Nai Lert Park Heritage in the heart of Bangkok is opening its doors to creative meeting and incentive events. Located adjacent to Swissotel Nai Lert Park hotel, the extravagant teak wood house exudes an architectural style and glorious atmosphere synonymous with Southeast Asia. Its 100 year heritage oozes style and the venue will be available for meetings and event opportunities from November 2015, with space to accommodate a maximum of 700 delegates seated on the lawn area for gala dinners. The house sits within a green park with a stunning flower garden providing an exceptional space for pre-dinner cocktails.
Mr Lert Sreshthaputa (Nai Lert), is one of Thailand’s foremost property developers, known for working with the natural environment. Nai Lert Park Heritage is a magnificent showcase of his talent and will offer a unique venue in a prime location close to a number of international hotel names.
Sofitel Luang Prabang Opening Soon
Formerly the Hotel de la Paix, this once local governor’s mansion has undergone a rebrand in 2015 under the luxurious Sofitel name. Sofitel Luang Prabang presents a 23-key property of lavish five star offerings, wrapped in exquisite landscaped grounds on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage city.
From its scheduled opening on 1 November 2015, those delegates staying overnight will be treated to indulgent suites, a magnificent pool terrace, locally inspired cuisine and a selection of meeting rooms suitable for groups of 10-60 people. Located in the quiet residential quarter of Ban Mano, just a 5 minute drive from the heart of the Old Town, this hotel places delegates next to one of Asia’s most fascinating and resplendent cities.
Largest Ever Off-Site Gala Dinner Event in Hanoi
Group size: 630
Venue: Chu Van An Secondary School in Hanoi
Brief & Challenges:
A leading software company required a cultural experience including off-site gala events that could cater to all delegates in a single space, complete with a stage for entertainment and awards. In a city of limited options for a group of this size, it was to eventuate into the largest off-site international gala event ever put together in Hanoi. Due to size limitations, the traditional Hanoi venues of the Opera House, Temple of Literature and the History Museum could not be considered. After many discussions and meetings with the Ministry of Education, the high school Chu Van An was selected. This is one of the oldest institutions in Indochina and met the historical elements requested by the client.
The expansive school courtyard was transformed into an ‘Indochine’ period setting with 65 tables lined by Parisian style street lamps. The set up was executed at night to avoid disrupting school studies, which placed additional pressure on suppliers and our staff of 300 people. All AV was brought in from Australia and Thailand with a custom-made stage resplendent in Vietnamese art built to host the wide variety of entertainment taking place over the evening, including fire artists and girls in traditional white ‘ao dai’, cycling around the tables with bread baskets.
A blank canvas 6 metres high was fixed on both sides of the stage where local Hanoi artists painted typical Vietnamese scenes during the course of the evening. At the end the canvas was cut up and placed into picture frames as souvenirs for delegates.
The client was thrilled with the event, commenting, “it was a tremendous effort to pull off an event of such scale and complexity in a very challenging environment”, and that the entertainment was “a highly intimate cultural experience for all the guests.”
‘Go Team’ Gets Groups Active in Shanghai
In this challenging activity, delegates are placed into teams and set out to discover Shanghai on a competitive city adventure. The activity brings people together in a team building exercise thwart with interactive challenges. The ‘Go Team’ challenge allows individual capabilities to shine while highlighting the importance of teamwork. The plan is for groups to navigate their way around Shanghai using a tablet device, completing tasks as they are assigned while on the move.
The groups will explore areas such as the Bund, Old Town, Pudong Business District and Nanjing Road, taking photos and solving cryptic clues sent to their portable tablet device. Destination Asia China can personalize the experience for corporate groups with team t-shirts bearing the company’s logo. There is also the option to add an evening cruise with a drinks reception when awards can be presented following the race results.
Team Effort Required to Create Batik Masterpiece
An exercise for corporate groups that unites delegates and will provide lasting memories forever represented in a magnificent painting. Teams must work together on a traditional ‘batik’ style painting that not only introduces an ancient pastime from Malaysia, but incites the comradery of teamwork. Following a pre-approved ‘team logo’ picture hand-drawn by a local batik artist, each team is assigned a portion of the image to paint on a much larger canvas. The creative exercise takes place at the artist’s workshop and relies on each section to be finished to the very best of each team’s ability, thus ensuring a satisfactory final piece.
A recent client from a top US pharmaceutical company completed the Batik Painting Activity on their annual sales conference, leaving them with a beautiful piece of batik tapestry measuring 7ft by 3ft that now adorns their office wall as a reminder of their achievements whilst in Asia.
Vespa Food Adventure Through Siem Reap
Destination Asia Cambodia has devised an excellent evening activity suited to those groups with business commitments during the day, yet want to connect with the local culture. The Vespa Food Adventure program takes place in Siem Reap and introduces Cambodian cuisine on a unique and exciting cultural level. Delegates are taken to busy kitchens located on the streets where many Cambodians (and travelers in the know), enjoy local cuisine.
Each delegate is assigned a Vespa with personal driver and the necessary safety gear. They are then driven to the top nighttime eating areas, where delicious soups are bubbling over coal fires and various meats are grilled on a BBQ. After visiting a number of hotspots, delegates are driven to renown restaurant where a selection of the region’s top delicacies have been prepared for tasting. The adventure comes to an end with a visit to a traditional house where rice wine infused with herbs and spices is served alongside local sweets.
Japan’s Exceptional Meeting & Event Opportunities
Japan has many benefits when it comes to a PCO or incentive house selecting a destination for their next client. With direct flights to most Asian and Western countries, the country is extremely well connected and has highly efficient public transport supported by a developed infrastructure. Its super speed bullet trains connect the business hubs of Tokyo and Osaka in just 2.5 hours, with trains departing every 10 minutes.
The larger cities of Tokyo and Osaka boast state of the art meeting and event spaces, and are a feat of modernity, whereas the more traditional cities such as Kyoto have no less than 2000 temples and shrines to offer. Alongside the attractive event spaces, the Japanese cuisine is simply divine and the hospitality is as famous as the country’s safety and cleanliness reputation.
For those who aren’t convinced by Japan and often quote high prices as a reason – the constant weak position of the yen and rise in rates of other Asian destinations has now made it very competitive in every aspect.