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ALTO Conference Madrid 2017

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ALTO Conference Madrid 2017

Professional Development and Networking conference for members and non-members with fantastic keynote speakers, industry panel guests, speed dating and plenty of opportunities to network with the decision makers of the industry.

 Export to Your Calendar 04/05/2017 to 06/05/2017
When: 4th-6th May 2017
19:00 (4th May)-17:30 (6th May)
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The Westin Palace Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7
Madrid 28014
Contact: Reka Lenart

Online registration is available until: 24/04/2017
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'The evolution of the language and educational travel industry - Survival of the fittest.' - Professional Development and Networking Conference in Madrid

This is ALTO's 5th annual Professional Development and Networking Conference! The event is held between 4th-6th May 2017 at the Westin Palace Madrid which is a beautiful 5* business hotel in the heart of Madrid. 

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Westin Palace interior

The ALTO Conference is a very unique two-day event where the leaders and decision makers of the language travel industry get together and boost their businesses through top-level networking and professional development sessions. 

Features include outstanding speakers, distinguished industry guests, structured and informal networking opportunities with the decision makers of the industry. The theme of the conference in 2017 is 'The evolution of the language and educational travel industry - Survival of the fittest.'  We will invite speakers who can help participants to prepare and respond effectively in challenging times and find out how to help their businesses survive and thrive.

Planned programme schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, 4th May 2017

Optional programme
12:00 – 15:00
Sightseeing tour 18:00 – followed by Reception at Palacio de Cibeles at around 19:30   
If you arrive in Madrid early and fancy a bit of culture and fun, join us for a visit to the Palacio Real and a walk around Mercado de San Miguel. Optional programme 20 EUR/ person  Many of you have visited Madrid but may not have seen the main tourist attractions. We will take an open top bus tour of the city and have some “copas y tapas” at one of the most iconic buildings in Madrid with fantastic views over the city.    


Friday, 5th May 2017

Carlos Escario
IESE Business School
09:00 – 12:20
Rosario Silva
IE Business School
12:30 – 13:30
Round table session
14:30 – 16:30


Survival of the fittest  The effect of AirBnb entry on the revenues of the hotel industry  Directed discussions in small groups, after a brainstorm each table will present their opinion to all participants and draw conclusions.  
Moderator: Stephan Roussounis


Speed Dating
17:00 – 18:30
Networking dinner
20:00 – 23:00 
Short and punchy one-to-one appointments to make first contact, break the ice or agree to sit together at dinner!   Trusted sources have reported that there’s absolutely fabulous food to be had here so we’ll take a short bus ride to Filandon just outside Madrid. After dinner the bus will take us back to the hotel, but those who are still up for a party will head to Florida Retiro.    


Saturday, 6th May 2017

Verne Harnish
09:00 – 11:00
Industry Panel
11:30 – 13:30  

Scaling Up - How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't “ The evolution of the language and educational travel industry – Survival of the fittest” - industry experts:

• Sarah Cooper - English UK
• Santuza Bicalho - Cvc/ Experimento
• Verne Harnish - Entrepreneurs’ Organization “The Growth Guy”
• Claudio Cesarano - Globo study Sprachreisen/Linguista Sprachaufenthal
• Jon Kolber - ILAC
Moderator: David Brown - Oxford International

Networking lunch
14:00 – 17:00
Chef José Raimundo Ynglada, Mundy's restaurant Arahy will be the venue for our last lunch. We have selected the delicious taster menu and the first Gin&Tonic is also on us!     

Please register at your earliest convenience. Non-residential ticket options are available during registration as well as extra nights and spouse ticket  on request. 

Participation fees:

ALTO members with 2 nights hotel (4th & 5th May 2017): 890 EUR

Non- members with 2 nights hotel (4th & 5th May 2017): 1490 EUR

Please note: ALL event tickets will be invoiced in EUR. ALTO member organisations can purchase up to 2 tickets at the special reduced rate, additional staff members are welcome to join the event at the regular rate.


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