Ovation Global DMC at IMEX Frankfurt 2017

We are happy to share our participation at IMEX Frankfurt 2017 with you. We will be part of the +3000 companies participating from +130 countries. Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of pre-scheduled business appointments already planned together with a dynamic and inspirational educational programme. Once again Frankfurt will be the centre of the global meetings industry, the… Read more »

Make a smile count – Ovation End of Year wishes

At Ovation, We cherish the people and relationships that makes us who we are. People are the DNA of our company. With this, we would like to make 2017 a little more special for children in need. Join us in making a child´s dream come true. Just click on the picture to #MakeItHappen

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Ovation Switzerland Spotlight

For many years Rutger and Renato are the two faces for Ovation Switzerland, while the team behind them works hard to get operations done every day. Ovation Bear took the opportunity to sit down with them and pick their brains on what’s hot or not in Switzerland. Ovation Bear (OB): What is your favourite pastime… Read more »

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Romania – Old Europe

Your out of the box choice for 2017!     The story of a family business and its innovations We, Gabriela and Andrei, – mother and son – represent the past and the future of our company’s role in the MICE Industry in Romania. The last 15 years have walked us through the ups and… Read more »

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Dreambuilders in Nepal

As an initiative from Group level, we have been involved in something truly rewarding. Through global efforts, preparation and hard work, we were able to cement 2 classrooms and the school foyer, prep the ceilings of said areas for plastering AND process the cement and sand for the walls for a school project in Nepal…. Read more »

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Ovation Bear at the FICP

          With a history spanning nearly 60 years, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP®) provides access to education, experience and resources targeting the needs of financial services and insurance meeting planners from across North America. Ovation Global DMC is a silver sponsor of the FICP and via this membership we have… Read more »

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Ovation @ ibtm world

Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of pre-scheduled business appointments already planned, a dynamic and inspirational education programme, and the best in industry networking will make Barcelona the centre of the global meetings industry when IBTM World opens on the 29th of November 2016. Naturally, Ovation’s network of offices will have a large presence in Barcelona this… Read more »

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Follow your passion in Jordan

Despite the difficulties that Jordan has been going through and still facing because of our geographical location within the heart of the Middle East, Discovery managed always to grab opportunities and go ahead of everyone else within the market. We decided to go into passion experiences and this has taken us into specialization, our unique… Read more »

6 Tips for a Digital Strategy that Drives Sustainability

For nearly a decade, technology usage is increasing and experience has proved that virtual connections increases face-to-face attendance and plays a very important part in your event sustainability strategy. However, while many associations have incorporated new forms of online technology into their event, only a few are doing a great job at leveraging digital solutions to improve their organisational goals… Read more »

Ovation Bear at IMEX America and the 4th Talent Show

Ovation Bear was again present during the IMEX America Trade Show in Las Vegas last month and we have to say.. IMEX America just keeps getting bigger. The sixth version of the meeting and event industry trade show concluded Thursday, setting several new records. IMEX Group Chair Ray Bloom said Thursday there were 3,250 exhibiting companies… Read more »

Top 5 reasons for events in Cape Town

Since the end of apartheid, Cape Town, now three times the size of New York and home to around 4 million people, has undertaken the process of redesigning itself. As South Africa’s oldest city and having recently hosted the first World Cup on African soil, Cape Town now has first class infrastructure and a cosmopolitan… Read more »

2016 Huggability Award

The biggest award of IMEX is back! Put away your Golden Globes, throw that Best Supporting Actor statuette in the cupboard, because the big one is up for grabs – the 2016 Ovation Huggability award. Some of our past winners have gone on to great things, while others have gone on to things, but the one… Read more »

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Become a Star @ IMEX 2016

4th Annual DMC Network & Ovation Talent Search The house lights go down… a lone spotlight beams on to the stage… a voice rises in song.. Can you see yourself in that spotlight on a Las Vegas stage? Are you the first person to grab the mic on Karaoke night? Well, the 4th Annual DMC Network &… Read more »

