List for 2019; the magazine’s hotly anticipated list names the “must-see” destinations of the year and here is why Uganda couldn’t miss from the list

Why now? When Rwanda doubled the price of its gorilla trek permits from $750 to $1,500 (£572 to £1,144) in 2017, neighboring Uganda responded by freezing its own rates at $600 (£458) until mid-2019.

Main attractions: If you’re longing to see mountain gorillas in the wild, but Rwanda’s ultra-luxe lodges and high permit fees don’t suit your budget, head for Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest instead. The steady growth of its gorilla population is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories, with tourists playing an important role. Almost 20 families can now be visited by guided groups of up to eight. Trekking fees raise funds not only for gorillas and their habitat, but also for Uganda’s other national assets including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, home to chimps, giraffes and hippos.

 

Well 2019 is fast approaching. We appreciate that you and your clients don’t have all the time to spend on planning your next trip or adventure. Uganda Safari Chapter has crafted two tours just for you; Luxury Schedule and Wander in Uganda tour. Uganda also known as the “Pearl of Africa” is a land locked gem with the Lake Victoria one of the world’s largest lakes, it is also the start point of the mighty river Nile and home to the snow capped Rwenzori Mountains and the dense rain forests of central Africa. These diverse landscapes have some of the best birding in Africa and are home to an unusually high number of rare wild life species – including more than half the world’s mountain gorillas. The vast arid park in Kidepo valley offer fascinating varied safari experiences with good populations of lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, cheetahs – wild dogs – ostriches-pangolins –the bat eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and hunting dog – antelopes such as eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, jackson’s hartebeest and oribi.

 

Climate: Uganda can be visited any time of year. However, the long rains during April and May should be avoided if possible as these can make gorilla trekking hard work. We can safely say, Uganda is hot and wet though out the year.

STRASBOURG, CAPITAL OF CHRISTMAS

 

Strasbourg’s Christmas Markets are among the oldest and biggest of their kind in Europe, taking over the entire historic city centre. Some locations have even become synonymous with Christmas traditions in the city. At the Christkindelsmärik (Christ-child market) at Place Broglie, you’ll find regional produce, crafts, traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations and much more besides. Local craft producers’ associations will be on-hand to showcase their wares and their expertise, with plenty to keep you entertained.
Head over to a typical chalet to learn the secrets behind traditional producers from Strasbourg and Alsace.
The market outside the imposing Strasbourg Cathedral is yet another iconic symbol of Strasbourg.
First held in 1570, it has been delighting people of all ages for centuries. It’s the perfect place to stock up on Christmas gifts and sip a warming hot wine.
The markets embody everything that’s special about Christmas – its traditions and the festive spirit.
www.noel.strasbourg.eu

Countdown to IBTM World, Barcelona 27-29 November 2018

World of DMCs will be representing 40 destinations at IBTM later this month, with 9 members participating with their own scheduled appointments on the stand.

With DMCs from Cuba, Finland, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & Ireland and Zimbabwe represented on the the stand, World of DMCs Executive Director, Caroline Tapken, and Board Members will also be on hand to meet with prospective DMC members and answer questions about other destinations & members.

Join us on Stand N10 at IBTM World 2018 27 – 29 November 2018, and discover why working with a DMC when planning your group, incentive, meeting or conference is the best way forward.

CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUME AT “LE STUDIO DES FRAGRANCES” IN GRASSE.

Galimard recently opened the door to the Mysterious Art of Parfum. Experience the magic of the parfum creation with the experts. You have no doubt dreamed of the day you would find your own personal fragrance, one scent that is exclusively your signature brand. A scent uniquely “you “, one that will distinguish you and your personal style. You will discover the different base products and techniques combined to create your own personal fragrance using over 127 notes.
The experts will evaluate your unique olfactory sensitivities and explain the classifications of the large families of scents along with their typical components. Then, we’ll conclude by describing the basic principles of achieving a harmonious, round formula. You will take your creation home in a personalized perfume bottle with the name you have chosen for your design.

 

EGON SCHIELE AND JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT AT FOUNDATION LOUIS VUITTON, PARIS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation (From 3rd October 2018 till 14th January 2019) compares two of the most complex artistic personalities of the twentieth century: Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988). Despite their profound differences, they both had a common revolutionary vision.  An original exhibition that opposes Basquiat’s underground culture, his skulls, almost demon like characters, his bright colours that alternate with dark shades and Schiele’s knobby bodies in unnatural and deformed positions. The exhibition brings together some 100 works – drawings, gouaches, and paintings – in the pool-level galleries (Gallery 1).

 

Wow your clients in Bangkok!

Refine Asiayour reliable partner for MICE in Southeast Asia is happy to introduce you to innovating meeting solutions, motivating team buildings, inspirational Incentive itineraries and spectacular gala dinner venues! “The Sky is the limit” does not only hold truth for Bangkok’s skyscrapers, but also for our ideas !

 

Bangkok is a city of superlatives in every sense and features an overwhelming mix of century old traditions and cultural highlights paired with state of art MICE facilities and unlimited entertainment options.

As chaotic it might appeal on the first glance, if you plan it the right way, a day in Thailand’s capital can become a truly enriching experience – both on a professional as well as on a personal level.

