No other city in the world has as many points of interest per square kilometre as Amsterdam! From museum to nightclub, or city beach to top restaurant, Amsterdam has it all. Don’t forget the city’s rich history and famous canals, the lively outdoor cafés and green city parks. Amsterdam is a metropolis with the classical, intimate setting of a village. The dunes, the sea and centuries-old nature reserves complete with castles are just a short train ride away. Amsterdam is buzzing with creative energy and not only does it offer a scenic location full of picturesque canals and dramatic architecture from the medieval to modern ages, but also possibilities to collaborate with the sustainable start-ups, multinational corporations, top universities and cutting-edge research institutions that call this city home.
Gateway to the Grand Ouest in the Loire Valley, ideally located less than 90 minutes from Paris, Angers will seduce you by the quality of its welcome and the city’s attractive lifestyle. In Angers, everything can be done on foot, backed by an extensive public transport system – assets that make trips to Angers simple and easy. In the forefront of the horticulture sector with a world-class cluster for vegetal innovation, Végépolys, Angers is also distinguished in terms of health and digital with a label ‘French Tech’ for its IoT ecosystem. In 2019, its new, re-designed convention centre will open, offering 18 state-of-the-art meeting rooms for conferences of up to 1,240 delegates, 5,000m2 of reception and exhibition space and a new terrace with a breathtaking panoramic view of a botanical garden. A unique setting of greenery bathed in natural daylight. Photo credit: Ville d’Angers
South Korea’s largest port city, Busan has been one of the nation’s largest trade hubs for centuries, exporting Korean industry and culture far and wide while bringing the influence of the world to its shores. Visitors to Busan therefore can expect to encounter a dynamic city, forever changing with the times, a fun-loving people always looking for excuses to hold vibrant festivals, a rich culture of seafood, a modern metropolis flanked by colourful mountain villages, and sandy beaches galore.
Calgary, Canada is a boutique size destination with big-city energy. Recognized globally for volunteerism, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride, Calgarians are the ultimate hosts. Along with their famous hospitality, visitors enjoy uncompromised convenience in a vibrant meeting at the doorstep of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. As an attendee, you will have plenty to see and do, whether it's taking part in one of the 700-plus annual cultural events, experiencing the tastes at over 6,000 restaurants, shopping at hundreds of unique retail shops, enjoying the city's arts and entertainment scene or exploring urban parks and river pathways.
Cartagena de Indias is a magical city located on the Caribbean coast. It is best known internationally for its historic Old City, which is enclosed by 11 kilometres of colonial walls and has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. The Spanish colonial architecture, its streets, buildings and monuments are the best preserved in South America. With a strategic location ashore the Caribbean Sea and a privileged climate free of hurricanes, the city magically combines history and modernity. City of sea breeze, colorful sunsets and host to great meetings and legendary encounters of the Americas and the world. The City offers non-traditional venues such as bulwarks, squares and forts. Its unique events, exquisite gastronomy and invaluable historical and cultural allure, combine for a magical experience. Named one of the Condé Nast Traveller’s 50 most beautiful cities.
Mexico City is a fascinating capital that seduces its visitors with countless options to know and enjoy. A colourful city rich in history and traditions, with many splendid innovations, vast in art, culture and culinary offerings, as well as modernity and conveniences, architecture and visual beauty. Plus, of course, the human warmth that’s characteristic of a cosmopolitan, friendly, open and diverse metropolis ideal for meetings, congresses, conventions, exhibitions and incentive trips, ensuring all visitors will enjoy a city that has it all.
Dubai’s strategic location between East and West makes it the perfect place for a meeting of global delegates. With a strong history and culture forged by its roots as an age-old trading entrepôt, Dubai today is a global knowledge and business hub from where one-third of the world’s population is within a four-hour flight and two-thirds are within an eight-hour flight. Where tradition meets ambition and renowned for its futuristic architecture, this visionary city has made it its mission to become ‘the world’s most visited city’.
Located in the heart of Mexico (one of the most visited countries in the world) is León, Guanajuato. This is a city with a strong tradition in shoemaking which has branched out into tourism. Today, it is one of the leading destinations in this industry. Considered to be on the brink of modernity León, Guanajuato is the host-city of major events which have put this city in the spotlight within Mexico and around the world because of the quality and diversity of venues, as well as its strategic location, easily accessed by air or land. Known as the Capital of Footwear, León concentrates its economic activity in the shoe industry - however, tourism has managed to diversify the economic efforts and activity of the city today, reaching a massive 30% of the city’s income. To this effect, León is one of the most important tourist and business centres in Mexico.
The European Metropolis of Lille (MEL), your next destination!The French touch at the crossroads of three major European capital cities: Brussels, Paris and London. Lille, capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region, is proud of its festive traditions and its gastronomy. Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before finally becoming French, Lille has an outstanding architectural wealth. A trading city since medieval times, a citadel under Louis XIV, a hive of industry during the 19th century and a city of ambition during the 20th century, Lille offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future.
