New delays and conditions for registration for the 2021 F.I.C.B. Congress
Reminder: The 51st F.I.C.B. Congress was to take place in Alba and the Piedmont region from 4 to 10 June 2020. The organisers, the Order of the Knights of the Truffle and the Wines of Alba and Langhe-Experience tours&events, have put together a very attractive programme to enable visitors to discover their beautiful region and prestigious wines (Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco in particular) in exceptional conditions. This programme was a great success and we had to set up a pre-selection procedure as we had to limit ourselves to 200 participants due to the capacity of the magnificent places where the events will take place.
Unfortunately, the Covid19 pandemic has meanwhile hit the whole of humanity and it is not possible for the Congress to take place on the planned dates. The F.I.C.B. Executive committee and the organisers have therefore agreed to postpone the Congress for one year (from 3 to 9 June 2021), with the same programme and the same financial conditions. We have logically decided to postpone by one year the two following F.I.C.B. events (Challenge in Hungary in 2022 and Congress in Portugal in 2023), with the agreement of their organisers. The postponement of the 2020 Congress is in the hope that the world situation will return to normal in the coming months and that registered participants will be able to take advantage of this long-awaited event to enjoy again the spirit of conviviality and sharing that animates our brotherhoods.
New delays and conditions for the registration for the 2021 F.I.C.B. Congress
Sofar, registered participants had until September 30, 2020 to confirm or cancel their registration.
In view of the evolution of the international sanitary situation, the organizers (Langhe Roero experience-Tours and Events on behalf of the Order of the Knights of Alba), in agreement with F.I.C.B., have decided to extend until October 30, 2020 the deadline for confirming or cancelling registrations, and have specified the conditions for refunds after that date in the event that the pandemic forces them to cancel the Congress, or if participants are unable to travel due to cancelled transportation:
1 - The 2021 Congress will be reconfirmed on October 30, 2020 provided that, at that date, there is a minimum of 100 duly registered participants
2 - After October 30, if the event is confirmed, the cancellation policy for individual cancellations for personal reasons will be maintained as follows:
· For cancellations from October 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021: 50% penalty + € 100.00 per person as processing fee
· For cancellations from February 1 to March 31, 2021: 75% penalty + € 100.00 per person as processing fee
· For cancellations after April 1, 2021: 100% penalty
3- If the organizers have to cancel the event after 30 October 2020 due to security reasons related to the pandemic or impossibility to manage such a big event respecting the upcoming regulations
if the Congress is confirmed, but individual travelling is not possible due to restrictions imposed by governments
they will refund 80% of the paid amount (less bank charges) if the cancellation is notified before 31 March 2021. After April 1, 2021, when most of the work will be already done, the refund will be 75% of the paid amount (less bank charges).
4 - If the minimum number of 100 registered participants is not reached by October 30, 2020, the event will be cancelled and the organizers will refund 90% of the paid amount to all the participants (less bank charges).
5 - The program may be updated according to upcoming regulations, in order to guarantee the mandatory health protection procedures.
Registrants wishing to cancel before 30 October, 2020, are invited, in addition to notifying the organizers, to inform as soon as possible the member of F.I.C.B. to which they belong so that they may find a replacement. If a replacement is found and registered by 30 0ctober 2020, the refund will be 100% (less bank charges).
In the coming days, these new conditions will be notified individually to all current registrants by Langhe Roero experience-Tours and Events.
Click here for the program of the 2020 Congress and its extension (the programme for the Congress postponed to 2021 is the same with the dates 3 to 9 June)