Imagine attending a relocation industry conference focused on supplier partner cooperation, where participation is restricted to suppliers only. Then imagine this conference being held in Dubrovnik, in the beautiful country of Croatia.  

EuRA, the professional industry body for relocation providers and affiliated services, recently held their 20th annual EuRA conference in April 2018.  This non-profit organization aims to promote the benefits of professional managed relocation to companies with globally mobile employees.  EuRA was founded in Europe, however, participating companies arrived in Croatia from the Americas and Asia Pacific, as well.

EuRA Member companies assist clients with their relocations from start to finish – ensuring visa and permit compliance, coordinating travel arrangements and household goods shipments, helping with home and school finding, and providing settling-in services in the new location for relocating employees and their families.

The four-day conference was attended by over 700 members and consisted of a mix of seminars, interactive round table activities, and plenary sessions – with plenty of time for partner networking and social events within the hotel grounds and exhibition hall. The founders of the organization were also recognized, looking back to the growth of this key organization to over 500 members in 95 countries across the world since 1998.

Prior to the opening session, member companies also participated in an Immigration forum, organized by industry professionals with information/best practice methods shared on a peer-to-peer basis. The hottest topic was discussing the need to be prepared for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be implemented by May 25, 2018.

Other sessions focused on Managing International Mobility (MIM) training and the Benefits of the EuRA Global Quality Seal (both EuRA programs), as well as forward-thinking topics such as ‘DSP Darwinism: The Need for DSP’s to Embrace Technology’ and ‘Where is Global Mobility headed? Key themes from the 2018 Mobility Outlook Survey’. EuRA members are also very generous – together they raised over 22,000 Euro for a local charity, Marina Drzica special school.

As usual, the location of the 2019 conference was kept secret until late on the last day – when it was announced it will be held in Munich, Germany, from April 30 to May 3, 2019.

Before and after the conference, members were able to enjoy one of Croatia’s most famous tourist destinations, Dubrovnik, just a 20-minute drive from the conference hotel location. Dubrovnik’s walled city joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979 and has recovered from damage caused during the 1991-5 Balkan War to become a favorite destination. Top sites to visit are the walls around the city, which were initially built in the 9th century and the islands just a short boat ride away.

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