Forthcoming conferences

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  • TRIESTE with Venice & Slovenia options

    September 2017

  • BURMA with Vietnam Extension

    October/November 2017

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Customer Feedback

What do our delegates say? In case you have never been on a course with us we feel we should allow our previous delegates to persuade you of their value. Here are just a selection from the letters that we received after our conferences:


October/November 2016

It has been lovely to look at Ian's photographs and bring back to life our time with Conference + in India.

David and I had a wonderful time, our second trip to India with Conference + and this trip proved to be equally as exciting and as riveting as the first. I think this trip was the Conference of 'Colour and Light'. From our arrival in Delhi, the beautiful lights and fireworks for Diwali which followed us on our journey through India, to the lighting of candles, watching them bobbing, drifting and floating along the Ganges river, then more lights and fireworks at the final farewell dinner at Varanasi. Not only the beautiful lights and fireworks, the colour of the India we travelled through, the brightly painted homes and houses, the decorated and golden plated temples, the explosion of colour from the turbans of sikhs and the sarees and dress of the women and children of India. The sunrises and sunsets. Stunning.

As no doubt we all know, Leonard Cohen died while we were in India. I read that throughout his life he suffered from depression, acute depression as well. It was during a year he spent living in India that he said his depression finally lifted. I know he was meditating during that year, I think though the colour and light of India must have contributed to his healing during that time.

Fab and fun group of fellow companions on the Conference too, all humour and laughs much appreciated.

Thank you so much Shirley and Ian for this special time of colour and light to help carry us through the 'British', dare I say it, Brexit/Trump 'Winter'. You have done it again, another amazing experience. Thank you.

PS I know that David also found the lectures to be very helpful for his appraisal, interesting and stimulating. Mustn't forget that there is a learning part to these adventures with Conference Plus...

I would like to thank you so much for organising such a fantastic trip to India. The whole thing was so perfectly planned and executed and made for an amazing and totally sensory experience. Ian's photos do great justice to the whole holiday/conference; I have yet to go through all of my photos.
Hopefully, I will be able to sign up for the Borneo trip in the next week or two.

Awesome photos! Brings it all flooding back – what an experience! My perspective on life and work has been changed since the trip in a way I am not quite clear in my mind why or how. I feel I have had my views altered by the spirituality of the Ganges / Varanasi experience and by the fortitude and positivity of the people we met.

The photos showed what a great time we had , what excellent travelling companions we had and what experts you both are in managing this for us! I’m sorry we missed the Golden Temple extension but for first timers keeping it to the main part of the trip served us well. These places aren’t going to disappear so either we will go as independent travellers or hopefully with you guys again!

Thank you for organising such an excellent conference incorporating many visits to sites of historic & religious interest. I gained much insight into places I had heard about but never thought I would get the chance to visit them. The talks were excellent and fitted together with the visits so well and efficiently in what was a detailed and complex programme to plan and carry out. It all ran so smoothly, very well done to you both for such a remarkable achievement. Thank you so much for such an excellent trip.

It was my first trip as a guest which felt a little strange, but nevertheless very enjoyable. As usual Conference Plus had every little detail organised beautifully. It was my fifth trip to India but other than Delhi, all new places, and each with such a different character and culture. A huge thank you to you both for arranging it all for us, and your company on our travels. I would also like to especially mention our guide Akanksha. What a delightful girl, always smiling, very knowledgeable, nothing too much trouble, and quite feisty when needed. A credit to Cox and Kings.

The best set of speakers I have encountered with Conference Plus; no weak links. Overall a fantastic experience, climaxing with a stunning gala dinner. Your planning and organisation was 110%. Thank you.

Thank you both so very much for the most wonderful, exciting and humbling trip. David and I REALLY enjoyed it and greatly appreciate how welcome you made us feel. We definitely hope to travel with you again in the future.

Thank you for organising this wonderful conference. We thoroughly enjoyed Gwalior, Orchha and Varanasi which we had previously not visited. We particularly enjoyed the visit to The Ghats, The Banares Hindu University, and Sarnath. We must thank you both for your enthusiasm despite challenging local conditions!

Thank you so much for everything. It was such an amazing trip. We did so much.

Sue & I had a fantastic time on the trip and it was a perfect way for us to experience India for the first time. For me the academic sessions were really great. We also loved the fact that the trip was full on with activities planned all day every day (almost!) Thanks very much – it was awesome!!

Thanks Ian and Shirley, we both had a great time! A trip we will never forget.

Thank you to you and Ian for such a wonderful experience. We both had an incredible time and met some lovely new friends.

Thank you Shirley and Ian. A most wonderful, magical, stimulating India trip. In my TOP 4 of Conference Plus Trips. I will be looking at the 2017 trips – Borneo trip and/or Italy.

Thank you so much for organising this we enjoyed it so much. It was a fantastic group, everybody was so friendly. A life time experience. All the best, we look forward to see you in the future.

Santorini & Athens

May 2016

Thank you Anne & Mike for a wonderful week in Santorini and Athens. Asdis and I got home safe and sound on Monday – tired but very happy. Looking forward to travels with you again..
S&A G., Reykjavik, Iceland

It was surely one of the best holidays. Wyn and I enjoyed it to the full. Thanks for organising this.
G&W S., Essex

Thank you for a wonderful conference. The speakers were very stimulating, I learnt a lot and there was plenty of time to interact. It was just the right amount of detail and useful tips in many areas. You also managed so smoothly and efficiently to arrange many very interesting and enjoyable and informative excursions which I thoroughly enjoyed. The meals were very tasty especially the degustation menu at the Onasis cultural centre. I am glad I stayed for the Athens extension as you so skilfully fitted in so much for us to see in a short time. I hope you both have a well deserved rest and thank you again. it really does feel like joining an extended family.
RF, London

