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It’s Time … Address to a Haggis!

Each year on 25th January, Scotland and its diaspora marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, through the ritual of the Burns Supper.

Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s most important literary figures and is best known for his famous, and often humorous, songs and poetry. Burns is regarded as Scotland’s National Bard. Robert Burns is to Scotland what Shakespeare is to England.

burnscottageMore commonly known as Rabbie, Burns was born to a poor family in Alloway, Ayr, (about 40 minutes south of Glasgow) on 25 January 1759 and began his working life on the family farm. As Burns grew older, his passion for Scotland and his dynamic, contemporary vision played an important role in inspiring the founders of liberalism. His literary fame began when his first work Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, later known as the Kilmarnock Edition, was published in 1786 after which his writing career flourished.

Despite Rabbie’s short life (37 years), he enjoyed an eventful life and produced an astonishing amount of great literary work during his career.  Burns is famous for his political views, revolutionary behavior and his love for the lassies, all of which can be seen in his extensive catalog of work.

bill-addressing-haggisBurns was also inspired by the beauty of Scotland, particularly the breathtaking scenery of Ayrshire, his birthplace, and the romantic setting of his later home region of Dumfries & Galloway.  Although more than 200 years have passed since his death, Burns remains one of the most celebrated figures in Scottish history and culture, demonstrated by the annual Burns Night celebrations held across the country on 25 January each year.

The Address to a Haggis is one of Robert Burns’ most famous and regularly performed poems.  No Burns Supper is complete without this pomp and ceremony in tribute to Scotland’s national dish. Luckily for any incentive groups coming to Scotland, they are in safe hands. MICEport’s DMC in Scotland, Hello Scotland’s own Bill Thomson is a master of the Address to a Haggis and delivers it with enthusiasm and gusto.

The end of any celebration in Scotland is rounded off by a rousing version of Auld Lang Syne, another well-loved Rabbie Burns influenced piece of prose. If an incentive or meeting group comes to Scotland, Hello Scotland can recreate the “Address to a Haggis” for an unforgettable final night gala.

Happy Burns Night!

For more information and unique Scotland experiences for North American groups, contact MICEport at inspireus@miceport.com

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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in DMC, Hello Scotland, MICEport DMC, Scotland

 

Hello Scotland’s Driving Forward

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MICEport’s DMC in Scotland, Hello Scotland, has launched a new activity for North American incentive planners to consider when choosing Scotland for their next group, Driving Forward.

Hello Scotland have created an activity that gives any incentive guests the opportunity to see parts of Scotland that the average group does not get to see; and best of all is that the choice is theirs.  Scotland packs a punch for incentives, partly due to wildly dramatic scenery along with huge amounts of history and endless things to do and see. Hello Scotland’s Driving Forward gives the chance for the individual to take things into their own hands by driving themselves to experience aspects of Scotland that are of interest specifically to them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe beauty of Driving Forward is that every group and individual gets a bespoke experience. Perhaps the intrepid incentive group could head north from Glasgow in a fleet of self-driven SUVs or classic cars taking them into the real Highlands and the stunning Glencoe, Scotland’s most spectacular glen (or mountain). Here a stop could be arranged to enjoy a sumptuous posh picnic complete with butler, or for those who like the wild side of life, a dip in the crystal clear river in Glen Etive. Hello Scotland would recommend following a swim with a dram of Island Malt (non drivers only) or hot chocolate and some home-made Highland oatcakes to warm them up again….then it’s back on the road looking for the next adventure! Before long the guests could be looking out at the islands off the West Coast of Scotland, but that’s up to them…

MICEport's DMC in Scotland Hello ScotlandBill Thomson who set up Hello Scotland nearly 18 years ago said ‘It is perhaps typical of most destinations to focus on the same areas and same properties or venues for incentive groups, and whilst the programme content may vary slightly, the ingredients used tend to be quite similar. By no means is this a criticism as Hello Scotland also subscribes to this habit, but in order for our ingredients to change, we need to “Drive Forward” into different areas of what is after all a small country. By doing this we change everything!’

Sláinte to ‘Scotch’ at The Balmoral Hotel!

The landmark Edinburgh 5 star hotel The Balmoral has yet another reason for
incentive guests to stay, a brand bar. However, this is no ordinary bar, this is a whisky bar with the largest collection of purely Scottish whiskies in Edinburgh, Sláinte to Scotch! (Sláinte is a word translated as “health” in Gaelic and is commonly used as a drinking toast in Scotland).

