Destination in the spotlight: Croatia

Exploring and screening destinations pro-actively is an important part of our mission. Event professionals need to know as many destinations as possible, and as detailed as possible, this in order to consult to their customers perfect-fit destinations and venues for their projects.

On this occassion we screened a destination more to the Western part of Europe. We have to say we made a very good choice! We visited Croatia, more specificaly the Dalmatian region. What a discovery!

In this article we highlight the city of Split as well as Hvar island, a hidden gem with potential for residential seminars over the next years.

Split:

Split is the 2nd biggest city in Croatia and located at the Adriatic Sea. A city easily reachable by its own airport with direct flights from all over Europe (during high season). Split airport is also building a brand new terminal, and therefor we expect an even more spectacular increase soon in terms of flight connections.

The old town of Split is a Unesco Heritage site since 1979 and definitely worth a visit.

In terms of international hotels we selected Le Méridien Lav, a 5* resort in Podstrana which is only 8 km away from the centre of Split. The resort is located at the seaside and has his own marina.

Also foodies will find their way around this hotel as it boasts 7 restaurants and bars on-site! Since July their private beach club opened as well.

Le Méridien Lav is not only an ideal destination for leisure, but as it houses the largest conference venue in town, it is also the ideal venue for your business meetings. The largest function room can take up to 800 persons in theatre style and 450 for banquets. Additionally it has 7 break-outs rooms and a terrace that complete the conference centre.

And If you want to try your luck, you can now also visit the casino which opened  recently and is located in the same building as the hotel.

Hvar:

Next to the mainland, Croatia consists of over a thousand of Islands, of which the largests are Cres and Krk. Although the most well-known is Hvar. Some famous celebrities like Beyoncé, Tom Cruise and Bono are spending their holidays on this island every year.

Coastal Experience hosted us on a boat trip and we had a first stop-over in the harbour of Hvar. After a pleasant walk with a lot of stairs, the breathtaking view we got at the fortress was totally worth the effort! The whole fortress can be rented out for the organization of events, and hosting your guests here for a walking dinner after a conference in Le Meridien will be an unforgettable experience. The rental fee for the fortress is more than reasonable, and the possibilities are endless!

Also, a Four Seasons hotel is under cunstruction on the island, a next step in the development of the destination.

We discovered many potential venues in Split & Hvar as well as over the other islands.

Discovering a destination with true potential for our customers really excites us, and we were trully impressed by Split and the surrounding islands.

Still looking for your next meeting destination? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

5 venues to organise an event in Belgium

How to deal with venue search for small events…

Each city has numerous directories of event venues online, but Internet can be very misleading. When looking into a venue for smaller events, qualitative hotel brands are often safe choices as they generally respond to a list of standards. Obviously, we always recommend visiting your selected venue before contracting it, but we understand that it might not always be feasible for smaller projects. Your knowledge of the industry and negotiation skills will help you to find the best value for money. Anybody could contract a venue for a smaller project: you will be confronted to some pitfalls but the damage will remain limited.

…to large congresses

But what about large congresses, meetings, conferences, trade shows? The number of venues suitable for large events is limited; each property has its own strategy, limitations, opportunities, terms and conditions. This complex landscape requires support from specialists: without a thoughtful experience, you might face negative surprises and pay each mistake in cash. Once the contract is signed, there is no way back and that one signature might have a huge impact on additional, sometimes hidden, venue costs, but also on catering, technical requirements, decoration, transportation, security and cleaning.

We’ve made you a selection of 5 large event venues in Belgium. In case you need support to organise your event, our specialists provide event services for short to long-term projects.

MICX Mons

The Mons International Congress Xperience is a sustainable congress center and architectural masterpiece by Daniel Libeskind located in Mons. The MICX consists of 3 auditoria and 14 rooms, from 10 to 1000 people.

Why you should go there?

To deal with brand new tailor-made spaces and services for your meetings and conferences
To welcome your guests in the European capital of Culture 2015
For its ideal location, cross between Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and London and close to Brussels National and Charleroi airport

Website: www.micx.be
Twitter: @MICX_Mons

Elisabeth Center Antwerp

Renovated at the end of 2016, Elisabeth Center Antwerp can accommodate up to 2500 seats over an area of 25.000 m2. This congress center offers several rooms combining successfully the charm of the traditional architecture with modern facilities. You’ll find this venue in the historic center of Antwerp, in the middle of Belgium’s most famous Zoo.

Why you should go there?

To immerse your audience in a very peaceful and unique surrounding and make them experience this magic setting between tropical animals
 For the acoustic, the variety of technical options, the sustainability and the multi-functionality of the rooms

Website: www.elisabethcenter.be
Twitter: @FMCCAbelgium

Brussels Expo

Located in the shadow of the Atomium, Brussels expo is the leader on the Belgian market due to its biggest exhibition space. Its Art Deco venues, including Palais 12 and several exhibition halls, can suit for 400 to 10 000 persons.

Why you should go there?

To find an ideal solution to your hybrid event including exhibition facilities, cocktail party and dinner setup
For the exceptional accessibility by public and private transports and… the view on the Atomium!

Website: www.brussels-expo.com
Twitter : @brussels_expo

The Egg Brussels

This versatile 5.000m2 event venue can welcome up to 999 guests, in a modular auditorium and 4 meeting rooms. This location is situated in the heart of Brussels in the south district.

Why you should go there?

To express your own creativity through its inversed library, trendy terrace and mezzanine and to offer connected experiences to your target audience thanks to its outstanding and innovative services
For its central situation: walking distance to Midi Station with international connexions (Eurostar, Thalys) and quick train ride to Brussels International Airport and Charleroi Airport

Website: www.theeggbrussels.com
Twitter: @TheEggBrussels

Flanders Expo Ghent

Built in 1986 and recently renovated, Flanders Expo is the biggest exhibition space in Flanders and Belgium’s second biggest one. Its 54.000m2 includes 8 exhibition halls, a conference and seminar center and 3 restaurants. It is located in Gent.

