Hello again Readers!

Welcome to the Spring edition of GSI Mice Notes by Barbara Shapiro. 

I hope your Spring break brought you back to the desk refreshed and ready to dive into the busy ‘operating programs’ season, while planning proposals for the next year’s events.

Global Travel Resources (GTR) connects international meetings/conferences/incentives supplier and support services to you, the global MICE professional.

Global Site Inspections (GSI) operates educational site inspections, giving buyers the destination experience -the sights, history, venues, hotels, food, and the people. 

Quarterly, GSI MICE Notes takes you on a ‘digital’ site Inspection. Maybe to a familiar destination with a fresh look, or a new destination with a familiar hotel name, or a different kind of cruise, or read about some hotel summer values in a normally pricey city, all helpful to your future planning. 

Don’t’ miss your invitation to ICOMEX, Mexico City, August 26-27, 2015, and some notes for your IMEX Frankfurt appointments.

You do so much for everyone else, I hope you will do this for yourself. SITE NY Chapter with SITE Global is organizing a weekend to learn and earn your CIS certification. Registration includes annual membership in SITE just for those attending this event. Details below. 

And, finally, just for fun, MARIGOLD.

So, As The World Turns, let’s go! 

Our stops in this edition  

USA – Exclusive Destination Management

Brasil – Amazon River Cruise

South Africa – Cape Town

U.A.E. – Dubai Summer Rates

Turkey – Bodrum – The Turkish Riviera

Italy – Rome, the Eternal City

UK – Lane End Conference Centre

Philadelphia – CIS Certification


Future Planning: New Hotel At Madinat Jumeirah Dubai Unveiled as Jumeirah al Naseem

First Stop – North America

USA – Exclusive Destination Management

Exclusive Destination ManagementThose of you who know me, know that my focus for many years has been on the international MICE markets, specifically the international suppliers of support and service, hotels and DMCs, to MICE Professionals in North America.

So, it is a little different to hear from me about a DMC in the US. But someone reminded me recently that not all of your meetings are planned for exciting international destinations, that your clients may also hold meetings and events right here in the USA. And, that you might need a DMC partner here too. Especially in secondary cities.

I was introduced to Exclusive Destination Management recently, and want to share their story and services with you.

Exclusive Destination Management was founded in 2005 and is a full service DMC serving areas in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Las Vegas, and select clients across the country.

Exclusive Destination Managements’ mission and goal is to provide clients with unsurpassed service by offering creative, cutting-edge ideas combined with flexibility and flawless event execution, based on the philosophy of individual hands-on attention and superior level of service from the planning stages through to the actual on-site program operation. They strive for excellence in quality, integrity and value in all they do.

Important to note here is the focus on “hands-on” and personal attention, from a company small enough to care, and big enough to handle it all.

With offices currently in Orlando, Naples and Jacksonville in Florida, Atlanta, and Las Vegas, and relationships and connections with unique and boutique hotels and venues, Exclusive Destination Management may be just the DMC you are looking for, and their website has many client kudos to prove it.

Here is your contact and please share your experience with us!
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.exclusivedm.com 

Next stop, the Southern Hemisphere, where the late Summer Sun still shines strong

Brasil - Amazon River Cruise

Brasil is South America's most influential country, an economic giant, and one of the world's biggest democracies. Brasil has it all, dense forest, hills and mountains, tropical rain forest, and long coastal strip of white sandy beaches.

In the Winter Issue we explored Sao Paulo, the largest city and the financial engine of Brasil.

Today, let’s go cruising on the Amazon River in 5 Star style.

The Amazon basin, the largest in the world, covers about 40% of South America, an area of approximately 2,720,000 sq mi. It drains from west to east, from Iquitos in Peru, across Brazil to the Atlantic. The Amazon is responsible for about 20% of the Earth's fresh water entering the ocean.

More than one-third of all known species in the world live in the Amazon rainforest, a giant tropical forest and river basin that is the richest tropical forest in the world in terms of biodiversity.

