Beijing at Chinese New Year

China is a fascinating destination; a huge country with a vast choice of captivating cities for international events & incentive travel. You may have experienced the annual celebrations here but trust us, London has nothing on Beijing at Chinese New Year!

Where to stay: Ritz Carlton Beijing

Situated amongst high-end shopping outlets and the financial hub of Beijing, the Ritz Carlton is a peaceful haven at New Year. With luxurious surroundings, attentive service and world-class restaurants and bars, this hotel is an utter delight!

Featuring 305 luxury rooms & suites, the hotel is well positioned to serve incentive groups of all sizes, alongside over 1,000 square metres of stylish meeting space for a variety of events.

What to see: Beijing Chinese New Year

You’ll hear the fireworks before you see them, celebrations start early with the noise thought to ward off evil spirits. The celebrations continue well into the night so Ritz Carlton Beijing’s location, just out of the city centre, offers the perfect vantage to enjoy a view of the fireworks without disturbing your sleep too much!

Beijing’s many parks & temples put on Spring Festivals, these fairs offer authentic Chinese crafts and local entertainment on stage (including traditional dragon dances of course!). A great way to experience the celebrations and see the beautiful Chinese New Year decorations.

No event in Beijing would be complete without a trip to see the Great Wall of China and Chinese New Year is a brilliant time to go. New Year is a deeply family based event, many of the city’s population head home and as such it is comparably quiet to the usual hub-bub of action.

If you’d like to find out more about holding events in China, drop us an email

Where to go for lunch meetings in London

Striking the balance between a great dining experience and a suitably corporate meeting environment can be difficult, if you’re wondering where to go for lunch meetings in London then we’ve got it covered:

Sea Containers @ Mondrian London

Morgan hotel group’s latest property ‘Mondrian London’ is located within Sea Containers House near Blackfriars bridge. The hotel’s restaurant is a fresh, modern space with large windows offering street level views of the River Thames.

The Effective Event Solutions team think this is a great lunch meeting location, as it is relatively quiet mid-week you can chose between the Thames path window seats flooded with light (perfect for pouring over design sheets before your food arrives) or the welcoming round booths (great for small round table discussions).

The Cinnamon Club @ Old Westminster Library

On old Westminster favourite underwent a subtle renovation recently, it’s high ceilings and lovingly restored original features welcome guests into the heart of the Grade II listed building.

The tables are well spaced, so even on a busy day you won’t feel any prying eyes (or ears) from your neighbouring diners.

A creative menu, features contemporary takes on Indian cuisine with enough variety to suit spice-lovers and loathers alike.

New incentive destinations : Ticino

Ticino has the best of both worlds; Swiss standards of outstanding service and quality with Italian style and flavour. Situated in southern Switzerland, this Italian speaking region is only 45 minutes from Milan Malpensa airport. Easily accessible for groups and perfect for clients seeking new incentive destinations : Ticino has it all.

Here are Effective Event Solutions‘ favourite Ticino hotels/venues for groups and events:

Villa Principe Leopoldo, 5 star all-suite hotel in Lugano, offers the ultimate gourmet experience in a luxury setting.

The hotel has six elegant meeting rooms, coupled with panoramic terraces and blooming gardens which create an ideal framework for exclusive business meetings, weddings or special events.

With a wonderful view of Lake Lugano and the mountains it’s the only hotel in Ticino to be selected by the American Luxury Travel Network Virtuoso.
Located in an elegant residential neighbourhood of Collina d’Oro in a period villa that conjures up images of aristocratic splendour of the time when it belonged to the Hohenzollerns. The hotel’s grand, elegant salons, the panoramic terraces and flower-filled grounds host wedding banquets, private parties, celebratory events and exclusive business meetings. In addition to its fascinating history, the true catalyst is Dario Ranza, a multi-award-winning chef (17 Gault Millau points) “… whose ingredient-centric cuisine with a Mediterranean character conveys the ingredients’ authenticity and highlights the individual flavours…” (Clara Mennella, deputy editor, Italia a Tavola).

Villa Sassa Hotel, Residence & Spa, 4 star superior, is an oasis of well-being in panoramic position, just a few steps from Lugano’s centre.

Seven modern conference rooms are the perfect place for tailor-made meetings and events. Plus over 3,000 sqm of park and the Wellness & Spa are the ideal setting for team building activities.

Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa, (pictured) 4 star superior, has breathtaking views at an altitude of 850 m, just 12 km from Lugano. The events area has direct access to a unique panoramic terrace.

The 2’200 sqm DOT.Spa is the perfect place to relax after a meeting or can be used for very special incentive activities.

The hotel’s ethos is firmly rooted in historic tradition (built in 1914), it reopened in 2013 after a comprehensive renovation. The hotel is the ideal solution for a stay focused on leisure and wellbeing, not forgetting its fresh, flavourful and typically Italian cuisine. The seven and a half acres of grounds and a stunning view over Lake Lugano welcome guests for an experience they will never forget.

Esplanade Hotel Resort & Spa 4 stars superior, is an early-20th-century building set in lush grounds dotted with palm trees, located on the sunny, Swiss shore of Lake Maggiore, where politicians and famous artists of the period came to stay.

The perfect place for active holidays in green surroundings or for a stay centred on wellbeing and excellent Ticino and Mediterranean cuisine. Close to Locarno, Ascona and Lugano, the hotel is an ideal base for relaxing and enjoying shopping and town life.

Set in lush exotic grounds only a few steps from Lago Maggiore in a sun-drenched residential district of Locarno, the Esplanade Hotel Resort & Spa provides the perfect setting for meetings and events in a refined ambiance. The 40’000 sqm park is a real paradise and another great location ideal for team-buildings and outdoor activities.

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