In 2019 the events industry is looking forward to a very ‘tropical’ agenda, with Global DMC Partners’ annual MICE report listing a very beachy collection of the world’s top 10 MICE destinations.
Taking into account connectivity options, value for money and a wide range of unique activities, this list has been carefully collated to show the most popular locations for meeting and events already trending in 2019.
Top 10 MICE Destinations in 2019:
1. Costa Rica
The iconic Costa Rican wildlife is just one of the many allures of this top 2019 MICE destination. Luxury beachside accommodation and modern conferencing venues cater to all kinds of events, with plenty of activities to entertain guest during the day and at night. With convenient connectivity across the UK and Europe, it’s not surprising that this South American wonder has made the top of the list.
Typically considered a playground for the rich and famous, the Bahamas offers some of the best conference facilities in the Caribbean. With increased connectivity to many of the islands, event planners are paying more attention to the variety of activities the stunning Caribbean Islands offer. Scuba-diving and water sports cater to the adventurous kind, while spa therapies and sailing provide excellent opportunities to wind-down between meetings and bond with colleagues.
Closer to home, the European island Malta (and its sister islands Gozo and Comino) offer the best of Europe’s interesting history and stunning scenery. Only a short 3-hour flight from London, Malta is the ideal MICE location for shorter conferences and events, requiring no jetlag recovery time.
4. Puerto Rico
For larger-scale events, Puerto Rico will be a popular choice as it hosts the largest convention centre in the Caribbean. The Center Pedro Rossello has capacity for up to 10,000 delegates, and the island’s historic forts, El Yunque National Forest and stunning beaches are sure to keep guests entertained in their free time.
As the gateway to Northern Africa, Morocco is a country that boasts all the natural elements. For an event that provides a rich cultural experience for delegates, Morocco is a convenient and affordable choice only a pebble’s throw from Western Europe. With sandy beaches, picturesque mountains and the iconic Sahara Desert, planners have a variety of landscapes to choose from, while the larger cities of Marrakech, Fez, and Casablanca offer luxurious accommodation options close to the main business hubs.
Increasingly popular since its casting as King’s Landing in TV series Game of Thrones, Croatia’s crystal-clear waters and world-famous cuisine make it a top choice for meetings and events in 2019. The coastal province offers plenty of boutique hotels and unique event spaces, such as castles and palaces.
7. St. Lucia
Offering year-round tropical weather, St Lucia has been named a top MICE destination in 2019 with plenty of team-bonding activities and entertainment options. Deep-sea fishing, rum tours, and rainforest treks are popular choices for event planners, while most delegates are just happy to soak up some sun on the island’s many beaches.
8. Denver/Colorado Springs
As the only non-coastal destination that made the top ten, Denver’s charm is derived from its superior conference spaces and famous sporting culture. The Colorado capital is known for its great outdoors, with the Rocky Mountains serving as a great backdrop for hiking and sight-seeing.
9. South Africa
An often-overlooked MICE destination, South Africa is attracting a keen interest for event planners in 2019 as more delegates express interest in travelling to new places. Unique experiences such as safaris and reserve visits can be easily organised with the region’s main hubs Cape Town and Johannesburg within close proximity.
As one of the most connected destinations in the Asia-Pacific, Thailand has long been a favourite in the MICE industry. With a plethora of events spaces, warm weather and an incredible tourism industry, event planners can always rely on Thailand as a memorable location for incentive trips and conferences.
Are you planning an event in any of these destinations in 2019? ETM can help you plan a memorable event for your delegates.