Newsletter April 2018
NOMINATED AS BEST DMC IN PORTUGAL
Cititravel Portugal proudly announces that we have been nominated for the World Travel Awards, as “Best DMC in Portugal”. We truly appreciate all your support in making this possible, especially because it makes us more and more aware of our philosophy and values, being the right ones.
PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE FROM INSTITUTION OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Javier Martinez from our Madrid office in representation of Cititravel, picked up another prestigious prize this time from the IEP ( Institution of Professional Excellence). The prize goes to companies which take into consideration actions that help improve competitiveness, research, development, profitability, and of course, Corporate Social Responsibility – always under the premise of “excellence” – to grant recognition to people, corporations and Institutions.
THE MOST WESTERN VINEYARDS OF EUROPE
A beautiful, family-run vineyard has recently opened its doors to visits and tastings. The estate is located in the hills of Sintra with views of the sea.
NEW TAX IN PORTO
As of March (2018), Porto’s city council has introduced a new tourism tax – in line with those from Lisbon and Cascais. The aim is to reduce and avoid the “tourist footprint” in the city, because the increase in visitors in recent years, is adding too much pressure on public infrastructures and urban spaces in general. The tax is 2 Euros per person per night, up to a maximum of 7 nights.
RENOVATED AND RE-BRANDED
Recently renovated and re-branded nightclub venue in the Algarve provides multi-purpose spaces – both open air and indoor – ideal for dinners, parties and awards ceremonies.
NEW PROPERTY IN COSTA ADEJE
This 5-star property is situated in Costa Adeje, in South Tenerife. It is a modern, spaciously designed six stories hotel – completely renovated and reopened on March 8th, 2018. The pedestrian promenade alone, separates this hotel from the sea. The nearest sandy beach is 150 meters walk away. The marina of Puerto Colon is also close, within walking distance. A large shopping center with boutiques, restaurants and bars is nearby.
A NEW ACTIVITY TYPICALLY SPANISH
We will do a visit stop at an Olive Mill from the 19th century, located at the entrance of the white village Alhaurin el Grande, where we will be able to see and learn about the different production procedures of the Virgin Olive Oil. Clients will experience, after this lesson, a nice olive oil tasting. Located in the outskirts of Malaga but not too far away, this olive oil mill, more than 120 years old and still working! Complementary services can be offered; visitors can observe and understand methods of obtaining olive oil from the most traditional, to the new techniques currently in use.
IN MAY MADRID HOLDS THE FESTIVAL OF SAINT ISIDRO
In May, Madrid holds the Festival of Saint Isidro, the patron of the city and of all farmers. His contemporaries, claimed that Saint Isidro had a special talent for finding fresh water. In fact, this Fair is mainly focused on water. The festival takes place in Pradera de San Isidro Park and the adjacent streets, where “chulapas” and “chulapos” (locals dressed in traditional Madrid costumes) drink “the Saint´s water” emanating from a spring, next to the Shrine of San Isidro
This said, if you come in May, you will enjoy this most popular local fair in town. Madrid in May, is even more animated and colorful than usually. We can personalize and theme a number of activities, tours and dinners around San Isidro festival; hostesses can be dressed up in the local costumes, making a more enjoyable event and in consonance with this traditional fair.
NEW PROPERTY IN FINANCIAL DISTRICT OF MADRID
This new property is located in the northern area of Paseo de la Castellana, in the City; this location allows an easy and fast access in public transport, both from the Airport and from the train Stations of Atocha and Chamartín. This new five star property has a total of 156 bedrooms, with a singular and characteristic concept, where each floor has been created in different styles of music. Rock, Jazz, Dance, Classic, Pop, Flamenco. With a meeting space up to 200 square meters, with natural day light, this new property has all the necessary ingredients for making a perfect business event.
A guided visit on e-bike of Barcelona Old Town, where clients will discover special establishments belonging to the Past and the Present of the city. It is an interactive route to enjoy the atmosphere of some special shops where diversion, history, culture and local gastronomy make the most out of it! You will visit four of these establishments, where you will be able to discover the beauty of these places, while enjoying their most representative products: vermouth, roasted fruits, artisanal “turron” and authentic tapas to share. The quality of the products is excellent, made with great care and traditional knowledge. You will enjoy outstanding artistic and gastronomic jewels and testimonials of Barcelona Great Cultural Value Heritage.
RENOVATED PROPERTY IN BARCELONA
The impeccable setting of contemporary design, the decoration and the colour scheme of the hotel, blend perfectly with the warm Mediterranean light, streaming through its glasses, inviting to share unforgettable moments in the right company. This quiet, convivial atmosphere, matches the latest technology, placed at your disposal by the hotel, with a total of 150 executive bedrooms.
The Hotel has more than 1000 square meters of meeting facilities, with natural daylight, among other restaurants and facilities which contribute making this Hotel an exquisite and unique 5-star property.
PREPARED FOR THE MICE INDUSTRY
Seville proudly announces a new space, with a total of 33.000 square meters; 2407 chairs at the main auditorium, and multifunctional spaces, entirely prepared for multiple conference, congresses, and conventions. This new venue, without any doubt, demonstrates how “well prepared” Seville is, for MICE industry.