Ashford Castle - Luxurious Castle Stay in Ireland, Perfect for Business and Incentive Travel

The Pride, Resilience, and Passion of Ireland: A Premier Business Events Destination

Having recently spent almost a week in Ireland, I can vouch for its charm and see why it is quickly emerging as a top choice for business groups and incentive travel. A land renowned for its lush landscapes, U2, historic landmarks and rich cultural heritage, Ireland provides an unparalleled experience filled with opportunities for growth, networking, and unforgettable memories.

Ireland’s pride in its heritage is evident in every corner of the country. Interacting with the locals is the best way to understand this deep connection to history and culture, forming a narrative that could underpin any incentive program. Whether you’re visiting the bustling streets of Dublin, the serene beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the infamous Ring of Kerry or the historic Trinity College, the spirit is palpable and contagious.

Known as the “Silicon Valley of Europe”, Ireland is home to the European headquarters of tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple. The country’s robust economy, skilled workforce, and supportive government policies have made it a magnet for international business. Business groups will find a thriving ecosystem of startups, research centres, and multinational corporations, offering ample opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Irish hospitality is legendary, and any visitor to the country will experience this first-hand. The passion of the Irish people is reflected in their warm welcome and exceptional service. Whether hosting a conference in a state-of-the-art facility or organising team-building activities in the picturesque countryside, the commitment to excellence is evident. The country’s top-tier hotels, gourmet dining experiences, unique venues and musical talent ensures that every aspect of the trip is memorable, productive, and ever-so-entertaining!

Ireland is immensely proud of its brand, which represents a blend of timeless heritage and forward-thinking innovation. The Irish brand is synonymous with quality, authenticity, and a deep-rooted sense of identity. This brand is not just a marketing tool, but a reflection of the values and aspirations of the Irish people. It encompasses everything from the country’s world-class education system and thriving arts scene to its leading role in global business and technology sectors. Engaging with the Irish brand means tapping into a tradition of excellence.

Companies looking to reward and inspire their teams will find a wealth of options, from luxurious castle stays and golf retreats to whiskey tastings and traditional music sessions. These experiences not only provide relaxation and enjoyment but also foster team cohesion, countless laughs, and a renewed determination to succeed.

Ireland is more than just a beautiful travel destination; it is a vibrant, resilient, and passionate country with much to offer its visitors. From its rich cultural heritage and innovative business environment to its exceptional hospitality and strong brand identity, Ireland stands out as a premier choice for business events or incentive travel.

Ready to consider Ireland for your next offshore programme? Reach out and we can share more insights into this beautiful destination!

Marriot Resort Palm

Introducing the New Palm Resort Marriott: Where Every Event is the Perfect Fit!

At the end of last year, the world-famous Jumeirah Palm saw another extraordinary addition: the New Palm Resort Marriott. Boasting an exceptional meeting and events venue, this luxury hotel adds yet another extraordinary venue to its impressive list, covering over 2,200 square meters with 11 flexible event spaces.

The perfect setting for any event size, Jumeirah Palm Resort Marriott offers nine customisable meeting rooms with high ceilings and natural daylight to promote collaborative productivity and brainstorming.

A grandiose ballroom sets the stage for large events, while the outdoor terrace offers limitless possibilities for seminars, conferences, and corporate gatherings. The breathtaking vistas of the cityscape and sea add an air of exclusivity, complemented by outstanding dining options. Guests can treat themselves to scrumptious Italian dishes at Cucina Trattoria or embark on a culinary journey around the world with delectable Nikkei Peruvian cuisine at Levantera.

For those seeking something truly special, Eleven Above features an air-open rooftop terrace that is sure to wow guests. Our friends at Arabian Adventures will be delighted to assist anyone looking to host unforgettable events!

Becs in Nepal

A Journey of Discovery: India & Nepal with Distant Frontiers

I’ve just returned from a refresher trip to India and Nepal, in collaboration with our destination partner, Distant Frontiers, and I couldn’t wait to share my insights with you all! Having once again explored these vibrant destinations extensively, I am thrilled to highlight their immense potential for hosting incentive groups, conferences, and group travel.