Dear Anne and Mike, thank you for a fabulous trip. We had a wonderful time. Such a beautiful place.
M&W H., Pinner

Thank YOU Anne & Michael for another great trip, and for making my birthday so special too. We had a lovely time in both Santorini and Athens.
J&J W., Northampton

That was a superb trip, the guides were so knowledgeable and articulate that we are now experts on Minoans, Mycenaeans, Spartans Athenians, Persians and my particular hero Alexander the Great. As always your organisation of our pleasure was fantastic and we enjoyed meeting "old" friends and some new ones. Our abstemious Viking colleagues are great fun to be with too. Thanks for a great week. Until we meet again…
G& S G, Cwmbran

Thank you for your organisation & "chaperoning" & above all your patience. We had a great trip.
A&E B., Carluke

I just wanted to thank you for another really great trip. David and I loved Santorini in spite of the rather cool and windy conditions. And we enjoyed seeing so many people who I/we knew, both those who go to lectures and the "oldies" who don't. I ought perhaps to join the latter now, but some of the lectures were so interesting, not to mention relevant!!
E&D L., Devon

Colombia Conference

February 2016

We both really enjoyed Colombia, an amazing country, which we were delighted to visit. As ever your skills at organising both the lectures and whole trip were quite excellent. The small group worked well and we all enjoyed being together…We are now saving for Burma.
B&D T, Surrey

Just to let you know how much I enjoyed Colombia and Panama. They were both amazing countries and I am so glad I went. We saw and did so much that it is difficult to remember it all! The small and select group worked really well and the 'lectures' were really tutorials, which was great. Struggling to adjust to real life – things just aren't the same after the Santa Clara! ...I shall start saving for the next Conf. Plus!!
RC, Scotland

Many thanks for a super holiday and also many thanks for looking after me.
G&W, Essex

Thank you so much for an excellent trip and conference! I much enjoyed the whole experience and to get to know you and make new friends. Lots of good memories and photos!
JS, Herts

Thank you for a fantastic trip to Colombia.
G&A P, Iceland

Just wanted to thank you for a great holiday. (Post conference) today we did the partial transit of the Panama Canal & it was great & enjoyed by all of us. Really good guide.
A&J G, Herts

We had a fabulous time and are still enjoying Panama. Amazing experience. Please write us down for Burma and Vietnam in 2017! Love to you both and many thanks for arranging it all so smoothly.
H&M L, Guernsey

Ski Corvara

January 2016

I had a really fantastic time at the conference, which was highly polished, incredibly well organised by both of you, and a most comfortable and marvellous venue - do pass on our well-deserved compliments to Shirley. Above all, it was wonderful to enjoy the company of new friends/colleagues in a relaxed academic forum. Well done & keep up the good work!
Dr KT, London

Dear Shirley, thank you very much. I really enjoyed the skiing with you all, and the lectures and speakers were fantastic. The hotel and resort was superb, thank you so much for for all the efficient organisation and attention to detail. I shall definitely be joining you again next year.
Dr CC,Cornwall

Dear Shirley. It was lovely being on the ski conference! Thank you to you and Ian for your terrific organisation and enthusiasm which made it the experience that it was.
Dr PA, Watford

Shirley & Ian, Thank you for organising and leading another very successful week. Thanks also for organising super weather, excellent venue and hotel!
Dr VN, Hampshire

Saalbach RSM Conference

January 2016

It was lovely to finally meet up with you and Mike in Saalbach, thanks very much for your (major part) in organising such a fantastic week, I hope you both enjoyed yourselves as much as Áine and I did, the add on at the end was particularly enjoyable. I certainly look forward to continuing to work with you.
MD, London

I’d like to say thank you for helping to organise such a fantastic conference, and for all the transfers etc. I heard many people saying it was the smoothest journey they’ve ever had and the easiest in terms of organisation, so thank you!
IS, Newcastle

Dear Anne and Michael, It was a very successful week as far as snow, conditions,weather, hotel catering and comfort and company and a good scientific meeting- the mantle of the GP input being excellently undertaken by Michael. Thank you also to Michael for leading me down the runs, even if I did get lost on one occasion.
PW, Herts

Dear Anne...thank you for all your help and organisation last week and all the months running up to it, you were terrific. I know we will ask you again for help with travel etc!
PG, London

Thank you very much for all your assitance in Saalbach. The conference was a great success and certainly due to the hard work you did in making this happen.. I hope that we will be able to make Roger’s meeting in Lake Tahoe next year...judging from the success of this year it should attract strong support.
J&M.M, Newcastle Upon Tyne


October 2015

I just wanted to thank you both for the brilliant Genoa conference. The organisation was excellent and you make it look so easy when I know it must be incredibly hard work for you both. The hotel was smashing and the academic content was very useful and enjoyable.
Dr W L, Herts

I would like to thank you both for such an interesting and enjoyable trip. You managed to fit a lot into the programme and it was so well organised, everything running smoothly so we could relax. Do convey thanks to the tour guides who were very informative. I look forward to joining another trip next year.
DR R F, London

Thank you very much for the conference – impeccable organisation and great speakers and tours...Hopefully see you next year.
Dr N R, Herts

We enjoyed Genoa so much that we want to do Colombia.
DR S B, Merseyside


September 2015

We had always wanted to visit Bali – however due to life pressures, never been able to organise it. Then the opportunity came up via Conference plus.It was a GRAND opportunity from start to finish! GRAND organisation, GRAND hotels, GRAND trips in Java and Bali, GRAND academic programme, GRAND fellow GPs and non GPs to mingle with, GRAND learning experience overall!! We highly recommend to those who have not yet tried Conference plus! We are already booked and ready for our next GRAND adventure!!
Drs T & Z H. Redhill, Nottingham

Such a fabulous trip, AND great speakers. As always you made it effortless for the delegates, but I'm sure there was masses of hard work behind the scenes.
Dr R.J. Torteval, Guernsey

