We had 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 privilege to work with an organisation that is motivated, slick, efficient and well organised.
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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:
Thanks for an amazing trip. Really well planned and executed.
Thanks so very much to you and Michael for all of your efforts to keep everything on track - especially in view of the challenges this year. Organising urologists was always like herding cats. It really was fantastically organised and I am so grateful to you both.
Prof L. T-S, London
I would like to express my sincere thanks for the wonderful winter meeting in Northstar last week. I was somewhat nervous going, not being a urologist (yet), nor a “skier”. However, I needn’t have worried with such a wonderful group. From the beginning I was welcomed with open arms by trainees and consultants and their families alike. I would like to congratulate you on a fabulous meeting - I thought one particular strength was the length of the talks. Short talks followed by discussion was stimulating and interactive, encouraging the trainees to participate. I definitely gained from the experience, learned a lot and gained food for thought with ideas for the future and for my career. The quality of speakers was also very, very high! The skiing and social aspect was very inclusive, rapidly allaying my fears of feeling isolated as the only medical student. It just leaves me to reiterate my thanks to you all for a great programme and your generosity and hard work in fundraising so much to help financially with the meeting.
Catherine L, London
I really enjoyed the trip so thank you for all of your hard work in getting it arranged so well.
Thanks very much for all of your organisation of the meeting. The meeting was an amazing experience and a great success despite the long journey there and lack of luggage on the way home. Kate and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Ian & Kate D, Kent
Thank you so much for an amazing trip that I will never ever forget!!! Was a once in a lifetime experience!! And I thank you and Mike for it going so smoothly.
Faye K, Essex
The whole week was absolutely fab and we had so much good luck with the weather, the snow, the sunset at Gar Woods, linedancers Code (?)/Britney, etc. We had loads of nice comments from people while we were out there – a lot of them saying it was the best RSM Winter Meeting they’d ever been to.
Prof & Mrs K Wimbledon (President of the RSM Urology Division 2017)
Dear Anne & Mike, thank you so much for organising the Tahoe trip. It was really good fun as well as a great meeting. You do a fantastic job, so pleased you are on board for the next few. Thanks also for our Saalbach trip.
We cannot thank you enough for the invitation. It was brilliantly organised and from our point of view went off without a single hitch. The resort is terrific and we have never had a better week's skiing in the last 20 years. We will certainly be taking our family back there as it is so accessible with food, accommodation and service that were all first class. The snow coverage. piste management and, to cap it all the sunshine, made it as good as it gets. The Conference Plus ambience is extremely friendly and welcoming. Anyway, all power to you elbow and congratulations on making such a success of Conference Plus over 25+ years.
Firstly, thank you both for such a memorable holiday – I really think one of the best! Great bunch of people, wonderful organisation, superb location and conditions and I really enjoyed skiing with you both.
We had a great week and the lecturerers were the best group we have had for a while so congratulations on gathering them together – I was also impressed with the hotel/food upgrade. Looking forward to next year, and Anne and I are thinking about your other trips.
Colin and I had a great week skiing and the lectures were thought provoking and relevant (as always).
Thanks again to you and Shirley for a fantastic trip. Carlo and I really enjoyed the company and the skiing and he was delighted to be awarded with the prestigious award and the kids are enjoying the chocolates.
The feedback is overwhelming and I really thank you for inviting me. The whole experience was amazing and I loved meeting everyone. Give my regards to Shirley who is truly an amazing co-ordinator. I have never been to an event without even one glitch and with a very relaxed organiser. She should run the NHS!!
Thank you so much for organising a wonderful skiing trip, I really enjoyed it. We were blessed with fine (sometimes a little chilly) weather and fantastic pistes. Please thank Ian for organising some excellent speakers and his photos are really good.
Thank you so much, it was a brilliant trip, we both enjoyed it enormously. Please do put us down for next year. I will block off the week in January as soon as I hear the dates from you.
I wanted to thank both you and Shirley so very much for a wonderful week, your efficient organisation throughout, the excellent company, and for introducing me to another part of the Dolomites which I'm definitely returning to!
You guys score a 5 out of 5 in my books! The ambiance and setting you created was simply elegant. I cannot recall such an efficient holiday. Sorry we didn’t ski together for long but for what we did – it was most enjoyable.
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.
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.
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
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!!
Many thanks for a super holiday and also many thanks for looking after me.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you and Ian for the trip, it was very nice and the lectures were good. We all liked Bologna a lot.
We had a really positive first experience and will certainly be back!
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!!
Thanks for a great conference really enjoyed myself already discussed ablation and pacemaker therapy with one of my dog walking friends.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The ones we love to get mid-holiday…
North & South India February 2017
I just want to say a massive thank you!!!! We are having the most wonderful adventure and holiday. We have just arrived at the Raas Devigarth. It's cool and contemporary but amazing as it's a 400 year old heritage building. It's been very cleverly and tastefully done in a totally modern way. We are looking forward to our stay here then as you know off to Mumbai before heading back. My first email was congratulating you on dealing so patiently and efficiently with my husband. I have learnt over the years to keep out of these things as I know he gets there in the end. Thanks so much for all your hard work.
Sue & Ralph
Vietnam & Burma January 2017
Thank you so much for planning such an incredible honeymoon for us. We really had the most amazing time and all your recommendations and tips were so valuable. Everything was planned so well for us making it an extremely relaxing trip despite all the moving around we did! We never would have gone to Burma without your suggestions and oh, it was beautiful. We loved all the activities we did and will have the most amazing memories to treasure especially hot air ballooning and the elephants.
Zoe & Oliver, London
Burma December 2016
Our guide Win has made our trip very interesting and varied. We are so pleased that you heeded our remit of not wanting to be pagodad/templed out and that we haven’t been forced to see too many local handicraft shops. Your choice of accommodation is exactly what we would have chosen ourselves! I am sure that if we were to travel to unchartered waters again we will definitely contact you. You have made our trip so easy and stress free.
Tracy & Paul, London
Sri Lanka December 2016
Beyond could not have been more helpful and efficient. A particular enjoyment was the visit to the orphanage last Friday. The children were delightful, but O so poor. We have decided to "adopt" them and have started the process with a trampoline which is being delivered on Thursday. Thank you so much for organising such a splendid birthday holiday - totally unique.
Best wishes - R&P, Gloucestershire
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,
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 ...er ...help! 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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