The 21st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the International Freight Association is being held in Sydney, Australia – the city of sun and surf, great food and wine, and welcoming citizens!
Sydney, Australia's largest city with 4 million inhabitants, and the international gateway located in the state of New South Wales. It is one of the world’s most exciting destinations for meetings and conventions. Voted World’s Best City eight times in 10 years, by Travel + Leisure magazine, no other destination can match Sydney’s combination of breathtaking beauty, world-class facilities and exceptional reputation.
Sydney was chosen as the host city by delegates at our AGM in Cancun last year and everyone was very enthusiastic about traveling to the land of kangaroos and koalas – but may be disappointed as they do not wander the streets of Sydney!
As in the past, the meeting will enhance existing relations and friendships between members, allow new members to introduce themselves and their company and, most importantly, be a forum for discussions and decisions on how best to continue to take the International Freight Association forward.
Our aim is to make the IFA a strong and powerful voice at the forefront of the industry. Our steady growth ensures we have the highest quality of members.
Now surpassing 68 members from every continent we celebrate 20 years of serving our members around the world; testimony to the IFA's stability and commitment.
Most importantly, the AGM will be a forum for discussions and workshops, networking sessions and making decisions about our continuing expansion.
You will have time to
· meet in informal sessions with colleagues
· organise one-to-one meetings with other members
· participate in your area or specialty meetings
· socialise and enjoy networking
A MUST to do in Sydney! Ride the famous OzJet, Australia's most powerful tourist Jet-boat. Experience the world's best Harbor with a twist, a turn and a spin or two. It's EXTREME, it's SAFE and LOADS of fun!
The world famous Sydney Opera House. Performances and events, on - line booking, a virtual tour and information about the House.
Sydney's largest Seaplane operator with scenic flights of Sydney as well as flights to restaurants, secluded beaches and accommodation packages
A major Sydney tourist attraction and just below our hotel.
Tel. 131 500 For all Sydney Bus, ferry and train timetables and information.
For Sydney Airport transfers click here
Sydney is in the southern Temperate Zone and does not suffer extremes of
cold or heat. Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America and Europe.
Summer is December to February, autumn (fall) March to May, winter June to
August, and spring September to November. The climate is similar to coastal
California and the northern Mediterranean. Summer temperatures can exceed 30
degrees Celsius with high humidity, particularly around February.
All banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) accessible 24-hours a day, generally outside the branch or in the foyer. Check with your card issuer that your charge or account-linked credit card can be used in this way, and at which bank as none accept every brand of card.
Be warned, cash snatching is not
uncommon so be conscious of the people around you and avoid ATMs in dark or seemingly
Australian health care professionals are
highly trained and medical services are among the best in the world. Medical
and dental services and a wide range of alternative therapies are widely
available in Sydney and are comparatively cheap by most international standards.
Travellers cheques, especially in foreign
currencies, are generally NOT accepted EXCEPT by hotels and big stores and
tourist shops. These display a `travellers cheques welcome' sign. Cash your
cheques at a bank or Bureau de Change to ensure you have enough spending money.
The same holds true for foreign currency, which is not generally accepted by
Australian businesses and shops.
No service charge applies in Australia. Tipping is not mandatory but a 10% tip in restaurants and hotel bars is normal for good service.