Travelling Man

Throughout my career I have travelled extensively around the globe, often up to 120 days a year. Most of these trips were in relation to the sales trips, the DMC partnerships I set up on behalf of Ovation Global DMC or related to trade shows or meetings industry conferences. As a past president and long time member of SITE I was lucky enough as well to discover the great destinations of this world.

In more recent years I have started writing about these trips in support of the destination and the partnerships we had there. Often I was there as a host of the convention bureau, our DMC partner or as a speaker at a conference which is something I love to do, sharing insights and best practices, especially with the students or future leaders of our trade.

Of these trips I published destination reports which I then posted on my LinkedIn Profile. Some of these trips were in association with a media partner and resulted in full articles on their site. You can discover all of these travel stories and tales from the links I left below. Enjoy reading and getting inspired about some of the greatest destinations in the world. And yes, I was often humming Ricky Nelson’s Travelin’ Man on my way to the airport too.

List of destinations + link to my LinkedIn, my old WordPress blog or BBT online’s archive

South Africa South Africa Calling | LinkedIn

CubaIt is time for Cuba! | LinkedIn

PanamaPanama Capers | LinkedIn

Sri LankaThe Transformative Power of Sri Lanka | LinkedIn

IsraëlShalom and Welcome to Tel Aviv | LinkedIn

MaltaThe Knights of the Conference Table | LinkedIn

RwandaRwanda, the African conference & incentive destination on the rise. | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

GreeceWhen in Greece | LinkedIn

Tbilisi, Georgia The Georgia that was not on my mind | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Indonesia & Bali Saïdjah’s father had a buffalo | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Montreal8 hours in Montréal | LinkedIn

Stavanger, Norway Northern Delights | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

ColombiaGold | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Riga, LatviaBaltic blues | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Kathmandu, NepalShangri La | LinkedIn

Budapest, HungaryMy house in Budapest | LinkedIn as well as the pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Around the world(4) Around the world in 110 days | LinkedIn

Moscow, Russia – pdf article on BBT Online’s archive

Greek Islands & Athens with Star Clipper – the Gods were with us September | 2011 | Hugo’s meetings industry blog ( and from BBT Online’s archive

Aruba & CuracaoA tale of two islands | Hugo’s meetings industry blog (

Switzerland – Desperate Swiss Wives July | 2009 | Hugo’s meetings industry blog (

I would be more than happy to do some more destination immersions and report on my findings and discoveries in the form of an article. I usually combine these trips with a masterclass for the local meetings industry community. Should you be interested please drop me a line on

Published by hugoslimbrouck

I am a destination marketer with a specialisation in meetings, events, conferences and incentives. Destination marketing, training and consulting as well as business networking are the things I'm good at. For the past 14 years I worked for the MCI Group and managed our global portfolio of strategic partners for the Ovation Global DMC brand. I'm also a past president of SITE and JMIC. During my career, I travelled an average of 120 days which allowed me to build a global network of buyers, prospects and influencers. Please check me out under my LinkedIn profile as well, either under my name or my alias hugosmartypants. I'm a father of 4 and grandfather of 6. Hiking out on the countryside is one of my favourite hobbies.

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