22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Apr 23 2018 to Apr 27 2018


                                          

 

 

 

Why Attend: 

THE CPN BY LAWS IN THEIR ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS, SECTION 2 STATES:

"The Annual General Meeting of the membership shall be held during the yearly CPN Conference. The preferred time is in the spring of each year at a date and place (region) as pre-selected at the AGM during the previous Conference and at the bidding of the BOD. This will include early notification and invitation to CPN members of the specific region (Europe/North America incl. Mexico/Central and South America/Middle East and Mediterranean/Asia/Indian Sub-Continent. Interested members will then be given a specific timeline to submit their interest to host the CPN Conference. Such expression of interest should be accompanied by a presentation of the proposed venue, capabilities, support from local authorities, possible sponsors etc.

Attendance of the annual CPN Conference is mandatory for all CPN Members. Only once in 5 year period a member can ask for waiver on the ground of extreme emergency. Only CPN Board will have the discretion to consider the request of waiver. Non-attendance will lead to risk of automatic membership cancellation.  In addition, when a company exceeds the permitted quota of once in 5 years under “extreme emergency” and fails to attend the Annual General Meeting, the condition of exclusivity for this company’s territory will be revoked and the Board of Directors will be allowed to set up a process for seeking an additional member for the involved territory, so this territory is always represented and the continuity of the CPN business on it is guaranteed."

Accommodation: 

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is delighted to welcome you to the enchanting capital of Sri Lanka - a precious jewel in the Indian Ocean, with a glittering cultural heritage and a long, proud history.

The hotel benefits from a prime location by the sea that is in the heart of the business district and buzzing social hotspot. A personal tropical sanctuary that is perfect for escaping the city, it offers some of the finest, most modern accommodation in the country, with 500 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 41 serviced apartments.

Shangri-La's world-renowned CHI, The Spa presents 7 private rooms and a soothing selection of traditional Sri Lankan and Asian treatments and therapies. The spa is complemented by a state-of-the-art, 24-hour Health Club and one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in Colombo.

To meet the needs of Colombo's dynamic business community, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, is pleased to offer the largest and most extensive hotel conference and event facilities in the region, which can cater to up to 2,000 guests.

Colombo is the gateway city to discovering the rich culture, wildlife, mountains and beaches that make Sri Lanka so unique. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is the perfect stopover for travellers going to the sister properties in Hambantota, which is in southeastern Sri Lanka, and Villingili in the Maldives.

Visa Information: 

Obtaining a Visa

Before visiting Sri Lanka, do the following to get a 30-day visa:

  • Visit the Sri Lanka electronic visa website (www.eta.gov.lk) several days before arriving.
  • Follow the online application process and pay with a credit or debit card.
  • Once approved, print out the visa confirmation.

You can also obtain visas at Sri Lankan embassies abroad and there is a counter at Bandaranaike International Airport for people who arrive without a visa, although you’ll have to wait with the other visa-less masses (which can take several hours) and pay a higher fee: US$40.

Visa Extensions

You can renew a 30-day tourist visa twice, for 30 days each time. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Extensions are not hard to get but require jumping through some bureaucratic hoops and downloading some forms. To complete the process in one day, arrive to the office by 10am and expect it to take at least four hours.

On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of the following 3 countries are exempt from the requirement to obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization and can obtain a visa on arrival free of charge:

Maldives (30 days, extendable to 150 days)

Seychelles (60 days, up to 90 days in a single year)

Singapore (30 days, extendable to 150 days)

Citizens of Belarus, Chile, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and Vietnam also do not require a visa if holding a diplomatic or official (service) passport.

Visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports were signed with  Philippines[7] and  Bangladesh[8] and for diplomatic passport with  Romania but is yet to be ratified.

Visa in Advance

Citizens of the following 19 countries must obtain a visa in advance from one of the Sri Lankan diplomatic missions:

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