Back to the event, in 2020 quite a few people planned to arrive to Vilnius a few days earlier and spend that time getting to know each other better (in a professional way, as far as I’m aware).
This expands on the concept of the in-house counsel work group that we run each year just before the event kicks off: things can get very productive when you have 6-12 people from international firms and companies drinking tea together, and talking in-depth about a specific issue (such as, for example, class action suits against publicly traded companies; or getting fined by Russia’s information watchdog).
I think a lot of us have really, truly enjoyed the lack of air travel in the past year. Sure, hopping on an early morning flight to Hamburg via Copenhagen was fun, but actually staying at home and achieving the same fro the comfort of your terrace while your dog falls asleep next to you, is even better.
Based on the few conversations that I had thus far, in 2021 many more people are considering to come 1-2 days earlier to catch up with their peers in smaller groups. And those traveling from outside of Europe also plan to use the trip to visit a few other cities nearby.
If you’re entertaining a similar idea, you can count on the following:
- we’re happy to support your bookings outside of the event, and extend the special hotel rates to whatever dates before or after you may need (one risk: Marathon on 12/09, if you come on these dates – book now or regret later)
- we’ll be arranging pick-ups and drop-offs as early and as late as needed, we’re flexible and we’ll have the car for you no matter how early you come
- if you’ll need to book dinners and/or meeting rooms around town, please ping us and we’ll help – quite a few hotels have meeting rooms for 10-20 people that are brand new, and inexpensive (also, if you’re friends with Wargaming, they now have their own skyscraper here in Vilnius – I tell you, things changed a lot in 2 years! – and maybe they will let you into their top floor, which offers a view that competes with that of TaylorWessing’s Hamburg office in Hafencity!)