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M&I Forum in Dubrovnik by Philippa Scott

Last month I attended the M&I Forum in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, the small, walled city of Dubrovnik is a wonder to behold.  An UNESCO site and one of the real jewels of the planet, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous red-roofed city and a great destination for groups seeking a Mediterranean venue. And with good reason, for Dubrovnik has it all. Charming, extremely compact, with a variety of accommodation and excellent gastronomy, the city’s special magic is synonymous with successful events. Hotels are booming and activities in the historic city and islands nearby will compliment your event needs perfectly.

The M&I Forum event was split between two hotels; the Valamar Lacroma and the Rixos Libertas Hotel and gave us the opportunity to experience the facilities of both properties.  Having recently won the 2018 World Travel Award as “Croatia’s Leading Business Hotel” the 4* Valamar Lacroma is located on the tranquil Babin Kuk Peninsula and surrounded by pine tree forests and white beaches.  The hotel offers 401 ultra-modern rooms and suites and has the largest MICE facilities in the area with meeting space that can accommodate up to 1,200 people.

The Rixos Libertas is a short 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik old town and is home to 254 rooms and suites.  Rooms are contemporarily designed with large terraces and sea views.  There is a large event hall for up to 950 guests and that can be divided into three separate rooms and a further 7 meeting rooms. In addition, the hotel is a few steps away from the only Casino in the City.

Throughout the two-day event we networked and made new connections with some of the most prestigious and unique hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the world.  We also had the opportunity to experience some of what Dubrovnik has to offer. From abseiling down its famous walls, indulging in a culinary or wine tour of its narrow streets or exploring famous Game of Thrones film location to embracing the sun and sea in an old galleon or fast speedboat; Dubrovnik’s combination of the old town and quick escape to the islands makes it the ultimate flexible event and activity destination.

For something extra special, you can turn historic Dubrovnik into your own private historic event setting – from forts, old palaces, museums and monasteries or dine on a private beach, enjoying the sunset over the Adriatic – there is no shortage of wow-factor venues.

As an incentive destination there is plenty to appeal to a diverse range of visitors – history, water sports, scenery, relaxation, excellent food and local wines.  The city is alive with open air markets, artisans’ shops, artists’ studios, Baroque churches and Gothic-Renaissance palaces.   I can certainly see why Dubrovnik is quite rightly becoming one of the most prominent destinations in the Mediterranean.

If you’re thinking about Croatia as a destination for incentives or meetings, then give us a call!

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