Cititravel DMC Newsletter June 2018
INSIDE THE FAMILY OF CITITRAVEL
We are pleased to announce a new member to the team: Mercedes Alonso has joined us June 1st as our new Business Development Director.
Mercedes main task is to find new clients and to represent us the best possible way. Mercedes has lived many years in the UK, but she is Spanish and know very well all the Iberian Peninsula, our destinations and our company.
Her contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW CITITRAVEL BABY
2018 is another baby boom year in Cititravel – baby number 3 has just been born this year!
Ana Charters had a beautiful baby boy on June 11th – both are very well.
She will be on maternity leave until after the summer, taking care of her baby son and 2 small girls – becoming a large family.
This summer we have welcomed Brian Nelsen from The Lenoir Rhyne University in NC for a summer internship.
He is learning Spanish, our account department English, and he is already a keen soccer fan for Spain !!
Win – win!!!
CERVEZA VICTORIA’s LOCAL BREWERY
Cervezas Victoria, Malaga’s emblematic beer brand, has recently opened their news facilities. The glass-fronted building, dominated by the sign ‘Victoria. Málaga 1928’, is situated on Malaga’s surroundings, between Malaga city and the airport. The visit lasts around 1h and it also includes a beer tasting.
Delta Airlines started operating, since last May, the new route Lisbon- NY. During winter season, this will be dropped to 4 times per week. As of last may 25th they also started doing the route Atlanta- Lisbon. Very convenient!
Stylish “off-the-beaten-track” hotel, under new management, this fabulous 5* boutique property, looks out over a Severiano Ballesteros designed golf course, with the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
The 38 bedrooms are complemented by ample meeting spaces. Only 45 minutes north of Lisbon, this hotel is ideal for buy-outs, board meetings requiring maximum level of privacy and car launches.
PRIVATE YATCH CHARTERS
Lisbon’s riverside location and proximity to the beautiful Atlantic coastline, means that many of our programmes need to include trips out on the water.
Apart from speedboats, larger capacity catamarans and sailing boats, we now have also the possibility of hiring private yacht charters, ideal for smaller groups of 10-18 guests.
Many of the major sights of Lisbon can be enjoyed from the river and a sunset cruise with a glass of bubbly is a wonderful way to start any evening event.
MULTI PURPOSE VENUE
If you saw the Eurovision Song Contest last month, you will have seen the fantastic arena, which provided the backdrop for the event. This is Portugal’s largest indoor arena with seating for 12,500+ spectators, which also boasts 12 meeting rooms and a further multi-purpose space of 2,200m2.
On a smaller scale, we now have another multi-purpose facility, located right in the heart of the city, with many hotels within easy walking distance. The beautifully restored building offers various reception rooms and spaces, ideal for smaller meetings and F&B, with huge, modern spaces at the back, with capacity for 1,400+ delegates plus room for substantial staging.
The venue is an ideal fit for a wide range of events from meetings and gala dinners, to exhibitions and product launches.
NORTH OF SPAIN
Bilbao has recently been awarded with the annual prize by the non-profitable organization “The Academy of Urbanism” as the best city in Europe for 2018, which recognizes its good urban practices. The Biscayan capital competed with Vienna (Austria) and Ljublana (Slovenia). The major of Bilbao, Juan María Aburto, has expressed his “pride”, in collecting this award and stated that the capital of Biscay “is still developing” , with new projects already underway such as the TAV, Zorrotzaurre, as a space of opportunity, the Ría as a backbone and a Bilbao based on firm value, that is forged as a university, museum and business city.
The Academy of Urbanism was evaluating Bilbao during the month of September 2017, taking great interest in matters such as infrastructures, urban services, political map, local culture, quality of life and well-being, sustainability, the environment , connectivity or commercial success and its viability.
After making the same evaluation to the other two selected cities, Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna (Austria), the jury considered that Bilbao was worthy of being considered the Best European City 2018.
PALACIO MARQUES DE LA MOTILLA
This exclusive Palace belongs to a very wealthy and well-known family and they have just made their first company event there. I was there and have to say it was absolutely spectacular!
