About the Event

Connections Meetings’ inaugural event took place December 9-12, 2015 at two locations – DoubleTree by Hilton Lisbon Fontana Park and Conrad Algarve, Portugal – giving delegates a taste of the potential for twin-destination MICE events in the region. During their two days of one-to-one meetings, delegates took part in activities such as tuk-tuk rides through Lisbon, graffiti painting, learning how to use a drone (including how to take spectacular selfies) and having a game of golf with their potential new business partners. Connections experiences were sponsored by Portugal No Limits. Delegates also worked together as a group to prepare traditional orange rolls, and conducted meetings while riding on a local Lisbon tram. In addition, meeting designer Mike Van der Vijver shared his expertise on how meetings can be created and shaped to deliver their desired result in the most effective way.

When & Where

09 - 12

Lisbon & Algarve
Lisbon & Algarve

Agenda

Wednesday, 09th December

Transfers - check in

Duration: All day

Check -in and free time

Duration: 1:30 minutes

Informal dinner

Thursday, 10th December

Optional activities

Duration: 1 hour

Opening briefing with Micaela Giacobbe and Mike Van Der Vijver

Duration: 45 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

Lunch sponsored by the Lisbon Convention Bureau

Duration: 1:15 minutes

Transfer sponsored by Portugal No Limits

Duration: 45 minutes

4 Connections experiences and designing meetings session sponsored by Comboios de Portugal

Duration: 40 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session

Duration: 40 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session

Duration: 40 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience and designing meeting session

Duration: 40 minutes

Business break

Duration: 30 minutes

Transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections dinner

Duration: 2:30

Friday, 11th December

Optional activities

Duration: 1 hour

Breakfast

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections and designing meetings session

Duration: 30 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Technology vs human to human battlefield with Ewan MacLeod and Mike Van Der Vijver

Duration: 1 hour

Connections experience lunch

Duration: 1:15 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Business break

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

1:1 Meetings experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Meetings wrap up and certifications

Duration: 45 minutes

Free time and preparation for dinner

Duration: 1 hour

Transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Closing dinner sponsored by Quinta do Lago Convention Bureau

Duration: 2:30 minutes

Saturday, 12th December

Transfers - check out

Dress Code


The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. We would like you to be prepared so here are some useful information in advance of the event.

During the day we would advise that all delegates to dress in a comfortable attire. Please note this includes loose fitting trousers, t-shirts, and comfortable shoes. Some of the experiences on offer may require a bit of walking so we advise no heels!

For any outside activities we do advise that delegates take warm clothes, such as cardigans, jumpers, scarfs, etc as the weather can vary at this time of the year.

Please check the weather in Faro before packing your suitcase.

Suits are not required – we all like you to look your best, but our programme being quite active, suits won’t work that well!

Ties are not required – even with the evening programme, we are in a relaxed environment and want you to feel comfortable.

Think carefully about heels– heels can be a problem if you want to join some of the activities we’ve got planned for you (tuc tuc riding or segway experience) so if you’re going to wear heels, consider bringing some flats too so you don’t miss out.

We do advise that all delegates take their own necessities, which may include, insect repellent, medical supplies, etc.

Here are some of the activities you will be taking part in:

Bike riding
Vintage Cars
Cooking group experience – Cataplana
Cork art
Dronie manual flying
Golf putting
Graffiti painting
Neck & Shoulder massage
Scale Model Yatching or Speedboating
Tile decoration
Walk the grounds
Floating green
Herbal Tea Tasting
Segway experience

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