Seating at ScotchWhen a member of the Balmoral’s team was asked for help in finding a good whisky bar, it occurred to them that what they believe is the most iconic building in Edinburgh, should be able to offer Scotland’s iconic product in house. Thus, Scotch was born. With over 400 whiskies available from across the regions of Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Highlands and the Lowlands, there are a variety of blends, malts and vintages dating back to 1940 available. With this amazing bar Scotch now open within its historic walls, The Balmoral Hotel can now offer incentive guests an authentic space for whisky tastings. Or perhaps just a gorgeous place to enjoy Scotland’s national drink..….it would be rude not to!

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Creativity, DMC, Hello Scotland, Scotland

 

Passport Competition Revealed by MICEport

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Gosford House, 16 miles from Edinburgh, UK.  In May 2010, Gosford opened its doors for Incentive and hospitality events, from Gala dinners for up to 100 in the Grand dining room to receptions for 400 in the Marble hall.

Gosford, the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland in East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth and close to the celebrated golf courses of Muirfield, Gullane and Craigielaw.

With so much space and with such a varied landscape there is no end to what Gosford House can offer:

  • Large scale interactive Highland Games
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Rugby workshops
  • Fly fishing
  • Sea fishing Horse riding
  • Golf clinics
  • Falconry displays and handling
  • Home baking classes
  • Guided nature walks through the Estate and coastline

Hello Scotland is MICEport’s DMC in Scotland for North American Meeting and Incentive buyers. Email us for all your Incentive and Meeting needs from North America at inspireus@miceport.com.

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AIBTM Chicago…Let’s Meet on Stand 763!


Team SeefriedMICEport will be exhibiting at AIBTM next week in Chicago with their great DMC from Austria and Germany, Team Seefried, on Stand 763.

Come by and meet us on the MICEport stand.  We have a MICEport buyers incentive* in place; if you book and confirm a meeting, incentive or group with one of MICEport’s partners for 2013, 2014 or 2015, we will give you an ipad mini, ipad or a donation to the charity that MICEport is working with in the country you book the meeting, incentive or group.

MICEport’s DMC Partners are from Ireland (Wallace Travel Group), Scotland (Hello Scotland), Austria and Germany (Team Seefried), Italy (Studio ITER) and Spain (DMC Protocol). MICEport’s hotel partner in Ireland is Druids Glen Resort.

*This incentive is in place from June 2013 to December 2013 on booked and confirmed business through MICEport LLC.
 

Meet MICEport Partners at IMEX Frankfurt

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MICEport’s Partners will be at IMEX Frankfurt next week. Please make sure you drop by MICEport’s Partner stands or make an appointment, they will all be more than happy to see you.  

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If you would like to discuss your meeting or incentive needs from North America, MICEport’s President, Matthew, will be attending IMEX, email inspireus@miceport.com  
 

Meet MICEport’s Partners – IMEX Frankfurt

Meet MICEport’s fantastic partners at IMEX Frankfurt 21-23 May, 2013. You can make an appointment with MICEport’s Partners on the IMEX diary website:

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Destination Management Companies (DMCs)

  • Hello Scotland Scottish DMC  
  • Studio ITER Italian DMC
  • Team Seefried Austrian and German DMC
  • Wallace Travel Group Irish DMC

Hotel Companies

  • Druids Glen Resort  Irish 5 star Golf Resort 

Destinations

  • London & Partners – Official Agency promoting the city of London 

MICEport’s President, Matthew McElroy, will be at IMEX on Tuesday and Wednesday and if you would like to meet with him please email inspireus@miceport.com.

 

MICEport’s DMC in Scotland – Going Wild With Luxury

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2013 is VisitScotland’s ‘Year of Natural Scotland’ which is a chance to highlight Scotland’s great natural assets. The team at MICEport’s DMC in Scotland, Hello Scotland, have always promoted Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife; they want as many visitors to experience this amazing aspect for themselves.  However, they also appreciate that incentive groups expect a little indulgence too……thus Going Wild With Luxury!

Hello Scotland’s experienced team have created create a bespoke program that focuses on going WILD followed by a  large dose of LUXURY.  The question then being is ‘which activities to choose from?’

4x4 off roading

Go Wild with……. 4×4 Highland Safaris, Adventure Golf, Wheeled Frolics, Foraging For Your Own Dinner, Salmon Fishing on The Mighty Tay River and not to mention camping (or Glam-ping if you want a touch of comfort) or kayaking on one of Scotland’s mighty lochs.

Blend your own whisky

With Luxury……..Sip Champagne on a Royal Yacht, Luxuriate in a Spa, Stay in an Exclusive Use Castle, Dine in a Michelin Star Restaurant, Discover Scotland in a Classic Car or even Blend your own  Malt Whisky to take home to impress family and friends.

Going Wild With Luxury is the perfect blend of primitive and pampering; contact MICEport (info@miceport.com) today to see how we can make your next incentive unique and memorable in Scotland.

A warm Scottish welcome

 
 
 
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