Dubai, UAE

No stranger to being in the spotlight, the emirate of Dubai has become a booming hub for tourism, finance, business, fashion and aviation. On par with the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, this architectural haven truly is a melting pot of cultures.

Renowned for its glitz and glam, it will come as no surprise that Dubai is a main hub for the crème de la crème. The emirate offers unique gastronomic experiences, shopping like no other destination and nightlife buzzing with celebrities. If you’re in Dubai on a shopping spree, visit the Dubai Mall, newly opened Jebel Ali Outlet Village, Mall of the Emirates and the Gold Souq. If you’re feeling the urge to splurge, head over to the Gold and Diamond Park.

Merrymakers can dance the night away at some of the world’s finest nightclubs, including Cirque Le Soir, Movida, The Act and Boa. The nightlife is ever-changing so what’s hot today might not be the place to be seen at tomorrow – ask around before you head out! If you are lucky enough to be in Dubai over the weekend, you need to experience a “Dubai-style” brunch – it’s all the hype, for good reason.  Sweeping vistas of Dubai’s famous skyline can be enjoyed at venues across the city. For iconic views, you can take your pick from a long list of lounges and bars including Level 43, Jetty Lounge, Koubba Bar, Bahri Bar, Iris, 40 Kong, Vii, Above, Inka, W Lounge, Vault and so many more. All of these vantage points offer breathtaking views.

Attractions in the city include:

  • Dubai Mall (here you can visit the viewing deck in Burj Khalifa) and the spectacular fountain show
  • Theme parks including Legoland, Bollywood Parks and IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Burj Al Arab
  • Wild Wadi and Aquaventure waterparks
  • Ski Dubai
  • Miracle Garden
  • Heritage Village
  • Dubai Canal
  • Dubai Opera
  • City Walk and Box Park
  • Desert Safari – dune bashing, sand-boarding, belly dancing, henna and camel riding

You can get your daily dose of vitamin D at one of the many beaches in Dubai – here you can also enjoy water activities such as jet-skiing and kayaking. Feeling extra adventurous? Leap off a plane straight down to views of the Palm Jumeirah, at SkyDive Dubai.

Aside from the three ultra-modern terminals of Dubai International Airport (dxb), tourists can now fly in and out of the city’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (dwc) that lies in Dubai South, a magnificent aerotropolis in the making.  If you’re visiting in the winter, you’ll enjoy temperatures in the 20s and a buzz throughout the city as residents revel in the cooler temperatures.

Giving visitors something to do absolutely any night of the week, here’s to one more concrete jungle that never sleeps.

Colourful, lively, diverse and straight up adventurous – that’s Amsterdam for you. The words tolerable or free-spirited may come to mind as it is one of the only cities where you can see everything from red light districts, coffee shops, museums, parks, cafes and hundreds of bicycles all within a walking distance of each other.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands is the country’s cultural and financial capital and one of the main financial centre’s of Europe. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, the city gets its name from being a dam on the river, Amstel Today, it is a vibrant, buzzing city that tourists adore for many reasons and that locals enjoy living in.

Beautiful little buildings line the many canals that run through Amsterdam and there are over 1500 bridges in the city which is why the nickname “The Venice of the North” shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. See the famous Singel Canal that encircled the city in the Middle Ages and is famous for its floating flower markets today.

The layout and street pattern remains largely unchanged and this minimal alteration gives Amsterdam an old-fashion flare. The oldest streets are the Warmoesstraat and the Zeedijk located in the Nieuwmarkt area of the Old Centre. Probably the most visited area in Amsterdam is the Old Centre where you can enjoy traditional architecture, canals, shopping, and many coffeeshops. The red ight district is also in the Old Centre, as is Dam Square. Overlooking lively Dam square, where the city was founded, is theKoninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), the official residence of the royal family.

Merrymakers can revel in one of the city’s many happening pubs, bars, coffee shops and clubs. If you’re out for the night, join a group for a pub crawl and explore the city’s nightlife one pub at a time.

Amsterdam is rich in history so you’ll find plenty of museums. The main three are spread out across the grassy expanse of Museumplein – here you will find The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. Not too far from here is the famous Vondelpark where you can laze around and soak up the sun on a lovely summer afternoon. Also well worth a visit is Anne Frank’s house where you can learn more about the teenage diarist.

