Continuing to explore undiscovered event and incentive travel destinations, a recent trip took us to Malta.
Located between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta is a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, the French and the British. Best known in Britain as a sun and sea destination, Malta gets more than 300 sunny days a year and is surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Our exploration of destinations old and new moves on to the warm waters of the central Atlantic Ocean, and the Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) islands.
This group of 8 very small volcanic islands sits in the ocean some 650km off the African West coast (Dakar, Senegal) and 2,600km or so east of Fortaleza, northern Brazil. The latter is relevant as local legends have it that as recently as 2003, some unlucky Cape Verdean fishermen (or lucky ones, depending on your point of view), were found on the coast of Brazil after drifting for 40 or so days from Cape Verde. Over the past century, Cabo Verde was in turn occupied by the Italians, and then most recently the Portuguese, whose language dominates locally, along with Creole. The islands nominally trade in euros, but this is very much Africa and not Europe.
Evolution International is continuing to explore new and exciting destinations on behalf of our clients – CEO Andi Swain recently visited the beautiful region of Catalunya.
Catalunya region is located in North Eastern Spain, stretching from the picturesque Pyrenees Mountains on the French / Andorra borders in the North, down to the Medieval splendour of Tarragona and the Penedes wine growing region in the South. Renowned for its lively Costa Brava beach resorts, Catalunya’s pulsating core is the beautiful gothic city of Barcelona. It’s fair to say that the majority of us may well have visited Barça, but how many of us have explored beyond that fantastic city?
Andi shares his experiences and highlights of Catalunya:
Andi Swain, CEO of Evolution International, talks about his time discovering the city of Budapest as a guest of Hilton Hotels:
“As part of our mission to discover new and unusual destinations for our incentive travel and overseas events, we’ve been looking at different places around the world that people may not have ventured to before, especially on a business rather than leisure basis.
To some, Budapest can have a bit of a reputation as a stag and hen-do city as it’s quite a lively place, great value and only a short flight. It’s not been recognised so much from a business perspective, so I thought I’d go and see what Budapest had to offer.
IMEX is an annual global event for the Business and Leisure Tourism sectors. Held in the Messe Convention and Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt, IMEX fills the huge hall 8 and a good chunk of the adjoining space too.
With more than 3500 representatives from destinations around the world exhibiting, Evolution CEO Andi Swain’s first mammoth task was deciding who to meet. IMEX works brilliantly if you know what you are looking for, the online diary system enabled Andi to arrange over 30 official meetings to fill his three days at the event, not to mention countless opportunities to meet people in the coffee bar and the after-show events taking place each night.
Four weeks to go until the MK50 Sport Gala Dinner and we have already received nominations from sports clubs for some phenomenal “unsung heroes”. Some particularly worthy nominations received so far are:
Evolution Event Manager, Lisa Wigley has just returned from a sunny Ibiza following a fantastic time at the Private MICE Forum Spring event. Hosted by MI Forums, the experience allowed Evolution to meet with and visit potential venues across the region, discuss our client requirements and discover new locations and activities.
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the employment rate for people aged 16 to 64 now stands at 74.6%, the joint highest level since comparable records began.
Interestingly however, further reports also show there were a record-breaking number of job vacancies for January to March 2017. The total of 767,000 vacancies was the highest number since comparable records began in 2001 and 16,000 more than in the preceding three-month period.
So how do you attract the cream of the crop? And how do you retain your top talent?
Straight from a trip to Budapest as a guest of Hilton Worldwide, Evolution CEO, Andi Swain will be shortly jetting off once again to discover new and exciting destinations and venues, at IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany.
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