I am pleased to hear that at such a challenging time, many freight forwarders have managed to rise and navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. While projects were on hold, many have explored and secured new income streams and extended their portfolio of services. In fact, many have told me about record profits! I know this is not the case for all, and I hope that as travel and projects start back up and economies start to improve, you will all see business increase during 2021/22. Let’s certainly hope that we are through the worst of the pandemic with the vaccine rollouts.
Our industry has always been about building solid relations with agents and customers, so we are looking forward to getting back to meeting face-to-face. We know from experience that a network like ours sees a higher success rate and increased business after meeting in person.
Meeting face-to-face and building closer relationships (and friendships) is a valuable tool in forwarding, which shouldn't be underestimated. Knowing who you are speaking to, personally, automatically builds confidence.
Our exciting first face-to-face gathering takes place in Croatia from 29-31 May 2022 at Hotel Croatia Cavtat, just 5km from Dubrovnik airport.
To kick off the event in style, we will meet at 19:30 on Sunday 29 May for a dinner feast at Restaurant Alverede. We have then arranged for the exclusive use of the Posejdon Night Club with an open bar and private DJ to help us dance off the calories!
Our official meeting will start on Monday 30 May in the Congress Hall Ragusa and after lunch we will enjoy a relaxing boat trip across the bay to Dubrovnik Old Town. We will be shown around the marble-paved squares and cobbled streets, all of which have also remained unchanged for centuries. We will then enjoy dinner together at the stunning Palm Terrace before returning to the hotel by coach at approximately 20:00.
Having got to know your fellow Members, Tuesday 31 May is all about business! Our delegates will hold pre-arranged individual 20-minute meetings so that they can highlight their specialist areas and discuss cross trade. These crucial meetings provide an opportunity to share key import and export trade information.
DigiFreight has designed a new state-of-the-art “Meeting Manager” so that Members can arrange their 1-2-1 meetings prior to arrival. Our system has thought of everything so our delegates will be fully prepared with all the necessary information including an easy to read schedule available on mobile devices to ensure the gathering is well-organised and productive.
A range of stunning sea or lush park views guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms with a rain shower over a full size bath, luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast are available from Euro 150 per night in a single room and Euro 170 in a double/twin room (excluding City Tax of Euro 3.00 per person per night).
We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. The Registration Fee is GB £690 and includes the following:
- Gala Dinner and Open Bar (Sun)
- Exclusive hire of Posejdon Night Club plus Open Bar until 22:00 (Sun)
- Meeting Room Hire (Mon & Tue)
- Dubrovnik Old Town Tour (Mon)
- 4 Course Dinner & Drinks at Palm Terrace (Mon)
- Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
- Buffet Lunch served in the Restaurant Cavtat (Mon & Tue)
Please note that Croatia is currently in the process of joining the Schengen Area. Citizens of the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. For other countries, please check the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs‘ website for visa requirements for Croatia. If you do need a visa, please contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information. There is a list of Embassies on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. This list will also tell you which Embassy to contact if there is no Croatian Embassy in your home country. Please email Judith for an official invitation letter. With regards to information relating to the COVID-19 conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia, please click here.
May is the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik as the average temperature is 21°C, which is great for exploring the city during the day without feeling too hot or uncomfortable ... plus there are 14 hours of warm sunshine each day. See forecast.
The event will provide a fantastic opportunity for our Members to save substantial time away from the office as well as considerable travel expenses by being able to meet together in one place at the same time.
Of course, there is also now a permanent place for online meetings - watch our short video on how to connect virtually using the platforms that have now become an essential part of daily life including Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and WhatsApp.
Stay safe and take care.
Rachel Crawford FCILT