India: A land of diversity and rich culture from the bustling streets of Delhi to the backwaters of Kerala. With world-class facilities and luxury hotels, India seamlessly blends tradition with modernity, not to mention the utterly delicious food.

Nepal: Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal delights with its vistas and spiritual serenity. Kathmandu, with its mix of ancient temples and modern amenities, provides an excellent backdrop for group and incentive programs. Meanwhile, Pokhara and Dhulikhel both offer a tranquil retreat amidst picturesque settings and majestic peaks, perfect for team bonding activities, wellness and outdoor adventures.

How Distant Frontiers can help with your travel programs
– Expertise and Customization: With years of experience and a deep understanding of the region, Distant Frontiers crafts personalized itineraries tailored to your group’s preferences and objectives.
– Seamless Execution: From logistics to accommodation and activities, Distant Frontiers ensures flawless execution, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey while the team works closely with their handpicked suppliers.
– Local Insights and Connections: Benefit from Distant Frontiers’ extensive network of local partners and guides, gaining insider access to hidden gems and authentic experiences.
– 24/7 Support: With PillowMINT Pty Ltd and Distant Frontiers’ round-the-clock support, your group is in safe hands throughout the journey, ensuring a smooth and memorable travel experience from start to finish.

Ready to consider India or Nepal for your next offshore programme? Reach out and we can share more insight into these destinations. Always happy to share a chai and a chat!

Arabian Adventures SITE 2024

Arabian Adventures Wins Highest Honour Award for the Fourth Time

We want to say a massive congratulations to our partner Arabian Adventures.

For the fourth time, they have won the prestigious SITE Crystal Award for Excellence in Incentive Travel, Africa and the Middle East.

The award-winning project involved a multi-city event for a leading France-based renewable energy firm, hosting 80 guests from 20 different countries. In designing the event, Arabian Adventures focused on the contrast between different worlds, times, and paces between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah.

Considered the highest honour in the incentive travel industry, it is a testament to the entire team and their commitment to crafting unique, luxury itineraries whilst prioritising an unmatched client experience for groups of all sizes.

With some clients describing it as their ‘best incentive so far’, we are delighted to see Arabian Adventures get the recognition they deserve. Congratulations again, we are so proud to represent and share you with the wonderful Aus/NZ market!

Jewelry Making Cambodia

Get Creative in Cambodia: An Artful Journey into Jewellery Making

Embark on an enchanting artistic journey at Ammo, a social enterprise nestled in Siem Reap. Here, the timeless craft of Cambodian jewellery-making springs to life, guided by senior designer Chantrea. Aspiring artisans find empowerment through hands-on training with traditional tools, sculpting one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

For over two decades, Cambodia has embraced a unique approach, repurposing bullets from local practice ranges as the foundational metal for jewellery. Untethered from wartime history, these recycled cartridges transform into a canvas for creative expression.

Picture the gratification as you shape raw materials into a personalised masterpiece. This immersive encounter not only enriches the local community but also etches enduring memories. Immerse yourself in the heart of Cambodia’s creativity, where each crafted piece narrates a distinctive story of skill, tradition, and empowerment, with our wonderful partner Destination Asia.

Asia Temples by water

2024: Unveiling the Public Holidays with Destination Asia

Our friends at Destination Asia have crafted an invaluable guide to the public holidays of 2024, providing not only dates but also a breakdown of participating countries.

Whether you’re envisioning a trip to vibrant street festivals or serene ceremonies, this guide has you covered for exploring the beautiful landscapes of Asia.

Immerse yourself in the richness of Asia’s traditions and celebrations in 2024. View the full list by clicking here.


The Incredible Story of Mumbai’s Dabbawalas

Have you heard of the silent group operating in Mumbai? Known as the Dabbawalas, they ensure that thousands receive their homemade lunches every single day.

In Mumbai, a ‘dabba’ is the stainless steel tiffin boxes, about 15cm in diameter and 30cm high. The people who collect, organize, and transport these dabbas between homes and offices are known as the Dabbawalas.

Mahadeo Bhavaji Bachche was recognised as the first dabbawala to start the delivery service for a British man upon request, around 130 years ago. This quickly transformed into a network of 5,000 people. Remarkably, the workers are semi-literate, so the system relies heavily on codes and colours.