LUXURY AND DISTINCTION
This venue is located in Sanlúcar La Mayor, west of the Aljarafe canton, 18 km from Seville. Its privileged location offers sumptuous landscapes and sunsets on its plains because this area is on the heights of the Guadiamar river ledge. This venue is a stunning replica of the main church of Sanlúcar La Mayor, offering capacity for up to 500 seated pax indoor and offering as well a beautiful terrace and gardens, ideal for cocktails
UNIQUE SPACE FOR EVENTS
This unique space is located in one of the most modernist and emblematic buildings of the city. This property, from the last century, has direct views to Avenida Diagonal, giving the guests the opportunity of enjoying an architectonical jewel. In this building, there is a restaurant and a cocktail bar that ressembles “La Belle Epoque”.
IN THE HEART OF EL BORN
A cozy and different restaurant located in the very heart of El Born; in a chic and casual style is possible to enjoy this French restaurant where can feel the essences mixed between French and Spanish cultures. With a capacity to up to 70 pax. You can enjoy a nice and relaxed atmosphere.
One hour by HIGH SPEED TRAIN, a luxurious 5 star property with a total of 30 bedrooms, is located in one of the most emblematic areas of Spain and surrounded by magnificent vineyards; a property from the XII century , with meeting spaces for up to 30 pax and in addition, the main restaurant has got one Michelin Star!
A new space located in Madrid, with capacity for up to 1200 pax, with a unique and singular design that can be set up with mobile systems. This new venue shows the versatility of its buildings-palace; auditorium or multi-purpose pavilion and gardens, with up to 1.200 m2…making it a unique space for events of all kinds, from Fairs and Congresses to Institutional receptions, company presentations or team building activities.
MAIN STREET NEW PROPERTY
Considered as one of the trendiest 4 stars Hotels of the City, this hotel re-opens its doors with a total of 94 bedrooms divided into different categories. On its top floors, it boasts a wonderful 360º terrace, which thanks to its location, it offers the best views over the Gran Via and the roof tops of the city. The building was constructed by the well-known architects Julio Martinez and Jose Salaberry, who began the project back in 1915 and was expected to be open in 1918, but has been nowadays… 100 years later…
PALAU ALAMEDA RE-OPENED ITS DOORS
Last Friday May, 18th Palau Alameda re-opened its doors; the space that once hosted Valencia public swimming pools and Alameda Palace, in Arquitecte Mora Street, close to the Turia Gardens in Valencia. The new venue is composed by 3 different spaces: a restaurant with terrace and a bar (ÂTIC RESTO & ÂTIC BAR ), a function hall (ALAMEDA LA SALA) suitable for several kind of events (such as parties, corporate events, presentations, concerts or dinner-shows), and a ‘hub’ or disco (AZZA) to enjoy an after work or dance music during week-end.
THE NEW GASPAR
The new GASPAR, recently inaugurated, is a stylish restaurant with a nice atmosphere, where guests can have the experience of tasting excellent gastronomy, the best cocktails and enjoy good music. Location: Gran Via Marqués del Turia 36-38, Valencia.
GASTRO TRINQUET PELAYO
It is considered as the “Cathedral” of pilota, a traditional handball sport played in the Valencian Community. The general rules, involves two teams, from two up to five players each. In this game, spectators are often seated or standing very close to the game court, which means that they become part of it. Located in the heart of Valencia, it is one of the most famous “trinquet courts” and an emblematic place, with 150 years of history, where the finals of important competitions are usually held. Location: Calle Pelayo, 6 – city center.
BARCELÓ GROUP, TO OPEN A NEW RESORT IN TENERIFE ISLAND
The Barceló Group is opening Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, a new five star establishment in Costa Adeje, on the south end of Tenerife. The resort is divided into an adults-only hotel and a family-friendly hotel, for all guests.
It features more than 10,000sqm of spacious gardens, several heated salt-water swimming pools, a varied culinary offer, a complete activities/entertainment programme and a spa.