Amsterdam is also home to the Heineken experience, an interactive beer museum. Avoid long queues at museums by pre-purchasing tickets online. Wander into the arty, charming neighbourhood the Jordaan where you will find lovely boutiques, chic cafes and art galleries lining the narrow streets. Allow yourself to get lost and enjoy all the things you stumble across.

There are over 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam which is more than the population of the city! Cycling is a way of life, accommodated by the flat landscape and incredible network of cycle routes. Jump on a bike and explore this wonderful city through paddle power.

MRO Europe will be held in Amsterdam from October 18th-20th. The show will bring together 5,000 attendees from over 80 countries. Here airlines, suppliers, OEMs, regulators and lessors will come together to explore and discuss the aviation maintenance industry. Maestro will be present at the event, building booths for clients. If you would like to meet to discuss trade show booth requirements in Amsterdam or around the world, contact us at info@maestrodisplays.com.

Orlando

Mickey Mouse might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Orlando and that’s probably because this Floridian city is the most popular family destination on earth with over 50 million visits flooding it’s theme parks annually.

Because of the flocks of tourists pouring in all year round, it is important to book your tickets well in advance. Popular theme parks include Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland and Seaworld. At Seaworld, there are numerous attractions vying for your attention including the lazy river, swimming with the dolphins and seeing spectacular wildlife. There are many more thrilling amusement parks to visit so plan your trip well in advance.

The central Florida metropolis has more to offer than just theme parks. Go down International Drive where you will find plenty of restaurants, shops and shows. Visit the Orlando Premium Outlets to grab a bargain. For upscale shopping, visit Mall of Millennia and The Florida Mall. For phenomenal 360 views of Orlando, jump on the Orlando Eye – a massive standing Ferris Wheel. If you are missing nature, visit Gatorland where you can enjoy an up close experience with the Florida Alligators. You can also take a Kayak eco-tour where you can spot bald eagles and alligators in their natural habitats.  If golf is your sport, you can spend an entire trip on some impressive greens such as Tiger Woods and over 170 other golf courses.

NBAA is the sixth largest trade show in the US and will bring together 27,000 business aviation professionals from around the world. NBAA 2016 will take place in Orlando from November 1-3 and will consist of 2 static display areas, over 50 education sessions and will have over 1,100 exhibiting companies. We can’t wait! Maestro Displays will be building booths for clients at NBAA 2016 so get in touch now if you would like to arrange a meeting at the show.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, is home to 3.6 million people. No stranger to history, this energetic city dates back to the 13th century.

The city has a vibrant art scene and many museums and sights that provide a window to the city’s rich history. One for the nature lovers, Berlin is located  in an area of low-lying marshy woodlands on the banks of the River Spree and Havel and one third of the city’s area is composed of parks, forests, lakes, rivers and gardens.

Home to many universities, sporting events, museums, music festivals, nightlife and diverse architecture, Berlin is a great location for the tourist that loves to explore.   The diverse styles of architecture stand as a memory of the city’s rich history. Visit Museum Island where you can visit the three renowned museums – Pergamon Museum, the Altes and the Bode. Many other museums, including the splendid art museum Gemaeldegalerie, can be found in the square, Potsdamer Platz. Experience more history at one of the many churches that dot the city. Make sure not to miss the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), the largest and most important, and Berlin’s famous landmark, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its damaged tower.

Then there is the Berlin Wall – something almost every visitor to Germany would want to see. The wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The demolition of the wall began in 1990 and was completed in 1992.Today, not much remains of the barrier but visitors can still understand the impact the wall had by visiting what is left of the wall. Today, the two halves of the city are visually merged so perfectly that it is difficult to tell East from West. Visit the East Side Gallery, a 1.3km section of the wall and a collection of 105 paintings that form the largest open-air gallery in the world. The gallery features drawings by international artists on the east side of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin has its own triumphal arch, much like many European cities, called the Brandenburg Gate. This 18th century neoclassical arch is one of the most acclaimed landmarks in Germany. It makes a beautiful backdrop for photographs.

If the weather allows, visit Treptower Park. Although not central, the park is easily reachable on a short train journey. Beautiful statues and a relaxing atmosphere make for a lovely summer’s afternoon. If you want to continue enjoying the great outdoors visit Berlin’s urban beaches including Oststrand, Strandbad Wannsee, Beach at the Box and the Traumstrand Berlin, which is very central. Berlin’s urban beaches including Oststrand, Strandbad Wannsee, Beach at the Box and the extremely central Traumstrand Berlin. There is also Strandbar Mitte which is right by Museum Island.

