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"At the Guinness Storehouse, groups can learn the history of Guinness and get a lesson in how to pour pints." The city's newest hotel is the edgy 52-room Dean Hotel, which features a rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views of the city. Hipster touches include in-room turntables and vinyl, and skateboards for guests. The Blue Room accommodates 120 for a reception and 50 for a meeting. SCOTLAND Another took place inside Beato Convent, a 17th-century structure accommodating groups of up to 500. IRELAND Dublin was the most popular international destination in 2014 for Jodie Swailes, senior geographic buyer at ITA Group, who calls it "an incredible buy. The hotel rates include VAT and breakfast, and the airport tax is lower than in other European cities." For an upcoming incentive trip this summer, she is using Dublin for 5 nights and extending the trip for top performers with another three nights at Dromoland Castle, a magnificent luxury hotel in County Clare. She also recommends extending from Dublin to Belfast "for the experienced travelers who are looking for something unique." Must-do's while in Dublin are a pub crawl or a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. "It has a lovely bar with lovely bar with 360 degree views," says Swailes. "Groups learn the history of Guinness and get a lesson in how to pour pints." She has brought in a U2 cover band in the past to complete the mood. In Scotland, The Gleneagles Hotel is adding a new 27,000-sf event space, The Gleneagles Arena, with capacity for up to 2,000, is set to open in May. Though Gleneagles is known for its golf, another activity for groups is its world-class Shooting School. There's no experience necessary and participants can try a sample of shooting activities, from clay pigeons to falconry. London 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wilson leads a full day of group activities at the Shooting School. Plans have been released for an arena in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens that would become an iconic symbol for the city, similar to Sydney's Opera House. The project could cost upwards of $45 million. Also in the early stages is a 210-room luxury hotel at St. James Center. The property is part of a massive city center development, one of the biggest projects in the U.K., to transform the area with retail and residential development. ITALY Much of the hotel development in Italy is in the form of smaller micro-boutique properties, or, in Italian, "urban locande." U.S. 56 | prevue magazine 50-57_Europe.indd 56 4/22/15 12:32 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