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International Business Phone Calls – A way to avoid phone costs

iphoneI was recently in the United Kingdom and Ireland on business and I wanted to avoid as many call charges as possible while in Europe. I had been burnt once before with a $600 phone bill 😦   “Once bitten, twice shy”.

So I looked for a way to use my US iPhone without the excessive roaming charges while checking my office emails, Facetime, Skype etc and at the same time avoiding going into every coffee shop to use the free wi-fi.

So I wanted to share what I found out:

1.  I got my iPhone unlocked – which cost $19.99 (you can also get it done on the internet). This means that you can use any sim in any country – Happy Days!

2. In the UK: I purchased a “Vodafone Freebee” Sim for £20 (included 500 UK Minutes, Unlimited UK Texts, 2GB of data.)

In Ireland: I purchased a “Meteor Simplicity” Sim for €10 (included Unlimited Minutes, 7.5GB of data.)

There is only one draw back, you do not have your regular cell phone number but I countered that by forwarding all of the calls to my office phone. I hope that this helps for any of you doing international MICE programs over the coming months.

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MICEport is an international marketing firm specializing in International Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Events programs with their DMC partners in Ireland, Scotland, France, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Italy Morocco, UAE and Oman. For more information on MICEport DMC partners, go to www.miceportdmc.com 

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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MICEport DMC Welcomes Morocco – Octav Tour DMC

ilhamWe are so happy to welcome our newest DMC to MICEport DMC from Morocco – Octav Tour, based in Casablanca, welcome Ilham. This now brings MICEport DMC to 10 international destinations with our fantastic boutique owner managed DMCs.

Morocco has so many great opportunities for North American MICE groups.  Geographically, Morocco is characterized by rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Morocco has a population of over 33 million.  Morocco is culturally diverse, culturally speaking and has always been successful in combining its Berber, Jewish and Arabic cultural heritage with external influences such as the French, Spanish, Anglo-American lifestyles during the last decades.

Moroccan cuisine

Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world.This is a result of the centuries-long morocco10_1746570binteraction of Morocco with the outside world. The cuisine of Morocco is mainly Berber-Moorish, European, Mediterranean cuisines. The cuisine of Morocco is essentially Berber cuisine (sometimes referred to as the Moorish cuisine). It is also influenced by Sephardic cuisine and by the Moriscos when they took refuge in Morocco after the Spanish Reconquista. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients such as saffron from Tiliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown. Chicken is the most widely eaten meat in Morocco. The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous, the old national delicacy. Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in a Tagine with vegetables or legumes. Chicken is also very commonly used in Tagines, knowing that one of the most famous tagine is the Tagine of Chicken, potatoes and olives.

Mint TeaSome must dos:

  • Wander through the souk – You can test your bargaining skills with the shopkeepers, who all speak enough English and Spanish to drive a hard bargain for anything you could imagine. Be sure to check out the leather which is famous around the world.
  • Drink mint tea – after a long day of shopping or incentive activities, retire to one of the teahouses above the central square for a nice glass of Moroccan mint tea.
  • Visit the tanneries – Moroccans are famous for their leather goods, not only can you buy them from the market, but you can also visit the tanneries where they’re made. The most famous tannery in Morocco is in Fez.
  • Visit the Hassan II Mosque – Mosque of Hassan II is open to the public in Casablanca, make sure you take a tour of this awe-inspiring monument.

Morocco offers clients a truly unique experience and Octav Tour ensures that that it is totally authentic.  You will be hearing more from this fantastic destination in the coming months but in the meantime, take a look at our website at www.miceportdmc.com

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MICEport DMC Partners operate in Ireland, Scotland, France, Monaco, Austria, Germany, Italy, UAE, Oman and Morocco.  For more information, go to www.miceportdmc.com 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The Next Step In Dalmahoy’s History……And a Couple of Barges.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Above Edinburgh’s Rooftops.

 
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Friday Photos: It’s a Camel and Dog’s Life in Pittenweem.

 
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Local Heroes: Gemma Bain – Blooming Lovely!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Red Bus……All Aboard!

 
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