Berlin has a wealth of edifices including the Reichstag Building. At the very top, at the dome, you can take in spectacular views of Berlin. You can even grab a bite at their rooftop restaurant – just make sure to make a reservation beforehand. Panoramic vistas can also be enjoyed from the Berlin V Tower.

Berlin is a melting point of cultures – a cosmopolitan metropolis that hosts some of the most interesting exhibitions. The economy is booming in industries such as pharmaceuticals, T, electronics, construction and many others. In September, 2016, Berlin will host the OsiSoft Conference. The three day conference will bring together over 1000 professionals from 50 countries and over 400 organisations. The conference is organized in three parts – Operational Intelligence, Industry Forum and TechCon and will run from September 26th-29th. Maestro will be building an exhibition booth for a client in Berlin, Germany at OsiSoft. For more information on trade show booths in Germany and around the world, contact us at info@maestrodisplays.com.

Johannesburg, commonly known as Jo’burg, Jozi or Egoli (City of Gold) is the largest city in South Africa. The city has a population of 9.6 million people, half of who live in the township of Soweto. Jo’burg is the economic hub of South Africa.

Street entrepreneurship is big in Johannesburg with so many things being available for purchase from vendors on the streets and at traffic lights. You can pick up random items from footballs to mobile phone accessories. Also on the streets you can see barbers with nothing but a chair on the side of the road. You will also find many beautifully crafted beadwork and wirework accessories being sold on the street and at one of Johannesburg’s many craft markets.

Johannesburg has almost 6 million trees and it’s natural landscape is Savannah, making it one of the greenest cities on the planet. If you like nature and you are brave enough, visit the Lion Park where you can pet the cubs and drive through the lion park and game area where you will see lots of other incredible animals. Nature lovers will also enjoy Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, a premier ecotourism spot. Located just an hour away from Johannesburg International Airport, it boasts a pristine natural environment that allows for a short city break.

Feeling adventurous? Take a 3 or 4 day safari tour and spot game in their natural surroundings. To experience a thrill with a touch of history, visit Gold Reef City that has adventure and the history of gold mining. Here you will find exciting rides and fun for all. Take a tour to Soweto (using an official operator only). This is the largest township in South Africa and gives you a real experience of the country.

Also visit the Bird Park, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. You can shop at some of the fashionable boutiques in Sandton and Rosebank. When dining in South Africa, meat definitely steals the show. There are plenty of exceptional restaurants around the city. Grab a biltong (dry cured meat) as a snack and try to eat as much local cuisine as possible. From one of the many rooftop or sky bars, you can take in glorious views of the city’s sunset. You can also enjoy panoramic views from the Carlton Centre, Africa’s tallest building that has a viewing deck on the 50th floor.

Africa Aerospace and Defence will take place in Johannesburg this September. Maestro will be at the exhibition building a trade show booth for clients. If you would like to arrange a meeting contact us at info@maestrodisplays.com and if you have any requirements for trade show booths in South Africa or around the world, Maestro is your “go to” team.

Johannesburg has something for all so regardless of what tickles your fancy, you’ll be in for a treat.

Located in South America, Peru is home to part of the Amazon rainforest as well as the ancient Incan city, Machu Picchu. It’s vibrant Andean culture makes a trip to Peru unforgettable. There are exotic jungles, deserts and a staggering variety of history that make the potential for adventure limitless.

Lima, the country’s capital, is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s biggest cities. It is still called “City of the Kings”. The city has thousands of years of history and culture and is also home to upscale shopping malls, a variety of fine dining experiences and high-rise towers making it a spectacular union of past meets present. The coastal capital has a wealth of sights including monumental temples and ruins. On many occasions throughout the year, the city explodes into colour for celebrations.

