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2018 Annual Summit in Costa Rica

2018 Annual Summit in Costa Rica
2018 Annual Summit in Costa Rica

We have selected Costa Rica, an excellent location for business at the heart of the Americas for our 8th Annual Summit.

Recently, Costa Rica’s new president Carlos Alvarado announced a ban on fossil fuels, establishing the small country as a major trailblazer in the global fight against climate change. The country currently gets more than 99% of its electricity from renewable energy and went 300 days last year without using fossil fuels for electricity.

As many PCN Members are working in the renewable energy field, and the PCN Head Office holds an ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificate – this is an apt and inspiring country to host our meeting.

Register here (strict deadline 31 October)

Our event will take place from 18-20 November 2018 at the InterContinental Real San José, conveniently located just 20 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport (Code: SJO), the country's main airport.

In the heart of Escazu, San Jose’s exclusive neighbourhood, our venue features four trendy restaurants, a luxury spa, three heated outdoor pools and a fitness center that overlooks tropical gardens. See Concierge Video.

SUN 18 NOVEMBER 2018 MON 19 NOVEMBER 2018 TUE 20 NOVEMBER 2018
10:00-13:00 San José City Tour 09:30-17:30 Official Meeting 09:30-17:30 Official Meeting
19:00-22.00 Gala Dinner 19:00-22:00 Excursion to Tiquicia 17:30 Meeting Ends

OPTIONAL SAN JOSÉ CITY TOUR

For those who wish to join us, on Sunday 18 November at 09:45 we will meet in the lobby of the InterContinental and will travel in small groups with professional licensed English speaking guides. See online flyer for more details. We will arrive back at the InterContinental at approximately 13:00.

WELCOME RECEPTION & GALA DINNER

On Sunday 18 November, we will gather at 19:00 to collect name badges, meet fellow delegates and enjoy a Welcome Cocktail. We will then settle at our tables for an elegant Gala Banquet with international open bar in the Arboledas Room.

1-2-1 MEETINGS

All registered delegates gain access to our online Meeting Manager program, developed especially for PCN so that 20-minute business meetings can be arranged prior to arrival. During these important sessions, delegates can discuss current business, exchange information and investigate possible collaborations together.

These crucial meetings provide an opportunity to review current and upcoming government and private projects in the manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, construction, power and energy sectors among others.

DINNER EXCURSION WITH COSTA RICAN FOLKLORE

Our evening dinner excursion on Monday 19 November will be to Tiquicia, perched high above the mountains overlooking the Central Valley. From this unique vantage point you can admire the panoramic views at dusk, and then take in the lights emanating from the capital. We will also be introduced to the Costa Rican Folklore through various dances and marimba music, while we enjoy a delicious dinner buffet with a menu that reflects the typical dishes of the region. See online flyer.

ROOM RATES & AIRPORT TRANSFER

We have negotiated the special rate of US $159 + taxes per room with breakfast included. Details on how to book this rate will be provided upon registration.

Guest rooms are designed to fulfil the needs of today's global traveller; with streaming speed internet, soundproof windows, total blackout curtains, bedding with 300 thread Egyptian cotton sheets, alarm clock with mobile docking station and more.

REGISTRATION

We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. This year the fee of GB £650 per delegate includes all the following:

  • Optional San Jose City (Sun)
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner (Sun)
  • International Open Bar for 3 hours (Sun)
  • Dinner Excursion to Tiquicia (Mon)
  • Meeting Room Hire including AV Equipment (Mon & Tue)
  • Permanent Coffee Station (Mon & Tue)
  • Morning and Afternoon Coffee Breaks with Sweet & Savoury Snacks (Mon & Tue)
  • Buffet Lunch including 1 natural juice, coffee and tea (Mon & Tue)
  • Conference Bag & Administration
  • Access to Meeting Manager System
  • Official Group Photograph

Delegates must be fully employed by a PCN Member either on a full or part-time basis and not employed by any other company. Breach of this condition will result in the immediate cancellation of attendance with no refund. Only fully paid registered delegates with conference lanyards are permitted to enter the meeting room.

Spouse Fee of GB £175 only includes City Tour and Gala Dinner (Sunday) and Dinner Excursion (Monday). Please note that if your spouse intends to join you for lunch please arrange with the hotel directly in order to avoid any confusion or embarrassment.

FUNDRAISING

PCN recognises the importance of actively contributing to charitable causes and that a small effort from each Member can make a big impact to those in need. The PCN Foundation has raised over US $30,000 since it began read more. During the registration for our 2018 Annual Summit, we are raising funds for EDPD - Education about Diabetes by People with Diabetes, founded by Paula Chinchilla - please click here for details.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visas are not required for stays up to 90 days by citizens of many countries. However, as requirements vary from nation to nation, we would suggest that you contact the local Costa Rica Embassy within your own country or a travel agent specialising in visa applications. Further information can be obtained online here. Please contact the PCN Head Office for an invitation letter.

EXTENDING YOUR STAY & WEATHER

We recommend that our guests attach sales calls either side of the meeting to gain maximum benefits of the trip to the Americas. In San José, the month of November is characterized by essentially constant daily hot temperatures, with daily highs around 77°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 80°F or dropping below 73°F. Daily low temperatures are around 64°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 67°F.