Date:
30 May to 1 June 2018

Location:
Barcelona, Spain

Participation fee:
EUR 670.00 (Delegate);
EUR 620.00 (Accompanying Person)

Invitation

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Dear Member,

Fleuroselect is delighted to invite you to the 49th Annual Convention that will take place from 29th May to 1st June 2018 in beautiful Barcelona. Capital of Catalunya, Barcelona is the third most visited city in Europe beaten only by London and Paris.

It is particularly famous for its modernist architecture, but the city also has much more including a gothic heart, a thriving sea front and of course Mediterranean cuisine.

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Host of this year's Convention is Grup Roig. A major player in the Spanish market in the production of young plants, the company’s aim is to select unique hybrids which are attractive, productive and which thrive in the Iberian peninsula.

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Our hotel for the event is the ultra-modern Gates Diagonal. Situated on the main Avenida Diagonal near the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes it is ideally located to all city connections and the rooms are bright, spacious and avant-garde.

The Convention commences on Wednesday evening with an outdoor drinks reception on the external patio and a meet and greet, get-together buffet in the hotel’s traditional restaurant. Thursday morning begins with a presentation in the hotel from our hosts on their company, its roots and its goals, together with an insider view on the ups and downs of the Spanish market. We then move onto the Annual meeting where members have a chance to put their questions and concerns to the Board of Directors.

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After lunch on the magnificent roof top of the hotel with views over the entire city, we take a bus ride to visit memorable sights which will obviously include a modernistic highlight! In keeping with a horticultural theme we will also visit the fortress on Montjuïc mountain, home to Barcelona's biggest park and gardens. The first day in Barcelona finishes with an evening of entertainment in Poble Espanyol, an open air museum which offers insights into Spain’s art, architecture and handicrafts and of course gastronomy.

On Friday we leave the main city to visit CRAG, the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics where a programme of presentations has been organised. We then move to the Grup Roig facilities where over 1000 containers of top varieties will be on trial for their suitability in the Spanish sun. Plantings will also include a full Fleuroselect trial and a selection of the Gold Medal winners. Roig will treat us to an al fresco lunch of home-made Paella with some local wine to wash it down.

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Back at the hotel there will be time to change before we leave for the Gala dinner and awards ceremony in the Miramar Hotel, an artistically restored palace on the slope of Montjuïc mountain with marvellous views. The evening will start with a cocktail on the patio with its authentic Mediterranean atmosphere created by the ancient orange trees and dinner is in the Sala Azulete, a wide, glass-walled space fully integrated into a beautiful garden.

There is so much to see in Barcelona and the ladies programme will visit an historic house created by the famous architect Gaudí, and make a tour of the gothic area of the city, also joining the main programme for all the other highlights.   

We can’t wait to welcome you to Beautiful Barcelona

Sally van der Horst - Fleuroselect
The Roig Family & Ignasi Calvo í Verges – Grup Roig  

Hotel

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The Gates Diagonal Room Rate is €195 for a double room for single us and €210 for a double room for double use.  Prices include breakfast and VAT. Please complete the Room Reservation Form and return it to THE HOTEL DIRECTLY. Room upgrades are possible. Please contact the hotel for prices and further details.  

Programme

Delegates Programme

Wednesday 30th May

19.30 – 22.00                      Get-together drinks reception and dinner in Gates Hotel

Thursday 31st May

08.45 – 09.45                    Presentation by Roig in Hotel on Company and on Spanish horticulture

10:00 – 12.30                      Annual General Meeting in Hotel

12.45 – 14.00                      Lunch on Roof Top Hotel

14.15 – 18.00                      Sightseeing and horticultural Barcelona

18.15                                     Arrival at Poble Espanyol

18.15 – 19.00                      Opportunity to visit the village

19.00 – 19.30                      Drinks reception

19.30 – 22.00                      Dinner and entertainment at City Hall

22.00 – 22.30                     Buses return to hotel

Friday 1st June

08.45 – 09.30                     Bus CRAG Genomics Institute

09.30 – 11.30                      Visit to CRAG

11.30 – 12.00                      Bus to Roig

12.00 – 15.30                      Visits to ROIG trials, Paella Lunch and Group Photo

15.45 – 16.30                      Bus returns to hotel

19.00 – 19.30                      Bus to Hotel Miramar

19.30 – 24.00                      Dinner, awards ceremony and dancing – Hotel Miramar

From 24.00                         Return to hotel


Accompanying Person Programme

Wednesday 30th May

19.30 – 22.00                      Get-together drinks reception and dinner in Gates Hotel

Thursday 31st May

08.45 – 09.45                      Presentation by Roig in hotel on Company and on Spanish horticulture

10.00 – 13.00                      Sightseeing visit to a Gaudi highlight

12.45 – 14.00                      Lunch on Roof Top Hotel

14.15 – 18.00                      Sightseeing and horticultural Barcelona

18.15                                    Arrival at Poble Espanyol

18.15 – 19.00                      Opportunity to visit the village

19.00 – 19.30                      Drinks reception

19.30 – 22.00                      Dinner and entertainment at City Hall

22.00 – 22.30                      Buses return to hotel

Friday 1st June

08.45 – 12.15                     Walking tour of historic Barcelona

12.15 – 13.00                      Bus to Roig

13.00 – 15.30                      Paella Lunch at Roig followed by visit to the trials

15.45 – 16.30                      Bus returns to hotel

19.00 – 19.30                      Bus to Hotel Miramar

19.30 – 24.00                      Dinner, awards ceremony and dancing – Hotel Miramar

From 24.00                         Return to hotel 

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