If you’re there for a relaxing trip, enjoy their nightlife, indulge your fancy at some fine dining establishments, shop at artsy boutiques and enjoy splendid scenes. If you’re more of a history buff, Lima is not going to let you down. Get a glimpse of history as you walk through the streets of the Peruvian capital. Lima hosts some extraordinary museums that are rich in history, yet interesting to the modern day traveler. Lima Downtown is full of history, particularly Plaza Mayor that is the main square which is surrounded in architectural masterpieces such as the Government Palace, Lima Cathedral and the Municipal Palace. This is the heart of Lima’s historic centre. his is the spot where Francisco Pizarro founded the city back in 1535. On the north side of the square is Palacio de Gobierno where the President of Peru stays. If you’re there at noon you can see the changing of the palace guard. Ornately carved elements on surrounding buildings provide ample photo opportunities. A stone’s throw away is the Church and Covent of San Francisco.

Visit the districts of Miraflores and Barranco to experience the youth oriented entertainment, shopping, cinemas, parks and nightlife. You can begin your exploration of Peru’s ancient sites in the trendy district of Miraflores where you will find Huaca Pucllana, a large adobe brick pyramid.

Through Miraflores and Barranco you can access some of Lima’s beaches, a circuit known as Costa Verde. Here you can enjoy dining at some of the city’s most romantic restaurants with a view. to Callao Port and some of the nearby islands for some maritime excursion – here you can spot sea lions, dolphins and sea birds. Stroll along El Malecon, the city’s picturesque seafront. For some family-friendly night entertainment, visit Parque de la Reserva, a park that has thirteen fountains, light shows and great entertainment.

If you haven’t gotten the adrenaline rush you need, venture out of Lima to one of Peru’s most famous tourist sites, Machu Picchu. Other phenomenal locations include Saksaywaman, Moray and Sacred Valley.

Maestro will be in Lima this September for Expomina. The show will take place from September 14th-16th and is one of the most important mining shows in the world. The show will bring together local and international mining companies from over 27 countries. This will be the sixth edition of Expomina and it will be held at the Centro de Exposiciones Jockey.

Paris – the City of Lights

Author: Komal Qaiser

Situated on the river Seine, Paris is the capital of France. The city is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with an average of over 20 million visitors per year.

Beyond the city’s visual appeal, the lively culture attracts visitors from all over the world. The city is an agglomeration of gastronomic experiences, a buzzing nightlife, an arty scene, haute-couture fashion, historic sites and cosy cafes offering delightful delicacies. History buffs can get their culture fix at one of the city’s many famed museums. Foodies can go cafe hopping and enjoy some of the croissant-capital’s finest pastries. Fashionistas can go crazy at world-class boutiques. The city offers something for absolutely everybody.

An array of world-renowned landmarks dot the city- the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, ChampsÉlysées, the Arc de Triomphe and more. When in the city, if time allows, catch the musical, Cats and the famous cabaret show Moulin Rouge. For amazing views and phenomenal photographs, visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur and one of the best, the Tour Montparnasse. Almost any scene in Paris serves as a spectacular backdrop for photos so don’t be too worried about finding the ideal spot. Just look around, there will be many all around you.

Paris will unleash the inner photographer in anyone so don’t be surprised if you are constantly tempted to whip out your camera or selfie stick. Just make you manage to take it all in, mental images can be just as magical. Paris is known for its romantic ambience and whether or not you are in love when you arrive in Paris, you are bound to leave smitten.

Its central location, among other factors makes France the prime spot for large trade exhibitions and events. Currently, the Euro Cup is being held there. Eurosatory, the international defence & security exhibition is crrently being held in Paris. With four clients at Eurosatory and clients at defence exhibitions around the world, Maestro has the capability and expertise to build trade show booths of all sizes, for all industries. The company has a prominent presence in Europe and is an expert in building trade show booths in Paris and throughout Europe. Need a trade show booth in France? Maestro can build you an exhibition booth that is the piece de resistance at any trade show. Get in touch now – we would love to hear from you!

Foodies beware! SIAL 2016 and top food trends

Wonderful gastronomic experiences usually leave everyone on cloud number nine. That’s why we’re over the moon to be building some huge stands at SIAL 2016 in Paris.

SIAL will 7,000 companies from more than 100 countries and see them present their products to retail and foodservice professionals. This 5 day show, starting October 16th, will see many food related products from food to equipment.

