An Irish welcome awaits at FIATA’s World Congress 2016 in Dublin, October 3-8
07 / 03 / 2016
Dublin will play host to more than 1,000 freight forwarders later this year when the global industry association, FIATA, holds its annual World Congress at the Convention Centre Dublin, October 3-8, 2016.
In addition to the social programme, the congress coincides with FIATA’S 90th Birthday. Founded in 1926, FIATA now represents an industry covering 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms employing ten million people in 160 countries. Such growth cannot be allowed to go unmarked and it will be celebrated in serious and light fashion. Part of the celebrations will feature the history of freight forwarding.
Event host, the Irish International Freight Association (IIFA), says that networking will be a key aspect of the whole event, in keeping with Ireland’s traditional and world famous hospitality.
A number of social events are lined up – including a scene-setting evening tour of local hostelries – to promote fellowship and active, honest debate on important industry topics during the six day event.
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As the event website states, on behalf of the host forwarding community: “Hundreds of years before ‘Riverdance‘, an anonymous 14th Century Irish poet invited one and all to ‘Come Dance With Me in Ireland’.
“We offer a similar invitation to FIATA and its member associations, and wish you ‘Cead Mile Failte’ (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) to this ‘Island off an Island’ on the western edge of Europe.”
It continues: “Our association recently celebrated its 50th year in existence and next year we will celebrate our 50th year as a member of FIATA.
“In keeping with the theme of the Conference in 2016: Ireland: Where Networking Comes Naturally – we are very keen to generate an enthusiasm for networking amongst freight forwarders who, at the same time, can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our city and country.”
Air Cargo News will be in attendance to report on the latest thinking among the international freight forwarding community on such issues as to whether drones will help the environment by reducing harmful emissions, and on how to enhance supply chain resilience.
The air cargo component of the World Congress will feature three topic areas:
• Extracting more value from the air cargo supply chain together
• The Last Mile – Best practices and trends
• Sustainable packaging – myth or reality and the impact on airfreight
In the spirit of Irish openness to new ideas, attendees will be encouraged to enter a video booth in the exhibition hall.
Delegates have three minutes to choose to record a video for FIATA or watch recorded videos and vote for them. The best FIATA video chosen will be showed at the gala dinner.
Paddy Kenny, chairman of the organising committee, has been tasked by the IIFA to ensure that Congress 2016 is highly successful and he points to a number of factors that are geared to meeting the Congress target of at least one thousand delegates.
Says Kenny: “The congress itself is being held at the Convention Centre Dublin in the heart of Dublin, a new world class congress and event venue. Apart from spacious and elegant congress halls and leading- edge technology the CCD provides expert management and a range of support services. There is also the congress programme with some new and novel ideas.
But conscious that a good social programme is necessary to attract the maximum number of delegates he points to an exciting social programme where it is intended that the theme of the Congress can be pursued in relaxed fashion.
There is an informal ‘get together’ for those in town on the Monday night followed by that literary Pub Crawl on Tuesday and Paddy Kenny insists that, “contrary to general opinion, pub crawls are very organisable”.
The welcome reception on the Wednesday night is being held at historical Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells and a library of five million books, with the Irish Night on Thursday giving the opportunity for all delegates to participate in the fun.
Adds Kenny: “The gala dinner will be held on Friday night but the emphasis is on difference with the food planned being delightfully wholesome.
“The Congress is preceded by the traditional day’s golf on Tuesday to be held at the K-Club which in the past has hosted the Ryder Cup. Accompanying delegates are particularly welcome with two coach tours – one is focussed on Dublin while the second will not be a mystery tour but will have a ‘down the country’ destination.”
Hotel accommodation will suit all pockets and all hotels are within very short walking distance of the Convention Centre Dublin.