ConsolidBrasil DMC offers a rainforest experience designed for those looking for adventure with all the comfort of a 5* hotel, to get in touch with this important biosphere. Take a memorable cruise along both the Negro and Amazon Rivers.

The modern and comfortable cruise ship of 72 cabins with private balcony, including 2 luxurious royal suites, features pools, a rooftop Jacuzzi, 2 restaurants and a bar, a meeting room for 140 pax, a fitness center, internet access, is air-conditioned, has laundry and valet service, a drugstore and on-site paramedic.

The adventure begins in Manaus, famous for its spectacular Opera House. After departing Manaus choose a 3 or 4 night cruise stopping along the Amazon jungle with excursions to explore indigenous plants, trees, animals, go alligator spotting, bird watching, trekking and a photo safari, piranha fishing (optional!).

Experience meeting the local river community of extremely friendly and hospitable people, and view the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of the River Negro and River Solimoes ( which the Amazon is called at this point), where the two rivers meet and merge but do not mix, running alongside each other until they reach the sea.

Combine the Amazon Cruise with a few days of fun and sun on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, go to a samba school, discover caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, and you will deliver to your clients an incentive to remember.

Consolid Brasil is a Destination Management Company in Brazil, part of Gapnet Group and member of Consolid Latin America Association with 13 other countries. With years of experience in planning this kind of unique experience, I strongly recommend Consolid Latin AmericaConsolidBrasil. One Contact. One Continent. Success.

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Continuing west we land in…

Cape Town, South Africa

One & Only Cape TownCape Town ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg. The city is famous for its harbor, Table Mountain and Cape Point, and is home to 64% of the Western Cape’s population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expats to South Africa.

On the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, overlooking Table Mountain, is One & Only Cape Town, a premier urban chic resort uniting contemporary glamour, authentic local character and unrivalled hospitality with cuisine from gastronomic legend Nobu Matsuhisa, and one of South Africa's most exciting native talents, Reuben Riffel.

One&Only Cape Town boasts the ultimate city setting. Central to the nightlife and entertainment of one of the world’s most vibrant cities, the resort contrasts seamlessly with its striking mountainous and waterfront surroundings. Unique culinary experiences, the leading KidsOnly club and a private island world-class One&Only Spa combine to create the ultimate destination for families, couples and business travellers alike.

Offering an unprecedented level of luxury and style to one of the world’s most fascinating cities, One& Only Cape Town creates a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors. Generous interior spaces in 131 guest rooms and meeting spaces reflect the warm, muted tones of Africa’s savannahs, with bright splashes of color paying tribute to the land’s vibrant personality.

From a beautifully appointed Ballroom seating up to 150 in theatre style, to two Boardrooms seating from 12 to 25 guests, and limited complimentary WiFi throughout the resort, One & Only Cape Town is ready for Corporate functions, and incentive programs.

One&Only Cape Town serves as a gateway to the unique adventures of South Africa such as tours to Robben Island, wildlife safaris, wine country excursions and more.

One & Only Cape Town has a special offer for GSI MICE Notes readers!
A package of complimentary amenities for your guests, and a Spa certificate for YOU!

To plan your incentive at One&Only Cape Town, contact Dianna Upton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.oneandonlyresorts.com/brochures.aspx | www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Let's head to

U.A.E., Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Memorable Events this Summer Created by Jumeirah

Jumeirah Hotels & ResortsDubai and Abu Dhabi have become global business hubs the equal of London, New York, Paris and beyond, they are geographically convenient cities where international corporations meet and conduct business, and are also exciting destinations, full of things to do, places to go and see…they are cities of superlatives.

The Jumeirah Hotel Group, operating the premier hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi announces some very exciting Conference and Group Summer Rates for 2015.

While the temperatures in the U.A.E. go up during the summer, the rates in Jumeirah Hotels have gone down! Look at these U.A.E. great value rates, good from April to September, perfect for those last minute meetings or conferences your clients are requesting.

Remember that the AED is a very stable currency, pegged to the USD.
Current rate is AED 100 = USD 27.22!

