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Retailers’ Guide to Summer 2024: Vacation Ideas, Tips, and Must-See Events Across Expert International Group Destinations

Retailers face unique pressures throughout the year, making the summer months an excellent opportunity for a much-needed break. For those looking to recharge, network, and gain industry insights while enjoying a vacation, Expert International presents a guide to the best vacation ideas, tips, and events happening in Summer 2024 across Expert International group destinations.

Austria


Event: Salzburg Festival
• Dates: July 19 – August 31, 2024
• Description: One of the world’s most prestigious music and drama festivals.

Things to Do:
• Visit Vienna’s historic retail districts and modern shopping centers.
• Explore the Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful gardens.
• Austria Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Sacher Salzburg
Dinner Restaurant: St. Peter Stiftskulinarium
Must-See Café: Café Central, Vienna


Belgium


Event: Tomorrowland
• Dates: July 19-21 and July 26-28, 2024
• Description: One of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.

Things to Do:
• Explore Brussels’ Grand Place and Sablon district for antiques and boutique shopping.
• Visit the Atomium and European Parliament.
• Belgium Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Amigo, Brussels
Dinner Restaurant: Comme Chez Soi, Brussels
Must-See Café: Maison Dandoy, Brussels


Croatia


Event: Dubrovnik Summer Festival
• Dates: July 10 – August 25, 2024
• Description: A cultural event featuring music, theater, and dance performances.

Things to Do:
• Stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town and city walls.
• Enjoy the pristine beaches and islands along the Adriatic coast.
• Croatia Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
Dinner Restaurant: Nautika Restaurant
Must-See Café: Café Buža Bar


Czech Republic

Event: Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival
• Dates: July 13 – August 4, 2024
• Description: A prestigious festival dedicated to opera and classical music.

Things to Do:
• Discover Prague’s historic shops and modern retail hubs.
• Visit the iconic Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
• Czech Republic Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Dinner Restaurant: La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise
Must-See Café: Café Savoy

Denmark


Event: Copenhagen Fashion Week
• Dates: August 5-9, 2024
• Description: Showcasing the latest in Scandinavian fashion.

Things to Do:
• Explore the Strøget shopping street in Copenhagen.
• Visit the historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park.
• Denmark Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen
Dinner Restaurant: Noma
Must-See Café: Café Norden


Finland


Event: Flow Festival
• Dates: August 9-11, 2024
• Description: A music and arts festival held in Helsinki.

Things to Do:
• Visit Helsinki’s Market Square and Design District.
• Explore the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.
• Finland Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation
: Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
Dinner Restaurant: Olo Restaurant
Must-See Café: Café Regatta


France


Event: Paris Design Week
• Dates: September 5-14, 2024
• Description: A major event showcasing the latest in design trends.

Things to Do:
• Shop along the Champs-Élysées and in Le Marais.
• Visit iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum.
• France Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hôtel Le Six
Dinner Restaurant: Le Jules Verne
Must-See Café: Café de Flore


Germany


Event: Rheingau Wine Festival
• Dates: August 9-18, 2024
• Description: Held in Wiesbaden, this festival celebrates the rich wine culture.

Things to Do:

• Explore Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstraße shopping streets.
• Visit the historic Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall Memorial.
• Germany Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin
Dinner Restaurant: Restaurant Tim Raue
Must-See Café: Café Einstein Stammhaus


Greece


Event: Athens Epidaurus Festival
• Dates: June 1 – August 24, 2024
• Description: A festival featuring performances in ancient theaters.

Things to Do:

• Explore the Acropolis and Plaka district in Athens.
• Relax on the beautiful beaches of Santorini.
• Greece Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
Dinner Restaurant: Funky Gourmet
Must-See Café: Little Kook



Hungary


Event: Sziget Festival
• Dates: August 7-12, 2024
• Description: One of Europe’s largest music and cultural festivals.

Things to Do:

• Visit Budapest’s historic thermal baths and Buda Castle.
• Shop in the Great Market Hall.
• Hungary Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
Dinner Restaurant: Onyx Restaurant
Must-See Café: New York Café


Ireland


Event: Galway International Arts Festival
• Dates: July 15-28, 2024
• Description: A festival of visual arts, theater, and music.

Things to Do:
• Explore Dublin’s Grafton Street and Temple Bar.
• Visit the Cliffs of Moher for stunning views.
• Ireland Official Tourist Website

Hotel Recommendation: The Shelbourne, Dublin
Dinner Restaurant: Chapter One
Must-See Café: Bewley’s Grafton Street Café

Italy


Event: Venice International Film Festival
• Dates: August 28 – September 7, 2024
• Description: The oldest film festival in the world, showcasing the best in cinema.

