IMS - Prague
Founded in 1986 by Michael Schillinger, IMS is the leading Destination Management Company in Central and Eastern Europe, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria and fully owned subsidiaries in Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic.
IMS manages incentive programs, conferences, product launches and large-scale corporate events by providing the full range of destination management services. Our staff is specially trained to bring the highest level of service in designing and operating professional events and providing a one-stop resource for your entire program needs.
Michael Schillinger, CEO, and Sonja Waldl, Executive Vice President, guarantee involvement at every stage of planning and operating a program, we take the pride of ownership in every detail of our program.
With 30 years of successful programs, IMS has the experience and creativity to set the standard for specialized services. The strongest testament to our success is in our customer loyalty - nearly 80% of our customers are repeat customers, many of them are Fortune 500 companies.
Our slogan - We Create Success - is our guiding philosophy and our absolute commitment to reliability, creativity, around the clock accessibility and only the highest service standards.
The small republic in the heart of the European continent is the youngest form of the Czech state, which has been in existence for almost twelve hundred years. It is a country with an eventful history and a rich cultural and artistic tradition imprinted on hundreds and thousands of towns, castles, chateaux and religious structures. Its historical lands - Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia - have a lot to offer.
An extremely varied natural environment, filled with changing landscapes and encounters boundless forests awaits the country's visitors. Inland, one would see the hills of the Czech Central Highlands along with tortuous ravines among which rise hundreds of sandstone towers. Or one might prefer to seek out the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands and the South Moravian country along the Dyje River.
A counterpart of its natural environment is the culture of a country… Important monuments of all architectural styles can be seen not only in the capital city of Prague, but also in dozens of urban monument reserves throughout the country. The Czech Republic has been known as the country of castles and chateaux many of which lie within these urban monument reserves and have been renovated in recent years.
Must see attractions
A living museum rich with the history and enchantment of its 1,000 years, Prague is a true fairy-tale city. Meander through the crooked lanes to discover the sensory delights that await you here: symphonic music from some of the world's greatest composers, magnificent architecture from virtually every style and period, golden pilsner brewed on seemingly every corner, cobblestone streets undulating under foot and the succulent fare of Bohemian cuisine. Prague lives up to its moniker as The Golden City, seducing visitors with the unique charms of The Lesser Town, the abundant attractions of Old Town and the romance of the Charles Bridge. And with a wide array of spectacular locales and international flavour, Prague is perfect for just about anyone.
■ West Bohemia
Karlovy Vary is situated in the picturesque valley of the little rivers Teplá and Ohre, approximately 130 km (81 miles) west of Prague. It is historically famous for its hot springs and makes use of 12 of the total 13 main springs and about 300 smaller springs. In the 19th century, it became a popular tourist destination, especially for international celebrities visiting for spa treatment. The city is also known for the popular Czech liqueur Karlovaská Becherovka and the famous Moser Glass Factory.
As the country’s fourth-largest city, Plzeň’s gritty suburbs sprawl across the surrounding hills, but at its heart lies a spectacular old town square wrapped in a halo of tree-lined gardens. But Plzeň’s real fame comes from its brewery: When, in 1842, a brewer by the name of Josef Groll cooked up some ale using a new method called bottom fermentation, he had no idea it would become the beer against which all others would be measured.
■ South Bohemia
The town of Česky Krumlov is beautifully situated in a loop of the Vltava River. It is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars, features a spectacular castle (the second largest in the Czech Republic), and an old-town square. The town's appearance is little changed since the 18th century and the buildings have been well maintained and restored.
Elegant townhouses gathered around one of the largest squares in Europe, an idyllic salt store and a brewery cooking up the original Budvar beer - this is České Budějovice.
Touring & Activities:
■ Themed tours with inside visits to sights and museums
■ Excursions to the numerous castles surrounding Prague
■ Jewish quarter and Terezin concentration camp
■ Full day excursions by private nostalgic trains e.g. to Česky Krumlov
■ Themed walking and car rallies, treasure hunts
■ Numerous in- and outdoor team building events
■ Beer festivals in casual atmosphere with folklore entertainment, traditional food and handicraft markets with local artists, transfers by old-timer trams
■ Medieval dinners in former monasteries and churches with Renaissance musicians and dancers
■ Wide range of restaurants offering everything from traditional Czech to creative modern cuisine
■ Beautifully restored palaces with classical entertainment
■ Chateaus with parks for garden parties
■ Imperial soirées at former royal palaces
■ Themed entertainment such as private concerts of Czech Symphony orchestras
Since the fall of communism in 1989 and the opening up of Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic - and its capital Prague in particular - has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations.
Czech Republic is located in the heart of Europe, bordering Poland in the North, the Slovak Republic in the East, Austria in the South and Germany in the West.
Donna and her team are true professionals who share the same business ethic as Chateau Élan. They are a perfect match and I know our clients are in the best hands.
Kim Waterhouse, , Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley
I have a long-standing respect for Donna and trust in her ability. Her self-motivation and extremely good time management skills are to be admired. Her limitless energy when on sales calls in contagious and very effective. It's a pleasure to work with her.
Adrienne Readings, General Manager, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre