Plans for an overseas jaunt were mooted at last weeks ACT AGM but flesh is now being put on the bones: yes, the Y2K AGM and national conference of the ACT will be staged abroad. In actuality, the AGM will have to be held at Heathrow/Gatwick because it must be staged in the UK. Delegates will then jet out to the chosen exotic location it could be Portugal, it could be Spain for the conference.
(Cynics may point out that precious few members attend UK-based AGMs so how will the ACT attract hod loads to a destination many hundreds of miles further away? Optimists would no doubt reply that something different is more likely to pique peoples interest and, bizarrely enough, a more involved AGM and conference would actually be better attended than a quick-and-simple one in a dull Midlands location. Ultra-optimists would say the trip would be worthwhile just for the sight of David Wilsher, Anne Killick and other ACT bods in their swimming cozzies!)
David Hyde of Exhibition Action has been put in charge of organising the hotel venue, the charter flights and the accomodation.
The ACT are seeking trade support for their International Conference and have sent out a letter asking for pledges of £300, £500 and £1000 from suppliers. BikeBiz has immediately pledged £300. Hopefully other companies will follow suit so the ACT can get on with organising such a unique event rather than have to sweat it out wondering whether the trade will back their event in time.
The event is planned for October or November 2000 and would involve flying out on a Sunday afternoon with a midweek return flight.
The conference may be linked in with an ETRA (European Twowheel Retailers' Association) event and could be the biggest cross-party shindig for years to come. Well done to the ACT Business Development committee for thinking the unthinkable!