There is no better way to unite international meeting groups traveling to the far reaches of the Asia-Pacific region than to participate in one of the vast teambuilding options on offer. Whether attendees are emulating a traditional dragon boat race in Singapore, sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in New Zealand or climbing Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are a variety of ways to absorb the local flavor of each country.
Beginning in 2021, U.S. citizens, as well those from other visa-free countries, will have to take an additional step before traveling to the 26 countries in the European Union’s Schengen Area. Currently, U.S. citizens visiting these countries just need a valid U.S. passport for stays up to 90 days.
2019 brings a new wave of luxury international properties that can also accommodate meetings and events. Here are a some that made Forbes Travel Guide’s "Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2019."
Effective January 7, 2019, visitors to Japan will pay a 1,000 yen (about $9 USD) departure tax when leaving the country, regardless of nationality. The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) reported that the tax is expected to expand and enhance the country’s tourist infrastructure.
Hong Kong is on the move, literally and figuratively. The Asian business hub just took the wraps off two major projects that are enhancing connectivity: the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail, 16 miles of railway linking Hong Kong to China’s high-speed rail network. The projects put Hong Kong within convenient reach of cities in the Pearl River Delta (aka Greater Bay Area) and beyond, and with the bridge in place, travel time between the Mainland city of Zhuhai and Hong Kong is cut down drastically.
The former Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama in Panama City will be managed by Marriott International as a JW Marriott. Ithaca Capitol took control of the property from the Trump Organization in March 2018 following a fight that included court cases in the U.S. and Panama and Trump Organization lawyers asking president of Panama to intervene in the dispute.
Transportation improvements have put the entire globe on offer for meetings and events. And even with the world to choose from, planners are choosing some very familiar destinations in 2018.
Global business and futuristic skyscrapers may be the hallmarks of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but the region also places a heavy emphasis on the arts, including centuries-old traditions like calligraphy and poetry.
When my tour guide handed me a personal Geiger counter to check radiation levels for a day trip to Chernobyl, the last remnants of my jet lag haze quickly lifted. I knew this was some serious business.
England has mercifully ended its culinary misery—and that’s good news for groups.