Whether it’s Saint-Tropez, Nice, Cannes or Monaco, the appeal of the Côte d’Azur is plain to see for incentive trips, thanks to its Mediterranean location and excellent attractions.

The Côte d’Azur has always been a magnet for tourists from all over the world. But these days the region also has plenty to its credit for organisers of incentive trips, too. The first major attraction comes right after arrival when you treat your guests to a helicopter transfer. The region has something for everyone: from art and culture, to great food, active pursuits and simply enjoying nature.

Our tips for you:

  • A bespoke, themed tour of the French Riviera in classic cars. Experience the essence of French savoir vivre with a stop at the mediaeval hilltop village of Saint Paul de Vence.
  • Whatever route you go down, your trip has to include a day on the water: from zipping along the coastline in a speed boat to a laid back cruise aboard a luxury catamaran or even a sailing regatta to boost team spirit and bring out your guests’ competitive side. There’s no end of options.
  • Or maybe your group is looking for something a bit more action-packed? A buggy tour on the beach, canyoning at Pont-du-Loup or a mountain bike tour at Cap d’Antibes deliver fun and action in equal measure.

The trip is made all the more special by fantastic hotel options across all categories and restaurants to suit every budget – from cosy bistros to world-class gourmet hotspots. You will be spoilt for choice!

Bespoke all the way: at Best Western Premier® and BW Premier Collection® hotels, your guests will experience unique meetings and unforgettable moments.

Best Western Premier and BW Premier Collection Hotels are thoughtfully designed with a painstaking attention to detail. With their exceptional ambience, first class amenities and excellent services, they are beloved of event organisers all over the world. Personal event service, state-of-the-art business centres and luxury rooms with high-quality fixtures and fittings set these conference hotels apart. Each one of these hotels – some of which are themed – has its very own character which always creates a distinctive experience for guests. Welcome to the Premier Life!

Get in touch with our MICE experts for group and event bookings at Best Western hotels.

The Spanish capital Madrid has long been in the shadow of the Catalonian city of Barcelona when it comes to incentive trips.

Unfairly so, as the nation’s largest metropolitan area has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years.

This catch-up process is now fully reflected in the capital’s impressively broad-based tourist infrastructure. Visitors to Madrid are spoiled for choice thanks to a wide range of four and five star hotels, as well as an outstanding choice of restaurants. And the various event and meeting locations in the city are also very well placed to cater to groups of all sizes. Visitors to Madrid can also dip their toes in the capital’s impressive cultural life, with the Prado-Museum and the Museum Reina Sofia among its outstanding attractions. The bustling old city has no end of shopping opportunities for visitors to enjoy. One very special way to explore the city is an entertaining tour in a vintage Seat 600. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can stop off to taste local specialities along the way for an even more unforgettable experience. Madrid is also home to one of the world’s most famous football clubs, Real Madrid. The club’s home, the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabéu stadium, has a number of amazing incentive ideas up its sleeve: options range from a penalty shootout with the club goalkeeper to a gala dinner on the hallowed turf inside the stadium. Expeditions in the local region – including trips to Toledo where a marzipan workshop awaits – are just some of the other options the area has to offer.

Therme Laa – Hotel & Silent Spa in the Weinviertel region turns any meeting into a pleasure.

Only an hour from Vienna, the VAMED Vitality World resort of Therme Laa – Hotel & Silent Spa is set in the heart of the idyllic Weinviertel region. Its spacious seminar centre is fully self-contained and can accommodate up to 250 participants. Floor to ceiling windows and direct access to the garden create the ideal setting for productive gatherings and creative brainstorming sessions. Spaces flooded with natural light and quiet rooms are the perfect setting for participants to share ideas and work without any of the usual interruptions.

A full range of experiences that will live long in the memory can also be booked, including

  • A hemp walk through the village of Hanfthal
  • A one-of-a-kind cellar lane tour
  • Hops and malt tasting at the Hubertus brewery in Laa
  • A memorable journey on the first pedal car railway in Lower Austria
  • Or an authentic tour of the medieval town of Laa.

Excellent regional cuisine and the spa area including the hotel’s own private spa zone are among the additional extras that make staying at the resort such a pleasant experience.

Visit www.therme-laa.at for more info

Special: groups of 40 or more staying at least one night between April to July 2019 can look forward to a free wine tasting session with a local wine grower. Tastings must be booked in advance and are subject to availability.

Please contact the experts at Verkehrsbüro MICE Services for assistance and details.

 

Discover London for your next incentive trip. Our MICE team has just returned from a field test!

Right now the eyes of the world are on London as the government at the Palace of Westminster – like the Verkehrsbüro MICE Services team – carries on marching to a different tune!

Reason enough to consider this truly unique mega city as your next incentive destination. While some European capitals are a little light on options for incentives, the UK’s largest city offers a captivating mix of activities for adrenaline junkies, incredible cultural experiences and an impressive array of hotels, restaurants and bars.

