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2017 Annual Meeting: Czech Republic

2017 Annual Meeting: Czech Republic
2017 Annual Meeting: Czech Republic

We 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 took 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 attended - see photos from Meeting Room and Gala Dinner.

The event consisted of a City Tour, a Gala Dinner with live music from a Cymbalo band who performed arrangements of modern songs with traditional folk instruments.

During the official Opening Session we heard exciting news from the UFO Head Office and participants took part in a special Workshop Session and saw the launch of our new company video (view here).

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Our evening dinner excursion was held at 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 enjoyed a 3 course banquet served at our tables and accompanied by traditional Czech beer, wine and soft drinks. A fantastic band was organised by our Host Member, Zoom Cargo who ensured everyone had a great time and lots of dancing finished our memorable evening together.

All delegates gained access to our online Meeting Manager program, developed especially for UFO so that 20-minute business meetings could be arranged prior to arrival in Prague. See Meeting Brochure

During these important sessions, delegates highlighted their specialist areas, discussed cross trade and potential collaborations as well as provided information regarding their country’s regulations and requirements. These crucial meetings also provided an opportunity to share key import and export trade information.

For our City Tour, we traveled in groups of 20 and saw the main sights including 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. We also walked through Paris Avenue where we saw 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 took a round trip to see the Strahov area. View flyer.

FUNDRAISING

Participants raised £1550 for the Rescue at Sea Appeal run by Save the Children, and the amount was increased to £2000 by the UFO Head Office. Read more.