Thank you so much for a lovely conference in Bali. We thoroughly enjoyed both the educational and cultural aspects of it. Personally, it was very relaxing break for me and my shoulder!? Thank you both so much for looking after me! We always look forward for future conferences.
Drs S & A D. Hornchurch, Essex


May 2015

Thank you so much for a really enjoyable conference in Ljubljana. Everything went so smoothly due your your wonderful efficiency and hard work which is very much appreciated. I enjoyed the lectures which covered different areas not always covered in other courses, they were particularly relevant for general practice. The tours were excellent, Lake Bled was enchanting, beautiful and the boat trip was relaxing to the island and the Postonja caves were breathtaking. It is like an extended family this being my third trip I had met many people before and everyone is very friendly. The meals together in the restaurants also helps bring us together in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dr RF, London

Thank you so much for a great conference and a wonderful trip to Slovenia. Ljubljana is a gem and also so many beautiful things to see elsewhere like lake Bled. The extension was a great success and the hotel in Portoroz one of the finest we have stayed in. As always all preparation and organisation was perfect. You do it so well that it seems to be effortless but we know that it is a hard work to do such a great job and without any faults. It is always a pleasure to be with you.
Dr & Mrs GG, Iceland

Thank you both so much for introducing us to the beautiful city of Ljubljana and the spectacular and diverse countryside of Slovenia. The hotel was superb and the tours fantastic. The entire experience was truly magical.
Mrs ML, Essex

Thank you for a wonderful conference. Everything was 100%, hotels, the trips and the academic program. We will be seeing you soon.
Dr & Mrs SB, Iceland

Thank you for 10 wonderful days in Slovenia! The course was fantastic, both the academic and the social parts! We hope to be able to participate in other courses in the future!
Dr & Mrs JM, Iceland

Thank you for organising another wonderful conference. I agree Slovenia is a great find for a break and not a country I would have considered visiting before. Hope to be able to join another conference plus next year.
Dr SB, Yorkshire

Thanks for organising a wonderful holiday in Slovenia. Ranjini and I enjoyed every minute of our stay, albeit short, in that beautiful and unspoilt country.
Dr & Mrs GS, Essex

We returned home to Guernsey last night and wanted to thank you both once again for organising such a very successful trip. We enjoyed it all tremendously and would return to Slovenia without a doubt. As always it was lovely to catch up with old friends.
Dr & Mrs BM, Guernsey

Shirley, thank you! As ever you arranged a superb programme at such lovely venues.
Dr & Mrs GG, Cwmbran

What a fantastic time we had Shirley. Again our thanks – a gem and a good conference too. I’m sure we will be with you again soon.
Dr & Mrs NI, Watford

Ski Wengen

January 2015

Just to say thank you for organising the conference. I think the hotel was just right for our needs and we had great speakers & good company. Fab skiing. Well organised as always.
Drs J & P M, Southampton

We certainly enjoyed ourselves with being in Wengen in Winter as well as the lecture content. We have some take home messages that will add value to the way we practice GP. It was also a bunch of lovely enjoyable people. Thanks.
Drs SS & KS, Australia

Thank you for organising another great meeting…I had great fun and felt included! Great job and I had lots of fun.
Dr TC, Guernsey

We want to thank you for a very plesent time. Yes we enjoyed the hole thing, good skiing even though the weather could have been better, good conference and good friendship. We are looking forward to the next ski conference year 2016.
Dr & Mrs KE, Iceland

Shirley, as usual your organisation was superb and like clockwork. Really enjoyed your company!
Dr LA, London

Thanks Shirley , thoroughly enjoyed the conference as always. Best wishes to you and Ian and look forward to seeing you again in Corvara.
Dr WS, Lanarkshire

Many thanks to Shirley for organising such a wonderful trip. Sarah and I had a great time and came back to all 4 kids in one piece.

Thank you very much, we enjoyed it, especially the skiing part. The last 2 days the best, skiing with the “elite” group and then the two of us on our own!! On the whole a very enjoyable experience. Thank you again.
Dr & Mrs HB, Iceland

Royal Society of Medicine Section of Urology Winter Scientific Meeting in Zanzibar

January 2015

I just wanted to thank you for masterminding the RSM meeting last week. The course, along with the pre-meeting tour of Ethiopia and post-meeting tour through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game reserves was stupendous.

It was really a pleasure working with you and Michael over the past two years and whilst I had heard good reports of Conference Plus and colleagues had indicated that no organisational stone would be unturned , this trip surpassed all my expectations and those of my colleagues.

The complexity of coordinating delegates attending from many different countries was so well organised and the added headache of working in these uncertain times of the international Ebola crisis and potentially disturbing local events was taken in a calm and cheerful manner. You showed quiet resolve with many a conversation steadying my nerves!

Your ability to handle the various tour agencies and airlines was exemplary, borne obviously from vast experience and an unflappable disposition and your chasing and goading me and others in the face of deadlines was pitch perfect - even allowing for our own hectic professional schedules.

It was a demanding experience but carried out with consummate professionalism! THANK YOU
Roger Plail, President RSM Urology Section

Namibia, with Cape Town & Botswana

October 2014

Got back home yesterday after Namibia/Botswana and want to thank you for another superb trip. It was great to meet friends from previous trips, and as ever your planning and organisation were faultless.
E & I M, Scotland

A very big thank you for organising such a wonderful trip - so many unforgettable experiences. The small planes enabled us to make such good use of our time in Namibia, and were also great fun. The views were stunning. As ever, the organisation was faultless, and the special surprises of sundowners in the desert and candle-lit meals were amazing. The academic programme was also excellent and I really congratulate the speakers in being able to make perfect sense in temperatures up to 45 degrees!
Dr CM, Hants

We certainly had the most wonderful time, both in Namibia and Botswana. We missed you in Botswana! We both thought that the whole trip was fantastic, including the quality of the hotels and the trips. The surprise events in the desert were quite amazing and so well organised.
HL & MO, Guernsey