Tips for your social events

  • Helicopter tour along the Thames with views of the city’s breathtaking skyline and some of its most famous landmarks
  • Anyone prepared to put in the physical effort will be rewarded with stunning views of the capital’s rooftops stretching into the distance when they reach the top of the O2 Arena. Afterwards, a high speed rib charter will take participants back to the heart of the city along the Thames – just like James Bond.

And at night?

London has a seemingly endless choice of unusual locations for visitors to enjoy, covering everything from cocktail receptions to gala dinners. Tower Bridge, the cloisters at Westminster Abbey or the beautiful Queens House palace in Greenwich are just some of our top recommendations. Or maybe your groups would prefer to finish up with a piece of historic pageantry? Come with us on an exclusive night-time tour of the Tower of London site and watch the Ceremony of the Keys, a ritual that has been performed unchanged, every day for centuries.

The latest hotel operated by VAMED Vitality World has been treating its seminar guests to a unique blend of relaxation, sport and wellness in the gently rolling hills of eastern Styria.

Far from the break-neck pace of everyday life, guests at SPA RESORT STYRIA will find the perfect setting for a disturbance-free seminar – a place where Styrian charm and cosmopolitan lifestyle converge as a source of inspiration. Filled with natural light, the 250m2 seminar area offers an innovative and quiet working environment. With an 18-hole golf course on its doorstep and numerous leisure options at and close to the hotel, organisers can host events of all types at the venue. Additional square meterage comes in the form of an outdoor car exhibition space and an area for open-air events for up to 300 participants.

Leading spa and health resort operator VAMED Vitality World took over as operator as the former Spa & Golf Hotel Bad Waltersdorf at the turn of the year. The new owners and their team look forward to welcoming returning customers and new faces!

Special:

On request and subject to availability: for bookings up to 30 Jun e 2019

Meeting accommodation prices:

from EUR 110 per person and night in a double room including half board

Seminar rate per person:

Half day: EUR 45

Full day: EUR 52

Info and contact: your MICE specialists

How about an event in a hotel made from snow and ice, 200km north of the Arctic circle?

Did you know that Sweden has a hotel made out of ice and snow? The multi-award-winning ICE Hotel in Jukkasjärvi in Sweden is truly unique, and definitely in a class of its own! Prefer a suite made entirely of ice, or would you rather stay in the main building in a luxury hotel room with freestanding bathtub? Scandinavian charm, state-of-the-art meeting equipment and no end of exciting after-hours options await in a breathtaking, icy Arctic natural paradise.

Not quite what you’re looking for?  Then talk to our team to find out about some of the unusual locations they have up their sleeve for your next event!

Tanzania is one of the top incentive destinations that Africa has to offer, and is compatible with trips of just 5-6 days.

Popular destinations include the national park around Arusha and the Serengeti National Park, which is accessible by smaller planes that fly to the various lodges. The area is home to various luxury lodges which serve as the perfect base for safaris by Jeep, hot air balloon, small aircraft or on foot. Visitors are always bowled over by the majesty of the animal kingdom and different landscapes, which are among the most impressive experiences to be had anywhere in Africa.  In the evenings it is time to enjoy a camp fire barbecue at the lodge beneath the vast African skies.

The island of Zanzibar is another great alternative.

The highlights come thick and fast: beautiful hotels, great food, water-based activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and whale watching, as well as animal safaris in the compact Jozani Chwaka National Park. Picturesque tours of Stone Town can also be organised.

Get in touch with our incentive specialists for all the details.

Marrakech – Morocco’s red city. A highly attractive destination for incentive trips and meetings.

This city has provide inspiration for countless creatives, including Yves Saint Laurent. The medina is a bastion of traditional Moroccan culture. Djemaa El-Fna, the central square and marketplace, bursts into life every evening. Riads with verdant courtyards and beautiful rooftop terraces are perfect for whiling away the hours. And the city’s hammam bathhouses are special locations for getting away from it all.

The Atlas mountains are just a short distance away. This beautiful part of the world offers numerous options for action-packed incentive experiences: like Terre d’Amanar, an area with dizzying rope parkour, flying fox and various other attractions perfect for a sporty teambuilding session.

More and more international hotel chains are opening up branches in Marrakech, adding to the city’s modern, contemporary meetings infrastructure, which is every bit as good as that of its European counterparts.

After 23 years as head of Austropa Interconvention, a brand of Verkehrsbüro MICE Services, Maria Danklmaier has transferred her tasks by the end of October. Until she steps into retirement as of May next year she will be still acting as advisor for the congress department in the following months. Alfred Kerschenbauer is going to take over the operational management of the congress department as “Head of Congresses”. Further agendas of Maria Danklmaier are taken over by the colleagues in the team as well as within the reporting line.

Alfred Kerschenbauer, an experienced professional with profound knowledge of the branch, started his career in the hotel industry and has been with the company for 19 years. During this time, he contributed significantly to the success of the congress department and was responsible for the organization of numerous major congresses.