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Greek Bike Tour 🚲🇬🇷

The Athens Bike Tour perfectly meets the modern trend in worldwide tourism! It is fun and educational for the active people to visit the most interesting sights, which represent the unique history of Greece.

An architect may guide you through the different architectural phases of Athens. From, classical to modern architectural Olympic buildings and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).

SNFCC is a world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex, designed by Renzo Piano. It includes new facilities for the National Library and Opera of Greece, located within the Stavros Niarchos Park, which is made of ecological concept.

Travel Report of the MMC FamTrip to Lisbon 🇵🇹

We, Maesse Marketing Consulting, visited our Partner TFY Events in Portugal with an exclusive selection of clients.
From February 22nd to the 25th of February, we explored the unique MICE opportunities in Lisbon and the surrounding area. Find out what Lisbon has to offer!
On our journey we visited different hotels, venues and the most beautiful places of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Belém.
After our arrival we drove directly to the Myriad by Sana Hotel. This is a five-star hotel located in Nations Park on one of the widest parts of the Tagus River. First, we had a lunch in one of the restaurants with a breath-taking view over Lisbon and the river. Afterwards we got introduced to the 186 rooms and the attached Myriad Crystal Center.

After a walk through the Nations Park, we drove to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, where we stayed in the five-star Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort.
The next morning we first visited the city centre of Sintra. Afterwards we went to the the Penha Longa Resort for lunch. This five-star hotel is surrounded by greenery and yet very centrally located. We enjoyed the view over the golf court during our lunch. Here we could enjoy the view of the golf courses during the lunch. Not only do the eight restaurants have a great view, but the 194 rooms also have their own private balcony overlooking the landscaped gardens, swimming pools and golf courses. In addition, this hotel offers many meeting rooms as well as outdoor areas for events.

After that we went on to Cascais. First, we visited the city and checked-in in the five-star Hotel Intercontinental Estoril.

On the third day the exploration of Belém was on the program as well as the five-star Pestana Palace Hotel. The highlights of the day were two venues we inspected. On the one hand a very cool, modern bar in the LX Factory and on the other hand the SUD Lisboa. This unique location is perfectly located in Lisbon. We were particularly impressed by the beautiful view from the large terrace of the upper floor over the Tagus and the bridge Ponte 25 de Abril.

We stayed the last night in the five-star Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade in the heart of Lisbon.
On the last day there was still time to discover Lisbon’s traditions and get to know the Hotel Altis Avenida. After gaining an impression of the beautiful rooms, we had the opportunity to have lunch on the top floor with a wonderful view over Lisbon.
After four very nice and informative days, we flew back to Germany.
You too are interested in the beautiful city of Lisbon with its diverse MICE options? Our partner TFY Events is pleased to assist you in planning your event in Portugal. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested or need any further information!

An unforgettable incentive in Romania!

Cluj, the second biggest city in Romania, located in the heart of Transylvania offers countless incentive opportunities.

Cluj always keeps your options opened for a comprehensive urban experience with plenty of incentive activities, while at the same time, being surrounded by amazing nature and authentic villages.

Considered to be the beating heart of the Transylvania region in Romania, it is a busy and vibrant cosmopolitan European metropolis, which barely ever sleeps. All cafes and restaurants are opened till late in the evening, making it the ideal spot for people who love local urban entertainment.

It is very well connected to Alba – Iulia, a marvelous star shaped citadel and to the salt mine in Turda which can host underground concerts and dance shows in its 100 pax, amphitheater, located at 120 meters beneath the surface.

New Lufhansa flights from Frankfurt & Munich to Cluj – Romania

Our DMC Partner Triptailor have the pleasure to inform you that starting with the 29th of October, Lufthansa will connect two major business hubs in Germany: Frankfurt and Munich to Cluji. The flights have a daily frequency!

We are looking forward to receive your request for beautiful Romania!

Arabian Flair with NTT Oman!

NTT started its new seasom with a couple of small groups from Pharma Industry. The delegates from GCC region mostly doctors met together in Oman for a 2 day conference at Intercontinental Hotel Muscat.

