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Above: Hotel Marqués de Riscal design and artwork reflect the local setting, and menus are locally inspired. Also on the Gran Via is the 76-room Principal Hotel Madrid, with an atmosphere that's part 21st-century Manhattan loft and part posh British clubhouse. In Elciego, the breathtaking Hotel Marqués de Riscal beckons with its Frank Gehry design. The 45-room property, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, includes a Michelin-starred restaurant. Its setting amidst older stone buildings and countless vineyards is ripe for exploration. Guided winery tours can introduce guests to the art of wine-making-finishing, of course, with a tasting. Madrid was the final stop for 500 top performers on a 5-day incentive trip organized by Creative Group Vice President Chuck Czaplewski for a major insurance company. The company chartered a train to take the 300 top-tier winners to Seville for a day, where they had lunch at Spain's oldest bullring, the Plaza de Toros. The program began in Lisbon, which Czaplewski calls one of his "favorite go-to destinations" because of its value. "It's the westernmost point of continental Europe so the flights are shorter. And it's known for its tremendous wine and seafood." But it was the venues that captured attendees' imaginations: One dinner was held at Colares Winery in Sintra, with 350 people seated at a single long Imperial table among 2,000 lit candles. Emerging Destinations These 3 destinations have all the ingredients for an artisan jewelry and ceramics to choose from; a Sicilian feast unforgettable meeting or incentive trip. with traditional food and folk dancing in an authentic fish Krakow: caught the meeting industry's attention in February, when MPI hosted its European Meetings market; and an exclusive visit to the catacombs. Istanbul's: hotel growth has it ranked with cities and Events Conference. The opening night was held in including London for the number of properties opening the extraordinary Wieliczka Salt Mine. Krakow's airport this year. "Istanbul's venues and hotels have expanded connects to all the major European hubs, as well as the their focus on MICE clients by going as far as building brand-new ICE Krakow Congress Centre. specific packages around verticals such as pharmaceutical Sicily: has won Site's Crystal Award for the past companies," says Catherine Chaulet, president of Global two years. In 2014, planners took the Young Presidents DMC Partners. The city's growth includes the development Organization on two challenging hikes in a single day-a trek of a new airport, expected to have an annual capacity of along the Alcantara River, followed by a hike up Mount Etna. 150 million passengers-the world's largest, set to include Other local activities included a private shopping event with hotels and a convention center when it opens in 2018. 54 | prevue magazine 50-57_Europe.indd 54 4/22/15 12:31 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2015

Planner’s Pick: South Africa
Fresh Meets: Sheraton Expands in China
Bureau Buzz: Meet Hawaii
Good Business: Accor on Gender Equality
Sea Shores: Windstar Cruises
Experience Luxury
On Location: Destination Resorts
On Location: Northeast Florida
On Location: Iberostar Playa Mita
On Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Checkout: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall & Zilara Rose Hall

Prevue May/June 2015