We are just beginning to recover from the latest amazing trip. Every time Conference Plus manages to pull so many rabbits out of the hat! The organisation was superb and we managed to cover vast distances with so little effort. We loved Namibia and found it so interesting as well as photogenic. The Okavango delta was like being in the middle of a David Attenborough programme and the accommodation was magical. Sitting on our veranda watching Hippo just a few feet away and finding fresh elephant poo on the steps up to our chalet, having heard a large animal uprooting trees all night! The game drives were the best we had ever experienced. So thank you so much for your imagination, planning and attention to detail as well as your company on the trip itself.
C&P S, Surrey

Namibia was absolutely wonderful. Thank you both so much for such a great Conference…plus the Cape Town Extension which was really lovely too.
J&J W, Northamptonshire

Namibia and Botswana were so beautiful and the places we visited were really fascinating. Flitting around in the little Cessnas was wonderful and made it all accessible and exciting! The stay at Kwetsani was a real treat…and I appreciated the quiet and seclusion. The managers and I got on really well and I hope to see them again when I do my road trip across Africa next year. Thanks again!
JTW, Yorks

Thank you so much for organising another great trip. You both work so hard but I think you have a lot of fun too (at least I hope you do). Namibia was brilliant, although a little too hot at times, but the experiences we had will stay with us for ever. Botswana was wonderful. Both lodges were fantastic - I have never eaten or drunk so much in 3 days in my life!! We saw lots of animals and Hamish's boat nearly got tipped over by a grumpy hippo. All the staff were brilliant and so helpful.
MM, Edinburgh

I just wanted to add my thanks for organising, entertaining and looking after us on such a wonderful trip. It really was a special way to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in amazing surroundings and with great friends and colleagues. The three days in Botswana were an orgy of spectacular scenery, luxurious living, amazing animals and great company.
HM, Edinburgh

It is lovely to be able to think back and reflect on our time in Namibia. I particularly loved the colours and shades of Namibia, its vastness, emptiness and quietness. I thought the flying in the small planes fabulous and although a little scared so glad I went on the balloon flight. All enabled us to see so much from a different perspective. I know David enjoyed the lectures and found them immensely valuable and helpful.

A HUGE Thank You to both you and Mike and to Shirley and Ian for organising and running Conference Plus and helping him through the revalidation process. Also a huge thank you to all the lecturers for helping him to keep up to date.

Well, now he has been revalidated, it does not look like he is planning on retiring in the near future. So I have a deal with him, as long as he practices medicine we keep going on Conference Plus trips!
SG, London


September 2014

Thank you for organising such a great conference! The speakers were all truly outstanding and none who didn’t give us very relevant information. Even today I referred several times to useful tips, diagnoses and treatments they had given us. I really enjoyed the ice cream and Parmesan/vinegar tour and felt they were perfectly timed. I thought all the restaurants I tried were great too. I am looking closely at Slovenia…A lovely crowd of fellow Conference plusers too..
Dr S.L. Hove

Thank you for another great trip! Bologna is beautiful and the conference was excellent. All put together with faultless admin as usual. See you again soon.
Dr S.B.

Thank you and Ian for the trip, it was very nice and the lectures were good. We all liked Bologna a lot.
Dr S.L.S.

We had a really positive first experience and will certainly be back!
Dr A.H.

Thank you for inviting us on this wonderful trip and thank you for being such a gracious and helpful host.

Just to say thank you for another fantastic course and venue. Looking forward to the next one!!
Dr E.B.

Thanks for a great conference really enjoyed myself already discussed ablation and pacemaker therapy with one of my dog walking friends.
Dr S.G.

We had a trouble free trip back and after a full day at work Bologna seems a long way away! Enjoyed the trip. Thought hotel great – so central. Lots to see.


May 2014

Just a little note to say what a fab time we both had and so lovely to meet you. We had such a good laugh every day it was really just what the doctor ordered 'Tyfoo'. If it is all right with you, could we invite other Nurse Practitioners on other trips such as the Bali trip etc. Well done for all the good work, also the work done by the doctors doing the eye operations giving all those hundreds of people back their lives.
You are both wonderful. Keep up the good work.
Ms SW, London

Thank you very much for another fabulous trip with Conference Plus and thank you to both you and Ian for looking after us and making Conference Plus what it is. We both loved Mauritius, the sea, weather, food, its people and of course we enjoyed the company of the delegates and their partners. I know if Conference Plus had not planned a trip to Mauritius we probably would not have got round to visiting this beautiful island. I am very much looking forward to another trip with Conference Plus.
Dr & Mrs DG, London

Congratulations to you and Ian for a superbly organised conference and thanks for inviting us to come along and teach; it was an honour for us and we certainly enjoyed ourselves.
Dr RL, London

Thank you very much for asking us to teach on this Conference plus. It was an amazing experience for us as teachers but also as learners learning about stuff outside our collective expertise. The delegates were excellent and we enjoyed the interactions both within the lectures and outside the lectures. Conference Plus is indeed unique and long may it continue. Our experiences will certainly live long and indeed I still reminisce about Kenya in 2007. Of course the organisation you put into it all is second to none and kudos to you both for the excellence shown.
Dr CL, London

We both very much enjoyed meeting you both and the chance to get to know you. We must congratulate you on producing the current meeting so well but also you, Mike and Anne in creating the unique entity of Conference Plus. As with all arrangements that Shirley has made for us, the travel to and from Mauritius was excellent but also the arrangements to and from hotels and airports worked like clockwork. We both thank you both very much and look forward to seeing you.
Drs D & MB, London

Thank you both so much for inviting us to the Fabulous Mauritius conference! We had such a fantastic time – very well chosen hotel, excellent conference facilities and great entertainments all round! It was so good to meet you both after all the Peruvian emails! The catamaran and Indian night were such fun! We were so impressed by your fantastic ( and apparently effortless!) organization – true professionals and so efficient.
Dr MB, London

Ski Madonna di Campiglio

January 2014

Dear Anne and Mike, A big thank you for an impeccably organised conference – right down to the brilliant snow and brilliant puddings (not to mention the academic content of course). A great resort and lovely hotel which I think looked after us beautifully. Everyone I skied with seemed to really enjoy themselves and I hope you managed to get a little down time yourselves…Thank you again for all your hard work which is much appreciated and makes for such a relaxing week (for the delegates – not the organisers – obviously). With All Good Wishes.

