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The 10 Emerging International Meetings Cities according to Smart Meetings Magazine are: Reykjavik in Iceland, Auckland in New Zealand, Perth in Australia, Taipei in Taiwan, Manchester in England, Jerusalem in Israel, Guadalajara in Mexico, Bern in Switzerland, Stuttgart in Germany and Whistler in British Columbia in Canada.
The following is about Reykjavik, taken from the magazine.
"The brand called Iceland represents uniqueness, freshness and the country that differentiates itself from all others. We chose this special destination to teach business owners how to identify their own unique brands by combining business training with the inspiring wonders of Iceland.”−Runa Magnusdottir, co-founder of Brandit
JetBlue and Icelandair have combined their direct routes from major East Coast cities, making it easy for bookings to Iceland, currently one of the world’s most popular destinations. In 2015, Reykjavik saw a 25 percent growth in tourism, and the capital is undergoing a veritable explosion of hotels.
Said to be the most peaceful country in the world and famous for stunning natural attractions, The Land of Fire and Ice appeals to incentive groups and those in the market for active itineraries. Meet in Reykjavik Convention Bureau arranges outings, including snowmobiling, river rafting and glacier tours in monster trucks, and wellness retreats at geothermal spas such as Blue Lagoon. The lagoon has a restaurant with a view, accommodating 450 for dining and 1,000 for receptions; 2017 will see the opening of the 60-room Blue Lagoon Hotel.
The newest tourist attraction in town, located in the old harbor district, Whales of Iceland is a dazzling setting for parties of up to 500 and candlelit dinners for 200 beneath life-size models of whale species found in Icelandic waters. Another new, chillier choice is an expedition into the world’s largest man-made ice cave, within Langjokull Glacier.
A dramatic architectural icon overlooking the city’s picturesque harbor, Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre is a winner of the Best MICE Centre in Northern Europe award; 3,200 are accommodated here for conferences and events. Next door, Marriott is opening the 250-room Reykjavik Edition Hotel in 2018.
Reflecting the astounding tourism boom, 872 hotel rooms were built in 2015 and about 2,450 more are planned. Across from the parliament building and the city’s main square, Iceland Parliament Hotel will have 160 rooms and a history museum. Just opened steps from Laugavegur, the main street of shops, eateries and pubs, the 115-room Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre offers an intimate board room and event space for up to 50.
The full article can be read here. Smart Meetings Magazine focuses on the latest in industry trends, event planning and updates on the best venues and destinations throughout th US, Canada, Mexico and many major international destinations
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