The historic Villa Claudia, property of the Marquis Dal Pozzo, has joined the project Lago Maggiore Green Meeting, adopting best practices for reducing the environmental impact in the organization of events.
Through measures such as the reduction and recycling of waste, use of raw materials with low environmental impact and the reduction of energy consumption, the suggestive location of Belgirate is committed to respecting the environment.
The commitment of Villa Claudia and the destination Lake Maggiore has also been awarded by the Italian cinema: the famous trio “Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo” and the production house Agidi Srl, also engaged in the creation of movies at low environmental impact, have chosen Villa Claudia as the location for some filming of their new movie, “The rich, the poor and the butler“, directed by Morgan Bertacca and in cinemas from December 11.
The environmentally friendly choices of managers and directors of the beautiful estate of Belgirate have made it possible to bring on the big screens of Italy the beautiful reality of Villa Claudia and Lake Maggiore.
The latter reinforces its commitment to nature, creating vacation spots and working to offer the best services, but keeping an eye on the environment and its preservation.
M.sa Claudia Dal Pozzo d’Annone
Tel.: +39 349 5269554
IMEX, Frankfurt May 20-22, 2014 THE CLIMATE ON LAGO MAGGIORE changes for the better: A RECOVERY FOR MICE ARRIVES FROM NORTHERN EUROPE AND RUSSIA
The shores of Lago Maggiore finally feel a shift towards lovely weather; one begins to see horizons that bring hope for a beautiful season. A popular destination for meetings and conferences at the highest levels, the lakeshore areas – especially those areas touching on the provinces of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Novara, Varese and the Swiss shores of Locarno – feel the benefits of an economic recovery originating in the Northern European countries. The clientele, coming from Scandinavia, Denmark, and other countries that love the Lakes, has returned to choose the structures ofLago Maggiore Meeting Industry, created thanks to a joint agreement between Swiss and Italian tourism promotion bodies (Chambers of Commerce, Provinces, Local Tourist Agencies, Convention Bureaus and Associations), to organize their engagements. “It’s been an excellent May, such as we haven’t seen for the last three or four years - Andrea Zacchera asserts with satisfaction. Finally we can register a strong recovery for the MICE industry from abroad, although we must overcome the lack of trust that foreigners have regarding our Country for reasons of which everyone is aware. However, we can say that, thanks to our climate, the beauty, and above all, to the services that we are able to offer – our flagship – their faith has been renewed”. There are more than just a few Companies that, once they’ve discovered Lago Maggiore’s offer, willingly return year after year, reconfirming the location’s attractiveness. They are caring for service and professionalism to reward, as pointed out by Gianluigi Mariani, director of the Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromées&Spa: “Our Wellness Center is a great success with a clientele that is increasingly attentive to the professionalism and the quality of the product, but the MICE sector that caters to 5 star has not shown a great deal of activity, even if the business indicators show a weak recovery. With the exception of the Russians, there are still few companies that “dare” to book luxury facilities such as ours; for the moment sobriety is the watchword, and consequently our category is suffering. However, some encouraging signs are coming from the individual market. In this area the Russians also demonstrate strong purchasing power. The month of April has shown very good results. There are many reasons, good weather, the Easter “highpeak” and the Salone del Mobile in Milan that always draw many tourists to the lake; we have also seen the benefits of some internet marketing upon which we’ve embarked”.
Anyone wishing to organize a conference which unites the elegance of the location, the beauty of its landscapes, Italian good taste and good living with hospitality structures that are environmentally sensitive and efficient, can choose from amongst 410 hotels from three to five stars with nearly 16,700 rooms and more than 50,000 seats distributed over 517 meeting/conference rooms that Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry provides. With an eye to the environment: in fact, it is the first destination – aware of the impact that the conference industry can have on the eco-systemic and sociocultural balance at a local and a global level – to have launched a plan inspired by the values of sustainability, approved and funded by the European Community, and for the promotion of events and conferences with low environmental impact.
Set up two years ago, the product Lago Maggiore Green Meeting – a chain of suppliers with a code of conduct based on the best international experiences, to guarantee the final customer an event carried out with respect for the environment – that has the goal of motivating participants with a series of awareness and training seminars, on the basis of three principles: sustainable event management through an organizational process that reduces environmental impact; innovation and quality; partnership that represents a commitment to develop a network of professional products and services geared toward sustainability. The code proposes concrete and measurable actions to reduce the environmental impact to service providers, organizers and participants. The creation of a Green Meeting on Lago Maggiore is oriented towards reducing: energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and the use of materials, all whilst taking into account all the activities and services: location management, hospitality, food and beverage/catering, transport, leisure activities, events, communications and marketing.