City Hotels -Group Room Rates from AED 450 , and DDR from AED 170
Jumeirah Emirates Hotel - Dubai 
Jumeirah Etihad Towers – Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – Dubai

Beachside Hotels – Group Room Rates from AED 500, and DDR from AED 185
Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Dubai 
Madinat Jumeirah - Dubai 
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – Dubai

Jumeirah Creekside Summer Surprise
From 6 April to 15 September 
Check out the commissions!

Contact your Jumeirah Sales office for more details and to take advantage of these summer rates.
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Going to IMEX Frankfurt? Go to Booth # E500 for Jumeirah Dubai and E# 520 for Jumeirah Abu Dhabi.


Turkey - Bodrum on the Aegean Sea

DMTCMTTURKEY is a land of stunning geographic and cultural contrast, of historical significance, where East meets West and a fantastic destination for meetings and incentives. We visited Cappadocia in the Winter issue of GSI MICE Notes, this time we are going to the beautiful Southern Coast, to the playground of the rich and famous, the Aegean pearl of Turkey - BODRUM.

Situated on a beautiful peninsula, Bodrum home or the famous Greek historian Herodotus, and an exciting mix of ancient Greek & Roman ruins, the site of one of the ancient wonders of the world – the Mausoleum of Mausolus, and now one of the hottest destinations for international jet setters. Offering a state of the art marina designed for superyachts, in the shadow of the famous 15th century Bodrum Castle, the area comes alive at night for party-lovers.

But for all its luxe surroundings, your guests can explore enchanting villages of houses painted in white trimmed with colorful flowers, offering cozy taverns and restaurants, tucked into bays along the Bodrum Peninsula. Bodrum has a Mediterranean climate with miles of sandy beaches and locations for water sports.

Jumeirah Bodrum PalaceOpening May 1st, 2015, is the Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, a breathtaking resort set in a tranquil cove surrounded by the natural beauty of the turquoise coast, perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea. This extravagantly designed hotel of 135 rooms is made up of generous suites, luxe villas with private pools, ( a total of 57 pools!) and even a 6 bedroom Palace suite.

The perfect Turkey incentive experience would be landing in Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage site, time at the Jumeirah Pera Palace, to take in the country’s center of culture and history, and then to the Aegean coast to relax and play at the Jumeirah Bodrum Palace!

Planning this kind of program takes experience, knowledge of the details, and a professional. I recommend the best DMC in Turkey, Karin Paquay, Managing Director of Destination Convention Management Turkey.

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Jumeirah Bodrum Palace | Jumeirah Pera Palace Hotel – Istanbul
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace Factsheet

Going to IMEX Frankfurt? Make your appointment with Jumeirah Turkey - Booth # E400

Italy…."The Little Continent"

Rome – The Eternal city

Spring has arrived in Rome, the Eternal City, and it is breathtaking. The air is fresh, the flowers are blooming, the sun is warm and bright, and the streets are buzzing with the energy of the locals and international visitors. Legend says that the city of Rome, or Roma, was founded about 753 B.C. by Romolo, on the site of an older settlement, from 9 B.C. on The Palatine Hill. Located in central Italy in the Lazio region the city is bordered by the Tiber River and lies about 15 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Rome was the seat of the Roman Empire and remained the most significant city in the Western world in terms of politics and wealth for nearly 1,000 years.

PR IncentivesDiscovering Rome, this open-air museum full of archaeological ruins and artistic treasures, takes a plan, an expert guide and a good pair of walking shoes, because Rome is so rich in varied focal points. The sightseeing could be tailored by interest……classical art history, fountains and squares, ancient architecture, treasures of the Vatican, the Seven Hills of Rome ( not really hills but gentle ridges these days, but very interesting!), gastronomic, historical, and more.

A Must-See - Vatican City…..a state within a city, governed by the Pope, enclosed by Leonine walls, it includes the Basilica of St Peter’s, the Apostolic buildings and the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums contain some of the most historical works of art and artefacts in the world. But the main attraction is the Sistine Chapel. This magnificent creation of Michelangelo from 1508 to 1512, with its frescoed ceiling in brilliant colors showing among other things the Creation of the World will leave a permanent memory in your mind.

