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.