SAVE THE FOOD A DAY DEDICATED TO FOOD WASTE AWARENESS – Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno VB THURSDAY JUNE 5, 2014
SAVE THE FOOD
A DAY DEDICATED TO FOOD WASTE AWARENESS
The conference sector’s contribution
Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno VB THURSDAY JUNE 5, 2014 – hours 9:30 – 13:00
The next 5th of June a conference dedicated to waste reduction and the sharing of food abundance, will be held on Lake Maggiore. After the success it found in Milan, some conference hotels and restaurants, partners of the Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry Project, started the testing of food retrieving and re-distribution, in fellowship with Banco Alimentare, one of the most important charity istitutions for food distribution in Italy. An update on national policies to fight against food waste will be presented by PINPAS, co-ordinated by Andrea Segrè, president of Last Minute Market.
For a more fair present and to guarantee new generations a bright future, waste reduction is fundamental. Our resources are limited and we are all called upon to make a contribution; both private and professional choices that we make every day can make the difference. The world of events can also contribute to waste reduction in many areas. For the first time, a conference destination is putting into play the subject of waste reduction and the sharing of food abundance by organizing, in collaboration with theFondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus and Last Minute Market – and sponsored by Federcongressi and Expo2015 – the conference: “SAVE THE FOOD – the conference sector’s contribution”, to be held at Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno, on June 5th 2014. Lago Maggiore Green Meeting – Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry’s project, created thanks to a joint agreement between Swiss and Italian tourism promotion bodies (Chambers of Commerce, Provinces, Local Tourist Agencies, Convention Bureaus and Associations) – continues its work in organizing events with reduced environmental impact and introduces measures that will be adopted for the reduction of food waste at meetings, conferences and incentives. Together with Banco Alimentare they stated experimenting by gathering unused breakfast foods from the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno, and the Regina Palace Hotel and Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées in Stresa, such as: bread, cakes, pastries and cookies left over from breakfast, which are to be picked up by a Charity, and consumed by its guests ont hat same day. The initiative falls within the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus’ “Siticibo” program – established in Milan in 2003 as the first Italian application of Law 155/2003 (the so-called Good Samaritan Law) in order to retrieve surplus fresh and cooked food from organized catering (hotels, company and hospital canteens, school lunchrooms and businesses) and, since 2009, also collecting food surpluses from large retail outlets. In 2013, in the city of Milan alone, Siticibo – which works with 33 canteens, 99 school lunchrooms and 3 hotels – collected 225,000 portions of cooked food, more than 68 tons of baked goods and 102 tons of fruit.
“Save the Food” will take place on World Environment Day that this year dedicates particular attention to the themes of sustainability and the fight against food waste. Andrea Segrè, President of Last Minute Market and Co-ordinator of PINPAS, is scheduled to attend the conference with a video contribution. It will be a worthwhile occasion for Baveno, to be put forward into the guidelines and milestones of the first national plan for preventing food waste in Italy, launched at the end of 2013, and to be in full swing by November 2014. Among its primary goals, PINPAS takes up some requests from the European Parliament Resolution 2012: halving food waste by 2025, and urging the establishment of a European year against food waste. PINPAS aims to produce practical, effective solutions in terms of reducing – at the source – the amount of food that ends up as “waste” over the short, medium and long term. The aim is to achieve by 2020 a 5% reduction per unit of GDP of municipal waste, 10% of hazardous waste and 5% of special waste.
With this initiative, Lago Maggiore is again confirmed as the first “sustainable” MICE destination on the Italian and Swiss market. On this occasion the guidelines for food and waste reduction in events, tests performed by the hospitality structures of the region, and other best practices applied by the Companies of the area will be presented.
The event, which will be followed by an aperitif of local, seasonal products from the territorry, named Kilometre Zero in Italian, is organized in co-operation with the Lago Maggiore Green Meeting Partners, following the best practices to reduce environmental impact by avoiding the use of disposable materials, paper (from invitations to presentations, all of the material is available online), taking care to avoid waste, and reducing as much as possible the number of transfers, as in previous events held in compliance with the Green Meeting code of conduct. For example, through the website created for the event you can carpool by accessing the carpooling websites of Autostrade and Blablacar or indicate your availability to offer a ride or interest in accepting one.
