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Central America: MICE news and highlights

The summer holidays are finished long time ago, we have overcome the back-to-work blues and are preparing for winter time. Cold weather, rainy days, frozen toes…the perfect time for some summer inspiration and answer your crave for palm trees.

Central America; sunny and exotic
Central America exists of various of destinations, all interesting MICE and business getaways with a variety of activities and facilities to offer. Each destination is different, but all sunny and exotic. Herewith we share the latest highlights and MICE news facts of Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Honduras with you:


“Hotel Central” is a charming boutique hotel that offers 130 rooms and is located in a renovated 1874 building. This extraordinary place in Panama will be opening its doors in the center of Casco Viejo in December 2016.


Costa Rica
Air France recently launched a direct flight from Paris to San José, Costa Rica, in November 2016 (2 flights per week). This brand new connection is a good example of the non-stop flights from Europe to Central America that are on the rise. It will be additional to the other direct flights to Panama City launched by Air France, KLM and Lufthansa.


The famous Casa Santo Domingo is a boutique hotel located in the 16th century remains of the Santo Domingo de Guzman convent. Good to know: this magnificent place in Guatemala offers a new meeting and event venue on top of a hill where guests can overlook the colonial city of Antigua. Spectacular views of the valley and its volcanos guaranteed.


Until now it was a challenge to organize an incentive program in the “hidden tropical and Caribbean treasure of Central America”. The flights were not easy to find (unless they were combined with Guatemala) and that was the main reason for that. A new direct flight launched by Copa Airlines – going from Panama City to Belize City – will solve this problem and creates new opportunities for MICE and business trips to Belize.


National Geographic has just completed shooting a documentary about the volcano Masaya and its impressive “lava lake”. The adventurer and film maker Sam Cossman and his team spent 34 days on the volcano in Nicaragua. A few feet from the magma in fusion they shot the most amazing images of the Masaya. The movie premiere is planned for early 2017. A good way to start an inspiring 2017.


“Las Verandas” is a remarkable project that is going forward on the Caribbean island of Roatan, in the archipelago of the Bay Islands. This project exists of villas and 18 charming bedrooms that are available for groups. A real fairytale accommodation alongside the turquoise waters and the coral reef of Honduras. What else to wish for?


Got inspired and looking for more Central America ideas? Please watch the video below and dream away. Or contact our partner Quetzal Motivo for tailor made advice and information about Central America trips.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka or Ceylon is an enchanting tropical island in the Indian Ocean with golden, sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, rolling hills, tea plantations, colonial towns and friendly people. The traditional greeting, Ayu Bowan – “wishing you a long life” – is testament to this. But did you know that Sri Lanka also is a perfect MICE destination? We will give you 8 reasons why:


1. Heritage and history
Some of Asia’s oldest legends are set here and the island has a long history of contact with foreign merchants and powers. Buddhist, Tamil, Roman, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences can all be found in Sri Lanka’s culture. In addition the Ancient Cities are a fascinating region, full of archaeology, history and natural beauty. Do not miss out on the largest festival of the country Kandy Perahera, that takes place around the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth.

2. Small size: all in one
One of the best things about Sri Lanka as a MICE destination is its small size. Why not spending the morning in the hills watching the tea pickers, go to an ancient Buddhist temple in the afternoon and enjoy your evening eating seafood at the beach? Although Sri Lanka is not that big, landscape varies enormously; from dense jungles to empty golden beaches; from monasteries and temples to cool, misty mountains dotted with the bright saris of pickers.


3. Colombo
Colombo is the economic and political capital of Sri Lanka. A big and vibrant city. Do not forget to visit the Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah (an old and historically interesting district).

4. Beach life
Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches. They stretch from the eastern coast all the way around to the west near Colombo. You will find there accommodations that vary from intimate boutiques to luxurious resorts on private beaches and larger hotels in more vivid places.



5. Elephants
You cannot imagine Sri Lanka without her elephants. The Millenium Elephant Foundation and Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (close to Kandy) give you the opportunity to visit young, elderly and sick elephants but also to wash them yourselves. Not to be missed.

6. National Parks and wildlife
The best places to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Sri Lanka are Uda Walawe, Yala, and Minneriya National Park. Enjoy an exciting jeep safari and take a close look to wild elephants and crocodiles. If you are lucky you can even spot the illusive leopard here.