It’s no secret that the food industry is evolving. Look a the difference between the food that was served 20-30 years ago and the food that is served today.To gear up for the show, we decided to look into some of the year’s top food trends. Reference

  1. Is the world getting healthier? In the last five years pasta sales dropped by 6% in the USA, 8% in Australia, 13% in Europe … 25% in Italy.
  2. Sandwich of the year: fried chicken
  3. Snacking increased 47% from 2010 to 2014. Good old snackers are leaving sweet for savoury and shifting from high-carb to nutrient dense high-protein indulgent snacks. Sour is also replacing sweet and plant based protein snacks are gaining popularity, particularly amongst millenials.
  4. Good-for-you, good-for-the-earth packaged snacks are getting commanding space on supermarket endcaps … often near the fresh vegetable aisle … suggesting that consumers will pay premium prices for products that cover both bases.
  5. Savoury yoghurts are getting popular
  6. there is a growing consumer interest in the health-enhancing role of specific foods, or what experts call “functional foods.” (Ref)
  7. Brands are “healthifying” products and their positioning In response, some brands are trying to “healthify” foods by adding functional ingredients. (Ref)

Dr. Frank Lipman, the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in Manhattan points to digital as a major catalyst for our growing health food fixation. “There’s no question it’s coming from the web,” says Lipman. Reference

If you need a trade show booth in Paris or around the world, contact us at info@maestrodisplays.com to discuss a customised booth your whole industry will be talking about. To see our work, visit http://maestrodisplays.com/expertise

Food experts gather in Bangkok today for the commencement of VIV Asia 2017.  The show will run until March 17th and aims to bring together professionals active in the production of meat, eggs, dairy and fish. Over 900 international exhibitors will be present at VIV Asia, being held at BITEC in Bangkok.

Under one roof, you will see animal feeds, breeding tools, farm equipment, organic food products and much more displayed enticingly to catch the attention of VIV Asia visitors. Issues facing the industry and topics of interest will be discussed at seminars where experts will share their knowledge and come together to examine key topics in animal husbandry and processing. The fair will also present the latest trends and solutions in animal breeding and processing.

Opening doors and extending opportunities, VIV Asia has opened doors to the emerging markets in the region. The show offers companies an excellent opportunity to showcase their products to the right audience. VIV Asia 2015 brought together almost 40,000 professionals in the food industry with over 55% of these visitors coming from outside of Thailand.

Maximising Opportunity – Tips for Trade Show Sponsorship

Trade show sponsorships are so tempting! As a marketer, paying money to have your brand name and logo plastered all over a venue with all the right people seems so worth it. Sponsoring a trade show can take a toll on your annual marketing budget so you need to make sure it will have the impact that you’re looking for.

Premium sponsorship packages for national shows are a huge investment and here are some tips on how to choose what to sponsor.

Don’t do it on the cheap – if your budget allows, look into the options that offer more visibility. Sometimes one big sponsorship is better than three or four small ones, in terms of visibility. Think of tote bags, lanyards, badges and registration desks. With a phenomenal booth to match your sponsorship, your presence might just dominate the show!

Traffic – although focusing on shows with high volumes of traffic is important, you need to make sure that the people you are targeting fall within that traffic. There is no point in choosing a show that has 30,000 visitors out of which no one is interested in your product or service. You need to find a trade show that will give you the maximum exposure to the largest amount of people that are in your target market. Do your research and if you cannot find enough information on the internet, , aslrequest the show organizers to send you statistics and demographics of visitors in previous years.

Exclusivity – trade shows are a bonanza of opportunities and to maximise profits, many organizers sell shared sponsorships. This also lowers the cost of the sponsorship but could end up diluting your message. Although your goal is probably to have your brand plastered throughout the trade show, it might not work as well if it is mixed with many other companies or competitors. If your budget allows, find spots that are prime and exclusive so that your brand sticks out.

Plan for the next show – as an exhibitor, you should constantly be looking for opportunities to maximise your brand exposure at future shows. Walk around the show and look for opportunities for the next show, you can even come up with ideas and discuss these with the show organizers to see if they would be open to it. Pay attention to the areas that attract the most people and see which areas are relatively empty.

Engage trade show visitors – sponsorships today are more than just logo placement on banners. With such diverse platforms on which you can engage people, think creative and do something outside the box. Create an experience that people will remember or give out something that people will use all the time. Do something engaging that will encourage people to jump on social media and share right away.

So before you jump right in and sponsor the first thing you think will get you visibility, ask yourself a few simple questions. What is the target market for this event? Will this give me direct access to the right audience? Does it help me to achieve any of our marketing or business goals? Can I get the same amount of exposure in another way without making an investment?