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 © MM and Company 2019

Mauritius

I have known for well over twenty years that I have the best job in the world, MM and Company represents amazingly efficient and lovely DMCs and I sell to amazing and lovely agency clients, how good is that?  Even better, I get to go to some amazing destinations in the world, one of those amazing places is Mauritius and I was lucky yet again to go to Mauritius.  I worked out that it’s probably my fifteenth time to the wonderful Indian ocean island that is Mauritius.

 

We fly for eleven hours and then this wonderful island appears, we landed in paradise mid February, the temperature was 31 degrees, the sun was shining, a gentle breeze, warm Indian ocean water, soft  sandy beaches, palm trees, fabulous hotels, amazing food and cocktails, does it get any better than that? I don’t think so!

 

I was lucky to be accompanied by ten amazing clients, we all thoroughly enjoyed our Mauritius experience, we had lunch on an island, we explored Mauritius in open top Mini Moke cars, we went to a factory that makes wooden galleons for display purposes, amazing artistry.  We enjoyed lunch in a local modern restaurant owned by Mario, a good friend of mine and our farewell drinks was at Café des Arts.  Oh I haven’t included a fabulous gala dinner at Chateau de Labourdonnais.

 

Stephane, Delpine and the team at Connections DMC were as ever amazingly outstanding, lovely lovely people.

For more photos on Mauritius see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1594570200675825

April 16, 2019

Vienna

According to popular Hollywood tradition ‘the Grinch stole Christmas’, I have got news for Hollywood, Austria perfected Christmas.  I recently hosted a Business Development Event to Vienna with Martin and Evelyn of e+o meeting, event & travel management GmbH, the trip coincided with the first weekend of the traditional Austria Christmas markets.  They had very traditional Austrian Christmas food, decorated trees, ginger Christmas cookies, warm and hot spicy Gluhwein wine, wine and a huge selection of Christmas gifts, a perfect solution to a chilly Austrian winter. 

 

All that in addition to Vienna being the most classical, gentle city you could possibly hope to visit.  The city centre of Vienna is very walkable with pedestrian areas, classical venues for gala dinners and venues, a full category of deluxe five star hotels and excellent high quality four star hotels complimenting the beautiful hotel Sacher, said to be the hotel that created the original Sachertorte Chocolate cake.

 

Without wanting to make this reading like war and peace, I haven’t mentioned the Vienna Boys Choir, the Spanish Riding school, the amazing Schon Braun Palace, classical horse and carriage rides though the streets of Vienna hot chocolate, Apple Strudel.  I could then talk about the famous ski resorts, the best people to speak with for everything Austria are Martin and Evelyn at e+o meeting, event & travel management GmbH.

For more photos on Vienna see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1531160800350099

January 23, 2019

Malta

It was only two year since I was last in Malta, two years can be a long time having not been to a destination, but not in Malta’s case it was as familiar as ever and it was good to be back.

I was hosting a wonderful group of conference and incentive professionals, one of them had been to Malta before and even the two Malta veterans were delighted with what they saw.  In a short space of time we were driven in a vintage Bedford bus, vintage car transfers, Tuk Tuks and a speed boat, local fishing boats as well as regular coaches and limousines.  We checked out the Mdina at the island city at night, we saw historic venues as well as boutique hotels, the nights of Malta were present to light us through the historic city.

 

The Radisson Blu, an excellent choice of hotel recently refurbished and looking good.  One sight not be missed which we didn’t, was the stunning historic Malta Cathedral, only one word to describe it, magnificent.  No visit to Malta is complete without a visit.

 

Malta has a great night life, a whole area devoted to bars, clubs and restaurants in St Julian’s must not be missed.  The Mi Malta team of Helga, Erika and Douglas were amazing hosts, nothing was too much trouble and one thing I can tell you for sure is none of our guests went back to the UK hungry or thirsty.

For more photos on Malta see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1458230060976507

October 15, 2018

Budapest

Having just returned from my sixteenth trip to Budapest, the last trip being eighteen months ago, I can honestly say I never get tired of this amazing city on the Danube river.  Twenty years ago, when MM and Company first started representing Microcosmos DMC, very few people knew where Budapest was and even fewer suggested that Budapest would be an ideal destination for a conference and incentive or event a weekend break, that cannot be said anymore.  Budapest is well and truly in the top five conference and incentive destinations.