More program hihglights:
– BBQ dinner with traditional Arabic style seating at Pricate Island
– Dune Bashing
– farewell dinner at Dunes By Al Nahda

Coming November, NTT will be organizing a big Incentive Group of an Automotive client. A three nights program with an extraordinary self driving experience of driving through the coast, desert and mountain.
A well designed program that will take the guests trough the journey of history, culture and heritage of this beautiful country.

Looking forward to receive your request for the destination Oman.

Best Dutch Meeting Location 2017!

Congratulations Oostwegel Collection!

Château St. Gerlach is nominated for ‘Best meeting location of the year 2017’ award by Meetings Magazine.

Château St. Gerlach expanded its meeting and events offering with an entirely restructured farmhouse and newly built state-of-the-art pavilion designed by renowned architect Francine Houben from Mecanoo Architecten. The St. Gerlach Pavilion boasts three multifunctional meeting rooms, that can be used separately or combined to encompass a vast 850m2 space, accommodating up to 1,000 people. Adjacent to the Pavilion you find the renovated Manor farmhouse with six breakout rooms. Château St. Gerlach offers now a total of sixteen meeting rooms.

The combination of a magnificent country estate with 113 hotel rooms, 3 restaurants, a spa and 16 meeting rooms nestled in de Geul Valley, is unique.
But how special our estate and facilities are, it is the employees of Château St. Gerlach who make the ‘Gerlach Experience‘ complete, unique and inspiring.

Our hotel partner the Oostwegel Collection is looking forward to receive your request!

Greetings from Poland!

MMC was visiting with JAN POL DMC in beautiful Poland. While sun was shining our Managing Director Bernd Maesse and our Director of Operation Alexander Hesse visited the most popular MICE Locations in Krakow. Look what you can explore in Krakow:

ICE Congress Centre
Doubtless Krakow rangs among the most favored destinations for MICE Business. The architectures of the ICE Congress Centre wanted to fulfill the international requirements for meeting and congress business. The auditorium halls offer capacity for up to 2000 meeting guests. The second largest hall, i.e. the Theater Hall for 600 people, will be euipped with a foldable stand which will make it possible to expand the floor surface for the purpose of receptions or exhibitions. There will also be the Chamber Hall with 400 seats for the audience and a possibility to divide it into two halls with 200 seats each. The building of ICE Congress Centre emphazises modernity as well as efficiency and is a symbol for Krakows important position in the MICE Business.

Old Tram Depot

The Old Tram Depot is a quite extraordinary building situated in an UNESCO protected part of Kazimierz, one of the most beautiful historical districts of Krakow.
The building itself has recently been renovated and converted for cultural entertainment purposes. The place, which is located 2,5 km from the Old Town, is often a host to congresses or dinner events.

Polish Aviation Museum

The Polish Aviation Museum is a large museum of old aircraft and aircraft engines in Krakow, Poland. It is located on Krakow’s former military airport, one of the oldest permanent airports in Europe. This unique location is the perfect place to organize together with JAN POL DMC unforgettable events.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the largest attractions in Poland, registerd on the UNESCO list and visited by over million visitors every year. This location could be the perfect stop within the program of your incentive trip to Krakow. Experience something about the history of Salt Mine and top the evening off with an gala dinner in the historic chambers of the Salt Mine. If you are interested the location can also offer an accomodation.

Resort at Greek coast with New Design!

Resort on the coast of Greece restored to its former glory – ideal for your incentive tour or big event!

The countless kilometres of coastline in Greece have many excellent hotels and unique locations to offer. Together with our DMC Partner Horizon Travel we are looking forward to a further highlight, starting from now: since the beginning of June, the Wyndham Loutraki Poseidon Resort in Loutraki has been restored to its former glory. With new management and a total renovation, the resort is now one of the top locations in Greece. Located directly on the coast, the guests can also enjoy the magnificent, Mediterranean landscape, and an unparalleled view of the crystal-clear sea.

