Destinations

How to organize events in Malta?

by admin • July 11, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to organize events in Malta? Organising a MICE event in Malta is becoming increasingly interesting: Malta is a destination with a high “feel good factor”. An event to this destination will definitely have a positive effect. After a successful career in catering and logistics in Belgium, Paul moved to Malta […]


Destination spotlight: Florence Convention Bureau

by admin • July 4, 2014

Florence Convention bureau: “National public institutions should give more support to private companies and help them in relaunching the meeting industry”. After an exciting career in the event organization as marketing director of an important Italian DMC, Carlotta Ferrari started to work for Florence Convention Bureau in 2010 as a congress developer. After almost one […]


Destination spotlight: Stuttgart Convention Bureau

by admin • June 27, 2014

“The conference sector has succeeded in emancipating itself from the tourism industry. It responds with new qualifications and competences to the constantly changing demands of its clients” Anne Demuth is the Head of the Stuttgart Convention Bureau.  Stuttgart is one of Europe’s most successful centres of business and technical innovation, and the Convention Bureau benefits […]


Meeting venues have to prove their value in multiple ways

by admin • June 23, 2014

“The least expensive meeting venue does not guarantee that you are selected. You have to prove your value in other ways” Daniella Middleton is a destination marketing and business development professional living in New York serving as the MICE Division Director for Development Counselors International (DCI). Azavista interviewed her about DCI’s new study entitled  “Exploring the […]


Supplier spotlight: Marriott Hotels of Brussels

by admin • June 6, 2014

“Stop sending out multiple non-qualified requests to a wide group of hotels. Rather take the time to research with the end client the precise requirements for each of the meetings”. To improve the relationship between hotels and event professionals, Azavista spoke with Pierre Dorrell, Market Director of Sales and Marketing at Marriott Hotels of Brussels […]


Supplier Spotlight: Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites

by admin • May 26, 2014

Miguel Ximenez, Vivamarinha hotel: If planners could allow for longer time frames and provide schedules on a regular basis, they could more efficiently reduce costs and minimize the risk of mistakes. Miguel Ximenez is a Sales Executive at Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites. He is responsible for the corporate market accounts in Spain, Belgium, Holland and […]


Incentive Travel: Locations closer to home

by admin • November 5, 2013

With the last quarter of 2013 coming to a close, trends in the incentive travel industry continue to be a hot topic to discuss. After all, many companies choose to send their employees on trips both during and after the holiday season as a reward for all of their hard work. Where is the incentive […]


The Best Wine Trip in Europe

by admin • July 8, 2013

In our previous Blog, we focused on the beer-loving members of your group. Now, it is time to outline a sophisticated wine-tasting tour in Europe. A wine trip even provides great opportunities to taste fantastic local cuisine, thus even the sulky beer drinkers will find something to enjoy. With such a long history of wine, […]


The Best Beer Trip in Europe

by admin • May 6, 2013

Dear travel and event planners, Your hard-working participants deserve some extra fun on their next trip. Therefore, we suggest you plan less museum visits, adventure-team building activities and sightseeing tours, and instead add more of something else: beer. Why, you ask, is beer better than any museum? The more places you visit, the more fun […]


Greece: This Year’s Top Destination for Groups & Meetings

by admin • May 6, 2013

Greece, with its traditional islands, long sandy beaches, exquisite landscapes and tantalizing cuisine, has always been one of the premier travel destinations in Europe. Now, forced by a crushing economic crisis to be more competitive, prices in the travel sector have dropped significantly, making the country an even more attractive choice. According to Trivago, Greek hotels […]