NEW LOCATION: The 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to Barcelona, Spain due to the ongoing and tragic crisis surrounding the Ebola virus
The new venue for the conference will be Barcelona, Spain and we warmly thank IESE Business School for stepping in to offer their facilities at such short notice and being so supportive of the network. The conference will take place on the initially planned dates of 4th-5th November 2014, with the GBSN Members Meeting and EFMD Accreditation Seminar on 3rd November 2014.
IESE Business School
Avinguda de Pearson, 21
The EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) has secured preferential room rate(s) for your stay at various hotels at walking distance from the venue.
Note: Full stay pre-payment in EUR will be required to guarantee your Torre Girona Hotel booking, whilst Hotel Sansi booking should be processed by contacting the hotel directly (further information below).
During your registration, you will be able to reserve your hotel room. Should you wish to extend your hotel stay outside the conference dates or make any changes to a reservation, please contact MCI Benelux at EFMD@mci-group.com.
Hotel Sansi Pedralbes
Avinguda de Pearson, 1-3
08034 Pedralbes, Barcelona
Distance to IESE: 200 meters - 4 min walk
Conference Room Rate: €140 per night + VAT
Hotel Princesa Sofia
Plaça de Pius XII, 4
Distance to IESE: 1.6 km - 25 min walk
Conference Room Rate: €115.50-136.61 per night
Fees include breakfast.
No arrangement for preferential rates have been accommodated by EFMD but the hotel is offering a 20% discount on room bookings. To process your reservation, click here.
Torre Girona Hotel
Passeig dels Til·lers, 19
Distance to IESE: 850 meters - 15 min walk
All reservation modifications have to be submitted in writing to EFMD@mci-group.com All changes are subject to the availability and at the discretion of the hotel. The EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) reserves the right to accept or refuse a change, based on hotel availability.
In the event that changes are not made in strict compliance with the below cancellation policy, guests will be directly and fully responsible for all fees and/or changes imposed.
For any modifications on arrival or departure dates from the original reservation, the EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) reserves the right to apply the cancellation policies below:
- Cancellations received up to 25 September are NOT charged with a penalty fee.
- Cancellations received as of 26 September as well as No Show’s will be charged a penalty fee of one night's room rate billed to the guests' credit card.
Rated as Europe’s most livable city by the Financial Times, Barcelona is fast establishing itself as one of the major European capitals. It provides a stimulating setting for learning and an enriching experience.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Barcelona and with the Mediterranean Coast and Pyrenees Mountains nearby, IESE Business School’s location provides excellent opportunities for recreational activities.
The dress code is business casual for the conference. The gala dinner is business professional, cocktail attire. The average daytime temperatures is about 62°F (17°C) , whereas the average minimum temperatures could drop down to 46°F (8°C). November is generally cooler in Barcelona, we strongly recommend to bring some warmer clothes and a jacket.
All International flights are through Barcelona El Prat Airport. On your way home, please plan a MINIMUM of two hours to check-in at the international airport, and a minimum of fifteen to thirty minutes to travel to the airport. If you are traveling during rush hour, please plan to give yourself a minimum of thirty to forty-five minutes.
Travelling by Taxi is a low cost and convenient way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially if you have a family or a lot of luggage.
You will find a taxi rank outside any of the main terminal exits Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (and of the 3 buildings of Terminal 2 - T2A, T2B or T2C). Look for the sign pointing to the nearest taxi rank. The taxis operate all night and there are several hundred of them so you don't have to worry about not being able to catch a cab.
The journey to the city centre will take you between 20 to 30 minutes depending on road conditions. If you are travelling from Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, this will add an extra 4 km to your journey and take approximately 5 minutes more.
Expect to pay around €25.00 for the journey into the centre from T2 and €30.00 for your journey from T1. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you're carrying. You'll find the rates displayed inside the cab.
All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the meter (Plus any surcharge. Surcharges include a supplement for travelling from the Airport, or to or from the port, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi).
Name of Company
+34 93 013 0106
The taxi service in Barcelona is generally very good, clean and reliable.
Countries that DO NOT NEED a visa:
You belong to one of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina (only when holding a biometric passport), Brazil, British nationals (Overseas), British overseas territories citizens (BOTC), British overseas citizens (BOC), British protected persons (BPP), British subjects (BS), Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (only when holding a biometric passport), Japan, Korean Republic, Liechtenstein, Macao Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaca, Montenegro (only when holding a biometric passport), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US), Panama, Paraguay, St Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only when holding a biometric passport), Seychelles, Singapore, Taiwan (only holders of passports which contain identity card number), Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, and Venezuela
You hold a passport from The European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland
You hold Travel Documents issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951 by one of the following countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
You hold a valid residence permit in any of the Schengen member states. You are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa on production of your proof of residence and your passport
Countries that NEED a visa PRIOR to arrival:
Participants from all other countries must apply for a tourism visa (B-2). Tourist visa holders are not to engage in any form of employment or trade in Spain. The standard processing time for a visa takes a minimum of 5 business days, although for the following nationalities, processing time will take a minimum of 4 weeks: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Congo, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan (applies only to holders of service passports), Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Russian Federation (applies only to holders of service passports), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Sri Lank, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen
Please contact your local embassy or consulate for details regarding your visa requirements.