Corporate Holidays in the Loire Valley

According to a 2015 survey conducted by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a global outplacement and business coaching firm, 80 percent of the respondents still planned to have their corporate holiday parties despite the slow economic growth.

Corporate holidays are unlike the holidays which most people experience with friends and family. They tend to be shared with a group of people who aren’t familiar with one another and require an ice breaker to occur. Traditionally, corporate holidays are filled with booze, music and flirting; however, companies can throw parties that can still be classy, relaxing and fun.

Corporations that have deep pockets can host upscale corporate holiday events and treat their employees to a trip of their lifetime. One of the places upmarket travellers might want to visit is the Loire Valley, the land of chateaus, fine wines and stunning sceneries. Considered as among the top holiday destinations in the world, Loire Valley offers a lot of activities that holidaymakers can enjoy. Here is a guide of things to do while in Loire Valley:

  • Tour Around the Valley on Bike
    The stress and pressure of a corporate job is very taxing. While in Loire Valley, you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the region while biking your way to some of the famous chateaus, parks and gardens on quiet country roads. You can either arrange group tours or just rent a bike and discover the allure and splendour of the countryside.
  • Get Sporty With a Canoe Holiday
    After pedalling through the forest, going back to the Renaissance period with trips to chateaus, and resetting your inner Zen at reposeful parks and gardens, you can paddle your way to more explorations with a canoe. Discover more chateaus and know more about the valley’s rich culture and heritage while following the rhythm of the water as it streamed down the river. Canoeing is a good team building activity. Companies can set race contests in groups or pairs. There are also group tours available to travellers.
  • Drink Wine
    Savour the French heritage with wine at vineyards and wine bars. While in Loire Valley, don’t miss visiting vine-covered hillsides that surround the region. Sample some of the most famous quaffs that are grown around the area or enjoy themed-nights at lounge bars which offer cocktails, salsa and jazz music. Celebrate your promotion or your company’s success at wine bars while relishing delicious terrines and rilletes that are made more flavourful with a bottle of Sancerre.
  • Throw a Fairy Tale-Themed Ball
    Since you are already surrounded with castles and a Renaissance ambiance, throw a fairy tale-themed ball where employees get to dress as royalties. Pose as kings and queens at stationed photo booths or have a portrait taken by a pro. Hand them custom-made goodies and souvenirs from their trip at Loire Valley. Don’t forget to add some music and of course, food and wine.

Employees look forward to enjoying corporate holidays. Before giving them a lavish experience of fun and spectacle, always keep your company’s finances in check. For upmarket travellers, avoid incurring debts during your holiday trip. If and when this happens, settle them with companies that provide quality assurance.

Australian Outback Tours

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The Loire Valley is in the heart of Europe and close to many other tourist sites of significant historic and cultural importance. A million miles away from the Australian Outback you may well imagine. But possibly they have more in common than you think.

Although not well recognised for it, Australia has a culture well worth experiencing. The history of Australian Aboriginal culture goes back over possibly 60,000 years and is the oldest surviving culture in the world. The modern Australian Outback culture was forged by pioneers who risked their lives in the harsh conditions of an undeveloped Australia to start a new life.

Both these fascinating cultures can be discovered when you take an Outback tour. Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventure operate their Outback tours from Sydney which take travellers away from the city and into the bush to discover the culture, history and nature of  Australian Outback tours.

The true Australian Outback starts much further from Sydney than it is possible to drive to on a 1 or 2 day tour from Sydney, but the easily accessible bush visited with Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures has the same unique Outback culture as found further inland.

You will have an Outback experience not easy to forget when you travel with Sally from Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures and visit the unique farm “Inglevale” near Eugowra in Central West NSW. This small farm has been cultivated exclusively with horse teams for its entire history. The father of current owner Bill Norris, Wilf, never saw the need to buy a tractor when his horses worked very well, and that’s the way the work has been done ever since.

The Norris’s, who visitors get to meet and spend an afternoon, evening and morning with, are a typical generous and friendly Australian bush family who typify Outback ideals. As well as discovering age old farming techniques of horse work and shearing, visitors enjoy a meal around the campfire and are entertained with performances of traditional and modern Australian country music.

Away from any lights (the farm has no electricity connection) the opportunity to view the brilliant Southern skies stars is not to be missed. It is here that Sally can recount some Aboriginal legends of constellations and explain how the Aboriginal people viewed the sky.

Another outstanding experience of Aboriginal culture is at the Waradah Centre in Katoomba which is visited on her Outback tours. Here the Aboriginal hosts explain Aboriginal lifestyle, customs and artefacts and perform Aboriginal dances and music. This world class facility provides a favourite tour experience.

So although a world away from the culture of Europe, Australia’s Outback has cultures all of its own no less fascinating which Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures can reveal to you.

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Paul Keung

The lovely city of Christchurch in New Zealand is known as the Garden City because of its many parks and gardens. It is also called the “Gateway” to the amazing South Island. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from when you are in Christchurch and there is something available for every level of comfort and budget. Take your pick on these options.

ABBELLA LODGE MOTEL offers a spacious and modern motel accommodation. It is centrally located within ten minutes’ drive of Christchurch International Airport, the city centre and within easy distance of Christchurch’s many attractions.

