Last weekend (6- 8 January), more than ten years on, the UK contingent from the 2006 Swiss Meetings Trophy reunited in the snowy region of Flims, Switzerland to see what the ski incentive destination has to offer for groups. Event planners from Emu Events, CL Venues, Green and Pleasant Events, Gasp Events, In2Global and Abel 2 gathered for a three-day trip which kicked off with site inspections of Hotel Adula and Hotel Schweizerhof, followed by a nighttime hike up to Tegia Lamags, a cosy après-ski style hut where fondue and schnapps awaited.
On the second day team members braved the heights of Mountain Crap Sogn Gion followed by an afternoon sampling the hotel's newly renovated spa and a three-course dinner at Restaurant Epoca. 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 attempts assisted by a local coach, the group divided into two teams to compete in their first ever curling match.
On Tuesday (10 January), Mason Rose hosted its C&I Showcase event at Sexy Fish which was attended by 43 MICE agents including Banks Sadler, Group 7 Events, AddingValue, Villiers, Black Tomato and Lillingston. The networking event introduced agents to key hoteliers including Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Forte Village and Castel Monastero, Adriatic Luxury Hotels, Marbella Club and Vidago Palace to discuss news, destination updates and creative event planning. The cocktail party featured bespoke drinks, canapes and luxurious prizes from all the participating hoteliers as well as Flemings Mayfair and Evian Resort. The event was repeated the following day (Wednesday 11) at Coworth Park attended by Blue Line Events, Penguins, BCD and Touch Associates, with a sit-down meal.
Thursday (12 January) saw Hampton Court Palace open up it's Tudor Tavern, complete with 'Henry VIII' mingling with the guests. A vintage bus transfer collected guests from Waterloo, with champagne and popcorn served on board. On arrival, attendees were welcomed off the bus with mugs of mulled wine, then enjoyed treats from food stalls named ‘Who ate all the pies’ and the ‘King’s carvery table’ , along with a gin bar offering an array of drink options to be enjoyed throughout the evening.
After food and drinks, guests were invited on a ghost tour of the palace to discover it's spooky history, culminating in a walk in the dark along the most haunted corridor in the building.
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