Intro to Greece 101

OPA! This celebratory cheer was frequently heard on a recent client incentive trip to Greece. This was a first time visit for most of the group, so a split city & island experience was planned to immerse them in all things Greek.  The first stop was Athens, where the agenda was all about iconic experiences. Highlights included visiting Parliament to see the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, exploring the iconic Acropolis on a private tour and taking a cable car to a hilltop restaurant where dining under the stars with panoramic views of the city below was on the menu.  After a couple of energized days in Athens, the group flew to Crete where the pace slowed but the memorable experiences continued.  The seaside resort offered an endless array of resort activities and dining options for the group to choose from when they weren’t out and about exploring the island sights or enjoying an authentic Grecian meal with the locals.  This intro to Greece laid the foundation for many return visits I’m sure!

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HOT, HOT, HOT!

What a week it was as we hosted an annual seminar for over 1,600 attendees in Mississauga at the International Centre. On top of the venue coordination, creative development & show production, Communique knocked it out of the park this year with a new agenda format that included an exciting interactive hub. Clients and attendees were thrilled with the Learning Centre gatherings, model runway sessions, fashion designer shopping and the many other exciting vendors and product displays. We were pleased to share that “It was the best event ever”! Here we come 2019!!!

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#hello

Combining employees from different companies can be a tricky task, but last week we successfully supported the welcoming of two teams joining together as part of a super branded #hello event. The event was live streamed at key sites across Canada, in the presence of global leaders, with the celebration focussing on a positive union of forces. There were no shortages of branded surprises along every step of their journey!

 

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15th Annual Switzerland Meeting Trophy

f9ef8e39-93d4-4b88-a30a-afcb8657bd23What is this you ask? It is the Amazing Race for the meeting industry!  And boy was it amazing!!  I travelled from Zurich to Bassel to Bad Ragaz to St. Mortiz in 5 days with over 100 industry planners and buyers from 8 different countries.  We travelled by plane, boat, train and metro competing in fun challenges along the way and learning all about what Switzerland has to offer.  Team North America (which consisted of 10 Americans and 2 Canadians) had never won the Meeting Trophy before…but guess what….WE DID!.  We saw so much beautiful scenery along the way, cows with bells everywhere and of course ate amazing swiss cheese at every meal.  The highlight of the trip was our final night’s dinner atop the Morteratsch Glacier where we started the evening with fondue on the terrace (which is basically the side of the glacier), heard traditional Swiss Alphorn musicians and had an incredible meal while overlooking the most magnificent views and sunset on the mountain.  I simply can’t wait to go back again, I feel like I was in a Disney Fairy-tale with all of the beautiful landscapes and buildings.

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Ciao Bella!

Lucky me to have just returned from Sorrento, Italy.  The gateway to the Amalfi Coast with it’s 50-km stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula.  We explored the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline via yacht and highway (if you could call it that!)  traveling to Capri, Positano & Amalfi, each one a unique encounter with the local culture. What a fabulous destination experience to offer up to an incentive group!  I swear I can still smell the lemon groves!

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IMEX Frankfurt

3,500+ suppliers under one roof meant a lot of walking over the course of my 3 day tradeshow visit.  Comfortable shoes and good planning made for a productive few days.

And Frankfurt itself is a very walkable city, so walk I did!  I wandered to Romer, the city’s town hall, and then over the Main River on the Eiserner Steg pedestrian bridge, with thousands of locks of love!

And yes, a lot of the locals wear Birkenstock’s!

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Carlsbad, California

Where is that you ask?  Well only 30 minutes straight up the coast north of San Diego, far from the big city vibe and into small town California.

Beaches, beautiful resorts, quaint villages, great food, plentiful outdoor activities, easy access and of course the beautiful weather make this destination ideal for an incentive trip!  This past trip, also a site inspection, was my first ever Pedego bike tour.   I choose to pedal manually on the flats and opted for the electric powered boost on the hills along the Pacific Coast Highway!  What a great activity, one that works for all fitness levels.

A return date is planned and much anticipated.

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