Information note

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

1.  DATE AND VENUE

The Conference will be held on 8-9 May 2017 at the:


BASQUE CULINARY CENTER

Paseo Juan Avelino Barriola, 101

20009 Donostia-San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa)

www.bculinary.com

 

In 2009, the Basque Culinary Center Foundation was created thanks to Mondragon Unibertsitatea, the Basque chefs and the public institutions. The Basque Culinary Center has the aim of guaranteeing the continuity of cuisine as a centre for innovation in the future, which also implies the generation of high-level knowledge and the training of qualified professionals; promoting research and knowledge transfer among haute cuisine professionals and business sectors and knowledge related directly and indirectly to gastronomy; and to achieve international projection.

 

2. REGISTRATION AND BAGES

We kindly ask all delegates to confirm your participation in the Conference here.

Badges will be available for collection prior to the conference at the registration desk on 8 May from 8:30-9:00.
Participants will be required to wear the identification badges in the area reserved for the Conference. They will also be required for entry to the dining areas.

 

3.  ORGANIZING COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS

UNWTO COORDINATORS

COORDINATOR IN HOST COUNTRY

Addaia Arizmendi

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Madrid, Spain

Email: aarizmendi@unwto.org

Phone:  +34 91 567 81 00

 

Virginia Miranda

Executive Assistant

San Sebastián, Spain

Correo: vmiranda@bculinary.com   

Teléfono: + 34 943 57 45 15

 

4. ENTRY FORMALITIES

Participants are requested to refer to the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Government of Spain in order to obtain information on visa requirements and procedures:

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en/ServiciosAlCiudadano/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Paginas/Inicio.aspx

 

5. SANITARY REQUIREMENTS

No vaccinations are required.

 

6. TRANSPORT

Its strategic location and excellent infrastructures make San Sebastián a place easy to reach from anywhere in the world, no matter what your method of transport.

BY PLANE

San Sebastián has 5 airports (3 international) within just over 100 km of the city. Only 20 minutes from the city centre, San Sebastián Airport has connections to the major Spanish cities; Madrid and Barcelona.

Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 100km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 40km.

San Sebastián Airport (EAS)

20 km

Bilbao Airport (BIO)

105 km

Biarritz Airport (BIQ)

40 km

Pamplona Airport (PNA)

90 km

Vitoria Airport (VIT)

120 km

BY TRAIN

The train station in the centre of San Sebastián, the "Estación del Norte", offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris and Lisbon.

Train journeys to and from San Sebastián will gain enormously in speed with the new Tren de Alta Velocidad (high speed train), due to connect the city with other destinations in the near future.

There is also an underground railway, the Metro Donostialdea, a narrow-gauge train connection with Bilbao and cities along the Basque Coast, such as Zarautz, and a service linking it with France (Hendaye) popularly known as the "Topo" or "Mole".

BY BUS

San Sebastián bus station has lines to cities throughout Spain and part of Europe.

BY CAR

Getting to San Sebastián by car is extremely easy. The city is connected to the rest of Spain and France by the N-1 (the national highway connecting Madrid to Irun), the AP-8 (Bilbao-Irun) and A-63 (Paris-Irun) motorways and the A-15 highway (Pamplona-San Sebastián).

Once in San Sebastián, you can leave your car in one of the more than 6,000 parking places found in different parts of the city.

More information: www.sansebastianturismo.com

 

7. ACCOMMODATION

Special discounted fares for participants:

 

Hotel

(Breakfast and taxes included)

Special UNWTO Rate ( EUR per night)

Dates

Single occupancy

Double occupancy

Official Hotel

Barceló Costa Vasca ****

www.barcelo.com

 

 

07/05 – 09/05

 

115

 

130

NH Aranzazu ****
www.nh-hoteles.es
nharanzazu@nh-hotels.com

07/05 – 09/05


152


166

Hotel Astoria 7 ****
www.astoria7hotel.com
info@astoria7hotel.com

07/05 – 09/05

124

139

* Special rates only applied until 31 March 2017. Reservations must be made directly. When making the reservation it is necessary to identify yourself as participant to the Forum.

 

8.  LANGUAGES AT THE CONFERENCE

The languages for the Conference will be Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation will be offered for these languages. 

 

9. SOCIAL PROGRAMME

To be confirmed

11.  BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT SAN SEBASTIÁN

San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture confirms this pledge.

Its smart urban layout and short distances make San Sebastián perfect for getting around on foot, with sprawling pedestrian precincts bike lanes and promenades that hug the city coastline from tip to tip.

A city of deep-rooted international tourist tradition dating back to the 19th century, San Sebastián offers an excellent clean public transport service, an icon of architecture the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, a varied choice of hotels and, above all, what is now one of the best known creative gastronomies in the world.

Distance from other major cities

Bilbao

102 km

Vitoria

100 km

Biarritz

50 km

Pamplona

82 km

Madrid

451 km

Barcelona

565 km

 

 

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