7. Tea Plantations
Sri Lanka rises up from the coast to the hills. The landscape is marked with tea bushes, and interlaced with streams and waterfalls. The lush character and cool climate seem to be a perfect combination for tea. Did you know that Sri Lanka has long been a pilgrimage destination for tea planters and tea lovers looking for their perfect cup of tea?

8. Air connectivity, hotels and venues
Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is well connected. It has direct flights from major European, Indian cities and a convenient destination for onward flights to Maldives. With-in Sri Lanka, there are many domestic flights that covers all major destinations. The train connectivity though limited, can be a good option in certain areas. Sri Lanka has a varied range of accommodation options to offer right from Budget 3* to Deluxe 5*. In past few years numerous new hotels opened their doors in Sri Lanka: from tea planters’ bungalows and private beach villas to small boutique hotels. Many historical buildings including gentlemen’s clubs and private homes take in guests. In addition you will find a number of distinctive, elegant hotels and beach villas designed by the country’s most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.


For more information about MICE trips to Sri Lanka, please contact our partner Hi Tours at

“Post-Olympic side of Brazil”: unforgettable nature experiences outside Rio

Iguazu Falls - Boat Ride

From August 5th to 21st Rio was the decor for the Olympic Games 2016. An international happening that has put Brazil on the worldwide map again. But besides sports, the country has a lot to offer when it comes to impressive nature and unique travel experiences. Especially outside Rio the landscapes and flora & fauna are breathtaking. Two must-sees for exploring the ‘Post-Olympic side of Brazil’:

Foz do Iguaçu 
Foz do Iguaçu, also known as ‘Foz’, is located in the south western federal state of Paraná. Foz is famous for its beautiful Parque Nacional do Iguaçu one of the most attractive and awe-inspiring natural sites in the world, a true masterpiece of nature. What you shouldn’t miss on a discovery trip to Foz do Iguaçu?

  • The incredible and powerful waterfalls with 3 km in extension – an unforgettable experience and memory for life.
  • Become face-to-face with 150 different species in the fascinating bird park.
  • Hop on a boat to see and experience the ‘Devil’s Throat’.
  • For adrenaline-lovers: make sure you do not miss a rappel, rafting or wakeboard experience and feel the energy of Iguazu falls.
  • Looking for the bigger perspective and are you truly waterfalls admirer? A helicopter tour will be the most unique way to discover the area.
  • Go and explore one of the many walking trails, and unveil the secrets of the rich flora and fauna of Brazil.

Iguazu Falls - Walkabout

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Fortaleza is one of the hotspots many tourists like to discover and there are several reasons why. Take for example the year round tropical climate, the paradisiac beaches and endless shades of the blue sea and white sand. These conditions make Fortaleza the perfect location for water sports. Did you know that the world competitions for kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing are commonly being held here? But there is more:

  • Fortaleza is a surprising experience for food lovers, you will enjoy the succulent dishes of the northeastern gastronomy here.
  • Besides the beach and stunning natural scenery, the city’s skyscrapers, futuristic architecture and world class hotels make. Fortaleza a perfect destination for both leisure and MICE trips.
  • Make sure you visit Ceará, it has one of the most stunning coasts you will ever see, with almost 600km of beautiful and unique beaches.

Red beach of Canoa Quebrada in Ceara state brazil

"Sunset and skyline of Fortaleza, the state's capital of Ceara one of the most beautiful touristic attraction in the brazilian northeast"

For more information about Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu and Fortaleza, please contact our partner Abreu.

Whooshing experience in Abu Dhabi

Roaring engines, cheering audiences and international racing heroes. A Formula 1 race is one of the most exciting events to include in a MICE itinerary or business trip. Especially during a visit of one of the most impressive racing circuits of the world, a Formula 1 experience is an experience of a lifetime. And that is exactly what event organizers and MICE pros aim for: making impressions that will last forever. So why not consider the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016?


A whooshing experience
Abu Dhabi is located in the Arabian Peninsula, is known for its pristine beaches, breath-taking sand dunes, natural oasis, turquoise corniche, sprawling gardens and the imposing Hajar Mountains close by. It offers high service hotels, good meeting facilities and a remarkable environment for any business or incentive trip. A perfect MICE destination.

One of the biggest events is about to start in Abu Dhabi: from November 25th to 27th it will be the decor for the Formula 1 Finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016. Think of whooshing F1 cars, uninterrupted views of the Yas Marina Circuit and live performing artists like Rihanna.


