Arrangements for the 5th EI World Congress in Berlin are being finalised. Over 1,600 representatives of member organisations have indicated that they will be in attendance at the Congress in the Estrel Convention Centre. Documents are being printed for circulation to participants. Hotels are finalising bookings. Detailed plans are being made to make this the best Congress ever!
Bookings and Transport
All the regular deadlines for submitting participants’ names and other details have passed. However, it is still possible to add details to bookings, especially flight details and choice of pre-congress events and breakout sessions. A transport service will be provided from the three Berlin airports to the three Congress hotels. In order to determine the best time schedule for the buses we need to know the arrival time and the name of the arrival airport. If your representatives have not sent their details they should do so immediately, either through the Congress Website http://www.ei-ie.org/congress5/ or by email to [email protected] or by fax to +32 2 224 06 06. Please note that if details are not supplied of participants’ arrival and departure times by the end of this week we will not be able to notify the hotels of booking details and, therefore, to guarantee hotel accommodation in the Congress hotels. Because it is the peak tourist season in Berlin the hotels will not hold rooms beyond the agreed deadlines.
Each day a bus service will be arranged from the two Congress hotels, the Ellington and the Park Inn, to bring participants to the Estrel Convention Centre prior to the opening sessions of the Congress itself and of the pre-congress events. The buses will return to the hotels after the last session of the day or after the social functions on the opening and second evenings. Details of the timetables will be available in the hotels.
The prestigious Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of the 25th July in the Convention Centre. The dinner will begin with a reception at 19:00 hours, followed by dinner at 20:00 hours, with the Awards presentation ceremony taking place during the dinner. The dinner will be followed by music until midnight. Special transport arrangements will be made to and from the other two hotels for that evening. Tickets for the event will cost €80 each and may now be ordered at the Congress5 email address above and paid for through the following account :-
ING Bank 1 rue du Trône 1000 Bruxelles Belgique Account: 310-100 6004 06 B SWIFT code: BB RUBE BB 100 IBAN code: BE 85310 1006004 06
Tickets will be distributed to those who have ordered them at Registration prior to the Congress.
Lunch will be available for purchase by participants in the various restaurants in the Estrel Hotel. They will cost between €8 and €30 depending on the participants personal choices.
CONTACTING EI ABOUT CONGRESS
The staff making the preparations for Congress are receiving a huge volume of communications by email, by fax and by telephone at present. There are almost 100 emails per day arriving in the Congress5 mailbox. Please allow about a week for a response before resending your query. Confirmation of bookings, responses to late requests for congress assistance and visa letters will be issued by the end of next week.