The journey can be complex, with a single dabba encountering up to eight dabbawalas before reaching its destination. However, the Dabbawalas almost never fail to deliver the right dabba, having an error rate of less than 1 in a million, making them a model for logistics companies all over the world.

In essence, their inspiring story serves as a testament to efficiency, sustainability, and selflessness. An example to showcase how small acts, executed with precision and dedication, can make a monumental impact. Their story not only resonates with the people of Mumbai, but all over the world.

Yona Beach Club

Introducing Phuket’s Crown Jewel: Yona Beach Club

In a country where extraordinary is the norm, YONA beach club stands as a new opulent paradise on the shores of Phuket. Nestled on a multi-level boat and designed to cradle up to 300 guests in comfort, YONA is a floating paradise that must be witnessed to be fully appreciated. 

As the sun caresses the Andaman Sea, guests find their haven by the 22-metre infinity pool in their private cabana or pool bed. The rhythms of the DJ serenade the senses, a backdrop to the gentle clinks of cocktail glasses and the panoramic vista that unfolds before them. Venture up to the third-floor rooftop, where the view of the Andaman Sea greets you with awe-inspiring grandeur. 

For the discerning palate, YONA’s culinary offerings span Mediterranean, Thai, and Japanese cuisines. The talented team crafts dishes that are fresh, vibrant, and infused with the soul of each culture, perfect for a relaxed, communal style dining. 

Phuket offers the luxury of warm tropical breezes year-round, but the sweet spot for a visit is during the dry season, from November to April. 

Consider adding the YONA Beach Club into your next trip to Phuket, Thailand. The team at Destination Asia are ready to create the right program for your next group program. 

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Jaipur, India: Embracing the Pink-tastic Vibe Beyond Barbie’s Dreams!

The enchanting city of Jaipur, located in the heart of Rajasthan, India, has earned the moniker “The Pink City.” While contemporary popular culture often associates pink with frivolity and the famous Barbie franchise, Jaipur’s pink heritage has a much deeper and historically significant origin. Let’s discover the true essence of Jaipur, where the colour pink tells tales of royalty and warm hospitality.

The origins of Jaipur’s nickname date back to the late 19th century when the city was under the rule of Maharaja Ram Singh long before Barbie took the world by storm. In preparation for a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), the Maharaja wanted to create an impression. Pink takes on a unique meaning in Jaipur. The colour symbolizes hospitality, as well as a sense of community and unity. Thus, the Maharaja requested the city undergo a major transformation, with most of its buildings and structures being painted in the unique terracotta pink shade.

Jaipur’s architectural brilliance goes beyond the vibrant pink hue. The city boasts an array of awe-inspiring forts, palaces, and monuments, each narrating its rich history. The Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar are just a few examples of the stunning structures that showcase Jaipur’s architectural prowess.

The preservation of Jaipur’s pink heritage has been a collective effort by the local community, architects, and historians. The city administration has actively taken measures to protect and maintain the pink hue, ensuring that Jaipur retains its unique charm for generations to come.

Jaipur, the original Pink City, beckons travellers with its rich heritage and vivid charm. Beyond the Barbie pink, this city is a celebration of life, history, and warmth. A journey that will colour your memories pink and leave you with a sense of wonder and fascination.

Our team at Distant Frontiers are ready to help you to create a perfectly pink program!


Destination Asia Publishes First Sustainability Report

Focusing on sustainability and actively promoting it is more than a nice thing to do; it is a must for any company to remain relevant and competitive in today’s world.

Our sustainability report for 2022, the first one we have produced, provides a comprehensive insight into the principles we stand by, steps we’ve taken to act more responsibly, a snapshot of where we are today, and how we intend to make improvements internally and along the supply chain in the coming year.

In our day-to-day work practices, interactions with partners and the communities we live in, and the priority we place on considering sustainability in every decision we take, we have made some great progress. But there is still a great deal more we can do, and this report also gives an indication of the direction we aim to take in the coming year.

Destination Asia’s Sustainability Report 2022 is available to view by clicking here.