About the Event

Connections Meetings is the international networking event for professionals in the high-end meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) sector.

Dedicated to professionals in the high-end meetings and incentives sector, Connections Meetings is set to challenge the traditional industry model by creating a fully immersive experience that will lead to meaningful and long-lasting business relationships.

The event will welcome a selected group of up to 80 decision makers in Valle d’Aosta and connect global event planners with suppliers that offer innovative event services.

Delegates attending will take part in one-to-one meetings which are enhanced with local, authentic experiences, such as a wood carving, a masterclass in making La Grolla (a local coffee drink with grappa), as well as meetings on the terrace with breath taking views of Mont Blanc.

Connections Meetings will also include an educational programme that will address a meetings and incentives megatrend for delegates to gain valuable insights for their business. In addition, the programme will include inspirational talks from industry leaders and pioneers in the meetings industry sector.

When & Where

15 - 18

Valle D'Aosta
Valle D'Aosta

Agenda

Friday, 15th November

VIP transfers and Check in

Duration: All day

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

Informal welcome cocktail reception

Duration: 1 hour

Connections welcome dinner

The ideal place to relax with our copious dinner buffet to start your networking!

Saturday, 16th November

Opening welcome and briefing

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Free time

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Connections Insights

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections Lunch

Duration: 1 hour

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Free time

Duration: 15 minutes

ConnecTalk Panel and Group Discussions

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Free time

Duration: 1 hour

Transfer to Connections dinner

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections dinner

Duration: 2 hours

Location: La Chaumière

You are in the Aosta Vally so don’t miss the chance to dine at high altitude just a stone’s throw from Courmayeur cable car, open daily until 24.00.

Experience a magical evening at La Chaumière, let yourself be overwhelmed by the flavours of Valdostan cuisine and a selection of niche wines carefully sourced by the host Alessandra, who receives her guests with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm.

Enjoy an evening in an elegant ambience, surrounded by giant panoramic windows that afford a breath-taking view over the illuminated valley.

Transfer back to host hotel

Duration: 30 minutes

Sunday, 17th November

Transfer to Skyway Monte Bianco

Duration: 30 minutes

Welcome briefing

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Connections Lunch

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Il Pavillion

Enjoy an exceptional lunch in the typical val D’Aostan way whilst networking with fellow delegates!

Transfer to Punta Helbronner

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Coffee break

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Duration: 45 minutes

These activities are intended to act as an enhancement to the tabletop introductory meetings. As soon as you meet, we encourage you to try an activity together. However, the choice is yours!

Transfer back to host hotel

Duration: 30 minutes

Free time

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Transfer to Connections closing dinner

Duration: 30 minutes

Connections closing dinner

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Location: Castello Reale di Sarre

The castle stands on a promontory in Lalex, which overlooks the Aosta flatland above the national road for Mont Blanc, immediately after the junction for Cogne. Built in 1710 on the ruins of a fortress mentioned as early as 1242, having passed through various hands, the property was purchased by the King of Italy Victor Emanuel II, who renovated it and used it during hunting expeditions in Val d’Aosta. The perfect setting for the closing dinner of the Connections Meetings programme.

Transfer back to host hotel

Duration: 30 minutes

Monday, 18th November

VIP transfers and check out

Duration: All day

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 shoes such as trainers and loose fitting clothes or gym kit.

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, insect repellent, 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've previously had to give you an idea of what to expect:

- Cooking experience
- Food tasting
- Hand Massages
- Hotel tour
- How to make La Grolla
- Meeting on the terrace with breath-taking views of the Mont Blanc
- Olive oil tasting
- Walking the grounds
- Wine tasting
- Wood carving experience
- Yoga

Please note Connections Experiences are subject to change.

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