Wow what a whirlwind – Abu Dhabi had never seen anything like it! In the space of two days the Connections delegation covered an array of sites and attractions – the most ambitious programme yet – (thanks to the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority!) put together to create the unique atmosphere that truly builds great business relationships.

What do I mean? I’d rather let Jan from Enhance Travel (Australia) explain:

“The event was brilliant.  I cannot believe the contacts, knowledge and experiences I achieved in such a short period of time.  An aspect I had not considered was the time spent with other buyers sharing our cares and concerns for the industry.  This too was invaluable”

That’s what I mean…

Connections does not do the traditional – we expect our guests to join in, share stories and challenge the speakers – you could feel the adrenaline grow during the debates, affectionately presented as a “technology battlefield”. The question: Is modern technology relevant to luxury?  Maybe but maybe not – the audience was split almost 50/50!

To calm the atmosphere we also welcomed Stella Photi (Wellbeing Escapes, UK) to introduce breathing techniques to enhance your creativity and, towards the end of the programme, Celine Erasmus (Resilient Energy Centre) who explained the benefits of power poses to create a winning feeling – smiles on faces everyone. And it wasn’t enough to explain this – we got everyone involved!

But most importantly we provided one to one time to allow our delegates to exchange ideas and build solid relationships – fundamental to delivering the high expectations of our clients.

We do not forget the fundamental reason for the gathering and, whether you meet taking Shisha or sharing a ride on the back of a camel, you have the time to take your respective business relationship to the next level.

Next stop Beijing – introducing Connections to a whole new continent – and we want YOU to be part of it.