Another walking day will take us to Piazza della Rotonda, where is the ancient monument of Rome, the Pantheon, an architectural wonder. Originally built by Marcus Agrippa in 25 BC, destroyed by fire in 80 AD, the structure was completed around 125 AD by the Emperor Hadrian. The vast structure of pillars is topped by the original domed roof with an oculus at the peak, made of cast concrete, an engineering feat in itself.

There is so much more to see of historic and ancient Rome, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Appian Way, beautiful basilicas and churches, including the most ancient church in the world, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Papal gardens, the Catacombs, Trastevere, and if you want to assure you will return to Rome again, don’t forget to throw a coin into Trevi Fountain, the most magnificent fountain in Rome.

But perhaps Rome is best revealed by walking the Via Veneto, to discover the Italian culture, the Italian style, the best shopping, and the amazing food and wine, La Dolce Vita. Via Veneto, one of the most famous, elegant and exciting streets of Rome, is where you will find the 5* Jumeirah Grand Via Veneto, 116 luxe rooms and suites, a rooftop solarium, this Art Deco hotel is perfect for Roma incentive programs.

And who will create the perfect Roman Holiday incentive program? PR Incentives, Patrizia Rapisarda, winner of the 2014 SITE Crystal Award for Exceptional Motivational Travel Program – Best in Class Europe. With offices in Rome and Catania, and 25 years of making Italian incentive dreams come true, Patrizia creates individual itineraries with experience, confidence and passion.
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, www.pr-incentives.it.

www.Jumeirah.com/Grand-Via-Veneto | Jumeirah Grand Via Veneto Brochure


Lane End Conference and Training Center UK

Lane End conference and Trainign Center UKSet in 26 acres of lush woodland, in Buckinghamshire's most stunning scenery, sits an exceptional level of quality and service, including over a hundred en-suite rooms, eight main conference rooms and twenty-four meeting rooms, giving you the space you need to host almost any size of conference. Perfect for pharma training seminars , meetings or product launch conferences.

30 minutes from Heathrow Airport. 50 km from central London. Exclusive use available. Not open to the public.

Lane End programs include free superfast fiber-optic broadband across the whole site. Residential facilities en-suite bedrooms, and catering is prepared on-site and served fresh from the kitchen. From a working buffet to a formal three-course meal, Lane End's skilled team of caterers will deliver to your specifications.

Five distinct buildings, each with dedicated meeting facilities, accommodation, bar, lounge and dining facilities in a self-contained unit. Gym, sports and leisure facilities to relax after an intense day, or stage a team building event.

Lane End is a member of the Conference Centres of Excellence consortium, the UK’s largest group of specialist training and conference venues.


IDEXX LABRATORIES - global market leader in animal health diagnostics and IT solutions – need modern residential conference facilities in order to launch its new sales strategy and train its growing UK sales team. They chose Lane End Conference Centre.

AON PLC – for the fourth year in a row, multinational corporation Aon plc, specialist in risk management, insurance and HR solutions, chose Lane End to launch their Early Careers Development programme.

ACTIVE RISK – providers of the world’s first Enterprise Risk Management solution, need an experienced conference venue with well –equipped meeting facilities and ample outdoor space for team building activities to host its annual Sales Conference. “The beautiful landscaped setting at Lane End helped set the scene and created a relaxed atmosphere for conversation and networking”.

If you plan meetings, pharma training programs, team building events, and more , take a serious look at Lane End Conference Centre – it fills all the requirements you have.

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SITESITE – The SITE New York Chapter, in cooperation with SITE Global, invites you to a weekend in Philadelphia, PA. Begin the weekend with a Networking event, meet with MICE suppliers for news and new ideas.

Then join with colleagues to earn your Certified Incentiv Specialist. This is a great opportunity to add CIS to your credentials, the entry level education program for emerging professionals or executives offered by SITE. Learn the fundamentals of this exciting industry and achieve a higher understanding on the marketing and sales part of the business. No need to have previous experience and both SITE members and non-members are welcome.

