Case Study 2

Car Dealers Conference

Date: 2nd–5th May2013
No of participants: 35
Hotel: Gozo Farmhouses

Day 1 – 2nd May

The delegates were welcomed at Malta International Airport and waiting to whisk to the Vittoriosa Waterfront was a fleet of beautifully kept Vintage cars. Their luggage was transported in a separate luggage van which went directly to Gozo.

The delegates sipped local Limoncello on arrival in Vittoriosa where they boarded a Gullet which cruised to Mgarr harbour in Gozo in splendid sunshine across the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

The delegates were accommodated in a cluster of 5-star quality farmhouses each with its own swimming pool. There was some time to relax and enjoy the view from the poolside with chilled local wine and nibbles. Dinner was held in one of the popular restaurants in Marsalforn which is situated directly on the glistening Med. They enjoyed fresh fish and shellfish platters and since the owner of the restaurant is also one’s of Gozo’s exclusive wine makers, participants were treated to some wine tasting of and education about the local wine industry.

Day 2 – 3rd May

Delegates enjoyed a cooked breakfast in their farmhouses and they were then split into teams and each group assigned their own Jeep. With GPS in hand and a Road book they began their challenge to travel around the Island of Gozo to find clues and treasures whilst enjoying the amazing Gozitan scenery. The Road book provided the opportunity to interact with the locals of Gozo and sample Gozitan delicacies. Participants were very positive in their comments on their experiences when they returned from this Gozitan Treasure Hunt…The final feat was a build-a- car activity which everyone completed perfectly however, the winning team was the ones who built the boat that stayed afloat the longest. At sunset, they all met up in the largest farmhouse of all where they shared their Gozitan experiences whilst relaxing poolside with some tasty wine and snacks.

Dinner was held on a restaurant terrace in Mgarr overlooking the quaint Harbour. After dinner drinks were held in a typical Gozitan bar where the delegates joined the rest of the locals in Island conversation….

Day 3 – 4th May

Surprisingly, everyone turned up for breakfast and was ready and eager to enjoy the day’s program. The day’s theme was LOST. Beach games and activities were set up on an exclusive beach and the delegates pretended that they were far away from civilization, on a deserted beach. This meant that they had to rely on innovative thinking, adaptability and most of all team building to successfully complete the tasks given. The morning was fun but hard work and all wondered what was to come after all tasks were completed. We surprised them with jet skis which they enjoyed for an hour and the meeting point was a restaurant on the Island of Comino where they enjoyed a BBQ lunch. Jets skis saw them back to Gozo and subsequently to the farmhouses.

Tonight’s dinner was set up in one of the farmhouses with no expense spared. Tables were lavishly decorated with petals and sea ornaments, chairs with large bows, trees were embellished with fairy lights and tea lights were placed all around, as well as floating lights for the swimming pool, all creating a truly magical atmosphere. Soft music played during this Gala Dinner with a special feature entertainment by a local violinist. Speeches were said to mark the event and all were happy to call it a night after such an eventful day.

Day 4 – 5th May

Sadly it was time to leave and to mark the departure of some very special people, with our compliments, SIT set up a Champagne Breakfast at Mgarr Ix-Xini beach, a stunning location which is a fjord- looking cleft with sheer cliffs rising from a pebbly beach and intriguing caves. The delegates boarded speedboats for a fast ride to Vittoriosa from where they were then transferred to the Airport for their departure.