Really wanted to thank you and Mike for a brilliant conference. I know it only goes as smoothly because of meticulous planning and organisation. The Conference Plus is a real highlight of the year. With best wishes.

Excellent week – some of the best lecturers yet. Thanks.

Truly a heart warming magical experience, thanks to yours and Mike’s organisation and commitment. Thanks once again to both of you. Look forward to sharing similar events with you in the future.
Tariq (and the boss, Zahida)

Thank you for inviting us on the trip. We had such fun and hopefully improved our skiing! Best wishes.
Catherine (& Daryll)

What a wonderful week. Thank you to Michael and you for superb organisation and much fun! Particular thanks to Michael for introducing appropriate lunch topics over fondue – and of course winning such a prestigious award on Notte di Burns was icing on the cake! Xx

We had a wonderful time! The village was beautiful, the slopes wonderful, hotel really accommodating and the lecturers and topics were great and stimulating. I really enjoyed the week! A big thanks.
Dr A

Peru & The Amazon

October 2013

After a couple of hectic days I have finally found time to sit down and thank you and Ian for a real trip of a lifetime. We packed in so much and saw such beautiful places that we would never have got to on our own. Your choice of hotels was, as always, impeccable. I can honestly say that every destination was terrific in so many different ways that it is impossible to single out a favourite. Thank you both once again for a superb holiday.
Dr & Mrs PS, Surrey

Thanks for an amazing trip! Hope to come with conference plus again sometime! 100/100 for organising it so well, yet again! Well done!
Dr PN, Doncaster

Thank you both for what was the realisation of a lifelong ambition for both of us, and for the huge amount of time, energy and effort you both expended on our behalf.
Dr AG, Tyne & Wear

Best trip ever…your arrangements were perfect, all lecturers were entertaining and informative in so many different ways.

Firstly , thank you so much for all your brilliant organisational skills. The amount of effort you put into guiding us through the complications of airports, meeting the guides, lifting luggage, and making sure everyone was happy, as well as co coordinating the conference, equipment, and supporting your man, the delegates, and the folk who got ill was a mammoth task, as well as trying to do the fairly exhausting daily fun activities leaves me speechless. We were tired just rocking along!!! Your school reports must have said calm, efficient, amazing co coordinating skills, leadership top class etc etc. And you never lost your patience once. Most importantly you are both great fun!!!! Many thanks for asking us and leading us on the holiday of a lifetime. It has all been amazing and with lovely company.

Liz and I would like to say a huge thank you to you and Ian for a fantastic trip!!!!!!!!!! Conference Plus has lived up to its reputation for the best organised and most interesting of adventures!! Look forward to seeing you both next time!!
Drs L & S B, Berkshire

We’ve had some fun summing up our holiday to friends and family – cultural, personal, medical experiences altogether! Thank you very much for this unforgettable experience!
Dr CG, Hertfordshire

I’m sure you must have gathered (from our constantly elated spirits) that both Sairah and I loved the entire experience, the entire group was sooo lovely and accommodating…I’m pretty sure you will see more of our cohort of delegates in the conferences to come, I will also be promoting you to the group of GPs at my training practice! :)) …it is organised extremely well and worth every penny! haha yes you have a satisfied customer here!
Dr MM, Manchester

Firstly, thank you and Ian so much for an amazing trip. We can believe we covered so much!! We really did have a fantastic holiday and appreciate everything you have done to take such good care of us and the rest of the group.
Mrs EA, Leeds

A massive thank you to you both, for attention and care above and beyond all expectations. Well not quite true, as I’ve experienced your organisational prowess before. Still amazing and brilliant trip. Thanks again.
Dr RT, Guernsey


October 2013

Now that I am home in Reykjavík “safe and sound” after my very last trip with you I would like to thank you for everything. Your trips have been well planned and organized and the lectures have brought me a lot of knowledge and I have the feeling that they are getting better, more detailed and comprehensive
as the years pass. The trips I remember best are Galapagos/Peru in 2005 and the last Jerusalem/Jordan in 2012. Again my thanks and best wishes and may Conference Plus thrive and prosper in the years to come.
Dr HM, Reykjavik

Just a quick note of thanks. I have to say Seville was fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed both the academic and the social aspects.
Mr AW, Herts (speaker)

Well done Annie. It's all we expect.
Mrs FP, Oxfordshire

Just wanted to say thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable and impeccably well organised week.
Dr JS, Yorkshire

…now I am back to reality and I want to thank you for a great conference and wonderful time in Spain. It was perfect for me. I liked the lectures and I will def come again so please keep going…
Dr EK, Iceland

THANK YOU both very much for a most enjoyable trip/course. We certainly saw lots & both enjoyed the company too. The course content was really useful and I will share the pearls with colleagues. 1st class all round.
Dr KD, Scotland


May 2013

I had a fantastic time in Turkey and it was good to have the opportunity to meet the delegates outside the normal working environment in the UK! I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak and also congratulate you on finding such a spectacular setting for the meeting!
Speaker. Turkey 2013

Thanks to Ian for organising such a great scientific lecture programme. Cappadocia was an amazing choice for the conference and unique landscape, so delighted I have seen it. Thanks to you both for organising such a great conference. Hope to make Mauritius.
Dr SL, East Sussex

