Ever since the UK government announced last Friday that there would be some greenlit countries for travel to and from without needing a 10 day quarantine period as well as a much simpler process while going through airport security.
This means that, while choice is slightly limited, we are still free to travel if we choose to! One silver lining to this dark cloud of a year is that while some of the greenlit countries may not have been your first, or even second choice of destination, they can still provide an excellent experience for you and your delegates.
Going to Brunei or Gibraltar for a conference may have been out of the question for you before this year happened, but we think it could potentially open up a lot of new options, possibilities and even business opportunities for you and your business. And after all, it’s a chance to get out of the house, right?
Here is our list of the top hotels from each greenlit country!
In Portugal, we have The Lodge Wine and Business Hotel in the very centre of Porto, minutes away from the gorgeous Rio Douro river and only about an hour from the beach! The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Vila Nova de Gaia. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
The property is situated 1.4 miles from Arrabida Bridge and 350 yards from Port Wine Cellars. All the hotel rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV plus a continental breakfast is available each morning.
In Iceland we have the Hotel Berg, situated right next to Keflavík Airport. The warmly decorated, traditional rooms have wood floors and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges.
Suites add loft sleeping areas, a complimentary airport shuttle is offered and there’s also a rooftop hot tub with harbour views, and a plush lounge with a bar and a fireplace. All guests have free access to a warm outdoor sitting pool on the hotel rooftop as well!
In Australia we have the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with its cities’ vibrant, multicultural population, temperate climate and outstanding quality of life, Melbourne is an ideal destination for meeting planners and delegates alike. The city is compact, convenient, and easy to navigate with everything on a delegate’s doorstep.
Home to historical and modern architecture, hidden laneways, beautiful green spaces, a wealth of attractions and a sophisticated food and wine scene, which makes Melbourne a haven for exploration and discovery.
Melbourne boasts the country’s highest concentration of conference facilities, conveniently located in the heart of the city, meaning you won’t have to travel far if you fancy a change of scenery.
Next, we have the Bill Richardson Transport World in New Zealand. A truly unparalleled functions and conference venue that promises to captivate. The largest private automotive museum of its type in the world, Bill Richardson Transport World is also home to a variety of versatile venue hire spaces, thoughtfully designed with guests in mind.
With style in spades and quirky flourishes you will not find anywhere else, it is an Invercargill events destination with a difference. From boutique conferences to the most glamorous of gala dinners, this venue is much more than just a museum.
In Israel, there is the OLMAYA. A premium venue for private and corporate events located in Jerusalem. You can enjoy unique panoramic views of the Old City and modern city incorporating the surrounding gardens of the Haas Promenade – a background that only this location can provide.
With top class service and food prepared on site, this luxurious venue is not one to forget quickly. You can’t beat the view of Jerusalem, delicious food, lovely staff, clean facilities and robust security staff.
Next in Singapore, there is the Raffles City Convention Centre, it as all the right ingredients to ensure your event runs like clockwork. It has more than 108,000 square feet of prime, flexible function space, including 34 meeting rooms and three magnificent ballrooms.
As one of largest, most comprehensive and accessible exhibition and convention centres in Singapore, it is a leader in creating successful events and memorable experiences. Centrally located in the heart of the city, the venue’s proximity to a large variety of amenities such as hotels, restaurants, bars and shops makes it popular choice for events of all kinds.
With state-of-the-art facilities such as internet stations and a satellite conference system, Raffles City Convention Centre offers a seamless approach to technology to support your meeting or conference.
Next up, Gibraltar, which offers an extremely unique venue in the shape of Sunborn Yacht Hotel. If you are looking for a top-class setting for your business meeting or conference, the Sunborn Gibraltar provides the ideal facilities to do so.
Their extensive and highly adaptable conference suite provides 650 m² of space you can completely adapt to your needs and a total capacity of up to 600 people! Meeting rooms can be booked if required and business services, such as fax and copying services, are also available upon request.
Penultimately, the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam in Brunei, located less than 900 meters from the Brunei River, the Radisson hotel in the Bandar Seri Begawan business district, offers the top event venues in the country, with the service and reliability of the only international hotel in Brunei.
Reserve the elegant Mutiara Ballroom for a gala event for 140 guests banquet style, or host a high-profile corporate meeting in one of their two boardrooms! You can count on free Wi-Fi, digital audio-visual equipment, and assistance from technicians to ensure your presentations encounter no issues.
For a catered dinner, working lunch, or session breaks, ask about customizable catering options. The dedicated and professional staff can provide assistance in planning all the details so nothing is overlooked.
And lastly, in the Faroe Islands, the Hilton Garden Inn Faroe Islands has a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Tórshavn. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and luggage storage for guests.
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. A highly rated hotel experience you won’t want to miss out on!
Now you’ve seen them all, time to start thinking of where you want to go!