A few days in the sunshine AND the chance to meet over 200 hotels, city conference bureau, unusual venues and DMC’s from all over Europe.
Locations from Iceland to Dubai and diverse as Historical Castle Hotels to the largest convention centres were there to show over 275 “buyers” why we should put our trust in them to look after our clients meetings and events.
Forums are an essential part of E&V calendar and is where we find out new hotels are opening in the next few years, who’s investing and where the next HOT SPOTS will be. Certain destinations may appeal but if the flight connections aren’t good enough the idea has to be shelved…. Some of the little bits of information are essential to us as venue finders as we appreciate you don’t have the time to leave the office for 3 days but for us, this is what we do. Information such as the new road tunnel cutting off at least 25 mins transfer time into Sorrento, Italy has been completed – just a little factoid but he result is that this amazing destination is now within reach of the airport within 5 mins
The face to face contacts are still essential in our business as we know that venues for most meetings and events are chosen with great care but these decisions are usually based on more than a series of tick box of the facilities and that it’s the people and services that make the difference.
Many of you reading this may never have heard of Sitges…. For us as venue finders it’s important to know that it is only 25 minutes from Barcelona airport which is such an important hub. The city itself is expensive to put on meetings as it is such a popular location therefore the hotel occupancy is high and rates inflated. Turn right along the coast and you have Sitges just 20 mins from the airport with some amazing alternatives.