Just to say thank you for organising such a wonderful conference-the speakers not only gave us good education but were also entertaining! The location was out of this world! Thanks for the photos-we look forward to info on Mauritius conference.
Dr & Mr KT, London

Thank you for organising a very enjoyable trip. We enjoyed the sightseeing in Istanbul and Cappadocia and it was nice to get to know the other delegates under the sunshine. I enjoyed chatting to the speakers after the lectures to test out my ideas on them. The speakers were all excellent. There were some really interesting people.
Dr AB. Northumberland

Dear both stunning time as always and I know all the paddling below water that goes on, to the most tiny detail…thanks for all your help and of course usual efficiency and genuine care.
Mrs FP, Oxford

We had a lovely time in Turkey. Also the speakers were excellent. We look forward to joining you again in the future.
Drs K & OS, Middlesex

Just wanted to say thank you again for a wonderful conference. We both enjoyed it very much. Thank you. See you next year!
Dr & Mr EE, Devon


February 2013

Thank you for a lovely trip to Oman. As always the time goes by all too quickly and yet again I find that you and Conference Plus have introduced me to another world that I want to go back to as well as join in with future Conference Plus trips. Thank you very much for a fabulous time.
Sally & David

Another terrific trip. So well organised with loads of variety and such fun. We liked Oman enormously. Thank you both.
B&B, Guernsey

Oman is memorable in so many ways & not just those sea-urchin spines (only about 15 left to pick out!) incredible scenery, brill hotel, lovely people (& the delegates!) & great speakers. We’re looking forward to the next time…but which one??
Dr GG, Wales

We had a wonderful time in Oman – thank you for such splendid organisation & such a superb location we would never have thought of travelling to Oman otherwise, but feel we might go again sometime the academic course was probably the most enjoyable & informative that I have ever attended.
Dr RM, Gloucestershire

Thank you for one of the best conferences of our 14(?) – friendly folk, small enough group to get chatting, beautiful hotel & country.
Dr & Mrs MG, Dorset

Ski Tignes

January 2013

Well, well – yet another towering success! I don’t know how you manage it – you must both be exhausted! Another fantastic crowd and an absolutely terrific week. Thank you both for your exceptional organisation and warmth.
Dr JB, London

Thank you for yet another wonderful conference. In these times of threat of revalidation and pension robbery, it’s great to meet with like minded people who still have a love for the job they signed up to do, and can find ways of doing it. We always feel it’s a bit like a new term at Hogwarts when we meet up at the airport to head for the ski conference. It’s a great feat of organisation and we appreciate your hard work, particularly this year with the weather problems. We got away from Geneva within half an hour of the scheduled time which was amazing! I think it speaks volumes that even those who have retired are still keen to attend, and Chris Evans sat in on the other speakers, such was the quality.
Dr CA, Ayrshire

A big thank you to you both for another great ski conference. I particularly admired how calm and collected you were Shirley (on the exterior at least!) on the Saturday with the travel chaos.
Dr PW, Guernsey

Thank you and the team for a wonderfully organised event.
Dr TH, Nottingham

Thank you so much for the conference, skiing experience and everything else :)
Dr NK, Iceland

Firstly to thank you for your brilliant organisation of the course and trip. I am so impressed with your diplomacy and charm in all circumstances!
Dr LA, London

Just to say thank you once again for an excellent conference.
Dr PS, Guernsey


October 2012

Thanks for a wonderful trip, conference brilliantly run as usual and excellent lectures . Fell in love with Sicily will definitely return. It’s either Turkey or Spain next year for me…probably Turkey.
Dr G.M.

Thanks for having us. We both had a great time. I really enjoyed the interactive sessions with a very bright and interested group of GPs. Sarah enjoyed a break from the kids and we both enjoyed seeing more of each other in 4 days than we normally manage in a month! The trip was extremely well organised – we were most impressed. You and Shirley clearly have a talent in the travel department. Long may these conferences continue.
Mr R.P.

Dear Shirley, thanks for having us on thoroughly enjoyable Conference Plus in Sicily. The lectures as always were of high educational value and very practical. Through you I would like to thank all the 3 speakers.
Dr J.P.

It was a great conference, socially and academically. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable experience.
Dr J.M.

We just arrived home to Iceland. We are very happy about the tour, Taormina is a beautiful place, I'm happy about the conference and the hotel was excellent. So many thanks for the tour and also best regards to Ian.
Dr S.L.S.


October 2012

Thank you once again for arranging such a magnificent holiday and conference. We were stimulated by Mumbai and Kolkata, entranced by Darjeeling and fascinated by beautiful Bhutan. The travel and general organisation were marvellous as per usual…we are already looking forward to Oman.
Wyn & Gurdev

Just to say a very big thank you for another action packed holiday. We experienced so much in a short space of time and will now relive it at a slower pace through our photos…Thank you once again for a brilliant trip which will stay in our memories forever.

It is certainly we who should be thanking you both for the most brilliant organisation and attention to detail that made the holiday so wonderful (plus the great company of course!).
Briony & David


March 2012

Thank you both so very much for an absolutely superb trip. The experiences were so intense they will takes ages to reflect on. Truly your courses do alter the perspective I bring to my daily work, and the extra dimension of seeing what we do from the culture and history of another country helps me to understand my inner city patients just that little bit more.
Dr V M - Vauxhall, London

What a fantastic Conference! Thank you so much - another triumph. We really did enjoy Jerusalem and do feel we now know just a little about its complicated past, and present; perhaps it future will be less so? Thank you for organising such a great range of tours and employing such knowledgeable and experienced guides - they were all super.
Dr & Mrs J W - Northants

I did enjoy being with you in Jerusalem - thank you for looking after me so well. I marvel at your enthusiasm and stamina.
Dr S B - Suffolk