 

In the past fifteen years, ten international five star deluxe hotels have opened or have been totally refurbished Four Seasons, InterContinental, Ritz Carlton, Kempinski, Hilton, Marriott and those are just a few that spring to mind.  Budapest has many fine four start properties with comprehensive convention and meeting space ideal for the pharmaceutical client.  It is fair to say the city has everything that you could possibly want; it’s cuisine is legendary, Goulash, Paprika, Goose Liver, Tokaji wine indeed, the wines are so good in Budapest that they keep it for home consumption, very little is exported.

 

The banks of the Danube are littered with excellent restaurants and historic castles, it’s easy to get around, it’s a walkable city, traffic is light, the people are wonderful.  Indeed stop reading this, give me a ring, send me an email and I will put you in touch with the very best DMC in Budapest that will deliver an outstanding event to you and your clients, Microcosmos DMC.

For more photos on Budapest see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1382246515241529

September 13, 2018

Berlin

I have a great job, I travel to some amazing places, I can honestly say one of the most historic places I have travelled to is Berlin.  This city’s turbulent history much of it in the modern times is fascinating.  It’s an old cliché, but this city has risen from the dead, from the ashes of 1956, the division of the city until it’s re-unification in 1989 is remarkable, historic and meteoric.  It has gone from rubble to re-construction in eighty years. 

 

The city fathers of Berlin have done an amazing job at recalling history, commemorated it and built a world class city with fine monuments, outstanding hotels, funky post industrial event space and simply being an outstanding destination for conferences and incentives.

 

Berlin night life is legendary, it was legendary in the 1930’s, if you don’t believe me watch the movie Cabarets, it’s a very good reconstruction of 1930’s Berlin. 

 

MM and Company represent Camonsite Conference and More (part of germanyinsight).  I’m happy to say nobody knows Berlin like the team at Camonsite.

For more photos on Berlin see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1373202129479301

September 13, 2018

Slovakia, Bratislava

The great thing about the first flight out to Vienna Airport, the gateway to Bratislava is the traffic to the airport is light, the plane is on the ground, we are not waiting for it to land.  My Bratislava experience started at midday, I landed at Vienna airport, Enjoy Slovakia DMC met me at the airport and by 12.30 local time I was having lunch in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Danube river.  The sun was shining, a gentle warm breeze, a perfect al fresco start to my visit.

 

Bratislava City Centre has miles of Danube river bank to sit by, to drink by and to dine by.  There is a running track, bicycle lanes all along the banks of the Danube making it the perfect location to blend business and exercise.  What better way to burn off a business lunch or a company dinner than exercising on the banks of the Danube.

 

I stayed at the Grand River Park Hotel, a beautiful hotel part of the Starwood organisation, my room overlooked the Danube.  The historic city centre of Bratislava is traffic free, very walkable, lots of things to see and do, there is also a modern city centre with a huge shopping mall as good as anywhere in Europe.  The Slovakian people are very proud of their wine heritage, the wines are excellent so good that they keep it for themselves and do not export their wine.  As well as cycling there is the world famous Cunovo water sports centre, a centre of excellence that has produced many Olympic champions.  You can enjoy a white-water rafting experience in total safety under the guidance of a rafting champion.  Did you know Slovakia has a thriving car industry?  Amongst other brands the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q2, Porsche Cayenne, Citroen Peugeot and Kia all produce various models in Bratislava.  There are opportunities to enjoy a factory visit as well as a driving experience in Bratislava.  There are numerous churches, fountains and landmarks to visit, two of the most famous is the UFO Observation Deck and Restaurant as well as the Chatam Sofer Memorial.

 

All in all Bratislava is an undiscovered European gem, a perfect location for a conference or an incentive.

 

Bratislava also has a secret weapon, the outstanding services of Enjoy Slovakia DMC.

For more photos on Bratislava see https://www.facebook.com/pg/mmandcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1305463126253202

May 20, 2018

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