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Neokoncepts DMC will be present at IMEX 2016 in Frankfurt

Fuelling new inspiration! 3 DAYS OF APPOINTMENTS WITH AGENCIES AND COMPANIES OF BUSINESS EVENTS SEGMENT Neokonocepts DMC will be present at IMEX in Frankfurt from the 19th to 21st of April 2016 by 3 days of pre-scheduled appointments with the most relevant agencies and companies related with the business events market. During three days of meetings, events and educational programs, Neokoncepts DMC will offer a showcase of the latest news and services for the execution of conventions, incentives trips, congresses, products launches and stands. IMEX in Frankfurt is the most important meeting and incentive travel sector trade show in Europe. The international tradeshow attracts thousands of meetings and incentive travel buyers from the global outbound business events market. Come and meet us at the following booth: Stand E300 Costa del Sol Convention Bureau – click here www.imex-frankfurt.com We look forward meeting you in... read more

Event Theming: Choosing the right Theme for your Event

To be successful, corporate events have to be meticulously planned. Whether you are throwing a black tie bash, a sit down dinner, or something a little sillier, there are certain things which need to be achieved. The event theming, for example, has to be strong enough to draw all of the different elements of the event together. This is not always an easy thing to do, which explains why so many corporate events end up being rather dull. It is simpler to stick with an uninspiring theme, or no theme at all, than take a risk and attempt something with style and panache. This guide to getting your Event Theming right first time, every time, will help you to create corporate events which stand out from the crowd. Consider Your Audience The best place to start is with the guest list. Once you have a good idea of the purpose of the event (look at who is invited and why), you can start to consider the interests of attendees. Don’t just pick a random theme if you can choose something which is specific to the audience. Let Neokoncepts help you create an entirely bespoke theme, which covers everything from the decorations to the props, branding materials, music, colour scheme, and more. Complement the Agenda All corporate events have a clear set of aims and objectives, but they differ depending on whether the event is internal or external. For example, internal events are about reinforcing employee engagement. External events focus more on promotion and raising brand awareness. You must make sure that your event theming does not conflict with this agenda.... read more

Star Wars on the Events Industry

George Lucas’ epic space trilogy, begun in 1977 with Episode IV: A New Hope, is a phenomenon whose impact on culture is almost too great to measure. The influence on cinema is undeniable. Think about the prevalence of the “trilogy” format, to give just one example (Mad Max, Back to the Future, Christopher Nolan’s Batman, etc). Star Wars’ Jedi-like power has also exerted itself on politics. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan’s orbital defence programme was referred to as ‘Star Wars’. In the UK Census of 2001, over 390,000 respondents entered their religion as ‘Jedi’. In 2013, President Obama joked that the Republicans feared he would do a “Jedi mind meld on them” over the sequester debate (mixing his Star Wars and hisStar Trek references—tut tut). But it is not just politics and cinema that has succumbed to the Force. The events industry—often a barometer of cultural trends—has also by no means been immune…. Aside from more obvious examples, such as Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back 2015 event in London (described by the Times as “merging movie going with interactive theatre and nerd encounters worthy of a sci-fi convention”), the Star Wars franchise has influenced the events industry in other, more subtle ways. Think of the cantina where Luke Skywalker first meets Han Solo and Chewbacca—its cool blue lights and rows of intimate booths facilitating the debate and discussion encouraged at corporate events (hopefully minus the laser gun fight). Or Princess Leia appearing by flickering blue hologram in an eerie-foreshadowing of a CEO addressing her employees by hologram at a corporate event in 2015. Or compare a multi-lingual robot like C-3PO... read more

Improve your events with a mobile app

Whether you are organising an internal event to achieve employee buy-in & strengthen corporate culture or an external event to generate sales leads and increase brand awareness; marketers, event organisers and other stakeholders all face similar challenges. Including a mobile app into your event is a fantastic way of ensuring you achieve your goals. 7 Key benefits of investing in a mobile app for your next event:  Increase the lifespan of your event –All too often an event is seen as a disposable commodity. Introducing an events app allows you to engage with attendees long before and after the actual event. Increased interaction –An event app allows attendee interaction from the very outset. From planning and scheduling their time spent at the event to networking with other attendees and much more. Getting personal –event apps deliver the personal touch to each attendee. Providing schedules, seating plans, travel arrangements and much more. Connecting your brand and event directly with the needs of your attendees can never be bad. Branding and sponsorship –attendees now have your logo and information on the home screen of their phone / tablet, effectively with them all the time. As well as increasing your own brand awareness there is the opportunity to increase revenues through sponsorship and advertising on the app. Real time content –deliver updates and key messages directly to your attendees phones, ensures messages are seen without being intrusive. Feedback– Simple surveys pre and post event can help you to make sure that the event meets attendee’s expectations and provides you with the feedback needed to improve for future events. Go green – an event app... read more

Events amongs vineyards-Catalonia

Cava pairings with oysters or sushi, 4×4 routes, sailing together with tastings with sommeliers, seaside spas, modernist workshops or eco furniture teambuildings in centennial cellars … Penedès is more than vineyards and wineries with tradition. We bring ideas flavored with wine, events and more. From August to October the Penedès lives for the wine harvest … Neokoncepts organize experiences to live it closely: grape picking and breakfast in the vineyard as a true peasant, competitions in teams for grape stomping, processing their own bottle of wine or champagne … Cava & Chocolate to awaken the senses A sensory experience: The cava & chocolate pairing, with visits to the Interpretation Centre Cava de Sant Sadurní d´Anoia, which can be combined with a visit to the chocolate factory. The Center is located in an old distillery offering different event spaces. Some other activities: Classes of Catalan cuisine, a casino gymkhana with wine and cava, geocaching and guidance pathways through vineyards to search for hidden treasures among strains, or one of the most successful workshop, the ´castellers´ (human towers). By land, sea and air From rides in segway, electric bike or 4×4 among vineyards, there are many routes to go on any kind of wheels that offer the wineries around their vineyards. But the Penedès also has a highly recommended coast … We propose sailing and enjoying wine tastings accompanied by a sommelier that can match the sunset, or include a lunch or dinner. Further information contact us at... read more