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Lake Geneva: The ultimate quick tour around the lake

SPRING-SUMMER-AUTUMN It is easy to look at Lake Geneva (Lacus Lemannus in Roman times) as little more than a pleasant extension of Geneva or Lausanne. Taken as a whole, however, the lake constitutes a feast in itself, an elegant, amazingly diverse buffet of possibilities with jewel-like villages, stunning vistas, proud and complex heritages and cultural… Read more »

DMC Network Welcomes New Washington Affilaite

The DMC Network is excited to announce the addition of Capital City Events as the most recent Affiliate member to join their Network. As the premier DMC in America’s capital city, the DMC Network is pleased to have Capital City Events representing the brand in Washington, DC. Capital City Events is a full service destination management company specialising… Read more »

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Switzerland pushes further – #futureisclean

Solar Impulse 2, the air plane powered solely by electrical energy harvested from sunlight, has complete its journey from New York City to Seville Spain. Its mission to fly around the world on solar power alone is now 90% complete. Pilot Bertrand Piccard tweeted after he touched down;           The flight… Read more »

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Aoife Delaney named as CIC Pacesetter 2016

Ovation Global DMC is delighted to announce that Aoife Delaney, Director of Global Sales has been honoured by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) with the prestigious Pacesetter Award 2016. CIC created the Pacesetter Awards in 2012 to celebrate emerging leaders and industry supporters. Rather than spanning a lifetime of achievements, the Pacesetter Awards recognises individuals whose… Read more »

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Ritz–Carlton opens iconic property in downtown Cairo

After an extensive four years of renovation period the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, formerly the Nile Hilton, opened its doors. The hotel is adjacent to the Egyptian Museum in the famous Tahrir Square, a strategic location that is also fronting the River Nile in the heart of bustling downtown Cairo. The Nile Hilton was the… Read more »

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Swiss precision marks new era!

The Swiss Alps are an unforgiving landscape of rugged, rocky peaks and lush, green valleys. Connecting communities that would be otherwise isolated by the vast mountain range — including cultural and economic hubs such as Zurich, Milan, and Turin — is no easy task. Tunneling and track-laying for the 35-mile/57-km NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel has… Read more »

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Kiev takes centre stage for Kazah designer’s incentive programme

BTL Ukraine, Ovation’s strategic partner in the Ukraine, was challenged by a client to organise a programme in Kiev for a group of designers from Kazakhstan. Taking place from April 14th to 17th this ‘Ukrainian Fashion Trip’ programme needed to inspire and educate the guests – a tough brief for a group of creative minds…. Read more »

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DMC Network welcomes new Utah affiliate

The DMC Network is excited to announce the addition of Summit Events as the most recent Affiliate member to join their Network. They are delighted that Summit Events will be representing the DMC Network in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah. When it comes to Destination Management in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah,… Read more »

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30+ Ovation destinations at IMEX Frankfurt 2016

In 2015 there were 65,000+ official appointments and 14,398 participants at the IMEX Frankfurt tradeshow, this year will be no different. Amongst the 18,000 sq.m of floor space taken up by the exhibitors will be 30+ representatives from the Ovation Global DMC community; Destination Stand Australia B320 Colombia B160 Croatia F320 & E780 Cyprus E780 Dominican… Read more »

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The World’s Largest Igloo is at Zermatt

It is now official: The largest igloo in the world is in Zermatt. It was built in January by a team of 18 people. The diameter is 13 metres and the interior height is 10.5 metres. Since 30 January 2016, it is now clear: This is in the Guinness Book of Records. There is a… Read more »

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Ovation Italy – the story so far

By Michael Libotte, Managing Director, Ovation Italy Based in Rome, Ovation Italy was founded in 2007 with an initial staff of just two. Despite the globally-recognised economic downturn, we bucked the trend by organically growing our workforce and number of events delivered year-on-year. Starting a company in a competitive, mature destination like Italy wasn’t easy… Read more »