An exclusive special offer for CIS Philadelphia 2015:

All non-members receive a SITE Global membership included in their CIS registration!!!


Thursday, July 16: Exclusive Sip with SITE Networking Event
Friday/Saturday, July 17 & 18: CIS Certification Program (1.5 days)
Where: Latham Hotel and The HUB, Philadelphia, PA

Program Details:

sitecis.com For Questions, Contact: Krista Reimer, VP Events of SITE New York,
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ICOMEX, Mexico City, August 5-26, 2015

ICOMEX, the leading MICE exhibition in Mexico and Latin America, is now part of the IBTM portfolio!

Moving this year to the stunning Centro Banamex in Mexico City, this is an outstanding opportunity to meet for the first time, or to refresh old relationships, with the diverse meeting and incentive destinations Mexico has to offer, from sandy beaches to desert sand, the country is filled with historical structures, beautiful resorts, luxury hotels, and wonderful people.

MICE Media Marketing is sponsoring a Hosted Buyer program to ICOMEX, managed and escorted by Barbara Shapiro, Director, Global Site Inspections. Qualified applicants receive complimentary air from select gateways in the US, 2 days of education in seminars and scheduled meetings with Mexico exhibitors, hotel accommodations, and a post-ICOMEX educational site inspection to a select Mexico destination.

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And finally………..


I really enjoyed the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, didn’t you? The charming story was a glimpse into the history, landscapes, traditions, people and culture of India, and I enjoyed the colors, the noise, the hustle-bustle of the surroundings as the story unfolded. I found myself wondering what it would be like to visit where the movie was filmed.

As happens often, the Universe caught that thought, answered it and tossed it back to me.

Out of the blue a respected industry colleague and friend of more than 2 decades, emailed to introduce me to a company that had created a program that does just that……the journey takes you to experience the culture and the destination in a wonderful way. The program wends through the Rajput kingdoms of Udaipur, Chittorgarh, & Jaipur and the former Mughal capitals of Agra & Delhi.

It includes a visit to a tailor/dressmaker, ( maybe you could copy the beautiful outfits worn by Judi Dench?) time with a local jewelry shop to watch originals being crafted, private dinners with a local family, boat ride at sunset on Like Pichola in Udaipur, jeep safari at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, train ride from Chittorgarh to Jaipur a visit to the Taj Mahal, the great architectural wonder and more.

Because GSI MICE Notes newsletter is about destinations you will love and DMCs you can trust, I would only tell you about a DMC that I had investigated and can be comfortable recommending.

Meet INDEBO, crafting extraordinary experiences since 1979. Customised travel in India with tailor-made itineraries for classical and special interest programs, incentive travel including adventure and wildlife programs, with a history of success, and an owner with impeccable credentials and success. You won’t find the Marigold program on the IndeBo website, it would be designed individually for your group or incentive, but if you email him, he will share ideas….or email me for more details.

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Future Planning


Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeirah Al NaseemThe final addition to the world’s most luxurious resort, Madinat Jumeirah, opening in 2016, will be named ‘Al Naseem’, which means a gentle wind or sea breeze in Arabic.

The name reflects the location of the hotel on the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf, set along lush, landscaped gardens and situated on the city’s longest private beach.

The 430 luxurious rooms and suites include 2 banqueting rooms complementing the existing conference and event facilities at Madinat Jumeirah.

Guests will have full access to the resort’s waterways serviced by traditional wooden abra boats, over 50 restaurant s and bars Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeirah Al Naseemat Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well as the award-winning Talise Spa, watersports and Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Jumeirah Al Naseem will take its place alongside the palatial elegance of Jumeirah Al Qasr, the calm sophistication of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and the discrete charm of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, the exquisite summerhouses that were recently listed by Tripadvisor as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the World.

Here is the full press release: www.jumeirah.com

I hope GSI MICE Notes by Barbara Shapiro/Spring will be of value to your planning and presentations. Please call or email me for more information on any of the featured destinations, or refer to this newsletter or Barbara Shapiro when contacting them directly.

Best regards
Barbara Shapiro, Director
Global Site Inspections/Global Travel Resources LLC
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