About the Event

Connections Meetings in Puglia will bring a carefully selected group of 30 buyers and 30 suppliers together for three days of exclusive networking in an environment that builds longer-lasting business relationships.

Supported by Pugliapromozione, and hosted in the beautiful Masseria Torre Coccaro, which was voted in 'The 20 best hotels in the world' in The Gold List by Conde Nast, the event will welcome international buyers to meet with Italian suppliers who offer high-end events and incentives.

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

In addition, as 2018 is the official Year of Italian Food – a year-long celebration, showcasing the nation’s unbeatable culinary culture to the rest of the world – the event will familiarise buyers with exquisite regional foodie incentives that are possible in the region – from fine-dining to agritourism.

When & Where

18 - 21

Puglia
Puglia

Agenda

Sunday, 18th November

VIP transfer from Brindisi or Bari airport sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: All day

Upon arrival, please look out for a Connections logo – your driver will be waiting for you.

Informal welcome cocktail and dinner sponsored by Masseria Torre Coccaro

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby

This will be your first opportunity to meet new people in an informal setting whilst enjoying a Puglia festival experience sponsored by Masseria Torre Coccaro. At the Masseria we believe in Puglia food, km zero and follow the seasons, above all our Organic Farm for fruits and vegetables and the crystalline Salento Sea.

Transfer from Masseria Torre Cocarro to hotel partners sponsored by Inventure Life (suppliers only)

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby

Monday, 19th November

Transfers from hotel partners sponsored by Inventure Life (suppliers only)

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby of your hotel

Opening welcome

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Masseria Torre Coccaro

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

Connections Workshop: "By default or by design?"

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections lunch sponsored by Masseria Torre Coccaro

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Location: Masseria Torre Coccaro

Opportunity to network with more delegates whilst enjoying an authentic Italian experience.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

ConnecTalk Panel and Connections Group Discussions: "Going above and beyond"

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Transfer to Hotel Partners sponsored by Inventure Life (suppliers only)

Duration: 15 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Transfer to Connections dinner sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Meet at the lobby of your hotel, timings will be available at reception

Connections dinner sponsored by Masseria Ancella

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Location: Masseria Ancella

Transfer to host hotels sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 30 minutes

Tuesday, 20th November

Transfers from host hotels to Masseria Don Luigi sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 15 minutes

Dynamic Improvisation workshop with Dynamo Academy

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

Connections lunch sponsored by Masseria Don Luigi Relais

Duration: 1 hour

Enjoy a one-on-one lunch experience in a traditional rural Apulian style Masseria.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Don Luigi Relais: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Connections Experiences are intended to act as replacements for table top 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 sponsored by our official DMC, Inventure Life taking place at Masseria Torre Coccaro: Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, functional Yoga, Cocktail making, cooking experience and more.

Transfer to Hotel Partners sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 15 minutes

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Transfer to Connections closing dinner sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 15 minutes

Connections closing dinner sponsored by Masseria Don Luigi Relais

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

The stunning Masseria Don Luigi is housed in a restored Apulian building, situated among stunning farmland, moments from the sea. Oozing with authenticity and warmth, the venue serves up delicious, honest cuisine that showcases the quality of Puglia’s produce. Our closing dinner will be a celebration of the region’s culinary excellence and the purity of its ingredients.

Transfer to Hotel Partners sponsored by Inventure Life

Duration: 15 minutes

Wednesday, 21st November

Check out

Duration: All day

VIP transfers for all attendees from host hotel to Brindisi or Bari airport.

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.

Weather

The average temperature in Puglia is likely to be 13°C, but please do check the weather before packing your suitcase.

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

Connections Experiences

At Connections Meetings, we’re dedicated to creating the best possible environment to help our buyers and suppliers create deep, lasting business relationships.

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 forming relationships.

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 experiences we'll see in Puglia, to give you an idea of what to expect:

- Cocktail making

- Cooking experience

- Functional Training by Zeta Lab

- Massages

- Pugliese food tasting

- Traditional olive oil tasting by Alea Olio

- Traditional Puglia wine tasting by Apollonio Vini

- Walk around the hotel

- Yoga sessions by Orto dell'Idro

Please note Connections Experiences are subject to change.

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