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unnamed (7)Gala Dinner Served on Balinese Rice Terrace

Clients can now arrange a Balinese venue with a difference – adding a twist to any incentive taking place in Indonesia. Destination Asia Indonesia will surprise delegates with a dinner venue that exceeds all expectations. Rice forms an integral part of Balinese culture with the land cropped out into terraces, allowing Destination Asia Indonesia to create unique dining venues in the middle of these cultural landscapes.

Dotted with tall, elegant palm trees, these vivid green pastures are enhanced by warm lighting effects, traditional background music with a raised wooden platform installed creating a steady surface for guests and the professional catering team. Hundreds of candles and torches can be placed along the terrace edges to re-create the terrace shapes after dark. The rice terrace venue is recommended for small to medium sized groups.

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Grand Hyatt Space Transformed into Spice Market

The ‘Spice Market’ themed dinner is an atmospheric occasion when the entire Grand Salon at the Grand Hyatt in Kula Lumpur is turned into a local spice market – complete with traditional traders and authentic market stalls. Destination Asia Malaysia organize an event where street food is served by traders in traditional costume and wooden tables offer authentic seating for delegates to enjoy the local delicacies.

The Grand Salon provides sufficient area at just over 620 square meters of pillar-less space to set up an entire fully functioning market. The modern venue is given a complete makeover and presents clients with a traditional, cultural Malaysian experience in the heart of the city.

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CSR Plays Important Role for Group in Siem Reap

Destination Asia Cambodia recently organized an incentive trip for a group of 180 pax from a major worldwide manufacturer of window coverings and architectural products. The venue for the incentive was Siem Reap in Cambodia and took place over seven days.

The client requested an incentive that engaged its employees with the local community. Incorporating a strong element of CSR was vital with a number of activities to run simultaneously each day, giving the delegates variety. The company wanted a hands on approach to the activities that would have a ppositive effect within the community.

Overcoming the challenges:
The greatest challenge was the logistical task faced in organizing 180 delegates between 10 differing activities on certain days. To organize a socially responsible corporate project of this size, we had to work closely with a local village community near Siem Reap Province.  We selected an Australian run NGO School and two government schools in the area. Additionally, a house building activity was also part of this project adding a fourth location. Working in multiple locations required over 30 Destination Asia staff to supervise the differing activities.

Client feedback:
The client commented on Destination Asia’s great ability to be flexible and meet the constantly changing demands. They were extremely appreciative of the hands on approach to manage every aspect of the event, not leaving anything to chance. They were especially proud that in one morning alone they were capable of creating several garden flower beds, re-paint three school walls, plant 50 trees and build a house!

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Social Enterprises Offer New Local Experiences

Ock Pop Tok is a Laos based social enterprise working primarily in the field of textiles, handicrafts and design. These weaving centers provides sustainable employment to rural residents through the production and marketing of high quality hand-made textiles, as well as helping preserve the centuries old art of weaving.

Destination Asia Laos can arrange for delegates to meet the weavers and learn the intricacies of this practice before dying their very own silk scarves and taking them home as a souvenir. This is an excellent experience for smaller groups who can add an extra element of extravagance to their incentive with our luxury arrival transfers. We can arrange a transfer by Mercedes or classic 1940s vintage Citroen from Luang Prabang International Airport direct to the hotel – complete with flower garlands presented on arrival and porter service.

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Family Run Workshops Provide Unique Insight

Destination Asia Myanmar has developed an intriguing and authentic incentive for groups who wish to discover more than meets the eye in historical Rangoon. Delegates are transferred to Thaketa where their local art and lifestyle experience commences with a journey into the hidden arts of this enigmatic city.

Upon arrival, trishaws are ready to take guests to a rice straw painting workshop (bamboo reed picture making), as well as jade and woodcarving workshops. We also visit a small iron melting plant owned by a local family who purchase any damaged or disused iron, recycling it before selling again. All of these workshops are run by local families, which means that in addition to the art and craft, delegates can gain a unique insight to the traditional family structure in Myanmar.

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Meditation and Sword Fighting in Japan

Delegates can now visit a private temple located in the hills of Kyoto for a very unique and unforgettable experience. Designed to immerse groups in the traditions and unique cultural facets of life in Japan, our cultural encounter introduces and connects delegates to the more exciting elements of Japan, such as sword fighting and kimono wearing – ensuring every person has the opportunity to get involved. The first stop is at a private temple located in the hills of Kyoto, a former capital strewn with thousands of temples and boasting a well preserved heritage. After a guided tour through the temple and its manicured gardens, your clients have the opportunity to change into a Japanese yukata (summer kimono) and participate in a traditional sword combat lesson.

Under the instruction of a master practitioner, each delegate will learn the basic moves involved in defending and attacking. After an animated and adrenalin fuelled lesson in sword fighting, it’s time to end the afternoon in a more peaceful way, by attending a traditional Zen mediation class led by an English speaking monk.

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Singapore Offers Excitement and Variety

A regular headliner for hosting show stopping events, Singapore continues to march forward in listings for top destinations for business meetings and events. These include being named the World’s Easiest Place to do Business, nine times by the World Bank, as well as named Asia’s Top Convention City for the 12th consecutive time by the ICCA Global Rankings.

Singapore offers an excellent range of state-of-the-art convention centres, exhibition halls and meeting venues to suit a variety of requirements and budgets. The city’s growing list of attractions also meet the growing demand for more interesting and non-traditional meeting venues and experiences outside of the conventional board room. Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage provides a colorful backdrop for exciting delegate and spouse experiences in the areas of both sightseeing activities as well as dining options. The ethnic heritage districts of Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street along with the colonial Civic District are great places for visitors to experience the delightful contrasts of tradition and modernity in a world where east meets west.

The Lion City is home to iconic attractions with global reputations for impeccable service and exceedingly high standards; these include Gardens by the Bay, Night Safari, National Orchid Garden, Sentosa Island and the Singapore Flyer as well as unique restaurants that have sprung up across the city – affording attractive and special settings for holding offsite dinner events.

Fancy learning about the secret ingredients in a Singapore Sling?  Discover the answer and more, with a fun ‘Singapore Sling Workshop’ that can be organised in the historical Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel itself – the very birthplace of the legendary Singapore Sling!

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