OT: Destinations for a conference?

Old Jan 19, 11, 1:11 am
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OT: Destinations for a conference?

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I work for a global firm with offices in various countries and we're seeking to have a global conference for 50 or so people towards the end of the year. Can anyone think of some good destinations that are easy to get to (direct flights or just one short connection) from the following places:
1. London
2. Atlanta
3. Shanghai
4. Singapore
5. Dubai
6. Sydney

The destination needs to have some interesting things to do (sightseeing) and be reasonable cost-wise (so not Moscow for example). Last year's conference was held on the West Coast of the US so generally I'd like to think of options outside of North America.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 19, 11, 1:18 am
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How about Thailand. All the destinations you list have direct flights except ATL. Good value country, loads to do and some fabulous hotels in either BKK or the coast to choose from. No visa hassles either.
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Old Jan 19, 11, 2:19 am
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You can't go far wrong with London in terms of direct flights from anywhere, proximity to the city, conference facilities and tourist interests.
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Old Jan 19, 11, 2:43 am
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Originally Posted by malkie View Post
You can't go far wrong with London in terms of direct flights from anywhere, proximity to the city, conference facilities and tourist interests.
OP specifically calls for destination to be reasonable cost-wise- that pretty much rules out (the interesting/nice bits of) London.

Would Hong Kong be a one-stop from all of those destinations? I was at a conference there last year and found plenty to entertain myself with. I also see Barcelona as a popular (conference) destination, but haven't experienced it myself.
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Old Jan 19, 11, 2:44 am
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It depends on who is booking. If you are then where do you want to go, otherwise I would try Singapore.

London is great. But we do appear to have some odd weather at the moment. Who knows what this year will bring. It depends on what you class as towards the end of the year. It seems to snow in November. Dont want to have the company camped in LHR.

I would also worry about Currency situation. What is certain this year will bring a lot of uncertainty. We dont know your companies situation, sometimes the boring is easiest.
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I've been to a few european conferences with my company and the 2 I loved the most were:

Penha Longa in Portugal near Estoril - the hotel is lovely including monestry buidling dating back to the 14th century - the conference rooms are perfect for both large and small meetings and they have these stunning rooms in the original cloisters where we had dinner and a wine tasting session on one of the nights we were there. In addition it's also has a beautiful golf course and spa which meant that there was something for everyone to do during any down time you might have (we didn't have a lot as our meetings were quite long but I did manage to sneak in a one hour golf lesson and a massage!)

Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens - I've actually been there for a conference twice - once with my old company and once with the company I work for now - quite different from Penga Longa but lovely none the less. It's set right on the beach so most of the rooms have beach access - my room the last time I was there was one of the waterfront bungalows and it was amazing. I'ts quite a big resort but they offer golf buggy transport to get around and due to it's size it again offers a variety of different rooms and venues for meetings and dinners - we had most of our dinners on outside terraces which was really nice especially as the weather at the time was awful in the UK.

I know neither are on your list but thought I'd throw in my tuppence worth in case you have any flexibility.

Sorry forgot to add - if you are looking at Dubai can highly recommend The Westin - it's lovely - right on the beach with some fabulous restaurants - I haven't been to a conference there but stayed there recently and we are considering it for our next conference if we get sign off.


Good luck and have fun.

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Seoul - some good hotels for the conference, and quite a lot to do by way of site seeing.

However, not an easy 'tourist' destination, and your risk managers might not like to have so many staff there given recent sabre rattling.

(and I'm not sure about ATL-INC - NW used to fly there, don't know if DL has continued the service).
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An alternative idea - organise it on a cruise ship. Many Royal Caribbean ships have conference centres which totally surprised me but like large hotels, they cater for conferences and have the AV equipment and catering is easily available. Dining arrangements are easily, there are different sights to see depending on the stops. As participants are somewhat trapped on the ship, bonding is easy and there is evening entertainment, bars, casino, disco, etc.

How long do you want the conference to be. I recall there are some 4/5 night cruises out of Miami, Tampa or Dubai on Royal Caribbean at the end of the year.

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It depends on who is booking. If you are then where do you want to go, otherwise I would try Singapore.
A conference in Malaysia would cost a lot less than Singapore but if you are after style, the new Sands casino hotel in Singapore is something else.

Also watch out for Seoul. They have a separate mobile phone system so no one's blackberry or mobile phone will work there unless you have a Korean one. Many hotels will rent out mobile phones to guest at a hefty fee.

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Old Jan 19, 11, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by Weean View Post
OP specifically calls for destination to be reasonable cost-wise- that pretty much rules out (the interesting/nice bits of) London.
I'm not entirely sure London is that expensive to other parts of the world. I also feel the current weakness of the versus other currencies is low compared to historical values.
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Originally Posted by Vitriol01 View Post
... we're seeking to have a global conference for 50 or so people ...
That's a pretty small globe

How about Manchester, or Newcastle, or Glasgow, or Edinburgh, or Aberdeen?
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Originally Posted by Vitriol01 View Post
Wasn't sure where else to post this so thought the trusty BA board might be able to help

I work for a global firm with offices in various countries and we're seeking to have a global conference for 50 or so people towards the end of the year. Can anyone think of some good destinations that are easy to get to (direct flights or just one short connection) from the following places:
1. London
2. Atlanta
3. Shanghai
4. Singapore
5. Dubai
6. Sydney

The destination needs to have some interesting things to do (sightseeing) and be reasonable cost-wise (so not Moscow for example). Last year's conference was held on the West Coast of the US so generally I'd like to think of options outside of North America.

Thanks!
Hong Kong, although not cheap.
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Old Jan 20, 11, 9:00 am
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Istanbul. A good amalgamation of east and west (literally!) and enough sightseeing options as well. Lots of direct flights from the majority of your cities too.


And you might get a l/h 767 too.
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Cape town would mean a lot of flying, but cheap. Or Istanbul would be a bit more unusual with good links, but no idea about facilities.
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Old Jan 20, 11, 9:05 am
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Cape town would mean a lot of flying, but cheap.
It will also of course be summer in the southern hemisphere when the OP wants to go. So CPT might be a good idea.
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