Venues play a key role in hosting an event, and sometimes it can tricky to find a place that is attractive, fun, and accommodates large meetings. Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Must-See Cities for 2018 helps to pinpoint great places for your next event.
Most of them are international destinations, which means there are plenty of options for incentive meetings.
1. Seville, Spain
As the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville is famous for flamenco, bullfighting, Alcazar castle and Seville Chapel, which contains Christopher Columbus’ tomb. The Hilton Garden Inn has 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
2. Detroit, United States
Slowly but surely, the city is recovering economically, and is abuzz with street art, food trucks and carefully crafted coffee. Think Portland, but with significantly less rain. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center provides more than 100,000 sq. ft.
3. Canberra, Australia
Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is packed full of adventure, foodies, wildlife and culture. Hike to see beautiful scenery, take a kayak out on Lake Burley Griffin, check out one of many hip coffee shops or bakeries, and grab artisan bread or a meal from a farm-to-table restaurant. Hyatt Hotel Canberra has 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
4. Hamburg, Germany
Full of canals, winding streets and quaint but vibrant architecture, Hamburg is just as pretty in person as it is in pictures. Take a harbor tour, and make sure to visit Minatur Wunderland to see a 13,933-square-foot model of Germany. Reichshof Hamburg, a Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, offers 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Night markets, street food and bright lights are just the beginning of what Kaohsiung has to offer. On your to-do list: Interact with street artists at the end of a pier, visit one of the many temples and end the night with a gondola ride down Ai He, the River of Love. You can host your next event at Kaohsiung Exhibition center, which provides more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
6. Antwerp, Belgium
A hub for fashionistas and creatives alike, Antwerp offers cafe-filled cobbled lanes, a riverside fortress and a truly impressive cathedral, along with inventive architectural and cultural contrasts. For a unique venue choice, host your event in The Royal Army and Military History Museum, which provides more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
7. Matera, Italy
Matera is having a resurgence now, as boutique hotels and upscale restaurants take over the historic town. While you’re there, be sure to peek at the frescos —elaborately painted into many of the caves and churches —and the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of Matera. End the day in a quirky wine bar.
8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
While Hurricane Maria caused much damage, most hotels and restaurants in San Juan are already back up and running. This is great news for tourists who are eager to see the white-sand beaches, jungle terrain and clear, blue waters the island has to offer. For future events, consider hosting at Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino.
9. Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato is brimming with architectural beauty, from the churches and grand mansions built on the fortunes of the local silver mines to the multicolored houses dotted across the hills. One of Latin America’s biggest arts festivals takes place there every October, with a celebration of the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. When hosting your next event, you might consider Hotel Real De Minas, which provides 55,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
10. Oslo, Norway
Oslo is, in short, hipster haven. Complete with a grungy underground music scene, boutique burger bars (yes, they actually exist), and craft cocktails to boot, Oslo offers a little bit of something for everyone. The recently installed Oslo Opera House is also an architectural beauty to behold, and there’s shopping for everyone’s taste, from vintage to luxury fashion. For your next event venue, we recommend Oslofjord Convention Center, complete with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
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