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2020 Biennial Meeting: Beijing

2020 Biennial Meeting: Beijing
2020 Biennial Meeting: Beijing

Since initiating market reforms in 1978, China's GDP growth has averaged nearly 10% a year, the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in history. China has been the largest single contributor to world growth since the global financial crisis of 2008. See Agenda.

With a history stretching back 3,000 years, China’s capital is an exciting city to host our meeting as we celebrate our organisation’s 20th Anniversary (UFO was born on 6 April 2000).

Our meeting will be held from 18-20 November 2020 at the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, a fantastic venue just 22 km from Beijing International Airport. The best of Beijing’s dining, bars and nightlife is literally on its doorstep, including Taikoo Li for shopping and the 1949 Hidden City complex. The nearby underground provides easy links to sights including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

REGISTER HERE (strict deadline 24 October 2020)

We are delighted to be welcoming representation from over 70 countries - view list

07:30-13:00 Mutianyu Great Wall Tour 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings
16:50-21.30 Golden Mask Show & Dinner 19:30-22:30 Gala Dinner with Band 17:00 Meeting Ends


We have an exciting schedule planned with an optional tour on Wednesday morning to the Mutianyu Great Wall, which has breath-taking scenery but less tourists – perfect! Once there you can take a ride in a cable car, chairlift or toboggan. April is a good time to hike the Great Wall as there is usually pleasant weather and beautiful spring scenery. After taking lots of photos, we will head back and arrive at the hotel at 13:00 so that you can have lunch at your leisure. See Flyer.

We have arranged a fantastic start to our main event, with a change from our usual schedule. We will all meet at 16:45 on Wednesday and leave the hotel together to watch the famous Golden Mask Dynasty Show from the best seats in the theatre! Have you seen the reviews on TripAdvisor? It is a must-see! Then we will go to Si Ji Min Fu, a well-known and highly acclaimed Peking duck restaurant (vegetarian dishes are also available). We will return back to the hotel by 21:30 so that you can carry on your evening at the nearby bars or recover from jetlag in the comfort of the 5* InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun.

On Thursday, we will open the meeting doors at 09:00 for a prompt 09:30 start. During the 1-2-1 meetings, delegates highlight their specialist areas, discuss cross trade, existing and new business as well as information regarding their country’s regulations and requirements. In the evening, we will regroup at 19:00 for a fantastic Gala Dinner with a live band and will present our 2020 Award Ceremony. We will enjoy a Chinese/Western buffet dinner with an open bar including wine, beer, orange juice and soft drinks. We will look forward to our annual conga dance, which started in 2009 in Cambodia – see photo!


Our events are all about networking and our new Event Web App will help you manage your connections – a key feature is one-to-one messaging so that you can engage with each other before, during and after our gathering. You can also make notes against each 1-2-1 meeting (that only you can see). Offering simple, easy to use features, you can upload your own profile photo and search for delegates to either message or book a meeting with. See preview.


During our event, we will be showing 4 short infovideos. The first video is a thought-provoking case study of the installation of a huge floating granite sphere. The challenge was finding the best solution to lift a 15 ton round ball without touching the bottom. How would you do it? Don’t miss this video session to see if you were right! The second video reveals the most common mistake when executing a shipment, so obvious yet so underestimated that even NASA made the mistake resulting in a 5-year investigation. Watch this video and we will help save you time and money. The third video is an exciting case study where tandem lift operators could not see each other and at a certain point, could not see the 30-ton silo cargo either – operating blind solely on the instructions given by radio. Not to be missed! The fourth video covers the important topic of skidding and addresses the various systems, what they consist of, what to look out for and what the latest trends are.


We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. The Registration Fee is GB £690 1st person, GB £665 2nd person, GB £650 3rd and each additional person, which includes the following:

  • Golden Mask Dynasty Show & Dinner
  • Gala Dinner, Open Bar and Live Music
  • Meeting Room Hire including AV Equipment
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea Break
  • Buffet Lunch including Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea
  • Coffee/Tea and Seasonal Tea throughout the day
  • Conference Bag & Administration
  • Event Photography

Delegates must be fully employed by a UFO Member either on a full or part-time basis and not employed by any other company. Breach of this condition will result in the immediate cancellation of attendance with no refund. Only fully paid registered delegates with conference lanyards are permitted to enter the meeting room.

The Spouse Fee of GB £180 includes Golden Mask Dynasty Show & Dinner and Gala Dinner, Open Bar and Live Music. Please note that if your spouse intends to join you for lunch please arrange with the hotel directly in order to avoid any confusion or embarrassment.


Our esteemed venue, the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun ranks in the Top Ten of a huge 6,648 Hotels in Beijing – see reviews. We have secured room rates from CNY 1,400 (approx. USD 208) per room per night including breakfast and full details on how to book your room will be provided upon registration.


Good news! November is one of the best months to visit Beijing due to less crowding. The weather turns wintery and the first snow usually falls in this month, but otherwise it is very dry. The average low and high temperatures are -1 °C (31 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F).


The Chinese government requires that your passport be valid for at least six months after the expiry date of your visa. A standard, 30-day single-entry visa can be issued in four to five working days. In many countries, the visa service has been outsourced from the Chinese Embassy to a compulsory Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (, which levies an extra administration fee. Please email Judith for an official invitation letter.


Please note that in accordance with Rule 5.1, each UFO Member must nominate at least one representative to attend every Biennial Meeting. As part of our Membership Development Strategy, this rule will be strictly enforced. Members must submit proof of serious mitigating factors validating any inability to attend. However, conflicting commitments such as other engagements or meetings, or the failure to obtain a visa in time, will not be considered valid explanations for non-attendance.

Holding our meeting every 2 years and making it compulsory for all will mean that the event is much more valuable to you – being able to ALL meet all your fellow overseas partners will UFO move into a new, exciting stage and increased inter-trade.