With its splendid panoramic view of the Borromean Islands and the surrounding mountains, the chosen location for the conference is Grand Hotel Dino, which has taken part in the Green Meeting program from the very beginning, carrying out numerous modifications to the building (heating, cooling and lighting systems) that have reduced the structure’s environmental impact. Grand Hotel Dino is currently waiting to receive its EMAS certification.
The project “Green Meetings by the Blue Waters Lake” – co-financed by Interreg Italia Svizzera, places at the center of Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry’s development policies all of the varied aspects of the word “green”: landscape, social, cultural and environmental. Aware of the impact that the conference industry can have on the eco-systems and socio-cultural balance both at a local and global level, Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry intends to contribute to the development of an integrated system of conference offers inspired by the values of sustainability. The Lago Maggiore Green Meeting Code of Conduct, developed on the foundation of the best international experiences, is the starting point for future actions on the part of promotional agencies aimed at encouraging Member Companies to work towards achieving internationally accredited certifications in the green meeting sector (BS 8901, ISO 20121, GRI Sector Supplement for Events).Thanks to this program, on Lago Maggiore MICE operators can rely on a chain of suppliers who, by adhering to the code of conduct, guarantee the final customer an event carried out with respect for the environment on the basis of three principles: sustainable event management through an organizational process that reduces environmental impact; innovation and quality in researching new solutions that follow the “green meeting” model; partnership – a commitment to develop a network of professional products and services geared toward sustainability. The project proposes Lago Maggiore as a point of reference to encourage the coordinated promotion of the territory’s offer for conferences, with the aim of strengthening the MICE sector by providing the market with unified communication and an integrated and accessible system for the organization of eco-friendly meetings.
All of this taking place within the breathtaking scenery of the immense blue water basin surrounded by a crown of mountains that, throughout history, has intrigued famous personalities like Alessandro Manzoni, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, Honoré de Balzac, Giacomo Casanova, Gabriele D’Annunzio with Eleonora Duse, Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Richard Wagner, Giacomo Puccini, Arturo Toscanini and Ernest Hemingway. They, like us, were captured by the richness and the power of nature surrounding Lake Maggiore, but also by the elegance of the luxurious villas, beautiful gardens and five Unesco sites that dot the lake shores creating an unparalleled feast for the eye.
Streaming. Those unable to participate in person will be able to follow the June 5th events in streaming and post comments and questions to the presenters.
For additional information: http://savethefood5giugnobaveno.wordpress.com/
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS AND PLANNERS IN VAL D’OSSOLA ON LAGO MAGGIORE FOR THE INCOMING GREEN MISSION DEDICATED TO MARBLE I
In Italy to learn about the latest developments in the stone materials industry, a group of professionals were able to experience a low environmental impact event called “Lago Maggiore Green Meeting”.
They came from England, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Israel to learn about the latest developments in the marble and granite industry. Earlier this year from April 3-5 around twenty architects met together in Baveno for the incoming organized following as closely as possible the standards provided by Green Meeting of Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry, created thanks to a joint agreement between Swiss and Italian tourism promotion bodies (Chambers of Commerce, Provinces, Local Tourist Agencies, Convention Bureaus and Associations), which with the Lago Maggiore Green Meeting project is still the foremost “sustainable” conference destination on the Italian and Swiss market. The event – organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (VCO) in cooperation with the Consorzio Marmisti Bresciani and the Centro Servizio Lapidei VCO – was focused on demonstrating the latest developments in the stone materials industry that includes marble, granite, travertine and other types of stone. In addition to classroom seminars there were also technical tours of some quarries with a specific focus on the local stone production of Serizzo, Beola, Palissandro Marble and Granite. In particular, they visited the Palissandro Marble quarry in Crevoladossola, a very ancient extraction site and the only one in the world containing this precious material, and the Favalle quarry.
