A country like no other, Australia engages, challenges, provokes and transforms. It encourages people to discover new ideas, concepts and ways of looking at the world. Complementing this, Australia has a distinguished track record of hosting large-scale international conventions. First-class convention centres lead the world in service and catering while convention bureaux facilitate access to some of Australia’s greatest minds, who will inspire and challenge your audience. Add to this unique ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences and friendly people, and it’s easy to see why there’s nothing like Australia for business events.
Costa Rica is an excellent alternative for meetings and incentive travel. The country offers a wide variety of tourist attractions, a fresh approach, creativity and professionalism. This consolidated proposal stems from the large number of testimonials and references that reflect the excellent results of events organised and held in our country. Allow us to share some of the most important reasons to consider when choosing your meeting and incentive travel destination, including: accessibility, strategic location, experience, well-being and quality, excellent infrastructure, advanced education, a variety of activities and sustainability. In 2017, Costa Rica rose 10 positions in the ICCA world ranking of meeting tourism, to 53 among 200 countries. Now, with its gaze firmly on the international association market, Costa Rica is increasing its offer with the 2018 opening of the Costa Rica Convention Center.
England is one of the leading destinations for hosting major international business events, combining a reputation for innovation and creativity with world-class infrastructure and superb access from across the globe. For centuries, the country has been a hotbed of innovation and the home of world-changing advances, including the invention of the lightbulb and internet. Many global companies have their headquarters in England, and English universities are among the world’s finest. As a global leader in a number of key industry sectors, England attracts 7.5m international business visitors every year. England has particular strengths in life sciences and healthcare; technology; advanced manufacturing; renewable energy; finance and business services; and the digital and creative industries.
Japan is a leading destination for hosting association conferences in Asia. Our strengths lie in the diverse portfolio of destinations we can offer associations. With well-developed meetings infrastructure in major cities across the country including Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Kobe and Fukuoka, associations are not restricted to Tokyo. Additionally, having produced 23 Nobel Prize winners, Japan is a world leader in diverse fields including science, electronics, medicine, agriculture and earthquake engineering, while Japan’s renowned safety and cleanliness offers a worry-free experience for conference delegates. Japan has a multi-layered culture, a perfect blend of modern and traditional, and its shrines, temples and rich gastronomic culture make it a popular destination for international visitors. A visit to Japan will inspire you with new ideas.
Malaysia provides a compelling hub for connections with Asia. Situated between two economic giants - China and India - and well supported by its progressive business and economic policies, Malaysia ranks as the 7th Most Price Competitive Country (Travel & Tourism Competitive Report 2015 - World Economic Forum) and within the top 10 Most Peaceful Countries (Global Peace Index 2015) in Asia Pacific. A nation where English is widely spoken, complemented by a kaleidoscope of cultural, natural, historical, geographical and gastronomical splendours, Malaysia presents an exceptional, value-for-money destination for staging successful business events.
The island-state of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea and consists of three islands: main island Malta, Gozo and Comino. With short flight times and various flight connections from most European gateways, travelling to Malta is convenient. The island’s small size also plays to organisers’ advantage as transfer times are kept to a minimum allowing the flexibility for quality programmes. The Mediterranean climate offers endless opportunities for indoor or outdoor events. Malta has also built a strong reputation for staging conferences, summits and large-scale events for corporations and international associations. The country’s official languages are Maltese and English offering good value for time and investment.
Mexico is in 22nd place in the worldwide ICCA ranking. Events like 67th International Congress of Astronautics (Guadalajara City), the FIFA Congress 2016 (Mexico City) and Biodiversity Cop 13 (Cancun), were hosted in different Mexican destinations showing their capability to receive major events. Since January 2004, 0% VAT reform has eliminated value added tax on congresses, conventions, fairs and expos held by foreign companies in Mexico. No sales tax is charged on lodging, ground transportation and most event services. Foreign attendees can also be reimbursed for tax paid on their shopping purchases. The Mexico Tourism Board will help by providing more information.
Monaco is an obvious business destination: Excellent hotel facilities offering 2,300 rooms, with a real tradition of welcome and a modern, eco-certified congress centre, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, which is internationally recognised by the profession. Nestled in the heart of Europe, less than two hours by air from the major cities and situated near the Nice Côte d’Azur international airport, it is easily accessible. Monaco’s assets are not just geographical, but its other advantages are less well known. It is a hard working ‘city-nation’ and a highly diversified economy platform. With a calendar of more than 500 business events, including numerous association congresses, Monaco is strengthening its position as a destination for events. Prices are reasonable in this safe state, the climate is sunny even in winter and the Principality’s image is strong and dynamic.
New Zealand’s unforgettable mix of breath-taking natural landscapes, state-of-the-art facilities and unique visitor experiences makes it the perfect location for your next business event. Our venues are world-class and never far from exhilarating activities, stunning food and wine and natural scenery that will stop you and your delegates in your tracks. And because New Zealand is easy to get around, you can experience a whole lot in one trip. No matter where in New Zealand you hold your event, you will find fantastic service and friendly staff willing to go the extra mile to create events that exceed expectations.
Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Qatar combines the attractions of a dynamic and forward-looking modern society with the charms and traditions of its deeply-rooted culture. One of the world’s most prosperous and rapidly developing economies, Qatar has also emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing leisure and business events destination.
With its strategic location, Singapore serves as a hub for Asia, attracting a good cross representation of delegates from across Southeast Asia, China and India. Event organisers can take advantage of the increasing interest in Asia from the international business community - and attract delegates looking to access and harness the growing opportunities in this region. Singapore also constantly strives to differentiate itself with a strong base of quality business events and programmes that complement key economic sectors which underpin Singapore’s economy. Singapore’s ongoing transformation further enhances the city’s appeal as an award-winning business destination.
Switzerland is a conference destination with a long tradition and fine reputation. This positive image benefits both conference organisers and participants, who famously find not just a spectacular setting but also professional expertise in all areas. Its central location in Europe with easy access, state-of-the-art public transport system, lowest VAT in Europe, world-class conference centres and great hotel infrastructure are compelling arguments to place a conference in Switzerland. But this small country with its unique diversity also offers plenty of excitement and tremendous variety. Even from the largest Swiss cities you can reach unspoilt nature and spectacular scenery quickly and easily.