Why you should go there?

To be surprised by its brand new, design conscious and high tech meeting center
For its accessibility and parking facilities, located by the E40 motorway and accessible by tram from Gent

Website: www.flandersexpo.be
Twitter: @flandersexpo

Need help to find the best venue for your event?

Of’’Cores provides event services for short to long term projects. Our event managers can assist your company on a specific aspect of your event or organise it from A to Z, with no obligation to collaborate on the long term. Let’s meet!

Destination in the spotlight: Portugal

Portugal, located in the Southwestern of Europe and part of the so-called Iberian Peninsula, famous for his port-wine and Cristiano Ronaldo. A great destination for both business and leisure. In this article we will highlight a few spots located at approximately 30 km from Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais.

Cascais:

Cascais is a coastal town and a former fishermen village, and it is the perfect getaway after a busy meeting in Lisbon.

Located at only 30 minutes from Lisbon, it’s the perfect spot to relax after some heavy days of work.
It may not be surprising that Biarritz (France) is one of the sister towns of Cascais, both are well-known by the adepts of all kinds of surfing. The place to be to practice these sports are at the Guincho coast, also known for good and high quality fish restaurants.

Along the coast side the Farol Design Hotel is a hidden gem. Modern, trendy, splendid views overlooking the sea and spacious bedrooms. It’s a great escapade after a trip to Lisbon to relax and enjoy the weather. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood, but you should also try their own kitchen. At lunchtime they serve excellent sushi’s at the poolside bar.

Sintra:

Sintra is famous for it’s Unesco Heritage site “Parco da Pena”.

A walk through this breathtaking parc will take you up to it’s beautifull Palacio and Castelo dos Mouros. As the Palacio is located at the top of a (small) mountain, it may disappears entirely on a cloudy day. You may feel like being in a fairy tale when entering and your guests might do so too, because the venue can be rented for events!

If you are looking more for the combination golf, spa & resort for your meeting and all this in a venue with an historial setting, you might like the Penha Longa Resort. Located not far from Sintra and only a 30-minute drive from Lisbon Airport.

The hotel is built on the grounds of an old monastery and entirely renovated with respect for it’s history. Some of the function rooms are situated in the former monastery. Your guest will surely be impressed when you let them enter by the church!
With 5 in-house restaurants, there’s no need to exit the resort for lunch or dinner. Two of them are in collaboration with the 2-star Michelin chef Sergi Arola.
The hotel disposes of 194 bedrooms and can be entirely privatised.

Still looking for your next meeting destination? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Venue in the spotlight: MICX Mons

Today we’re pleased to present you a brand new venue in the spotlight. Discover MICX, or Mons International Congress Xperience, a sustainable congress center and architectural masterpiece by Daniel Libeskind in Mons, Belgium.

Close to Brussels National Airport (45 minutes), Brussels South – Charleroi (40 minutes) and Lille (50 minutes). By train, MICX is only 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Paris, 3 hours from Cologne, 3 hours from Amsterdam, and 2 hours and 40 minutes from London.

Facts and figures

20 rooms
10 to 1000 people
Indoor & outdoor car parks
Catering service
Free wifi

Auditorium MICX Mons

MICX offers fully scalable and tailor-made solutions for your meetings, seminars, product presentations, conventions, conferences, and shareholders’ meetings. This exceptional building includes auditoria and rooms equipped with the latest technologies, and fulfils the most demanding expectations in terms of events organisation.
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Without forgetting additional services, which can be organised on a tailor-made basis, in order to meet your specific requirements, including hostesses, cleaning and housekeeping, secretarial services, security and caretaking, interpretation services, technicians and cloakrooms, etc.

Hall entrance MICX MonsEvent at MICX Mons

Work with the assistance of specialists at every level, and with the very latest technologies, such as the interpretation booths in all the auditoria, and a cutting-edge audio-visual system.

The cherry on the MICX cake is the fact that each seat in the auditoria combines a design that has been specifically adapted for the location, with an individual power outlet, which can be used to recharge your mobile, tablet and laptop batteries as often as you need to! In short, each room in the MICX guarantees that you be will able to work under optimal conditions!

The MICX suits several types of events perfectly and is ideal to provide your guests with a design and modern atmosphere in a cultural destination.

If you would consider the MICX to host one of your upcoming business events, get in touch with us today.


Credits: photos courtesy of the MICX.

Event destination in the spotlight: Malta

The Maltese Islands are being described as one big open-air museum. They offer a variety of magnificent castles, palazzos and forts as function venues. Also romantic village squares, luxury yachts and exclusive sea-front facilities are part of Malta’s unique look.

The complex history of Malta and its location between Africa and Europe result in an interesting cultural blend. This leaves many traces in Maltese food, architecture, personality of the locals etc.  No wonder there are many business event opportunities between Valletta, St. Julian’s bay and Gozo. However, one may question whether Malta is also an attractive event destination. The answer is simple: absolutely! Besides the climate being very pleasant most of the time and the easy accessibility of the island by plane, most historical buildings can be rented with the right connections!

Gozo Malta

Though, we would like to point out that besides this potential a combination of an experienced event management company and the right destination management company is a necessity.  Malta is a small island so you need good connections with the local suppliers. There is no need to explain this is part of the success or failure of your event. In addition, we work together with three international hotels that meet our high standards and guarantee a smooth and perfect stay.

Conclusion: Malta and Gozo suit several types of events perfectly and are ideal to fulfill the goal to have a luxury atmosphere in a sunny destination. If you would consider Malta as your next destination, please do not hesitate to contact us.