On Saturday 26th April ‘IBTA’ had the opportunity to spend a day visiting PortAventura Convention Centre, Hotel Caribe, Hotel PortAventura and Hotel Gold River, where they stayed with direct access to PortAventura Park.
During this day some members of the PortAventura Business & Events sales team gave the IBTA team a guided tour of the centre’s facilities. Among the attendees who were able to enjoy this visit were: Juli Buriel, General Manager of IBTA and Meritxell Gacimartín IBTA Communications Director, in addition to managers and representatives from companies such as Thea Laboratories, Autoglass, Farma Group, Jungheinrich, Global Event and Nissan.
Team members were able to enjoy a welcome dinner at Hotel Gold River’s Opera restaurant set in the Wild West. During the visit they did not pass up the opportunity to soak up the warm setting that recreates the fishing village of Mediterrània, savouring the moment with a glass of wine in the Vinosfera restaurant and later with a paella in the authentically Mediterranean Raco de Mar.
“These days have been packed and in my case I have returned to relive the spirit of PortAventura”, “It was a surprise to discover the magnificent convention centre and the possibilities that Port Aventura offers as a whole” were the impressions of David Catalán, Autoglass Customer Service, and Berta Sanchís, Nissan, respectively.
‘Fam Trip Travel Manager’: a product familiarisation trip.
‘Fam Trip’ is not only organised as a visit to the park, but also with the objective of gaining a better understanding of what the resort has to offer by way of events and conferences. With this first contact with the space, in 2014, the MICE sector will take on a more prominent role in future visits.
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PortAventura Convention Centre present at FITUR, sponsors the VI National Business Travel Congress 2014
In its sixth consecutive year with FITUR, the VI National Business Travel Congress 2014 had a varied programme that addressed the latest trends in the MICE sector. PortAventura Business & Events, present with a stand at FITUR, sponsored the IBTA Conference, participating in Spain’s largest Business Travel gathering, which brought together around 500 professionals, making it an excellent opportunity to meet experts within the industry.
As part of the last edition of FITUR (International Tourism Trade Fair) the “V Business Travel Congress “ was held at the IFEMA North Congress and Convention Centre in Madrid. Organised by IBTA, more than 500 people took part, making it a leading event for the business travel sector. PortAventura Business & Events was present as it is one of the sponsors for the congress, and also entered two stays at the resort into a prize draw for the attendees.
On Thursday 31 January 2013, the “V Business Travel Congress” offered an interesting programme of activities, of particular interest: Launch + Round Table with Travel Managers on the IBTA + GBTA report “Global Trends in Business Travel Purchasing“, a speech given from the viewpoint of a Head-hunter on “What is the Buyer Profile that companies look for?”“, a talk on “The importance of Securing Corporate Events“, the IBTA 2013 Awards Ceremony and networking activities involving the participants.
Both parties have signed a collaborative agreement for future events. With more than 900 members, IBTA is the most important association for buyers of business and MICE travel in Spain and Portugal. Its principal objective is to represent the travel and tourism institutions collective, circulating information and news regarding the industry and boosting professional development through training solutions adapted to the needs of each member.
Due note should also be taken of the international arm of IBTA; forming part of the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association), the most important industry association with a network of over 14,000 professionals within Europe. For more than 40 years, GBTA has specialised in the business travel industry, a market that is becoming more and more influential within the economic and business environment.