On 10th of October, the Forum guests experienced a magnificent pre-tour in the capital of Azerbaijan. There they immersed themselves in the culture of the city, where ancient traditions blend with modern technologies. The picturesque streets of the old town, the mystical legends of the Maiden’s Tower, colorful shops with magnificent carpets and souvenirs, a master class in the preparation of gourmet dishes from Baku… A marvellous evening on the 19th floor of the Fairmont Hotel became the highlight of this miraculous day. Panoramic views of the city at night, fiery music from Azerbaijan’s most popular DJ – Baku totally rocked everyone! Well, and not to forget the real wine festival of the Chabiant winery.
All the leaders of the global MICE industry gathered at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel on the 11th of October. Throughout the day, the invited buyers from different parts of the world (Ukraine, Kazakhstan, France, India, Moldova, United Arab Emirates, Poland) had the opportunity to network with the leading exhibitors from Azerbaijan and Georgia in an informal setting.
And YES, the participants had to work and were not allowed to look into the eyes of the Azerbaijani chef, who tempted everyone with delicious qutabs and sweet baklava straight from the flames. How is it possible to focus and not stare at this culinary action when you’ve already tried these tasty snacks and posted them on your Insta-stories.
What can we say about the luxurious gala dinner at Zagulba Palace Restaurant? Varied dishes, dances with daggers and soulful chords of a tar (an ancient Azerbaijani musical instrument) – no wonder many guests wished the evening wasn’t over yet! But they should save their energy for the next day…
On October 12, the participants of the MMP Forum Caucasus 2019 went to Gabala, the historical region of Azerbaijan!
What happened there?
Oh, nothing special — just breathtaking views, a cable car ride to the mountains, a great tea ceremony at sunset, as well as something cool in Isma’ili at the Chabiant winery. Hey, Celentano, we bet your legendary Elia wouldn’t be able to pick up a huge pottle of grapes in 30 minutes, and then — wipe its juice for wine? Hey, bro, take it easy: participants of the MMP Forum Caucasus did it easily! Here’s how they tamed shrew Azerbaijan — hot, insolent, and unstoppable. However, it is worth mentioning a hot dinner with national dances in Shamakhi — the homeland of the famous Shamakhi queen…
The forum has come to an end — however, new ideas that appeared during this project, are only beginning to grow. Colleagues, we will meet again very soon — together, we are the true engine of MICE progress. See you at the new MMP Forums!