Thanks so much for a great week. I had an amazing time. Lectures superb and the tours were so well organised. Had a blast!
Dr P W - Lincolnshire

Once more all I can do is thank you both for this great journey to Jerusalem and Petra. I had no idea of how much there was to see , learn and try to understand, though a lot of the history of these amazing places will only be a vague memory unless you organize another trip...or I start reading a lot more! However the impressions will stay and of course the hundreds of photos we all took. As always it is such a pleasure to join your very special trips in such lovely company.
Ms U W - Spain

I just wanted to thank you so much from the 4 of us for a terrific week, with you and thanks to you. We were very lucky to join you and the kids had a lovely time too.
Prof J S - London


January 2012

We must tell you that we thoroughly enjoyed this trip with you and thank you very much for planning everything so perfectly. The hotel was great, skiing fantastic and the conference as well. We are looking forward to our next trip with you :) Best wishes from Iceland,
N.K & Family

Thank you for a wonderful trip. The organisation, venue and lectures were all superb as usual. I've had an excellent week.
D.P. - W.Mids

We had such a fabulous time again. Your organisation was impeccable, the venue and hotel were superb. It’s a pleasure to join colleagues and learn together, but it’s a special privelege to work with an organisation that is motivated, slick, efficient and well organised. To you and Mike, we all wish to thank you. We had a great week and met really interesting and fun colleagues. Weeks like this remind us why we like to work with our colleagues.
W.H. - Pinner

Chile & Antarctica

January 2012

It was a fantastic experience and joy on the Antarctica expedition. Usha and I really enjoyed it very much. We are looking forward to joining you on future trips. I must appreciate the hard work you are doing. It is a mammoth task to organise, look after everybody’s interest and achieve Post Graduate lectures. I have learned a lot during this trip. Many thanks for giving us a great time.
Drs V.P. & U.S. - Sheffield

We’re back to our busy lives again but are sustained by wonderful memories of the peace and beauty of Antarctica. The educational sessions will also contribute to future practice and the benefit of patients as well as my CDP record. A huge thank you for your efficient organisation which made it go so smoothly, and special thanks for the gifts. We enjoyed the Pinnacle meal and bottle of fizz, and are looking forward to trying the recipes in the cookery book. Ian is sorting through 4000 photographs, and with them we shall re-live the experience many times.
Dr & Mr E.M. - Edinburgh

Once again, thank you so much for making an adventure come true. Anna and I "are in the skies" as we say in Icelandic meaning extremely satisfied with our trip. We know that you "are only doing your job" in planning and exercising a trip like this but the way you do it is fascinating. It is immensely comfortable being in a group belonging to you, it has to do with your more than amiable personalities. Keep on going.
Dr & Mrs B.J. - Iceland

Just back from our second Conference Extravaganza and would like to thank the Ingram Gold team and their background girls for two amazing trips. We look forward to the Amazon and the India trips. We believe the formula of relaxing and learning with fellow Medics & their wives is a winner combining first rate travel with excellent learning. We highly recommend the Ingram/Gold travel packages to both new clients and satisfied returners.
Drs G. & M.C. - Lincolnshire

We had the most wonderful time, it’s such a privilege to see Antarctica. Everything else was pretty damn good too! We are very grateful for the opportunity to have been to those places with our ‘old’ friends…thanks…
Dr & Mrs G.G. - Cwmbran

We are both grateful indeed for the opportunity to go with Conference Plus on what is almost certainly a once-in-a lifetime chance to reach the remotest reaches of the planet. As the dust settles, and we begin ploughing through the voluminous records we have made we are constantly being agreeably surprised by what we have managed to record. It was also a pleasure to be in the stimulating company of the other delegates some of whom were old friends from previous tours, and others whose acquaintance it was a privilege, and a delight to make. Thank you both again; it has been a truly memorable trip.
Drs T & J G - Newcastle

On return, one is lost for words to conjure when asked “well, what was it like?”. There were also comments like “you look so well” and “where on earth did you get the sunburn?” – all a reflection of how grim we must have looked on departure in late December.

So, from us, a great big thanks for the invitation to join the Conference Plus crew and also, for your hospitality and friendship.
Prof & Mrs O.E. London

Attending alone or as a non-delegate?

Thank you for the superb organisation of the trip! I had a wonderful time and have provisionally booked to return. Thank you for looking after us solo travellers. I'd recommend anyone to join you.
Dr Joan Mason, Warwicks

Conference Plus

If you are unsure whether to come with your partner all we can do is assure you that there will be plenty for everyone to do:

Thank you so much for welcoming Adrian and I as non-delegates…we thoroughly enjoyed the hotel, the tours, the meals and of course the company. We returned relaxed and refreshed…we look forward to seeing you again for another exciting experience!
Dr A Mattison, Cheshire

Make your appraisal so much easier

The quality of the educational sessions is as good as the very best anywhere. The notes available to delegates after the sessions are concise, relevant and an essential aid to completing the CPD section of appraisal and revalidation. Combining a fantastic holiday with such good education not to be missed.
MC, Scotland

And if you want to finish a conference with your own bespoke extension…

What an amazing experience, so glad we went to Nanakuse, I really enjoyed petting the cheetah. Then enjoyed the Pimms on the lawn at Vic Falls, the walk around the falls was spectacular, as was the evening cruise on Zambezi. We returned to find a bath full of warm bubbles, candles lit and a bottle of bubbly on ice, it really couldn't have been a better end to a fantastic experience, thank you so much.
SG, Merseyside

Individual travel – yes, Conference Plus will organise your private holidays too!