Grand Prix group trips
Our partner and Abu Dhabi expert Incentives Connections is on full speed and busy preparing for this big event. To let MICE guests from all over de world experience this happening in real life, they prepared a special Grand Prix 2016 package for groups from 20 persons and more:

  • Stay: 3 nights
  • Hotel: Deluxe City Hotel**** in Dubai (incl. breakfast buffet)
  • Excitement:  2 days grandstand pass Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016 (Nov. 26th and 27th)
  • Transfers: “Hotel – Yas Marina Circuit” by private luxury AC coach (English guide) and “Airport – Hotel” by luxury AC coach (Incentive Connections assistance)
  • Extra’s: Water bottles on coach and free wifi in the hotel rooms.


For more information about the MICE possibilities in Abu Dhabi, please contact our partner Incentive Connections.

Panama, picture perfect

Panama, a tropical destination in South America. Besides sandy beaches and beautiful nature the country has a lot to offer for both MICE and leisure trips.

Panama has a modern infrastructure and an award winning airport with easy connections. World class lodging possibilities are available for all types of MICE and business guests. Just like the Atlapa Conference Center Modern and the Amador Convention Center (to open in 2018!) are. Looking for world class restaurants and a sparkling nightlife? This also can be found in Panama. Modern museums will be a cultural add-on to your MICE trip to Panama. Like the impressive Biomuseo by Frank Gehry.

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Besides modern facilities you will find a lot of old historical heritage in Panama. While walking the historical streets you will discover various must-see highlights such as the Casco Antiguo (1673). Do not forget to visit the Panama Canal. The 7 Indian tribes living in Panama are looking forward to meeting you and to sharing their passion for life and culture.


The average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius. Another reason that this destination is a year round MICE place to visit. The beaches and beautiful nature make it a place to relax after a busy day of business meetings or convention programs. Did you know that 25% of Panama’s geographical areas consists is national parks? Endless breathtaking natural sceneries to discover!

For a sneak peek of what Panama has to offer, please see the Panama videos or contact our partner Quetzal Motivo.

About Madeira’s rough MICE side

Madeira island (16)

Yes. Madeira is the Portugese island of flowers. Of walking for hours and of enjoying a beautiful sunset at the beach. However, Madeira also has a ‘rough’ side not many people know about. Did you? Let us introduce you to an outdoor paradise where adrenaline is king!

4x4 Abreu Madeira

4×4 experience
A 4×4 experience is something that will definitely boost your confidence and team skills. Together with colleagues, friends or travel buddies you will explore Madeira in a way that you never did before. Mud, speed and lots of laughter: give those wheels a spin!

Mountainbiking Abreu Madeira

Bike the Madeira mountains
An outdoor activity for old and young, that is mountain biking the island of Madeira. No professional bike rider yet? Do not worry. There are trails for starting and professional mountainbikers, which makes this activity interesting one for MICE and incentive trips.

Puenting Abreu Madeira

Thrill seekers only
Are you a real thrill seeker? A real one? Try Puenting at Madeira. The ultimate king of adrenaline. That’s for sure.

Interested in all outdoor MICE activities Madeira has to offer? Please contact our partner and Madeira specialist Abreu or visit their YouTube channel.

Three times in love with Spain

Beautiful beaches, good wines and traditional gastronomy, friendly people, vibrant cities and breathtaking nature. Spain is a country to fall in love with. Once you have visited the Spanish cities and got to know their urban secrets, they will have a special place in your heart forever. A group trip to Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia will show you why. Amor, amor, amor!

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City of Gaudí, Dalí, Miró… the city of Modernism. However, there is mucho mas! On a three day discovery group trip you will unveil her secrets…

After you have arrived and discovered took a sneak peak around by yourself, the Barcelona trip continues with a spectacular visit to the modernism buildings. From the Santa Maria del Mar church and Sagrada Familia to the contemporary Torre Agbar. The next day you will see and experience the city from a whole other perspective: from the water on a private group catamaran cruise. The fourth day will be ‘Gotic Quarter’ day, the neighbourhood where it all began. Small street, old buildings and numerous monuments. A good way to end the group trip to Barcelona and understand the roots of this beautiful city.

