About the Event

Connections Adventure is the international networking event for experts in the high-end adventure travel realm.

We bring together a carefully selected group of 80 decision makers to do business in an environment that leads to longer-lasting business relationships.

Alongside their one-on-one meetings, delegates take part in our educational programme – they discuss trends and challenges facing the market with their peers and enjoy inspirational talks from pioneers in the adventure travel space.

Launching in 2018, Connections Adventure will take place in Slovenia, with partners and sponsors including the Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (Atas, ATTA, PATA, Traveller Made and The Telegraph).

Connections Adventure connects luxury buyers with suppliers who offer extraordinary travel experiences with a strong adventure element.

When & Where

28 - 31

Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Agenda

Sunday, 28th October

VIP transfer from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Intercontinental Ljubljana sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

Upon arrival, please look out for a Connections logo – your driver will be waiting for you. The 30-minute transfer gives you the opportunity to relax after your flight and take in the Slovenian scenery.

Ljubljana city tour sponsored by Ljubljana Tourism

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Meet at the lobby of Intercontinental Ljubljana

Opportunity for all delegates to take part. Please email rachel@weareconnections.com to confirm your place.

Informal welcome cocktail sponsored by the Slovenian Tourist Board

Duration: 1 hour

Location: B- Bar, InterContinental Ljubljana

Settle back on the B-bar’s rooftop open-air terrace with an expertly mixed cocktail or a glass of wine and enjoy dazzling views of the Old Town, the castle and the surrounding mountains.

Connections dinner sponsored by the Slovenian Tourist Board

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Emona ballroom, InterContinental Ljubljana

This will be your first opportunity to meet new people in an informal setting whilst enjoying a fine dining experience sponsored by the Slovenian Tourist Board.

Monday, 29th October

Opening welcome with Maja Pak of the Slovenian Tourist Board

Duration: 20 minutes

Location: Emona ballroom

ConnecTalk with Caroline Bremner of Euromonitor International

Duration: 20 minutes

Location: Emona ballroom

Connections Group Discussions

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Emona ballroom

Meet with your supplier and enjoy a Ljubljana boat experience sponsored by Ljubljana Tourism Board

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Boat journey

Learn about the history and culture of Slovenia’s capital city on a guided boat tour of Ljubljana. Network whilst cruising down the Ljubljanica River where you’ll admire the bridges and embankments that give Ljubljana its unique character.

Transfer meeting to Lipica Stud farm sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Coach journey

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Lipica stud farm

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Lipica Stud Farm: Horse riding, archery, carriage rides, nature walks, fence painting, and feeding the Lipizzan horses.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Lipica stud farm

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Lipica Stud Farm: Horse riding, archery, carriage rides, nature walks, fence painting, and feeding the Lipizzan horses.

Connections lunch sponsored by Lipica Stud Farm

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Lipica Stud Farm

Opportunity to network with more delegates whilst enjoying an al fresco picnic with live bbq cooking and the beautiful surroundings of Lipica Estate.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Lipica Stud Farm

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Lipica Stud Farm: Horse riding, archery, carriage rides, nature walks, fence painting, and feeding the Lipizzan horses.

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experiences

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Lipica Stud Farm

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Lipica Stud Farm: Horse riding, archery, carriage rides, nature walks, fence painting, and feeding the Lipizzan horses.

Free time - your opportunity to catch up with emails and calls back in the office

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Lipica Stud Farm

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experiences

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Lipica Stud Farm

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences taking place at Lipica Stud Farm: Horse riding, archery, carriage rides, nature walks, fence painting, and feeding the Lipizzan horses

Transfer to Connections dinner sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Mansion Zemono

Connections cocktail reception sponsored by Vipava valley and Goriska Brda

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Mansion Zemono

Whilst networking, enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Vipava valley, which lent its name to the Belvedere Manor House (also called Zemono Manor House). It is perched on a wine-growing hill in the village of Zemono.

Connections dinner sponsored by Vipava valley and Goriska Brda

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Location: Mansion Zemono

The building has a special place in Slovenian architectural history, representing a unique example of a Late Renaissance manor house. The main cruciform hall and corner chambers are decorated with fascinating frescoes. Today, the manor is home to the the celebrated restaurant Gostilna pri Lojzetu, famed for its refined cuisine.

Transfer to InterContinental Ljubljana sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

Tuesday, 30th October

Transfer meeting to Lake Bled sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Intercontinental Ljubljana

Lake Bled was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. It is 2,120 metres long and 1,380 metres wide at its broadest points, with a maximum depth of 30.6 metres. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the existing tectonic hollow and led to the creation of the lake in its present form.

ConnecTalk with Natalia Cohen of Losing sight of shore

Duration: 45 minutes

Natalia will speak about her experience of rowing across the Pacific Ocean with three other women, from America to Australia. As they rowed over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they had to overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.