5-Star Grand Luxury hotel in Malaga City to open in 2016

FINALLY 5-Star Grand Luxury hotel in Malaga City to open in 2016 One of Málaga’s most beautiful buildings was originally a hotel between 1926 and 1967, it has since been the venue of the Courts of Malaga for the past 40 years. Now a renowned Spanish hotel chain are restoring this magnificent building to its former glory. The opening is scheduled for the summer of 2016. Once finished this will be Málaga’s first five-star gran luxury hotel. The hotel offers an unbeatable location on the sea just a short walk from the city centre and the new port. The ground area covers almost 13,000 square meters, located in the heart of the city, the hotel will feature 200 luxury rooms, the original meeting spaces perfect for major events, as well as its extension of terraces and gardens ideal for outdoor events. The hotel in addition has 9,000 square meters of gardens with mature trees, a grand terrace with sea view and swimming pool. Built by the architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan in 1926 it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII with the name of Prince of Asturias Hotel, hosting during those times many illustrious royalty guests and European bourgeoisie. During the Spanish Civil War, the hotel became the hospital of the city, until 1939. After the war, the hotel continued its activity as a hotel, until it closed in 1967 because of economic issues. This emblematic building has been closed since the Ministry of Justice bought it and became the headquarters of the courts of Málaga. In 2007, he moved to the current City of Justice, allowing the hotel to recover its... read more

2 nights for free in Madrid or Barcelona? Discover How …

Greetings from Neokoncepts Are you an agent organizing a trip to Spain for a group? NEOKONCEPTS, your Spanish DMC, is always thinking on you. That is the reason why we launched a promotion just for you! Do you want to visit Madrid or Barcelona? There are thousands of reasons to come. Madrid the capital of Spain, is a vibrant metropolis with much to see and experience. It is the heart of Spanish art, architecture, history, and culture. The city is jam-packed with attractions and encapsulates the essence of colonial and modern Spain. Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Cosmopolitan, trendy and charming. A feast for the eye, Barcelona is bursting with Modernist architecture and sophisticated cafes to which it adds a lovely local vibe in order to create the most appealing and cosmopolitan city on the Med. If you confirm with NEOKONCEPTS a group arrival before December 31st, we will reward you with a 2 nights BB free accommodation in a 4* Hotel in Madrid or Barcelona, at your choice. This promotion is valid for: Groups confirmed with Hotel accommodation in any Hotel in Spain before 31-12-15 Groups with at least 3 nights BB Groups with at least 15 rooms If you want to book or need further information, contact with NEOKONCEPTS Incentive Department (susana@neokoncepts.com or 0034 93 685 57 38). * This promotion does not apply to the group, just for the agent responsible of the confirmation * This offer is subject to availability     Share this... read more

New Tax Law in Spain: Safe money with your Events

We are happy to inform that your event´s budget can be benefited from the new Spanish tax legislation. Being the budget nowadays one of the most relevant element in the decision making process, we are sure that this new tax advantage will be of interest to you. Since January 2015 this new tax regulation became effective in Spain (Article 69 of the law 37/1992 “Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido” and reinterpreted by Authorities for our sector in December 2014), which allows us, as Spanish DMC, to invoice European Companies without VAT if we provide all the elements for the organization of the event (accommodation, transfers, Food & Beverage, meeting rooms, AV production etc. etc.). Only what is considered by the Authorities as a complete service of event organization (“Servicio Complejo de Organización de Eventos (SCOE)” can benefit from this new tax law. In case just single elements will be booked via the DMC the application of VAT becomes effective again in for example accommodation, Food & Beverage, transportation, etc. If you or your client books the accommodation for example directly, you will be obliged to pay the VAT, while if you do this through the DMC you will be able to save this VAT. We invite you to contact us in case you would need further information about this new regulation or in case we can support you in your research for your upcoming event.  Our team will be delighted to assist you by calling +34 952 838664 or emailing... read more

Welcome to Neokoncepts Spain’s first Blog!

SPAIN, YOUR EVENT DESTINATION Using this amazing opportunity we want to present to you one of the most outstanding and unique destinations in the world.   Spain is one of the most popular destinations for international MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, and Exhibitions), DMC Spain. Whether you are planning to organize incentives, congresses or exhibitions, Spain is the right place to host your event, as it offers a large range of places and leisure activities that will certainly meet your expectations. It is a favourite destination for leisure and business visitors from all across the world, Spain boasts rich culture, versatile landscapes, colourful nature, top class gastronomy and centuries of art. Warm temperatures and little rain combined with distinct cities and regions add to Spain’s attractiveness as a business travel destination. Being strongly attached to its history background, the country offers a wide range of unique venues full of originality such as castles, wineries etc. You will have the opportunity to provide a memorable experience to your attendees and demonstrate your creativity in order to surprise them. You will be able to organize your events in cellars, historical caves, vineyards, historical buildings, theatres, flamenco clubs, or football stadiums… the possibilities are endless. The country also boasts prestigious and well-equipped hotels spread all over the country at reasonable prices. You will find diverse hotel categories, full of originality, from 3 historic hotels such as monasteries, palaces or castles; to modern hotels where you can hold your business events. Neokoncepts DMC Spain Incentives: Spain´s magic is specifically characterized by the strong connection between history, culture and modernity. Therefore, there are plenty of... read more

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