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Salon del Cacao y Chocolate & La Ruta del Cacao

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Event Description

INTERNATIONAL SPONSORED REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

The 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate will take place in Lima from July 3rd through the 6th.

The Ruta del Cacao trip departs from Lima on July 7th and returns to Lima on the 9th.  

The event represents over 40,000 cocoa growers from all regions across Peru. This is an sponsored invitation for international buyers and other trade and media professionals in the cocoa industry.

The organizing committee will sponsor those qualifying guests with the following:

Welcome dinner in Lima on July 3rd
Hotel stay in Lima for the nights of July 3-6
Preferred access for the duration of the Salon del Cacao
La Ruta del Cacao trip from July 7-9
(Including airfares, ground transportation, accommodation, food, attendance to exclusive trade events with the producers, and business round tables during the three day trip from Lima)

Those foreign guests that qualify for sponsorship, will be asked to participate as guest speakers and /or hands on Choco Demo during the dates of the Salon in Lima.

Buyers and other trade and media professionals attending or wishing to attend both events, on a sponsored guest basis, please email your interest to rutadelcacao@ttg-globalgroup.com along with your company profile for review and consideration.

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Comment by Clay Gordon 8 hours ago

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES

The Salon starts on the 3rd. If the opening ceremony is on the 3rd you want to be there for that as that's the day that will attract the most ministers and ambassadors. Last year the First Lady of Peru attended the opening ceremony. That should give you an idea of just how seriously this event is taken.

So ... I will be leaving NYC either on the 1st or 2nd depending on the timing of flights.

If I can arrive well before midnight on the 2nd then I will fly on the 2nd. If I can't then I will red-eye on the 1st to arrive the morning of the 2nd.

Similarly on the return.

We should be returning to Lima the morning of the last day. If this year is like last year then there will be a luncheon for everyone. You can schedule a red-eye for that night or you can get a hotel room for the night and plan a more leisurely return.

Whatever you do, I would wait until you receive the final program and schedule from the organizers. In my experience (at least from NYC) there is no different in ticket pricing more than 30 days out. That means you don't really need to make a purchase until the end of May unless there is some ridiculous fare sale going on. In which case I would plan to arrive on the 2nd and leave on the 10th.

Comment by Clay Gordon 8 hours ago

HOTELS AND HOUSING

Not everyone will be staying in the one hotel, for a variety of reasons. 
If this year is the same as last year, the HQ hotel is the Sheraton Lima. It's certainly the most convenient. However it's not the nicest of the hotel options. The location for the Sheraton is convenient to a shopping mall and a real good ceviche restaurant. But it's in central Lima. At least one of the other hotels last year was in Miraflores - by far a better neighborhood to be in. As I recall, they offer shuttle transportation to/from the other hotels to the HQ hotel, and then to all of the scheduled activities.
The organizers will give you your hotel info with the participation packet as I remember. R/T airport transfers are one of the expenses you will be expected to cover so you are on your own to get from the airport to the hotel.
There are fixed-rate cabs you can take, I think they are called Green Taxis. There is a kiosk at international arrivals. They may take US$ and I am not sure if they take credit cards. All of the options for currency conversion in the airport pretty much suck as the "no commission" places offer bad exchange rates. The commission agents give only slightly better rates.
Also, while the schedule of travel along La Ruta del Cacao is made known the exact places we will be staying is not.

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