3 nights | Hotel Catalonia Ramblas**** | B&B | airport transfers | city tour | catamaran | walking tours | > 20 pax | € 750,-

View proposal of Abreu: Espanha Barcelona Salvador Dali dreams

View proposal of Abreu: Template Pacotes Espanha Barcelona

Barcelona Abreu

Barcelona Abreu

Did you know that, besides Paëlla and beach, Valencia is also the city of arts and science? Interesting highlights, good food and friendly people create the perfect setting for a group trip get-away…

After arrival and transfer, the Valencia discovery tour kicks-off with a walking tour through the city. The old quarter, Plaza de la Virgen, Basilica, Generalitat Palace and many more highlights will give a good first impression of Valencia. The second day it only takes a short drive to get from the city buzz to natural serenity: Parque Natural de la Albufera. Marshlands, woodland, dunes and a lake are home to remarkable species and favourite stopover for migratory birds. A visit to Museo Bellas Artes will end the day. The third day will be all about panoramic visits: Turia Gardens and the bridges, Palacio de Congresos, Palau de la Música, and visit to the opera house known as Palau de les Arts. There is also time to discover the marine life at Parque Oceanográfico, one of Europe’s largest! The Valencia experience will end by discovering the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, including Picasso’s creations, and a visit to the Patriarca church, museum and calle de la Paz.

3 nights | Hotel Ayre Astoria Palace**** | B&B | airport transfers | Panoramic visit  Nature Park | Museo Bellas Artes | city of science & arts | historic city visit | > 20 pax | € 485,-

View proposal of Abreu: Valencia

Valencia Abreu

Valencia Abreu

Magical Madrid; a city of joy. Let the Flamenco music enchant you on a very special group trip to the capital of Spain…

The first introduction to Madrid will be the transfer from the airport to the hotel. The next day Madrid’s vibrant energy and rich heritage will inspire you the minute you walk the streets of this beautiful city. Enjoy the attractions, different architectural styles (that range from medieval to neo-classic) and are blending in with the romantic and modern buildings. The next stop: the cosmopolitan Spanish “broadway” – Gran Vía, Alcalá, Castellana and Recoletos, before passing through the charming and exuberant squares. Day three is Flamenco day. This dance is one of Spain’s most vibrant kinds of art. Imagine an afternoon with a Spanish guitarist and a beautiful flamenco dancer enchanting your ears with their mystical music. Become flamenco dancers in an official studio and learn the basic dance steps and castanets movements. A group walking tour in the famous Latina district will complete the Flamenco experience.Time to go home!

3 nights | Hotel Intercontinental Madrid***** | B&B | airport transfers | Madrid highlights | Flamenco | > 20 pax | € 650,-

View proposal of Abreu: Teaser Madrid

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Madrid Abreu Flamenco

For more information on group and MICE trips to Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Spain, please contact our partner Abreu.

20,000 extra hotel rooms for Dubai

Destination of leading sports, business and events. Dubai. Thanks to its strategic location between East and West, Dubai can be reached in only four to eight hours by plane, from everywhere around the world. No wonder that they call themselves: the events capital of the Middle East.

Hyatt Regency Dubai

20,000 hotel rooms
Did you know that Dubai has the biggest airline in the world? It does. Besides air plane seats the city also counts a lot of accommodations. For every budget. To host even more events and let people experience Dubai in a relaxing way, the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) aims to add 20,000 more hotel rooms in 2016. One of the ways to do so, is the contribution of Hyatt Hotel Corporation with their fifth and brand new hotel: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.

Hyatt Regency Dubai

Around the corner
The hotel is conveniently located just 7 kilometres from the Dubai International Airport. On top of that the Dubai International Financial Centre, Wafi City, The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, the Creek Park and the cultural heritage districts are just ‘around the corner’.

Hyatt Regency Dubai

Rooms with a view
The hotel features 464 generously sized guest rooms, including 76 luxurious suites and two signature Royal Suites encompassing two entire floors. All rooms with a view. This new Hyatt family member offers a “hotel within a hotel” concept. Meaning, guests have access to private space and can enjoy complimentary breakfast and cocktails. Dining and entertainment are key experiences during a stay at this new Dubai hotspot.

Hyatt Regency Dubai

MICE and relax
Every year Dubai welcomes more MICE and business travellers. They are all looking for flexible meeting venues and comfortable accommodations to stay. Therefore the 3200 square meters of flexible meeting and event facilities of the new Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights are designed to meet their high expectations. After a busy business day of meeting, walking and talking spa facilities are a welcome way to over think the day and get new energy: the NYSA Spa. Think of a water temple, a traditional hammam, male and female gyms and workout studios, an outdoor pool, eight spa treatment rooms, and a business-oriented express spa menu.

Hyatt Regency Dubai

Combining business and family time? The new hotel also has a Kid’s Club available on-site.

For more information on the MICE facilities of the new Hyatt Regency hotel or Dubai in general, please contact our partner Incentive Connections.