Meet at the supplier's table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Lake Bled; boat rides, electric bike rides, rowing with Olympic champions, bee wax candle making, honey tasting and cheese making.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Lake Bled; boat rides, electric bike rides, rowing with Olympic champions, beewax candle making, honey tasting and cheese making.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Lake Bled; boat rides, electric bike rides, rowing with Olympic champions, bee wax candle making, honey tasting and cheese making.

Transfer meeting to Krvavec ski resort sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

The Krvavec Ski Resort is the second-largest Slovenian ski resort, located in the Municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. Krvavec mountain resort offers myriad of winter and summer sports activities only 25 kilometres from Ljubljana and 8 kilometres from Brnik.

Connections lunch sponsored by Krvavec ski resort and Cerklje Tourist Board

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Location: Krvavec Ski Resort

Enjoy a one-on-one lunch experience in a pleasant cable car ride. In just less than ten minutes, you will be lifted from an altitude of 602 metres to 1,450 metres as you enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ljubljana valley and the Julijske and Kamniško-Savinjske Alps.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Krvavec Ski Resort

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Kravec ski resort: tubing, mountain go-karting, climbing, ski lift rides, nordic walking and mountain biking.

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Krvavec Ski Resort

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Kravec ski resort: tubing, mountain go-karting, climbing, ski lift rides, nordic walking and mountain biking.

Coffee Break

Duration: 15 minutes

Meet at the supplier’s table and choose a Connections Experience

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Krvavec Ski Resort

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one-on-one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10-15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities. Choose from the following Connections Experiences at Kravec ski resort: tubing, mountain go-karting, climbing, ski lift rides, nordic walking and mountain biking.

Descend cable car to coach transfer

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Krvavec Ski Resort

Enjoy a group meeting during a pleasant cable car ride. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ljubljana valley and the Julijske and Kamniško-Savinjske Alps.

Transfer meeting to InterContinental Ljubljana sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Coach journey

Free time to relax before our final evening together

Free time

Duration: 1 hour

Transfer to Ljubljana Castle sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Intercontinental Ljubljana

Connections closing dinner at Ljubljana Castle sponsored by Ljubljana Tourism

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Location: Ljubljana Castle

A mighty medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana Castle is an interesting touristic point, with idyllic grounds for long strolls just moments away from the lively city centre. The castle hosts many cultural, historic and entertaining events throughout the year.

Transfer to Intercontinental Ljubljana sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Coach journey

Wednesday, 31st October

VIP transfer from Intercontinental Ljubljana to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: All day

Location: 30 minutes

Your transfers from the hotel will depart 2 hours and 30 minutes before your flight departure time. A member of the Connections team will be at the lobby upon departure to wish you a great journey home.

Post-fam trip sponsored by Luxury Slovenia DMC

Duration: 3 or 5 days

Location: Slovenia

Optional and only by request through luxuryslovenia@imperial.si. Post-fam supported by Luxury Slovenia DMC and the Slovenian Tourist board

Check out at the Intercontinental Ljubljana

Duration: All day

Location: Intercontinental Ljubljana

Dress Code

The Connections way works best when you embrace the experiences on offer. During the day we would advise that all delegates dress in comfortable/casual attire.

Suits and ties are not required

We all like you to look your best, but with our programme being active, suits may not work!

Think carefully about heels

Heels can be a problem if you want to join some of the activities on offer, so if you’re going to wear heels, consider bringing some flats too so you don’t miss out.

For this specific edition we also recommend comfortable clothed and flat shoes such as trainers. We will be visiting Krvavec ski resort so recommend you bring plenty of layers and a warm jacket. Slovenia Tourist Board will be providing warm hats for all delegates.

Weather

The average temperature is likely to be 10°C, with highs of up to 16°C and lows of 7°C. There may be some rainy days, so bare showers in mind when you pack.

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

Connections Experiences

Connections is dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our buyers and suppliers create deep, lasting business relationships with each other.

We put a significant amount of thought into the planning of the schedule to ensure ample time to meet as many people as possible.

Even our lunches, dinners and transfers are geared toward relationship forming opportunities. Connections experiences are intended to act as replacements for tabletop introductory meetings. Instead of sitting in a conventional one to one meeting, we encourage you to try an activity together for 10 – 15 minutes as an icebreaker and then return to your assigned table to discuss further business opportunities.

Here is a list of activities, to give you an idea of what to expect:

Monday: Lupica Stud Farm

Horse riding
Archery
Carriage rides
Nature walks
Fence painting
Feeding the Lipizzan horses

Tuesday morning: Lake Bled

Boat rides
Electric bikes rides
Rowing with Olympic champions
Bee wax candlemaking
Honey tasting
Cheese making

Tuesday afternoon: Kravec Ski Resort

Tubing
Mountain go-karting
Climbing
Ski lift rides
Nordic walking
Mountain biking

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