To keep the balance between work and leisure time, thought-provoking encounters and inspirational serenity as well as the old and the new face of the city is essential, and we are there to assist you to make the perfect choices considering the objectives and budget of your clients.

 

Let us WOW you with a perfect MICE day in Bangkok that could for example consist of the following elements:

 

  • Start the day with a leisurely breakfast meeting crusing the Chao Phraya River on the Manohra Cruise, followed by some workshop sessions (for example at the Avani Atrium) overlooking Bangkok’s Riverside.
  • Lunch can be provided either at the meeting venue or in one of Bangkok’s charming old River Houses.
  • Afterwards your team can engage in our “Cultural Trails Teambuilding Challenge” that emphasizes on Thailand’s wonderful and unique culture.
  • You will discover Bangkok from the shoes of the locals by fulfilling various challenges that go far beyond the usual sightseeing experiences. Each challenge is designed to allow you to gain insight and knowledge into Thailand’s traditions while still having maximum of fun.The single challenges can for example include: Thai dancing, Thai massage, Thai Cooking, Thai Boxing and much more, based on the participants profile.
  • When it’s time for your company to shine, Refine Asia can provide all the spectacle you need to set yourselves apart from your competitors. Your evening dinner event will sparkle against the gorgeous backdrop of Bangkok’s skyline in one of the best rooftop locations that the city has to offer and rest assured that your guests will leave the venue breathless.

 

For further information and customized MICE offers please contact our international sales team under sales@refineasia.com . We look forward to hearing from you!

Grosvenor Tours is Fair Trade Tourism Approved

Grosvenor Tours is proud to announce that it has been Fair Trade Tourism approved and has joined a list of operators committed to showcasing Africa’s most responsible and forward-thinking tourism portfolio! Fairtrade Tourism is a non-profit organisation that promotes best practice for responsible tourism in Africa.

 

Peter-John Mitrovich, CEO of Grosvenor Tours, says, “We have joined Fair Trade Tourism as a proudly approved partner to ensure that we play an active role in the preservation of natural fauna and flora, to invest and uplift our communities in need and to become part of a family of brands that will help shape a sustainable future.”

 

In honour of our approval, we have created a “Fair Travel Through South Africa” package. This nine-day self-drive adventure will take you to some of the best parts of South Africa, while enjoying Fair Trade Tourism certified properties and excursions.

 

Your journey begins in Cape Town where you will be guided through the culture and heritage of South Africa before moving on to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Gansbaai, where you will brave the cage for great white sharking diving. Your travels continue to Plettenberg Bay with an exciting treetop canopy tour of the Tsitsikamma Forest along the celebrated Garden Route. The adventure ends at Shamwari Game Reserve, where an authentic and luxurious safari experience awaits in prime African Big 5 wilderness.

http://www.grosvenortours.com/new-packages/fair-travel-through-south-africa/

THE DOCKS, CITY OF FASHION AND DESIGN

The City of Fashion and Design is a building located at the site of the old general storehouses on the quai d’Austerlitz in Paris beside the Seine; it was designed by architects Jakob and MacFarlane and is one of the most remarkable contemporary monuments of Paris. Its architecture, which reveals and celebrates the existing structures, is inspired by the river’s movement, and is in metal and etched glass, owes its green colour to aquatic reflections. A place resolutely facing the future welcomes all events on more of 6000 sqm, on the banks of the Seine. The space can have a modular use having different capacities:

  • La Galerie d’actualité is a glassed-in space measuring 250 sqm. La Galerie can be used for meetings and conferences/talks for up to 150 persons;
  • Le Quai, located on the riverbank, directly on the Seine, measures 1,200 sqm and has a direct view over the river.  This space can host up to 1.000 persons;
  • Atelier is 270 sqm of 180° glassed-in space with a unique view over the Seine and Paris. L’Atelier can host 150 persons for a seated dinner or a talk followed by a cocktail reception, 300 persons for a cocktail reception or party.

 

FORMULE ONE IS BACK IN FRANCE AT PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT – LE CASTELLET

The Paul Ricard Circuit is an exceptional place dedicated to thrilling sensations in the South of France. Perfectly located at the heart of Provence, between the sea and the mountains Paul Ricard track in Castellet is the international reference in the world of Formula 1. It has one of the most longest straight lines of Europe, the Mistral straight: 1.8 km.

INCENTIVE ACTIVITIES: The Driving Center is a 1.6 km leisure track dedicated to motorsports for driving and road safety open to everyone. And it’s the first in France combining driving and road safety on one single site. The unique experience  for groups of 10 to 500 people with formats adjustable to your needs (half-day, day, evening…).

 

Glamourous Camping – Denmark

Camping in style

 

Glamourous Camping, or Glamping, is the concept of camping without the hassle of work or dirt. We combine the luxuries of a home, with the beauty and extraordinary elements of nature. We built a bridge between the people who don’t want it rough, with the fun hassle-free experiences nature has to offer.

Near one of Denmarks many mansions, is the shelter city ready to accommodate your delegates. With over thousands of square meters, your group will be able to tire themselves doing mental exercises, tree climbing, shotting with bows and arrows, or creating their own raft to cross the local river.

 

Contact booking@hadlerdmc.com for a talk about your next event. Lets us get to know you, so we can create your next awesome experience together!