One hundred professionals from the European MICE sector took part in the event organised by Worldwide Events in collaboration with the Lloret Convention Bureau, the Costa Brava Girona Convention Bureau and the Girona City Convention Bureau & Conference Centre.
With the aim of making a valuable contribution, as a cohesive territory, and on the back of the successful first M&I Forum Masters held in the area in 2018, the Lloret Convention Bureau, together with the Costa Brava Girona Convention Bureau and the Girona City Convention Bureau, coordinated the organisation of the M&I Forum Tour, a leading MICE event, in early October 2019.
The event brought together nearly a hundred professionals from the European MICE sector –mainly from the UK, Germany and the Benelux countries–, including high-potential organisers and suppliers who took part in an experience organised by the Worldwide Events company in order to publicise the MICE offering in the Girona region through a cycling activity.
For three days, and split into three groups, participants travelled around Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro, Caldes de Malavella and Girona on different cycling routes with different degrees of difficulty and distances chosen according to the level of each group.
On these days, meetings were arranged during the morning, while the cycling stages, meals and social events were organised in different spaces and hotels along the route.
Lloret de Mar hosted the first two days of activities, comprising an introductory cycling route and warm-up on Thursday afternoon, and a welcome dinner at the heritage site of Sant Pere del Bosc. The group stayed at the Gran Hotel Monterrey, where the first session of professional interviews, a working lunch and the start of the first proper cycling stage, heading into the Girona area, took place on Friday morning.
Participants then continued with the activities scheduled across the rest of the area until Sunday afternoon.
WORLDWIDE EVENTS – Chris McQue – DIRECTOR OF BUYER RELATIONS
“It’s unusual to get this level of collaboration from any CVB and it’s been an absolute joy to work with all of you in Lloret De Mar. From important aspects such as the headquarters -the Gran Hotel Monterrey- and the magnificent evening in Sant Pere del Bosc, to the fabulous coastal mountain route through Tossa to Platja d’Aro, not to mention the array of important details, it was a real privilege to work with professionals like you, and a team that we can really call friends for life!
I’m speaking on behalf of the entire senior team here at Worldwide Events / M&I Forums, when I say that we’re proud of what we’ve delivered together in the market and look forward to the continued benefits of this investment. The comments made by the participants/delegates on their Girona-Costa Brava experience have been fantastic. And if there’s anything I can do personally to help further the development of business in Lloret de Mar, don’t hesitate to call me.”
Montse Belisario, Director of the Lloret Convention Bureau
“The Lloret Convention Bureau has been working for a long time to host events for Worldwide Events, one of the most important event organisers in the sector. Specifically, the relationship arose thanks to the familiarisation trip we organised three years ago as part of the OGL Meetings project (Olot-Girona-Lloret), which brought one of the company’s staff members to our town, who was impressed with our specialised offering. Last year we were chosen as one of the venues for the M&I Experience MICE Masters, and this time around we’ve worked together again with the Costa Brava Convention Bureau and the Girona City Convention Bureau & Conference Centre as an exemplary territorial partnership that has made it possible for the event to be a great success again.”
On the Costa Brava, cycling is everywhere. The region is home to a large community of professional cyclists who use this city as a training base. Thanks to the great variety of routes in the region, its extraordinary climate and the excellent range of complementary services, the Costa Brava is a paradise for professional cyclists.
The aim was to offer a tour of our coastline to some of the most sought-after buyers in Europe. From dramatic landscapes to picturesque towns, stunning beaches to winding coastal roads, there are hundreds of miles of routes and trails that are ideal for both novice and competitive cyclists, in an extremely safe environment.
Each group consisted of a maximum of 20 cyclists, with at least one qualified guide.
As such, the 70 participants (buyers/sellers) were split into three groups according to their level of cycling expertise and experience.
LEVELS: Leisure – Sporting – Epic
Leisure cyclists had the option of riding hybrid or electric bicycles, and rode on various roads and greenways on the Costa Brava (a wide network of trails of incomparable beauty, where they could enjoy a rich and socially inclusive MICE experience.
These are athletes with a good fitness level and a desire to learn a new and very popular sport in ideal conditions. They are new or recreational road cyclists or mountain bikers who don’t normally ride more than once a week. They rode along the same trails and roads as the Epic level riders, but with shorter stretches.
High-level amateur cyclists who ride regularly and look for the perfect opportunity to experience some of the most rewarding routes in Europe, just like the pros.
THURSDAY, 3 October 2019
Arrivals throughout the day
15:00 – 18:00 Welcome, bike preparation and training – Gran Hotel Monterrey
All routes, controls, accompaniments and coordination of public roads were coordinated with the Local Police and the Civil Protection service, both on Thursday when the training sessions took place and on Friday at the time of the official departure of the Lloret stretch, from Lloret de Mar to Platja d’Aro, of the Sporting and Epic groups.
In terms of training, there were three groups, corresponding to the three levels of road cycling expertise and experience.
15:00 Transfer to the Santa Cristina Chapel heritage site, where the training took place, accompanied by a healthy snack and a lively atmosphere with music provided by a Catalan rumba duet.
16:15 Cycling route. Santa Cristina Chapel – Fenals Beach – Gran Lloret Beach – Gran Hotel Monterrey
17:00 Arrival at the hotel.
16:00 Departure from the Gran Hotel Monterrey (Bike Zone) to cycle the route to Tossa de Mar.
17:00 Transfer from Tossa de Mar back to the Gran Hotel Monterrey.
17:30 Arrival at the hotel
15:00 Departure from the Gran Hotel Monterrey (Bike Zone) to cycle the route to Tossa de Mar and back cycling also to the Gran Hotel Monterrey.
