The journey to EPCA 2012 Budapest

Flying out of London Heathrow to any petchem industry event is like a works outing. It is the same 15 of us on the flight: ICIS, Shell, Noah’s Ark, Gantrade, INEOS, Tecnon, Clarksons, IHS. Probably there are others I don’t recognise.

The ICIS suite for EPCA is in the Sofitel, one of the main conference hotels, right next to the landmark Chain Bridge. From the plans, the suite looks spacious with a good view out over the Danube and up to Buda.

ICIS old Budapest hands have been regretting that we are not staying again at the Mafiosi-style hotel we used in 2010, with its bullet-proof glass, mirrored ceilings, helipad and “Pearl of the Danube” beauty pageant.

However, this time we have our own Hungarian member of staff on board, and are hopeful that this will lead to all sorts of benefits, as yet unknown.

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