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DMC Network partners win big at the 2016 ADMEI Achievement Awards

The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) announced the winners of their annual Achievement, Excellence and Recognition Awards in front of an overwhelming crowd at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City on February 13th. The number of nominations for the DMC Network partners doubled from 2015, with 20 overall nominations, proving once again… Read more »

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Meet BBE (Ovation Baltic States) at Convene

Ovation’s Strategic Partner for the Baltic States, Baltic Blues Events will be taking part at Convene, the eminent Baltic Sea Region exhibition for MICE. The show takes place in BBE’s home city of Vilnius on February 10th and 11th 2016.   Convene is an annual business-to-business event for the meetings industry for the countries of… Read more »

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DMC Network Expands to Charlotte, NC with TCG Events

It is an exciting time for the DMC Network as they continue to grow with exceptional DMC partners.  They are thrilled to announce that TCG Events has joined the team as the newest affiliate DMC, representing the DMC Network in Charlotte, North Carolina. TCG Events, Inc. is a trusted partner in the planning, design, and execution of events… Read more »

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Absolutely Charleston becomes newest DMC Network affiliate

Ovation’s strategic partner for destination services in America, The DMC Network is delighted to announce Absolutely Charleston as the latest DMC to join their network as an Affiliate member. Absolutely Charleston will represent the DMC Network in Charleston, South Carolina. Absolutely Charleston is a leading, innovative, creative, and award-winning DMC in Charleston. They are focused… Read more »

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Talent Search 2016 – Save the Date

The 3rd annual Ovation DMC Network Talent Search proved once again that the MICE industry is bursting with talented individuals who could give up the day job for a career on stage. Held during IMEX America in Las Vegas, this year’s competition was hosted at one of the city’s hottest night spots, Marquee. If you save only one date… Read more »

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Ovation @ ibtm world

Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of pre-scheduled business appointments already planned, a dynamic and inspirational education programme, and the best in industry networking will make Barcelona the centre of the global meetings industry when IBTM World opens on the 29th of November 2015. Naturally, Ovation’s network of offices will have a large presence in Barcelona this… Read more »

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Aoife Delaney to become SITE’s fourth Ovation President

Ovation Global DMC is proud to announce that Aoife Delaney, Director of Global Sales, has been elected as SITE President for 2017. Aoife’s appointment was announced at the recent SITE International Conference in New Delhi along with the appointments for the 2016 International Board of Directors. Aoife will succeed Rajeev Kohli who takes up the… Read more »

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Hugo Slimbrouck wins 2015 Sticky Award

The annual Sticky Awards applaud the ingenuity and innovative efforts of IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific delegates who have delighted their peers with unforgettably exciting exhibits, booths, functions, promotions, individual personalities and green efforts during the week-long IT&CM Asia Tradeshow 2015. One of the most unique and iconic personalities on the international MICE scene, Ovation’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Hugo Slimbrouck… Read more »

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Site Crystal Award win for Ovation’s Iceland partner

Ovation Global DMC is proud to share the exciting news that our Iceland strategic partner, Iceland Congress, Incentives & Events has won a coveted SITE Crystal award for Excellence in Incentive Travel (Europe). The mother and son team of Sigrun Sigurðardottir and Eggert Thor Olason accepted the prestigious award during the SITE Crystal Award ceremony which took place… Read more »

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Lauren Blocker wins 3rd annual Talent Search

The 3rd annual Ovation DMC Network Talent Search proved once again that the MICE industry is bursting with talented individuals who could give up the day job for a career on stage. Held during IMEX America in Las Vegas, this year’s competition was hosted at one of the city’s hottest night spots, Marquee. Following several spectacular performances the 2015… Read more »

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Ovation names John Iannini winner of 2015 Huggability Award

Ovation Global DMC is delighted to name John Iannini CTC, CIS as winner of the 2015 Huggabilty Award. The announcement was made today at IMEX America, Las Vegas. Vice President of Melia Hotels International, Meetings & Events, John was heralded as being ‘a huge supporter of the incentive travel industry’ and someone who is ‘very… Read more »

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Not only a winter destination!

