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MICE travel in Europe: 3 incredible venues you would never think of!

Europe has a very diverse bouquet of destinations not just for leisure guests; also for MICE travel it is a fantastic playground altogether!

Differently from others, we are not just introducing  3 incredibly interesting venues: knowing quite well the Indian MICE travel segment, we have hand-picked locations that are not at the top of the head of Indian MICE planners and travel agencies; moreover structured our article in such a way to make it a useful tool for you, meaning that you can really exploit our descriptions as a “hook” to start a profitable conversation with your MICE clients!

… then for all the details  (about specific services and logistics) Polo Marco Experience will be glad to come into the picture and give full insider support!

Our team constantly scout and select new venues: thanks to the combination of thorough insider knowledge and deep understanding and experience of Indian guests’ expectations, we can always source fresh solutions!

 

Europe can be really surprising and fascinating for MICE travel, and in this article we give you a taste… come along across Europe with us…

  •         To the west, high up: London – iconic and at the same time always surprising destination. Have you ever thought that Tower Bridge could easily host your client’s event?
  •         To the center, immersed in the green – state-ot-the-art modern meeting facilities in the atmosphere of an ancient castle, in total privacy but just 1 hour away from Europe’s political capital, Brussels.
  •         To the east, deep down underground: Poland, an emerging destination that will surprise the guest with creativity and professionalism.

At  Polo Marco Experience working on MICE travel projects for Indian clients we are guided by a twofold thought: flawless logistics and excellent service standards on one side; WOW effect to surprise guests, to  create strong bonding and long lasting memories, on the other side.


TOWER BRIDGE, London

The high-level Walkways offer stunning views across London. Sat 42 metres above the Thames, both Walkways offer breathtaking panoramic views, with the Docklands, Canary Wharf and Greenwich to the east and the Shard, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City to the west.

Your guests have the privilege to watch the skyline transform as the sun sets over the capital and, through the glass floor, to see the bright lights of London reflect into the river beneath. And the stunning led lighting system adds a modern touch to it!

Gala dinner in the Walkway, Tower Bridge


Capacity and event types
– 60 to 250 people in the Walkways
– 60 to 120 people in the Engine Rooms

The Walkways are a magical setting for elegant dining, receptions and private celebrations and alternative meetings.
A feast for the senses, the atmospheric Engine Rooms invite your guests into a Victorian world where steam was king. in addition to the giant engines, the Engine Rooms also present a range of intriguing exhibits which ensure conversation will continue to flow well into the night.

Private event in the Engine Rooms, Tower Bridge


OUR TIPS

A dedicated long-established collaboration with a top Asian caterer can brilliantly take care of any special request from vegetarian to Jain menus.


IN COMBINATION WITH

  • Speedboat experience on river Thames – from elegant atmosphere to sheer action keeping the same backdrop. Your MICE travel groups have the unique opportunity to experience the most powerful speedboat engines in Central London, accompanied by James Bond’s music: now, that’s extreme sightseeing!
  • Soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis games -from an historic icon to an iconic sport event… we are in London after all: you name it, you get it… so it is just a matter of choice, and planning!

Adrenaline sightseeing along the Thames

 

A BELGIAN PRIVATE CASTLE, Ardennes region

La Vie de Château literally translated means “castle life”, but it’s also a French expression which means to have a great experience, to live like a King, to be surrounded by luxury … In every sense guests will be following in the footsteps of the lords and ladies of the castle – but with the added advantage of modern-day comforts.

The concept of ‘new life on old foundations’ has been realised at Château Jemeppe through a combination of an impressive historical setting with state-of-the-art modern facilities:  meeting rooms with the latest electronic equipment, a brasserie, restaurants, lounges, a centuries-old vaulted cellar with exquisite wines, elegant libraries with open fireplaces, theatre halls, a sauna, and wonderful suites and bedrooms. Château Jemeppe even has its own chapel.

A truly Royal stay in a Homely atmosphere, a perfect MICE travel location for Indian discerning guests!

 

A special welcome to the guests: like Kings & Queens!

Capacity and event types
– 50 to 120 people (77 rooms, many of which can have a twin set up)

Château Jemeppe is located in Hargimont, a quiet village in the Belgian Ardennes region, between Namur and Bastogne. The complex, situated on a hilly estate of some 160 acres, is easy to reach, at less than an hour’s drive from Brussels center and the international airport at Zaventem.

The castle is surrounded by a moat. Beyond that there are beautifully landscaped gardens, woods and streams. There is also an enclosed tennis court and an indoor swimming pool.

Ideal location for very relaxed meetings, as well as engaging team competitions, both outdoor and indoor!

Meeting Ice-breaker networking activity

OUR TIPS

Meeting Ice-Breaker, Robbery at the Castle, The Riddle Rooms… these are some intriguing names of different team building activities that can be planned into a fully customized MICE travel program.

Moreover, very close to the castle there are two great locations to enhance guests’ experience during the event: a beautiful natural site with 17 Km of underground caves, available for private guided visits as well as surprise aperitifs & concerts; a picturesque riverside restaurant for al fresco dining & networking .

Welcome reception in the caves & al fresco dinner at the riverside

IN COMBINATION WITH

Brussels (1 hour’s drive to the north), Bruges (1 further hour’s drive from Brussels to the north), Amsterdam (2 hours’ train ride from Brussels).

 

A POLISH SALT MINE, Krakow

The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage, is Poland’s oldest business venture, one of its most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture. Today, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of of more than 700 years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure.

The rich rock salt deposit in Wieliczka was formed more than a dozen million years ago.

And salt has been an inseparable companion of humankind: not only enriched the flavour of food, but the purse of merchants trading in it

Salt is present in many traditional sayings “Vitae sal amicita – Friendship is the salt of life” Romans proclaimed in the past, and still today the Polish – to know somebody, you must eat a barrel of salt together!

In 2018 “Wieliczka” Salt Mine counted more than 1,7 million visitors from all over the world, and over 370 events…  and one of your MICE travel clients could be the next to stage a special underground event there!

Descent to Wieliczka saltmine

Capacity and event types

The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine boasts 8 chambers carved in salt during the Middle Ages: a unique venue for most elegant gala dinners, private events and concerts.

Capacity of each chamber ranges from 30 to 700 people, according to the different set ups.

Underground gala dinner, Wieliczka saltmine

OUR TIPS

“Miners’ route” team-building activity. Covered in working clothes and armed with mining equipment descending  into the darkness by the oldest existing mine shaft, the Regis guided by the light of their mining lamps: guests become novice miners and start to learn the basics of this demanding profession. To each of them is attributed a specific mining task by the guide, known at the mine as the Foreman, who will carefully evaluate their execution. Far off the busier Tourist Route, they measure the concentration of methane, dig and transport salt and explore unknown chambers.

Miners’ route team-building activity, Wieliczka saltmine

IN COMBINATION WITH

Krakow (less than 30 min drive), Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum of Martyrdom and concentration camp (about 40 min drive from Krakow), Wroclaw (about 3 hours’ drive from Krakow) or, at similar distance, Warsaw, the capital of Poland (about 3 hours’ drive from Krakow).

 

So, UK, Belgium, Poland, or…let you and your clients be inspired by our suggestions for MICE travel

and please consider that everything will be customized by Polo Marco Experience’s team, taking best care of Indian travellers’ requirements…

We, at Polo Marco Experience, are your “expert arm” and “passionate heart” here in Europe, to craft your ideal “Made-for-India” MICE itineraries… have a look and  get in touch with us!

 

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