Immersive Experiential Breakouts
Saturday Afternoon Immersive Experiential Breakouts
Join us as we leave the bounds of the conference room for an afternoon of exploration, with a range of interactive sessions for you to select from to personalise your experience.
Each of the following sessions have a limited number of places, so it is imperative that you pre-book your preferred session. Places will be given on a first come first served basis, and if you do not make a selection, a place will be allocated for you.
Step away from the hotel on Saturday afternoon and select an experience that will awaken the senses, fire up the mind and dazzle your eyes! From exploring the amazing scenery, sights and sounds of Madeira, to participating in some tailored, exclusive, professional development sessions. Whatever you chose, throw yourself in and have fun!
All of the immersive breakouts will depart from the Savoy Palace Hotel at 14.00 and return to the hotel by 17:00
The sessions are categorised as follows:
The Product Exploration Sessions
Madeira is known for its namesake wine, made possible due its warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and charming "fajãs". These immersive sessions have been designed to help you get under the skin of Madeira, see first hand some of the beauty the island has to offer, and enhance your destination knowledge. Please note a couple of activities are only open to Advantage members, as shown.
The Professional Exploration Sessions
Tapping into the knowledge of our travel industry experts, these small group workshops and activities have been structured to provide insight and deepen your knowledge around pertinent subject matter, to help you explore your professional potential and grow your business.
These sessions will take place at Blandy’s Wine Lodge, which gives visitors to Madeira Island an opportunity to experience Madeira Wine in the making. After the talks, delegates can enjoy some wine tasting with accompanying food.
Island Tour by Jeep
This immersive experience will showcase all Madeira has to offer away from the main bustle of Funchal. Taking in tiny hamlets such as Jardim da Serra, with it’s unforgettable views over the Nuns Valley.
An Audience with Simon Calder
A advocate of Travel Agents, Simon will engage guests with stories from his long career in travel journalism and talk about some unlikely and overlooked global destinations that should be on every travellers radar.
Madeira Marine Life Experience
Leave the island behind as you set sail on a catamaran to get up close to the extensive marine life found around this vibrant island. Delegates can expect to see dolphins and potentially sea turtles, as well as a wide variety of sea birds. Subject to tides, there will also be an opportunity to swim in the ocean below the lofty sea cliff Cabo Girão.
Funchal Walking Tour
Take to the streets of the beautiful city of Funchal on foot with this small group walking tour. Led by an official local guide, you’ll visit different historical points, including the market, fortifications and historic architecture that welcomes visitors to the city.
PR & Branding
Hosted by Alexis Coles-Barrasso, Advantage’s Strategic Communications Support & Strategic Co-ordinator, this session is the perfect introduction to the world of public relations and how it can add significant value to your business. Drawing in her extensive experience from within the industry, Alexis will share her thoughts on what makes a great local story and what journalists are looking for from their travel contacts.
8 Trends to Shape Business Travel
Festive Road’s Managing Partner, Paul Tilstone, presents the widely acclaimed Macroscope report. Highlighting eight trends that will shape the future of business travel, Paul will be joined by Ana Gibson Supply Manager, Travel for Hilti GB and Chris Dane President and Managing Partner at Hickory Global Partners, to discuss how they believe the trends will affect their travel programs in the future.
Prepare to overcome preconceptions and open your eyes to the advantages and benefits to your business of selling touring and adventure holidays. This fun interactive session will explore and discuss the value to agents of selling touring and adventure to their customers. Hosted by ATAS’ Claire Brighton.
Immersive Madeira Walking Tour
Join this small goup tour and hike to the Cabo Girao view point where you will brave the Skywalk, a glass walkway, extending over the cliff’s edge, some 580m in the air!
The tour concludes with a drinks tasting session in a traditional Madeiran setting.
Cable Car & Toboggan Experience
Join this small group tour as you take the island’s famous cable car to Monte, a suburb of Funchal, where you will be taken on a guided walk of Nossa Senhora do Monte Church, with its breath taking views over the island the and ocean.
Then, to return to sea level you will take the world-famous toboggan ride down to Livramento. The session concludes with a walking tour of Funchal.
BOOK YOUR IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Click on the below to be taken to the eventbright booking platform.
Once this opens, click on 'Register' and then select one of the experiences from the list.
Only one experience can be booked.