Over the years the MICE industry has been trying to catch up with the fact that Switzerland has more to offer than her slopes and picturesque rustic alpine villages. Sure, we can always offer you postcard-perfect scenery and our world-class outdoor activities. So how do we make a point by saying that we deserve that… Read more »

Croatia & Montenegro incentive – three days, five venues

Consulting firm Netlight decided to reward their employees with a three day ‘secret destination’ programme to Croatia and Montenegro. The trip was held from 8th to 10th May 2015 and was delivered by Ovation’s Budva-based strategic partner Talas-M DMC. A total of 500 participants from various European countries including Sweden, Germany, and Finland arrived into… Read more »

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Nominations Open For 2015 Huggability Award

Now in its seventh year, Ovation’s annual Huggability Award has seen the great and the good of the international MICE industry recognised not only for their achievements, but for their personality, their attitude and their downright loveliness! Nominations are now open to find a worthy and huggable successor to the 2014 Huggability Award winner Chris… Read more »

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Ovation Australia shortlisted for C&IT Award

A record number of almost 150 impressive entries was whittled down from a longlist by an expert judging panel featuring corporates, agencies and suppliers, who met to deliberate and score entries on 29 July.   Thanks to the outstanding delivery of their ‘EXPLORE. ENGAGE. ENVISION.’ incentive in Hamilton Island and Sydney, Ovation Australia will be… Read more »

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Call for entries: Talent Night @ IMEX 2015

Are you a travel industry professional who has a unique talent worthy of the spotlight? Maybe you always wanted to be an entertainer or singer? Now is your chance to show-off your talents under the bright lights of Las Vegas. The third annual DMC Network & Ovation Talent Search is taking place on October 13th… Read more »

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Ovation @ IMEX America 2015

IMEX America sets the pace for doing MICE business on an international scale. Increasing in size and scope annually, this event features the largest Hosted Buyer Program in North America and attracts thousands of buyers and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world – including Ovation Bear and his international team. If you are… Read more »

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SITE Adds Incentive Summit Americas to its Event Line-Up for 2016

SITE has just released a new Sponsorship Prospectus that includes an inaugural event for 2016. Incentive Summit Americas will bring together a cross-functional group of regional incentive travel leaders and hosted buyers to the breathtaking Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA 31 March-3 April. This exclusive event will feature engaging and relevant education and networking… Read more »

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The Madrigals Choir Visits Saint Lucia

In April, a group of young musicians captivated the souls of all Saint Lucians. The talented Madrigals choir travelled from California to Saint Lucia to experience the best of Caribbean hospitality. The Madrigals visit various destinations each year. Having already visited destinations such as Brazil, France, Iceland, Italy, Costa Rica and Ireland, this was their first… Read more »

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Delaney named in 2015 Meetings Trendsetters list

Touted as a collection of ‘the planners, suppliers and educators who are helping move the meetings industry into the future,’ the Meetings Trendsetters 2015 list was published by Meetings Focus magazine this week and includes Ovation’s own Aoife Delaney. Distributed to Meeting Focus’s 155,000+ subscribers and newsletter recipients, the list sees Aoife rubbing shoulders with… Read more »

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Spotlight on… Caitriona Lavery

Caitriona Lavery is a woman on a mission; to put Northern Ireland on the map. Having worked with Hastings Hotels since 1997, she has helped to establish it as the most luxurious four and five star hotel group in NI working with key industry stakeholders such as Visit Belfast Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland. With… Read more »

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Castle Leslie Meets Downton Abbey

You’ve seen Downton Abbey – now live the experience at Castle Leslie “Spend a luxurious weekend in a magical Irish Castle” should be on every person’s bucket list and you don’t get much more picturesque than Castle Leslie, a 1,000 acre estate in Co. Monaghan. A firm favourite with the Ovation team – Castle Leslie… Read more »

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