Macao is made for meetings of all sizes offering fully integrated convention precincts, over 190,000 sqm of meeting space and 37,000 hotel rooms all conveniently within 30 square kilometres. Ease of access via Hong Kong International Airport and Macao International Airport and a land gateway to mainland China for over 400 years. Asia's entertainment centre and a UNESCO heritage destination.
Called the city of eternal spring with its very pleasant 24C° (75.2°F) average climate, Medellín is renowned for its social projects such as the escalators in the 13th Commune, the Library Parks and the integrated public transport system; all contributing to the city’s transformation process and one of the reasons why more visitors come each year to enjoy culture, nature, shopping and gastronomy, worthy of international standards. 8% of the domestic GDP is generated in Medellín and its geographically strategic location and public service infrastructure, hotels and scenarios for holding academic and social events have made this city an ideal destination for convention tourism. It is the second most important and third most visited city in Colombia, covering an area of 382 sqkm and standing 1,475 metres above sea level.
Milan is located in the very heart of Europe. Internationally known as the most important capital for fashion, design and finance. With more than 450 restaurants, Milan offers a huge number of opportunities to taste the best Italian cuisine or international specialties. Milan is a compact city rich in culture and art, home to Leonardo's 'Last Supper' masterpiece, the La Scala Theatre and walking distance from most of the famous historical monuments. It is also a dynamic city, a place where the most important events, congresses, conventions and exhibitions take place. Milan has a very efficient infrastructure system, which makes it a great hub in Europe; with its three international airports connecting delegates to the city centre in less then 30 minutes and the European railway network, offering an efficient public transportation system in the city and outskirts.
Located just 11 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea in the heart of the Occitanie region in the South of France, Montpellier is the ideal business destination; a historic effervescent city with attractions that rank amongst the most prestigious world heritage sites. An urban tourist destination, a top-ranking university city, and the seventh-largest city in France with a population of 282,143 and an overall community of 457,839 people, Montpellier Méditerranée Metropole joins Mediterranean lifestyle with all the resources of a major city.
Nantes, an amazingly creative destination! Gateway to Brittany, Nantes stands out as a destination that is both creative and sustainable. The marvellous Voyage à Nantes with its fantastic machines and urban itinerary showcases Nantes as a thriving, amazing city. With activities ranging from a ride on a Giant Elephant to meetings or gatherings, the convention bureau’s team creates weird and wonderful experiences that participants will remember for years to come. Green Capital of Europe 2013, Nantes makes sustainable development a key aspect of its business tourism offering. We are the first French destination to be in the Global Destination Sustainability - http://gds-index.com/index/?city=Nantes
Nice’s history was built on sharing, welcoming and inspiration and the city is nowadays one of the major destinations for the international tourist industry. Nice is also becoming an innovative, relevant, contemporary, avant-garde city with its eyes on the future. More open to the world through its airport - the second largest in France - it bubbles with energy and creativity. It is also home to cutting-edge medical research with the University Hospital of Nice (CHU) and Pasteur 2, bringing together a hospital, a research centre and a university campus – with a huge auditorium to round off the meeting facilities. Finally, Nice is a city dedicated to sustainability – through the ISO 14001 certification obtained by Acropolis Congress and Exhibition Center, and ongoing projects like the Eco-Valley with a future 75,000 sqm exhibition and congress centre.
The thrilling and dynamic city of Seoul is the heart of South Korea and has continued to beat day and night as its capital for over 600 years. It is home to ancient royal palaces and temples but also to some of the world’s biggest companies while its many industries such as electronics, IT, healthcare, and automobiles are recognized as among the best in the world. Shoppers, outdoor enthusiasts, gourmands, solo, and group travelers will find Seoul offers something for everyone and a range of exciting festivals and events throughout the year - from fireworks festivals to lantern festivals - makes one’s stay extra memorable. Seoul also has state-of-the art infrastructure including world-class accommodation, modern transportation systems and citywide broadband internet access with the fastest internet speeds in the world.
Home to the Dutch Royal Family and The Netherlands’ government, The Hague is a vibrant city with a rich history. The beautiful architecture reflects its stature and influence, harmoniously blending with a dynamic and modern vibe - together conferring a unique identity to The Hague. The city enjoys plenty of international appeal and takes pride in its status as the International City of Peace and Justice. What’s more, the cityscape features numerous museums, theatres, parks, gardens, as well as a beach - a perfect environment where The Hague’s rich cultural scene can be enjoyed.
• 4th Best City in the World to Experience Culture by Foreign Policy’s Global Cities Index • 2nd Largest Financial Centre in North America and 7th in the World by The Banker Magazine • University of Toronto Ranked 1st in Canada in Clinical and Pre-Clinical Medicine & 4th in the World for Medical Research according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2015-2016.