The ones we love to get mid-holiday…

Croatia July 2016

We are having a great time in Croatia. Your arrangements have worked like clockwork, as always. Hotels have been brilliant, weather good so far and we have done plenty of sightseeing. Thanks again for everything. Much love,
W&N, Herts

India November 2015

I had a wonderful time and your arrangements were superb. My lovely driver from Delhi to Agra asked if I wanted to see a cow hospital, so we pulled in and I was given this tour of a set up funded by the local Maharaja's daughter aged 17. They believe that cows are the incarnation of Lord Krishna but nevertheless this does sometimes fail to protect them on the Great Trunk Road so they get knocked down and brought in by the cow ambulance. One poor bullock was lying on the operating table (corner of the first paddock) having the r foreleg amputated and I was allowed to! The Swami (!!!!!!) blessed us all afterwards once I had been taken round every single ward (barn) and store cupboard which I admit was pitifully bare. It was a real experience in how other people think. I just hope the cows are Hindu too but very likely they are as they didnt look all that unhappy -even the ones in the Intensive Care Barn or the Cancer ward barn. Seems that plastic is a BIG culprit so Im going to support its diminishing use in future.

As for myself, thanks to you I’ve had the holiday of a lifetime. Committed as I was to the wedding in Udaipur and then Delhi, I would NEVER have had the chance to see and experience so much more if it wasnt for your skilful help planning tours around the main events. I cant thank you enough. You are the very best travel advisors EVER.

Lots and lots of love and admiration at your super effectiveness.
Dr VM, London

China, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand June 2015

Just checking in to let you know that we are having an incredible trip. Beijing was amazing - to me it epitomizes everything that China is - even the buildings are big and bold with fascinating architecture. Loved the Wall and the Forbidden city is a sight to be seen.

In Hanoi now and want to move into the Metropole hotel permanently. Beautiful city, kind people and delicious food. The only trouble we have had is trying to cross the road here due to swarms of Vespas - it's an experience!!

Guides have been great - Thanks for everything will report in in a few days.
Dr & Mrs K

Peru & Ecuador November 2013

Safely home after an absolutely amazing trip! Thank-you so very much for all your hard work in making it such a success for all 5 of us - particularly all Charlie’s last minute arrangements. Particular highlights were Lake Titicaca , Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley - the hotels at Titicaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu were amazing and we had a fantastic guide (Ruben) at Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. In Cuzco we also had an adorable driver (Romulus) and guide (Matteo) who collected Charlie and were very sweet. Unexpected delights were the Orchid trail at the Inkaterra in Machu Picu and the wonderful lunch and horses at Sol e Luna in the Sacred Valley and star-gazing through the telescope at the Casa Andina in the Sacred valley. We ate fantastically well everywhere however! We loved both train rides which were great fun.

The Galapagos was absolutely out of this world - I don’t think I have ever been more sad to leave somewhere! The whole trip was absolutely faultless. The staff on the Isabela were a delight and couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. The Naturalist (Gabriel) was utterly delightful - I was tempted to take him home! Food was also delicious. The Islands were really spectacular, we could easily have spent another week there!

Overall a once in a lifetime trip and fantastically organised! Thank-you again so VERY much for all your marvellous organisation - you have been so patient with all our muddles and changes of plan. We had such a brilliant time - all thanks to your fantastic organisation! Now we have to decide where to go next - Argentina perhaps??!!
Mr DB & Dr MB

Well where do I start? We had a wonderful trip and thank you for organising it with such care. It worked so well. We loved Peru and managed to see a lot of the country.

The trip was a huge success and we all fell totally in love with the Galapagos. The Isabela ll was absolutely fantastic in every way…the programme on the boat was brilliant, food delicious and delightful crew. It was a great way to do it with the boat at the end of our holiday as we’d done a lot of moving around and to relax etc on the boat for six nights was perfect. We were very lucky as our English speaking guide on the boat was great and we all loved the snorkelling and walks.

It's now back to reality but we really did have a memorable holiday and thank you once again for your very careful organisation; it all ran so smoothly.
Mr & Mrs JP

Guatemala & Belize November 2013

We got back from our trip yesterday morning and had a terrific time. We absolutely loved Guatemala and I bought an inordinate amount of fabrics! Jane was a superb guide and we certainly had a few weird experiences. We have never been anywhere quite like it. We also had a great time in Belize…really glad we stayed at Turtle Inn. It was very quiet to start with (only 15 guests) but the numbers were picking up by the end. Drank a lot of rum cocktails! Had great fun on the little plane from Placencia to Belize International with 2 stopovers en route. Our co-pilot got ‘bumped’ on the first stop and one of the passengers got his seat. Thank you so much for putting together such an excellent itinerary. We really enjoyed it and benefitted from your inside knowledge. I can understand why you recommended Guatemala and Belize as they were a winning combination.
Mr & Mrs Smyth

Tanzania/Zanzibar March 2013

We are now back from our holiday and very sad that it is all over. But we have some amazing memories and photos! We had a trip of a lifetime, it was so easy with your agency, we didn’t have to think about anything. Our guide was really nice and let us do an extra safari on the last day. The lodges were beautiful with breathtaking views as were the national parks. We also loved the hotel in Stonetown! It was very special. We both wanted to thank you so much for organising the trip for us. We couldn’t have gone without you!
Katie & Dan

Argentina April 2011

I cannot thank you enough for organising what was a truly amazing trip for us. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the organisation was excellent. The Llao Llao hotel was everything you had said it would be. Stunning!

We were so glad that we took your advice and had our Buenos Aires tour with Veronica on our stop over day. She was brilliant and showed us the sights we needed to "do" which was just as well as we did not do much sightseeing when we went back for the wedding.

Many thanks again. We could not have seen and done so much in our time without your thorough and knowledgeable organisation.
Love, Pat and Tony

Malaysia & Singapore Nov 2009

Well, we’re back, and what a fantastic time we've had! Borneo was fantastic - despite the best efforts of the rain and the leeches - and the local agencies did a great job of organising things on the ground. Thanks for all your fantastic hard work and effort in getting this all arranged at such short notice - it was hugely appreciated by us all! Catch up again soon"

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