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View as HTML version PSI Journal 2/2016 Everywhere dining was stylish such as here in the dining room of Zollenspieker Fährhaus oon the t e sship p floor loo of o the t e Queen Quee Mary a y I. . CONCEPT IS GAINING POPULARITY At the beginning of the tour, the event coordinator Martin Blindow, managing director of infoplus, already appeared very confident about the success of this year’s tour: “We have already received 350 advance registrations from companies with more than 800 people, including many wellknown and large commercial enterprises and ‘repeat offenders’. Even the opening date here is booked out. The concept of our A&O Advent Tour is becoming more and more popular. We deliberately chose not to hold the meetings with the distributors at the usual exhibition halls, hotels or conference halls, preferring atmospherically and architecturally distinctive locations. The success and the consistently positive response of our guests encourage us to continue the series along these lines.” The other locations in the first week were the historical old estate of the family A. Borsig in Nauen near Berlin with a “pleasant get-together” in the vaulted cellar of the distillery, Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte In keeping with the goose and the Christmas season: The logo of the A&O &O Advent d e t Tour. ou . Dinner is served. in Mareinfeld near Gütersloh and Landhotel Classhof near Düsseldorf (Martin Blindow: “The place was packed!”). WALLS STEEPED IN TRADITION On 7 December, the A&O Advent Tour started its second week in Jagdschloss Kranichstein near Darmstadt. As at the previous locations, the suppliers were again guests at a particularly noble location: The three-winged building of the present hotel dates back to the year 1580 when Landgrave Georg I of Hesse-Darmstadt converted the former estate into a hunting lodge. Over the centuries, the beautifully situated property has been rebuilt according to the style of each of its different aristocratic owners, and is today one of the few Baroque hunting lodges that still exist in Germany. Numerous famous guests have stayed here, including Queen Victoria. In a wing of this historical house, cheerful and motivated exhibitors presented their promotional ideas with spring-like weather. The diverse product ranges lacked nothing and ranged from clever give-aways to recog- 39

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