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American Express Meetings & Events España holds annual kick-off at PortAventura Convention Centre and PortAventura Park.

During the two-day event, the 150 delegates participated in professional meetings and a series of team-building and gamification activities.

The participants stayed at the exclusive Hotel Callaghan’s with direct access to PortAventura Park, where they enjoyed a team-building activity. In the evening, a gala dinner was held at the Gran Opera restaurant of the Gold River Hotel, followed by a exclusive party at the Far-West Saloon of PortAventura Park.



Discover all the event venues offered by PortAventura Business & Events: A 13,000 m2 Convention Centre, five hotels with 2,100 rooms, the exclusive opening of areas in PortAventura Park, team-building activities, a beach club, three golf courses… an endless number of one-of-a-kind venues, just one hour away from Barcelona airport.

Since the opening of PortAventura Convention Centre, we have accommodated more than 1,100 events on both a national and international scale. Brands such as Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, Sharp, IBM, HP, Fiat, Peugeot, Seat and Unilever have put their faith in PortAventura Business & Events for the organisation of their corporate or incentive events, trade shows and meetings.

PortAventura Business & Events offers all types of original experiences to ensure the success of any incentive trip. Much more than a venue, it is an experience that becomes a memorable one for participants. Here, delegates can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities in order to disconnect from their job, be rewarded for a year of hard work, and socialize with colleagues and bosses.

Exclusive opening of the amusement park
The exclusive use of PortAventura Park will be an unrepeatable experience for delegates. Attractions, private shows, theme restaurants… They will be able to enjoy these services on their own, experiencing its famous attractions, such as Dragon Khan and Shambhala, the highest roller coaster in Europe. Furthermore, the park’s different areas will transport them immediately to different environments, like Mediterranea, Polynesia, Mexico, China, Far West, and Sesame Adventure, distributed over 100 hectares.

Golf tournaments at the Lumine
The ideal option for golfers. With three golf courses totalling 45 holes, two of which have been designed by Greg Norman, the Lumine will lend any event the perfect balance between nature and fun. Whatever their handicap, delegates will live an authentic golfing experience in incomparable surroundings.

Team-building activities
It is possible to promote teamwork and strengthen leadership thanks to the team-building activities organized by PortAventura Business & Events. With the aim of motivating delegates, reinforcing the feeling of belonging to a group, and enjoying the facilities along with their colleagues, PortAventura Business & Events offers countless activities, the most popular being gymkhanas in the park, and sports and group dynamics activities, which can be adapted to the objectives or personality of companies. Those most green-friendly delegates can choose between different CSR options.

Endless options
Gourmets can choose from the restaurant services of PortAventura Business & Events. Gala menus, buffets, finger food, and barbeques figure among a host of possibilities that will delight the most demanding palates at a unique venue within the resort’s facilities that best adapts to the theme of their event: from the minimalist décor of the Lumine restaurant to the themed ambience of the Saloon, through the terraces of the convention centre.

The resort’s hotel services
After a fun team-building session, a day enjoying the exclusive use of the amusement park or a delicious gala dinner, there is nothing better than retiring to a hotel close at hand. PortAventura World’s hotel offerings comprise four 4-star hotels and one 5-star hotel, totalling 2,100 rooms, located a stone’s throw from the convention centre. Services and facilities feature swimming pools, restaurants with spacious terraces, and extensive gardens, which are all themed, so that delegates can be transported to Mexico, the Caribbean, a picturesque Mediterranean fishing village, or the Far West.

On 11, 12, 13 September the ‘M&IT Agency Challenge’ took place at the hotel ‘The Lensbury’, Teddington (London). This is a networking event where learning and teamwork are encouraged in a creative and interactive way amongst events agents in England and representatives from various destinations within the MICE industry.

Aitor del Rio, Sales Manager at PortAventura Business & Events & PortAventura Convention Centre, attended the conference with the collaboration of Claudia Schuitemaker and Kai Schomann from Hotel Republic, representatives in the British market.

Meetpie, official organisers of this event, prepared various activities with the primary objective to inform, educate and build professional relationships between suppliers and agents in a fun setting.

Divided into 4 teams, agents competed in different trials to score as many points as possible to win the big challenge, and suppliers were on-hand to support the different teams in their efforts to achieve the highest score.

 From taking on tests involving a ball measuring over 1.5 metres to kayaking along a stretch of the River Thames, these were just some of the obstacles the teams had to overcome in the gymkhana.

 In addition to all the fun, there was also time for presentations at the various participating venues and one-to-one meetings with the participating agencies, as well as a more comprehensive talk on all the services they have to offer PortAventura Business & Events. To round off the day, attendees enjoyed cocktails and a boat ride along the Thames before finally arriving at the Hotel Lensbury where the event ended with a gala dinner and lots of surprises.

M&IT Agency Challenge 9.2014

The hotel chain ‘Room Mate Hotels’ held a Team Building day in PortAventura Park. The PortAventura Convention Centre was the meeting point for all participants.

Antonio Llorente, former basketball player for Real Madrid, with a career spanning over 20 years and director of  Gold Events, organised a gymkhana team event at  PortAventura under the slogan ‘Live your own adventure‘; a competition that sought to encourage attendee participation through various trials.

At the start of the event, teams assembled in the Harvard Room of the Convention Centre in preparation for the team building activities.

The more daring amongst them tackled PortAventura Park’s five theme areas to test their personal, organisational, coordination and, above all, teamwork, skills. Participants had to collect as many points as possible in over 2 hours of the activity.

Toñín Llorente y Kike Sarasola

Kike Sarasola and Antonio Llorente



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