C&IT joined event planners from Emu Events, CL Venues, Green and Pleasant Events, Gasp Events, In2Global and Abel 2, who reconvened in the off-the-beaten-track ski resort destination Flims, in east Switzerland, over the weekend more than ten years after meeting for the first time on Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau's annual Swiss Meetings Trophy.
Flims provided the perfect destination for a fun-filled reunion, with FLF Meetings, the convention bureau for the Flims, Laax and Falera region, arranging a high-octane itinerary for the group to get stuck into.
For the duration of the three-day trip, the group stayed at the luxury five-star Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa, a 142-room property with one of Switzerland’s most renowned and stunning wellness spas. December last year marked the completion of its £32m renovation, which updated guestrooms, lobby areas and meeting and event spaces.
With the team arriving in Flims on Saturday afternoon (7 January), several site inspections were arranged at nearby properties, including Hotel Adula and Hotel Schweizerhof. A transfer was then made to neighbouring town Laax where two large properties, Sigina Hotel and Rocks Resort, are located.
The group then got their first taste of the surrounding mountains with a nighttime hike up to Tegia Lamags, a cosy après-ski style hut where fondue and schnapps awaited. With spirits high, the group journeyed down to the bottom of the mountain on sleds at rocket-speed.
Having had a taste of the mountain air, it was time to hit the slopes with some team members braving the heights of Mountain Crap Sogn Gion, while others kept to the training slopes!
An afternoon of relaxation was well earned, with the afternoon spent sampling the hotel's newly renovated spa, before a three-course dinner at Restaurant Epoca, a relaxed fine dining eatery serving local alpine fare.
On the final day of the itinerary it was time to get active once again with a trip to the Waldhaus Arena, an event space for up to 1,800 delegates located on the grounds of the hotel that doubles as a curling rink in the winter months. After a few practice goes assisted by a local coach, the group divided into two teams to compete in their first ever curling match, with the winners gliding to a 3-0 victory.
After lunch at the venue’s restaurant, it was time to make the journey home via Zurich Airport where the group were able to sample Swiss Air’s business class service.
(Left to right pictured on the Swiss Meetings Trophy in 2006: Steve Manning - Gasp Events, Liesa Coates - In2Global, Lois Baker - Abel 2, Frances Green - Green and Pleasant Events, Martina Aberle - CL Venues)
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