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  • Brazil

    May 2018

  • Cuba

    Autumn 2018

  • Italy

    Autumn 2018

We had a fabulous time again. Your organisation was impeccable, the venue and hotel were superb.

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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:

Borneo

May 2017

Thank you for an amazing trip, with special thanks to Ian & Shirley who worked so hard to organise it all and lovely to meet so many new friends. Hoping to see you all again soon on another Conference Plus trip.
Dr CC

Amazing trip, wonderful pictures & shared memories. Lovely, friendly people who all made the trip special and of course it wouldn’t have happened without Ian & Shirley...So big THANK YOU!
Dr & Mrs RA

Just would like to say thank you to Shirley & Ian for all their hard work and planning to make such a conference possible. I have come away with the feeling that learning is lifelong both medical and non medical. Thank you also to Nitu and Rajiv, Rita and Clifford for their enthusiasm for their subjects, it was a pleasure to listen and question. The party was great and the music good. Hope to see you all next year.
Dr AB

A fantastic 2 weeks and we enjoyed meeting so many new friends. Thanks Shirley and Ian for organising such a great conference.
Dr & Mrs JK

Thank you all for an amazing time in Borneo. We are so happy that we made this trip.
Dr & Mrs BT

It has been an honour and pleasure for both of us to teach and be part of the very memorable Conference plus 25th anniversary celebrations. Clifford and I had an amazing time, met some wonderful people on the trip and have memories that will indeed remain with us for the rest of our lives. Congratulations again for such a successful trip and for the vision and drive in delivering these sessions over the past 25 years. You should all be very proud of your success.
SPEAKER

Beautiful photos!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the conference! You both have worked extremely hard to bring this lovely Borneo for us to enjoy! Honestly we wouldn't have done it on our own!
Dr & Mrs AD

Many thanks for an adventure filled holidays. We both think this was one of the best trip we have been to. Everyone was friendly.
Dr GS

We enjoyed the trip very much and the gala dinner was superb.
Dr TH

Thank you both for organizing such an amazing trip. You manage to look so relaxed as well! Thank you again for a perfect holiday. Looking forward to seeing your photos and Brazil!
Dr GJ

Tahoe RSM Urology

January 2017

Thanks for an amazing trip. Really well planned and executed.
Tarik, Glasgow

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.
JV, London

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.
Pam G

Ski Corvara

January 2017

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.
MC

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.
DG

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.
TH

Colin and I had a great week skiing and the lectures were thought provoking and relevant (as always).
SG

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.
MG

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!!
RV

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.
DP

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.
AL

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!
RS

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.
AB

India

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...
SG

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.
PA

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!
RH

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.
RF

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.
AB

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.
PA

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.
AB

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!
KT

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

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!!
RH

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

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

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.
SR

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.
VS

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

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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…

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

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,
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 ...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

We even do Honeymoons!

Colombia and Galapagos June 2017

We had the PERFECT honeymoon!!! The agencies were all fantastic, guides were excellent and hotels/locations were beyond stunning. Thank you so so so much for everything you did to organize it. You really did help us to have the most spectacular trip and we can't thank you enough.
Rob & Phili

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

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