A multitude of MICE possibilities in an ideal location

The resort in Loutraki is just one hour away by car from the city centre of Athens. The international airport in Athens is also very easily accessible. Guests can get from the airport to the resort in just 80 minutes. In particular, for international guests, the connection to Athens is therefore very interesting. Yet it is not only the location of the Poseidon Resort that is impressive: After the extensive renovation, now over 300 suites in a modern, trendy design are available. Discreet luxury meets maximum comfort here.

With 8 halls, the resort also provides generous capacities for meetings, conferences and other events. Host your event with up to 500 guests. In the impressive open air amphitheatre, there is even space for 900 persons – ideal for opening ceremonies or grandiose shows.

Your every wish will be fulfilled at the Poseidon Resort. Apart from the luxurious rooms and varied event options, there are outdoor and indoor pools, four top class restaurants and bars, a large garden and three beautiful beaches await the guests.

In the footsteps of Greek history

Even outside of the hotel complex, there is also a great deal to discover. A multitude of activity options makes your incentive trip unique. The city of Corinth is just 4 km away from the resort, and offers culture fans many historic highlights. The excavations from ancient times will astonish you!
50 kilometres further south, is the royal city of Nafplion. The harbour city was the temporary capital city of Greece in the 19th Century, and today it allows you to immerse yourself in the impressive history of the country.
Last but not least, the legendary cities of Epidaurus and Mycenae are worth a visit. Epidaurus is the most important ancient place of worship for the Greek god of healing Asclepius. Mycenae was one of the most important cities in Greece, and is the namesake of the Mycenaean culture. Today, both cities are UNESCO-World cultural heritage sites and are sure to impress you.

Poseidon Resort with mediterranean atmosphere

The newly re-opened Poseidon Resort in Loutraki offers you a unique, Greek atmosphere for events of all kinds. Whether a meeting, incentive, conference or event – with our DMC Partner Horizon Travel you will experience unforgettable moments.

Talk to our team at MMC for further information on Horizon Travel and the new Poseidon Resort.

Incentive Tours with Indian Style

Travelite India – our DMC Partner for India can make your incentive tour unforgettable!

The Travelite India MICE team has a host of ideas when it comes to your Incentive Tour in the Indian subcontinent. They ensure that your event is handled professionally by an expert member of their M.I.C.E Team, who remains accessible and accountable to you all the times.

They create customized incentive soulutions for your clients to suit their requirements and preferences. When they start working on your incentive request they will discuss in detail about the nature of event, profile of client, expectation from the destination and experience, duration of tour, pace of tour etc to suggest an incentive tour that is most appropiate to meet your clients request.

Themes – To keep your guests amused and entertained a variety of theme events can be organized in India

Royal Mughal Theme
An Evening of royal splendour that takes you back in time to the golden era of the Mughal dynasty, can be arranged at a 5* hotel or in an outdoor setting.

Camel Safari and sand dune evening
Enjoy a royal nomadic experience, on a camle safari in the desert and nearby villages, followed by dinner and dance at a desert camp, an experience very unique to Rajasthan.

Activities – If your guests would like some action and prefer to get our and experience the real India, allow Travelite India to provide them an experience of a lifetime:

Elephant Polo Match
Ride on an elephant backs and play the sport of erstwhile Maharaja’s of Rajasthan, the royal game of Elephant Polo!

Hot Air Balloon flight & Village safari
Enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon flight and village safaris, at various locations in Rajastan such as Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore.

Village Walks in the Himalayas
One of the most fascinating and unique ways to discover the hidden beauty of Himalayas is through village walks amidst the serenity of the mighty Himalayas.

Learn to cook a typical Indian Meal
The finest of India’s cuisines are as rich and diverse as the country’s civilization! Step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age old art of Indian culinary delights.

Our partner looks forward to welcome you in India! If you need any further information feel free to contact us. You can place you request for the Indian Subcontinent here!

Porto – European Best Destination 2017

20 selected destinations have just competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2017. After a three weeks’ period of online voting Porto won this title again for the third time.

