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.
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.
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?