ABBOTT HOUSE SUMNER BED AND BREAKFAST is a comfortable modern accommodation at the seaside with renovated 1870s historic villa close to Sumner beach. Relax and take an easy stroll along the beach to the many cafes and restaurants in Sumner Village.

ADDINGTON COURT MOTEL is a warm, modern, accommodation that is centrally located. It is easy access to rail, CBS Arena, Addington Raceway and many major attractions. They have luxurious accommodation and spacious self-contained quality units at very competitive rates.

AIRPORT PALMS MOTEL is newly opened in November 2011 and is offering a stylish and affordable accommodation to suit everyone visiting Christchurch. Only three minutes’ drive from Christchurch International Airport in the lovely tree lined street of Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch.

AMROSS COURT MOTOR LODGE is a recently refurnished motel that offers a family-friendly accommodation. Only ten minutes’ walk to Christchurch city centre (Cathedral Square). Easy walk to major city attractions, casino, museum, restart city mall, hospitals, good restaurants, punting and Hagley Park.

A warm welcome awaits you at APOLLO MOTEL. This Qualmark four-star-plus rated complex is conveniently located and just five minutes’ walk to Canterbury University, Bush Inn and Westfield Shopping Centres and Deans Bush. The city centre, art galleries, Botanic Gardens, Westpac Stadium and raceways is within a short drive. Apollo Motel is proud to have gained an Environmental Award and is keen on protecting our environment.

CAMELOT MOTOR LODGE is a unique and spacious castle-like motel complex in the heart of Christchurch. This Qualmark 4 star and Enviro Silver award property is just walking distance to the city centre, shopping malls and restaurants.

CEDAR PARK GARDENS is a stunning and delightful B&B set in 1.5-acres of trees, perennials, shrubs and bulbs in a private setting at Rolleston, on the southern outskirts of Christchurch. It is the perfect setting for a restful getaway or base for Christchurch/Canterbury adventures.

CITY CENTRE MOTEL is a reserved, quality Qualmark four-star-plus Christchurch accommodation in centre of the city. Wake to peaceful birdsong and cicadas when you stay here. It is also conveniently located to attractions and activities to the east and west of the city including the International Antarctic Centre, wildlife reserves, cruises, hiking, markets and the mountains.

CLASSIC VILLA is an Italian-style boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch’s central-city visitor area. This tastefully refurbished 5 star hotel is situated on the quiet Worcester Boulevard and is only steps away from the Art Gallery, Museum, Botanical Gardens, public hospital, punting on the Avon River and golf course.

DESIGNER COTTAGE BED AND BREAKFAST is a charming place located in peaceful surroundings just off Colombo Street near the shops and opposite Sydenham Park. The walk to the city centre from the beautiful cottages will give you the chance to admire many listed heritage buildings on Colombo Street.

FINLAY BANKS BOUTIQUE BED & BREAKFAST is an architecturally designed family home where you can experience the kiwi hospitality. They are members of the Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand, which assures you of quality assessed accommodation. It is close to airport, restaurants, cafes and shopping.

GARDEN VIEW BED AND BREAKFAST is an award-winning Bed and Breakfast ideally located in one of the world’s finest wine regions. Set in a peaceful 1.5 acres of land with native trees and rose gardens and is just ten minutes south of Christchurch, and 20 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.

MERIVALE MANOR a luxurious fully-renovated 1880’s Manor. Self-contained, architecturally designed and is a great location that’s about 500 metres to Merivale Mall shopping, restaurants, bars & cafes.

ONUKU BED AND BREAKFAST commands a magnificent site on the north facing slopes of the Cashmere hills. Stay at this quiet place and enjoy splendid views across the city to the Southern Alps. Situated close to public transport, it is only five minutes’ walk to the airport bus and local buses.

PEPPERS CLEARWATER RESORTis a striking waterfront resort set within beautiful grounds. The hotel is located just a 15-minute drive from the beautiful city of Christchurch. The sophisticated accommodation is positioned around the clear sparkling lakes and waterways from which Peppers Clearwater Resort gets its name. The modern suites and villas offer guests privacy and comfort.

STONELEIGH LODGE is a French chateau-style lodge standing on twenty acres of landscaped grounds, complete with three lakes. It is situated in the heart of Canterbury’s prestigious lifestyle belt. Soak up the beautiful surroundings in this lavish B&B and set foot on an adventure as this estate has ready access to the city.

SUDIMA HOTEL CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT is less than ten minutes’ drive from the central business district. It has a stylish lobby and elegant restaurant and is an ideal place to rest and rejuvenate before commencing a holiday in the stunning South Island.

THE GEORGE is an award-winning luxury boutique hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and tops the list of Christchurch Hotels. It is centrally located but peacefully positioned in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the scenic Hagley Park and river Avon. It is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff.

THE LILAC ROSE is a charming 100 year old villa that has been completely restored to offer luxury bed and breakfast accommodation. Enjoy generous hospitality and spacious rooms with stylish decor, antiques and fresh flowers. It is conveniently located 7 minutes from both Christchurch Airport and the Christchurch city centre so you can stroll to cafes, restaurants, shopping and cinemas. It’s also easy access to the main routes to the South Island’s most popular tourist destinations.

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