Shopping is always a big attraction at corporate events and conferences in foreign destinations. One of the ways to dial up the volume and provide attendees with an unprecedented opportunity for shopping, is to time your event to coincide with a shopping festival in your chosen destination.
Great Singapore Sale
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Great Singapore Sale which runs for 8 weeks every year from the end of May until late July. During this event, malls and stores stay offer bargains galore and late night shopping. It's the perfect time to pick up every thing from fashions to electronics to timepieces. It's the perfect time to explore the fashionable shoppes on Orchard Road. There are a number of special promotions at retail outlets islandwide and many fabulous prizes are up for grabs. One tip, when your shopping is over, head over to the nearest hotel and the doorman will help you grab a cab as taxi queues are long at shopping malls.
St. Catherine Street Celebrates (Montreal)
For one weekend in mid-July, in the downtown core, Montreal's St. Catherine Street is closed to vehicular traffic for 2 KM (From Bleury to Rue St. Marc) for the city's largest sidewalk sale. Fashion, music, and entertainment have attract over 300,000 people to the area every year. Enjoy it like local Montrealers by hopping on the Metro and getting off at Place-des-Arts, McGill, Peel or Guy-Concordia stations.
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival (Chicago)
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival on North Michigan Ave. takes place from the 3rd week of August until the end of the first week of September. It's the perfect opportunity to pick up back to school festivals and jumpstart your holiday shopping. In addition to fashion events at the 900 retail outlets on the Magnificent Mile, there are a number of culinary events and opportunities to meet celebrities.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Every year in January since 1996, Dubai, which already has a reputation for great shopping, become a shopper's paradise. It's a month long carnival featuring bargains, films, fireworks, prizes, and fashion shows. Celebrities are invited to participate and concerts mark the occasion.
Shibuya Fashion Festival (Tokyo)
Towards the end of March, coinciding with Tokyo's Fashion week, over 300 retail outlets in Shibuya and Harajuku offer limited edition goods, special events and special deals. There are also sporting events and live concerts at Miyashita Park.
Cannes Shopping Festival
The Cannes Shopping Festival, takes place at the end of March or beginning of April every year. It features fashion shows, fashion focused photo shows at fashionable art galleries and museums, and special deals on everything from chocolates to jewelry. Her are some highlights from this year's show which has just concluded.
For other destinations that are well known for shopping events, also consult Incentive Destinations: Perfect Places for Spring Events on the Cvent Event Blog.
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