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Mandarin Oriental to open hotel on Lake Lucerne

Mandarin Oriental Group is adding a hotel on Lake Lucerne to its growing European portfolio. The luxury group has announced that it will manage and rebrand an existing property - Hotel Palace Luzern. The hotel is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and will reopen as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern at the end of 2020. The iconic Hotel Palace Luzern first opened in 1906 and is located in the heart of the city, on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The multi-million-dollar renovation will include...

Top 5 incentive and event destinations for 2020 and 2021

Thanks to the combination of excellent infrastructures and rich cultural experiences, traditional European destinations maintain their status of favourite locations for incentives and events across the world, according to global DMC group Ovation. Based on the group's recent data, here's the top five global destinations planners will be booking over the next two years... 1. Spain An old classic. Spain has always been and still is, one of the key MICE destinations in Europe. It benefits from a huge influx of travellers into Madrid and...

Experience this: Downton Abbey with Belmond

It’s time to return to Downton – but not just from the comfort of a cosy sofa. This trip requires your very finest, as Belmond has revealed some upcoming day trips to transport guests back in time to the Crawleys’ beloved estate. Fans of the period drama will be able to board the Belmond British Pullman  from London Victoria Station and head to Highclere Castle, the 5,000-acre country manor that has assumed the role of Downton Abbey. Built in 1793 and...

Checking in: Okura Amsterdam

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Omotenashi - the art of Japanese service – without actually leaving the continent, then it’s time to check out the Okura Amsterdam.  Rooted in the art of Japanese service, yet a mere 15 minutes from Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam this luxury property offers a distinctly Asian vibe from the heart of the cosmopolitan De Pijp neighbourhood. Several of the slick rooms and suites look out across the Amsterdam skyline while the RAI Convention Centre is within walking...

BCD M&E’s John Kelly on… CSR & sustainability in luxury events

Sustainability and CSR were key themes at inVOYAGE 2019, with John Kelly, senior director, marketing EMEA at BCD Meetings & Events, hosting both a panel debate and C-Suite session on the topic. We caught up with him on-site after the sessions to get the lowdown.... After hosting the panel and C-Suite, are you feeling more optimistic about our chances of becoming a more sustainable industry? Absolutely 100% yes. I think we had, especially in the C-suite, some people in the room...

Kempinski and 7Pines partner for new luxury lifestyle concept

7Pines Ibiza Kempinski Hotels has teamed up with 12.18. Group to create a new luxury lifestyle concept, 7Pines Kempinski, with plans for 20 new hotels and resorts by 2022. Kempinski Hotels has 78 luxury hotels in 34 countries, while the 12.18. Group, set up by partners Kai Richter and Jörg Lindner, opened its flagship 7Pines Resort on the west coast of Ibiza last year. Following the strategic partnership, 12.18 will invest 500 million Euros, in cooperation with institutional investors, to grow by 20 new 7Pines Kempinski Hotels & Resorts over the...

#inVOYAGE moments – see the first video highlights

Last week (6-9 October), inVOYAGERs enjoyed three days of meetings, networking, education and exclusive experiences at inVOYAGE 2019 in Monaco. A group of 280 luxury event buyers and suppliers from around the globe were treated to helicopter transfers, thrilling speed boat and Ferrari rides, fun networking evenings and more. And here’s the first video highlights of the event. Can you spot yourself? https://vimeo.com/366970392 The full video edit will follow in the coming weeks so stay tuned to our social channels. And don’t forget to share your...

inVOYAGE 2020 destination revealed

We're delighted to announce that inVOYAGE is heading to the glamorous Greek isle of Mykonos in 2020. We have partnered with the luxury Myconian Collection to host next year's event on Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island. A whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades, Mykonos has retained a wild, natural beauty while evolving into one of the world’s most desirable destinations. The seventh annual inVOYAGE – inMykonos – will bring luxury travel brands together with high-level event planners...

inVOYAGE sustainability panel calls on industry to take action

inVOYAGE has created a new LinkedIn Group for event professionals committed to creating a more sustainable events industry, following a panel session and C-Suite debate on the topic at inVOYAGE 2019 this week. On Tuesday, our expert panel lead by John Kelly, BCD Meetings & Events and featuring representatives from all sides of the industry, agreed that we could and should be doing more around CSR and sustainability. “As an industry, we have a significant impact on the way we can change the world....