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Read the latest business travel management news posts below.
Dubai - Palazzo Versace Hotel
25-05-2016
For a venue with real wow take a look at the new neo-classical Palazzo Versace which opened late last year. Set on the waterfront, with views of Dubai Creek, it has 125 rooms and suites and 169 residences. The most opulent of interiors, designed to emulate a 16th century European palace, features Italian craftsmanship, with every piece of furniture and fabric in the rooms tailor-made by House of Versace. Outside, there are landscaped gardens with reflection ponds. It’s practical too - si
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Dubai-Perfect for hosting business events
25-05-2016
Dubai hosts more than half of all business events in the Middle East and there are good reasons for its success in attracting them, so if you’re planning your next big conference or incentive package, it’s definitely somewhere to shortlist.Dubai’s status as a global conference venue is growing, underlined by an event in April, when the Royal College of Surgeons held its Cardiothoracic Surgery conference there - the first time in 26 years that the event, billed as the most important in its
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Dubai
25-05-2016
Whatever you think of Dubai, you have to say that one thing it doesn’t lack is ambition - its stated aim to usurp London as the world’s most visited city by 2020 tells you there’s a lot going on.Last year, the number of visitors from the UK reached 1.2 million and even if you don’t think it’s your cup of tea, there will be something there that will delight you in a city whose attractions range from the traditional to the ultra luxuries to the downright astonishing. First, the traditi
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Conference and Events revenues up 35% at Portman
06-05-2016
Portman, one of the UK’s largest independent Travel Management Companies (TMC) has reported significant growth in its conference and events revenues in the first quarter of 2016 after winning several new clients and strengthening its specialist team.Joanne Kirk, National Operations Manager for Conferences and Events commented: “Since we consolidated our team from a number of locations across the UK under one roof in East Kilbride, our momentum and results have been impressive. The sales are
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Portman Launches new suite of traveller tracking products
12-04-2016
Portman, one of the UK’s largest independent Travel Management Companies has announced the launch of its own, custom-made range of traveller tracking products, “SafeTrack”, with full integration into both the Portman App and the Portman Trip Planner, its interactive itinerary product.The SafeTrack product range has three levels that enable the customer to track their travellers, with the standard option providing interactive search, mapping, trip interrogation and audit functionality. The
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Growth at Portman creating new jobs in East Kilbride
12-04-2016
Award winning travel management company Portman, one of the UK’s top 5 independent travel management companies with roots based in Scotland, is creating new jobs locally due to impressive growth.East Kilbride is a long established office in the Portman network, and due to the company’s success in driving its online business and Conferences and Events division, new roles are being created and recruited in the local area.All of Portman’s specialist operations have been amalgamated into the o
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Lisbon-History, attractions and cafe culture
02-03-2016
If you’re lucky enough to have been despatched to Lisbon on business, it’s a fair bet that you glimpsed what it had to offer and promised yourself you’d return for pleasure.The Portuguese capital has a lot going for it, packing in the history, attractions and some of the nightlife, of, for example, Barcelona, but without the stag and hen party hordes. Lisbon’s location means it is Europe’s only capital on the Atlantic coast and one set on seven hills surrounding the River Tegus, which
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Barbados- sun, sea and cruising
02-03-2016
Think Barbados and most imagine a fly-and-flop scene with luxury hotels and honeymooners strolling the beaches. This friendly island can mean all these things but it is much more besides. Families and active tourists will find plenty to amuse them - here are some suggestions. ActivitiesHarrison’s CaveMore fun than your average cave tour, the guides here take you on a toy town style train past some epic concentrations of stalactites and stalagmites and let you off for a little wander. Ther
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Alta Badia- The Italian dolomites
02-03-2016
Set high in the Italian Dolomites, Alta Badia boasts that its World Cup giant slalom course is one of the world’s toughest, which is perhaps why it was chosen as a venue for the 30th anniversary of the series this winter.Every year, the world’s best giant slalom skiers will tear down the mountain at speeds approaching 80mph. As if this wasn’t foolish enough, this race will be followed by a giant parallel slalom contest by night.Face it, you’re never going to do this, but there are some g
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Costa Rica- An adventure in the rainforest
02-03-2016
The phrase ‘soft adventure’ generally means any low risk activity in a natural environment and if it has a spiritual home, Costa Rica is surely it.When it comes to the natural world, this tiny Central American country has more than its fair share a Caribbean and a Pacific coast, an active volcano and thousands of acres of protected mountainous rainforest plus around 5% of the planet’s biodiversity. All this packed into an area that comprises less than a tenth of 1% of the world’s landmas
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