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2017 Annual Meeting: Prague

2017 Annual Meeting: Prague
2017 Annual Meeting: Prague

We have selected Prague as the location for our 16th Annual Network Meeting. Regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the stylish capital of the Czech Republic is brimming with grand historical and cultural sights.

Our event will take place from 7-9 May 2017 at the Prague Marriott Hotel, conveniently located in the Old Town providing easy access to many of Prague's most notable attractions, including Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge.

Representatives from almost 70 countries will be at our conference - see Meeting Brochure.

With over 20 years’ experience of organising international freight conferences, UFO management are aware that face-to-face meetings are integral in developing business. Our online Meeting Manager enables each delegate to schedule over 30 individual 1-2-1 meetings before arrival.

The event consists of a City Tour, a Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner, exciting news from the UFO Head Office, a special Workshop Session, the launch of our new company video and a fun dinner excursion - Download Agenda.

SUN 7 MAY 2017 MON 8 MAY 2017 TUE 9 MAY 2017
14:00-17:00 City Tour 09:30-17:30 Official Meeting 09:30-17:30 Official Meeting
19:00-22.30 Gala Dinner 19:00-22:00 Dinner Excursion 17:30 Meeting Ends

WELCOME RECEPTION & GALA DINNER

At 19:00 on Sunday 7 May we will gather to collect name badges, meet fellow delegates and enjoy a Welcome Reception. We will then settle at our tables for an elegant Gala Banquet with live music and a Marriott Open Bar.

DINNER EXCURSION

Our evening dinner excursion will be to Kolkovna Celnice, a local restaurant that accentuates the pride in the long and famous tradition of Czech beer brewing. Owned by the Pilsner brewery, the venue is decorated with period photos and brewing equipment. We will enjoy camembert cheese on white toast with cranberries, toasted almonds and rocket salad followed by grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and baked jacket potato with chive sour cream and finishing with homemade rhubarb cake with almond crumble and mint sour cream. Accompanying our dinner will be traditional Czech beer, wine and soft drinks.

1-2-1 MEETINGS

All registered delegates gain access to our online Meeting Manager program, developed especially for UFO so that 20-minute business meetings can be arranged prior to arrival. During these important sessions, delegates were able to introduce their company and highlight their specialist areas, discuss cross trade and potential collaborations as well as providing information regarding their country’s regulations and requirements. These crucial meetings also provided an opportunity to share key import and export trade information.

OPTIONAL 3 HOUR CITY TOUR

We will travel in groups of 20 guided by professional licensed English speaking guides. The walking tour will start at our hotel and we will see Municipal House, Powder Tower, Na Příkopě Street, Theatre of the Estates, Wenceslas Square (Můstek), Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Týn Church, Monument of John Hus, Kinsky Palace and St. Nicholas Church.

Then we will walk through Paris Avenue where we will see the Metronome, Vltava River, the Jewish Quarter, St. Nicholas Church, Mariánské Square, City Library, New Town Hall, Chapel of Mirrors, Charles Bridge, John Lennon Wall, Church of Our Lady under the Chain. Then we will walk through the Kampa Island where buses will be waiting to take us on a round trip to see the Strahov area. View flyer and confirmed participants.

The tour is suitable for most people and there are no major hills.

FUNDRAISING

The majority of UFO Members recognise the importance of supporting and actively contributing to those who are less fortunate. We are aware that a small effort from each Member can make a big impact to those in need. The UFO Foundation provides the opportunity for Members to be able to make a difference to people’s lives through annual fundraising and has raised over US $30,000 since it began. Read more.

Our 2017 Annual Network Meeting has so far raised over US $2,000 for the Child Refugee Crisis Appeal run by Save the Children.

Our donation will help towards working with child refugees around the world, from Lebanon to Jordan, Greece to Finland. Keeping children warm by providing warm clothes, blankets and fuel for heating. Distributing food, water, blankets and tents to refugee families who have lost everything. Making sure that children get vital medical care. Reuniting lone children with their families and keep them safe from trafficking and exploitation. Read more.

REGISTRATION

We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible in order to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. This year the fee of US $790 per delegate includes all of the following:

  • 3 Hour City Tour (Sun)
  • Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner including Marriott Open Bar (Sun)
  • Dinner Excursion including traditional Czech beer, wine and soft drinks (Mon)
  • Meeting Room Hire including AV Equipment (Mon & Tue)
  • Unlimited soft drinks and mineral water in the Meeting Room (Mon & Tue)
  • Morning and Afternoon Coffee Breaks with Sweet & Savoury Snacks (Mon & Tue)
  • Buffet Lunch including soft drink and coffee or tea (Mon & Tue)
  • Conference Bag & Administration
  • Access to Meeting Manager System
  • Official Group Photograph & Meeting DVD

VISA REQUIREMENTS

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU) and of the Schengen area. Visas are not required for stays up to 90 days by citizens of many countries. However, as requirements will vary from nation to nation, we would suggest that you contact the local Czech Republic Embassy within your own country or a travel agent specialising in visa applications. Please follow this link to visit their Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Please contact the UFO Head Office for an official invitation letter.