Participating in the mission were about 20 professionals including international architects, designers and planners working within a multitude of architectural disciplines; all of the participants expressed their strong appreciation of the initiative, from the choice of the Grand Hotel Dino for overnight stays (a structure in line to receive Emas registration) to coffee breaks, lunches and dinners based on local produce procured at km0, including the gala dinner at the Michelin two-star restaurant Piccolo Lago, a member of Lago Maggiore Conference, recently added to the select group of Green Meeting suppliers. The event was organized in collaboration with Lago Maggiore Green Meeting’s partners, following the best practices to reduce environmental impact by avoiding the use of disposable materials, paper (from invitations to presentations, all of the material was available online), taking care to avoid waste and reducing as much as possible the number of transfers, as in previous events held in compliance with the Green Meeting code of conduct. MICE operators can rely on a chain of suppliers who, by adhering to a code of conduct drawn up based on the best international experiences, guarantee the final customer an event carried out with respect for the environment on the basis of three principles: sustainable event management through an organizational process that reduces environmental impact; innovation and quality in researching new solutions that follow the “green meeting” model; partnership – a commitment to developing a network of professional products and services geared toward sustainability. The project proposes Lago Maggiore as a point of reference to encourage the coordinated promotion of the territory’s offer for conferences with the aim of strengthening the MICE sector by providing the market with unified communication and an integrated and accessible system for the organization of eco-friendly meetings.
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The award will be vested in in London on 10 April
It will be held on April 10 in London the awards ceremony of the Royal Horticultural Society, which will award the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal 2014, the annual award for the greatest contribution to the progress of scientific knowledge in horticulture – the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for horticulture and gardening.
This year the prestigious award goes to Gianfranco Giustina, master gardener of House of Borromeo and technical director of the gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre…… continue reading
A special educational last month aimed at European MICE operators was organised by the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Chamber of Commerce, in close collaboration with Lago Maggiore Conference and linked to the Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry. The event allowed attendees to enjoy the beauty of the area and above all to experience first hand the opportunities this destination offers the international meeting industry along with their ‘Green meeting’ ideas. RAM Org arranged for 5 buyers to attend representing the UK MICE market.
The initiative is part of a cross-border cooperative project between Italy and Switzerland called “Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry: Green Meeting by the Blue-Waters’ Lake“. The goal of the project is to form a chain of operators, adhering to a code of conduct based on international best practices, in order to ensure the end customer an environmentally friendly event. Three principles are held by all parties involved: sustainable event management; innovation and seeking new, quality solutions that adhere to the “green meeting” model. Suppliers of the various services for the educational event – from hotels to restaurants to transportation – were asked to use local products procured at 0 km, avoid the use of disposable materials, and take care to avoid waste. Even the paper material used for the educational program was FSC-certified paper!
The 16 buyers from UK, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland were welcomed at the Grand Hotel des Isles Borromèes at Stresa, with a workshop event the next morning at Stresa’s Grand Hotel Bristol. Over the following days the guests were able to discover how much the destination had to offer in terms of hospitality structures, (4* and 5*), and the multitude of services. In particular an utterly Italian experience: Marco Sacco, the star chef of Piccolo Lago restaurant of 2 Michelin stars, located on the enchanting Mergozzo Lake – held a cooking lesson focused on the preparation of a complete dinner that the guests were then able to taste.
Other hotels visited included Regina Place Hotel, The Grand Hotel Dino, Hotel Splendid, Grand Hotel Majestic – plus a boat tour of the Palace and Gardens of Isola Bella, local wine tasting from the Novara area, the medieval village of San Guilo, and a final stop at the Volandia flight museum before departing from Milan Malpensa airport.
Source: RAM Org UK
RAM Org are the UK point of contact for Lake Maggiore Meeting Industry. Judy Till from RAM says “How often are organizers looking for a ‘different’ European destination that is still accessible yet can tick the boxes be it for city, resort, 4* and 5* hotels, good facilities, yet serene and inspiring views? Lake Maggiore has it all”. What the clients thought:
“Despite a hectic schedule, it was fruitful and Lake Maggiore is a great location but you have to be quite picky with the hotels. I am considering it for a 2015 group as it would provide a real contrast from next years event in Turkey, and offer some stunning scenery, plus I know first hand how good the pasta and wine is! Helene from Avenue Events.
“It really was a fantastic trip and a great opportunity to see a destination that is in such a good location for groups coming in from all over EMEA that we hadn’t really considered until this year. The workshop on Friday morning was really useful, overall a great mix between educational side alongside the activities. The scenery there is just beautiful and the highlight was definitely the cooking activity in the 2 Michelin star restaurant, what a great experience for groups!” Louise from Image Events.
It’s Christmas time, here some events on Lake Maggiore. Enjoy!
Christmas Market in Santa Maria Maggiore
07 December 2013 – 08 December 2013
Christmas in Laveno Mombello
30 November 2013 – 08 December 2013
07 December 2013 – 22 December 2013
The real cave of Santa Claus
30 November 2013 – 6 January 2014