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On Find & Fly, our online platform to easily compare scheduled and charter flights, event managers and other MICE players search for the best flight options every month. The numerous searches provide a picture of the most popular destinations. We tell you which destinations the industry was looking at in May.
1. Place: MADRID
Soccer, flamenco, tapas. Madrid is a city full of energy, a classic destination for incentive trips and extremely popular for congresses and meetings. The MICE experts interviewed for our PRO SKY Destination Report praise the climate and culture, emphazise the easy accessibility from Europe, making Madrid an extremely attractive destination. Thus, the city in the heart of Spain is increasingly requested by customers. Around 20 percent state that Madrid is particularly relevant for future projects. A fact, which is reflected in the search queries at Find & Fly where Madrid earned the first place. One possible reason for the sensational ranking: the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
2. PLACE: MARRAKESH
You want to immerse yourself in a fascinating culture? Due to its relative proximity, Marrakech is ideal for this. Here travellers can admire the hustle and bustle of the markets, magnificent mosques, palaces and gardens. While the city was already on the winner's podium last month, it is now ranking even better, securing its title as the second most sought-after destination on Find & Fly. After all, Marrakech not only has a long history, but also exotic flair, colourful streets and welcoming inhabitants.
3. PLACE: BAKU
Baku also slides up one place in May, making it one of the top three most sought-after destinations on Find & Fly. Located directly on the Caspian Sea, the metropolis is the best example of the up-and-coming cities of Azerbaijan. Here medieval buildings and ultra-modern skyscrapers merge into a lively mix. And although Baku is not yet on the radar of many MICE experts, the ranking shows that the city is gaining more importance for the MICE industry. A special push factor: the UEFA Europa League Final at the end of May.
4. PLACE: BARCELONA
Barcelona is rightly one of the most popular destinations for city trips within Europe, and with over 30 % of our MICE experts voting for it also a top destination in the PRO SKY Destination Report 2019. Some of the most beautiful works of art in the world are part of the cityscape and even apart from architecture and art history, modern Barcelona has a lot to offer. Our event planners seem to agree and started numerous search queries.
5. PLACE: PRISTINA
Do you know which country Pristina is the capital of? If not, Kosovo is probably not yet on your list of potential destinations. Why should that change? In Pristina you can travel through time, explore a city that is on the verge of change and which, in addition to a great deal of potential, also attracts the attention of MICE players through the strong contrast between tradition and modernity.
6. PLACE: RABAT
Picturesque, almost majestic is Rabat, one of the four royal cities of Morocco. Situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean, the city captivates travellers with its mix of magnificent architecture, lively history and colourful street life. The city, declared a World Heritage Site, fascinates with its small alleys, exotic spicy cuisine and magnificent buildings. Remarkable: With Rabat, this month a second Moroccan city is included in the top ten search queries on Find & Fly. We are curious whether this trend will continue.
7. PLACE: MÁLAGA
Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing the beauty of Malaga with their own eyes knows why our event planners are always on the lookout for flights to this destination. In May, the impressive port city secures itself a place among the top ten search queries on Find & Fly. A very reasonable choice.
8. PLACE: LISBON
Lisbon is a MICE destination through and through. Visitors rave about the tradition, history and charm of the Portuguese capital and are delighted by its easy accessibility and good value for money. In fact, Lisbon radiates a youthful energy and attracts fans of trendy and cool destinations.
9. PLACE: PALMA DE MALLORCA
Regarding MICE travel Mallorca is particularly popular for luxury incentives. Secluded coves, splendid Fincas and the first-class Mallorcan kitchen: travelers are in love with the island. Whether weekend trip with motorbike toures, cruises along small harbours or bathing at beautiful beaches: Mallorca has much more to offer than many people might imagine. Also for this reason, Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island, is always to be found in our ranking.
10. PLACE: NEW YORK
The Big Apple is calling! Vibrant, exciting and a bit dramatic, New York offers travellers a special kind of city adventure. Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge, strolling through Central Park and marvelling at the hectic hustle and bustle of Times Square: New York makes dreams come true, inspires with a mix of cultures and its unique flair. Looking at the numerous search queries, quite a few of our MICE experts seem to share this opinion.
LOOKING FOR MORE INSPIRATION?
There are lots of destination to discover. But which are the ones of particular importance when it comes to group travel? For the eighth edition of our PRO SKY Destination Report, we determined the current and future trend destinations together with event professionals. Have a look at the results and find out which of this year's trend destinations could be the best fit for your indivudual needs.