Things to Do:
• Take a gondola ride through the picturesque waterways of Venice.
• Cross over Rialto Bridge – the oldest and most famous of the four bridges
• Italy Official Tourist Website: https://www.italia.it/en/home.html

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Danieli, Venice
Dinner Restaurant: Osteria Francescana, Modena
Must-See Café: Caffè Florian, Venice

Kazakhstan


Event: «La Bella Principessa» exhibition
• Dates: June 7 to Aug 4, 2024
• Description: For the first time in Kazakhstan, Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Bella Principessa” is on display.

Things to Do:
• Visit the Bayterek Tower and Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Nur-Sultan.
• Explore the natural beauty of the Altai Mountains.
• Kazakhstan Official Tourist Website: https://kazakhstan.travel/

Hotel Recommendation: The Ritz-Carlton, Astana
Dinner Restaurant: Line Brew
Must-See Café: Café Central

Netherlands


Event: Lowlands Festival
• Dates: August 16-18, 2024
• Description: A major music and performing arts festival held in Biddinghuizen

Things to Do:
• Explore the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
• Visit the bustling markets and canals of Amsterdam.
• Official Tourist Website: Netherlands

Hotel Recommendation:
Hotel De L’Europe Amsterdam
Dinner Restaurant: De Kas
Must-See Café: Café de Jaren


Norway


Event: Oslo Jazz Festival
• Dates: August 11-17, 2024
• Description: A premier jazz event in Norway, showcasing international and local talents.

Things to Do:
• Visit the Fjords and take a scenic cruise.
• Explore Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park and Viking Ship Museum.
• Official Tourist Website: Norway

Hotel Recommendation:
The Thief, Oslo
Dinner Restaurant: Maaemo, Oslo
Must-See Café: Fuglen, Oslo



Poland



Event: Pierogi Festival
• Dates: 26 – 28 July, 2024
• Description: Celebrates Poland’s beloved dumplings with a variety of flavors and styles.

Things to Do:

• Explore the historic Old Town and Wawel Castle in Krakow.
• Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
• Official Tourist Website: Poland

Hotel Recommendation:
Hotel Copernicus, Krakow
Dinner Restaurant: Restauracja Pod Baranem
Must-See Café: Café Camelot


Portugal


Event: NOS Alive
• Dates: July 11-13, 2024
• Description: A major music festival held in Lisbon.

Things to Do:
• Visit the historic Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.
• Explore the beautiful beaches of the Algarve region.
• Official Tourist Website: Portugal

Hotel Recommendation: Hotel Santa Justa, Lisbon
Dinner Restaurant: Belcanto
Must-See Café: Pastéis de Belém



South Africa


Event: Durban International Film Festival
• Dates: July 18-28, 2024
• Description: TOne of the oldest and largest film festivals in Africa.

Things to Do:
• Visit Cape Town’s Table Mountain and Robben Island.
• Explore the Kruger National Park for a safari experience.
• Official Tourist Website: South Africa

Hotel Recommendation:
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town
Dinner Restaurant: The Test Kitchen
Must-See Café: Truth Coffee Roasting


Spain


Event: La Tomatina Festival
• Dates: August 28, 2024
• Description: The world-famous tomato fight held in Buñol.

Things to Do:
• Visit the Sagrada Família and Park Güell in Barcelona.
• Explore the Alhambra in Granada.
• Official Tourist Website: Spain

Hotel Recommendation:
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Dinner Restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca, Girona
Must-See Café: Café de Oriente, Madrid


Sweden


Event: Stockholm Culture Festival
• Dates: August 13-17, 2024
• Description: A vibrant cultural festival in Stockholm featuring a wide range of activities including music, dance, theater, art, and food.

Things to Do:
• Visit the Vasa Museum and Skansen Open-Air Museum.
• Explore the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm.
• Official Tourist Website: Sweden

Hotel Recommendation: Grand Hôtel, Stockholm
Dinner Restaurant: Frantzén
Must-See Café: Café Pascal


Switzerland


Event: Montreux Jazz Festival
• Dates: July 5-20, 2024
• Description: One of the most renowned jazz festivals in the world.

Things to Do:
• Visit the Matterhorn and explore the Swiss Alps.
• Take a scenic train ride on the Glacier Express.
• Official Tourist Website: Switzerland

Hotel Recommendation: The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Dinner Restaurant: Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville, Crissier
Must-See Café: Café Schober, Zurich


Ukraine


Event: Odesa International Film Festival
• Dates: July 12-20, 2024
• Description: One of the leading film festivals in Eastern Europe, held in the coastal city of Odesa.


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