17:00 Arrival at the Hotel.
19:15 – 19:30 Transfer to the gourmet restaurant of Sant Pere del Bosc, housed in the Indiano-style building designed by the famous architect Puig i Cadafalch in the late 19th century.
19:30 – 20.00 Welcome: Cuba meets Costa Brava, including the workshop and tasting of the Daiquiri Floridita (Indiano legacy of Lloret de Mar), followed by the presentation of the Lloret Convention Bureau inside the church.
20:15 – 23.00 Dinner in cocktail format and performance by a Catalan rumba group on the panoramic terrace of the venue.
The venue was given a period décor and featured actors dressed up as Americanos (Lloret townsfolk who returned home after making their fortune in the Americas) and the town’s Indiano giant figures. The staging was unique.
23:15 – 23:30 Transfers back to the Gran Hotel Monterrey.
FRIDAY, 4 October 2019
08:30 – 9:00 Accreditations Gran Hotel Monterrey
09:00 – 10:45 Seven x B2B meetings x 15 minutes
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Six x 15 minutes B2B meetings
12:30 – 13:30 Healthy lunch
14:00 – 18:00 Cycling Tours – 3 routes/3 levels
18:00 – 18:30 Food stop
19:30 – 19:45 Transfer from Hotel San Jorge to Hostal de la Gavina
20:00 – 22:30 Networking dinner at La Taverna del Mar
22:30 + Transfer back to Hotel San Jorge (half of the group)
Accommodation was split between Hostal de La Gavina (transfer on foot) and Hotel San Jorge.
SATURDAY, 5 October 2019
08:15 – 08:30 Transfer from Hostal de la Gavina to Park Hotel San Jorge
08:45 – 09:00 Accreditations
09:00 – 10:45 Seven x B2B meetings x 15 minutes
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Six x B2B meetings x 15 minutes
12:30 – 13:30 Healthy lunch
14:00 – 18:00 Cycling route
18:00 – 18:30 Food-stop
19:30 – 22:30 Dinner awards ceremony at Hotel Camiral
22:30 – 00:30+ After party
Accommodation at Hotel Camiral
SUNDAY, 6 October 2019
09:00 – 11:30 Optional: Rita cycling to Girona
11:30 – 14:00 Optional: Discover the main attractions of the old town of the city of Girona with a tapas route
14:00 + Departures – end of the event.
Nota: Vídeo i fotos de Costa Brava Girona Convention Bureau
We can safely say that the celebration of the international WS M&I Forum Tour de Mice in Lloret de Mar and around the counties of Girona was a great success, a SECOND GREAT SUCCESS FOLLOWING THE MEETING OF THE M&I Masters Forum held the previous year. An important factor in this success is the strong cycling tradition in the area.
The counties of Girona have a great cycling tradition and have all the services and infrastructures necessary to enjoy the sport in optimal conditions. The area regularly hosts stages and training sessions of professional cycling teams such as Mitchelton-Scott (Australia) or the EF Education Firs-Drapac (USA), and is the place of permanent residence and training of elite cyclists such as David Millar or Rober Gesink, of Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, and Rory Sutherland, of UAE Team Emirates, to name just a few.
In 2017, Sea Otter chose Girona to bring its event to Europe. The two editions have been a great success for the organisers, companies and collaborating institutions in terms of participation and economic results. The 2020 edition of the world cycling event will be held once again in Girona.
When proposing the candidacy of the Costa Brava Girona Convention Bureau to host the MICE 2019 Tour in the region, Worldwide Events assessed the quality and capacity of the accommodation and services offering in the area, and the positioning of cycling as a sport, with hundreds of kilometres of optimal routes.
It should also be highlighted that the good result and success of the event are largely due to the collaboration between the different public and private entities involved, which stand out for their ability to join forces in order to position the Girona – Costa Brava area optimally as a MICE destination.
The entities involved were the Lloret Convention Bureau, the Costa Brava-Girona Convention Bureau of the Costa Brava-Girona Tourist Board, the Girona City Convention Bureau & Conference Centre, Gran Hotel Monterrey Hotels, Park Hotel San Jorge, Hostal de la Gavina and Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort, the inbound tourism agency FIL Mediterranean Travel Designers, the cycling route agency Eat Sleep Cycle, and the cycling equipment companies TACTIC and CHPT3.
Date: 3-6 October 2019
Event: MICE M&I Forum Tour
Organiser: World Wide Events
Venue: Gran Hotel Monterrey (Lloret de Mar) – Parc Hotel San Jorge (Platja d’Aro) – Hotel Camiral (Caldes de Malavella)
Schedule: 09:00 – 18:00. B2B sessions + bike rides (networking) + networking / accommodation dinners on each of the 3 days (one day at each venue).
Format: 25 ten-minute B2B interviews + TB / incentive activities involving cycling routes of different levels (Leisure, Sporting, Epic).
Participants: approx. 70 people (50% buyers/50% US suppliers). Corporate segment and international event organisers, mainly from the following markets: UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux countries, France and Scandinavia.
Objective: Event to promote and market the MICE offering of Lloret de Mar and the Costa Brava as a whole, giving organisers first-hand knowledge of the options available for international events. The format is mainly EXPERIENTIAL, involving a networking activity (based on a common pursuit of the participants, in this case road cycling). Achieving a more personal and direct connection makes for a better and more effective business relationship at the MICE level. Worldwide Event has found that by employing this more experiential, smaller-scale event format, the ability to connect between participants is higher, in addition to the fact that more senior company figures tend to participate, which means that there is more power of decision regarding MICE events.
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