Porto represents history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade and discoveries.
It has all the charm of towns which happily cohabit with their river. You can stroll along the River Douro in Cais da Ribeira, fly over it by helicopter or discover Ports’s architecture, its amazing landscapes and magnificent bridges by taking a cruise on this majestic river. Porto is also a sea city and in the briefest a tram will bring you to Foz do Douro’s gentle beaches face to face with the Atlantic.

Enter the sumptuously Palacio da Bolsa and walk through history with Portuguese adventures, follow the country’s trade routes and be stunned by the treasures which they brought back. Remarkable buildings such as the Sé Catédral and its terraces offer superb viewpoints over a bustle of markets, grocery stores, bars and restaurants.

Best things to do in Porto
There are thousands of things to do in Porto but discover the best ones!

Classico Porto – make your trip to Porto unforgettable

Rent a classical car. A private driver, dressed in a period custome, will pick you up at the hotel for an unforgettable trip through Porto. During that magical day, you will have the opportunity to capture the best moments thanks to a vintage camera.

Porto Six Bridges Cruise – one of the most beautiful activities Porto can offer

The best way to discover the six magnificent bridges is probably to take a riverboat cruise on one of the old boats which used to carry Porto’s wine cargoes. For a first visit the 50 minutes crossing will give you a good overview of the estuary and the distinctive architectures of the six bridges.

Historical Tram of Porto – fabulous way to discover Porto

Take your time to discover the full beauty of the historical heart of the city by taking one of the beautiful and well kept trams. Since 1895 Line 18 has been crossed most iconic parts of Porto. It can take you to the gardens of “Palacio do Cristal“.

Our Partner TFY Events is looking forward to get a request for your individual incentive tour in Portugal and especially in Porto.
The colorful streets of Porto and the Portuguese sweetness of life are waiting for YOU!

MMC & Horizon Travel on Tour

Welcome to Athens – home of our DMC Partner Horizon Travel

Our Managing Director Bernd R. Maesse and the Director of Operation Alexander O. Hesse just visited our DMC partner Horizon in Greece and wants to give you some insider tips which MICE locations you must not miss in the great versatile destination Greece.

The trip started with a site visit of Divani Caravel Hotel, which is member of the Leading Hotels of the World and offers luxury and style in the heart of Athens. The property offers elegant rooms and sumptuous suites, a variety of restaurants and bars, a rooftop health club and indoor as well as outdoor swimming pool with amazing views to the city and one of the biggest congress and banquet centers in Athens.

In the afternoon they visited the most sought after venue for events that take place in Athens during the summer period. The Island Private House is one of the trendiest and most fashionable clubs in Athens. On the wooden deck beside the oblong Zen pool, as well as in the lush gardens with a view of the infinite blue, you can enjoy the pleasant, relaxing moments of a coffee, lunch or dinner break.

The perfect venue to celebrate a Greek Gala Dinner is the Island Gallery. The “Gallery” is able to accommodate 400 guests for a seated dinner and has an astonishing sea view. The area escalates in levels, creating a particularly hospitable atmosphere.
If you are looking for a more private and exclusive location the Acropolis museum can be a good choice. Dinner as well as a visit at the museum can be held on private basis, after the museum is closed. The welcome drink can be offered on the veranda, while dinner is served inside the museum.
Feel unique! A legend since 1936, the King George Hotel has been home to kings, princes, presidents and Athenians alike. Each of the 102 rooms and suites combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultramodern amenities and personal services.

On the second day the MMC team sailed to Hydra Island, a historic and picturesque landmark with distinctive traditional architecture. After walking through Hydra town they had a lunch at Douskos tavern with a “traditional Greek Weeding” Show.

To sum up the Site Visit in Greece they visited the Athens Olympic Velodrome, presently used for National and International meetings but can also be rented for some selected Corporate Events. Our Partner Horizon organized in the past several events in this venue with groups ranging from 400 up to 1.300 guests.

Are you interested in Greece? Our partner Horizon Travel is looking forward to feel you welcome and to help you organizing your individual meeting or incentive.