At last, after weeks of on-off-on-off discussions with fellow petchem travellers, we're on our way to APIC in Fukuoka, Japan.
After weeks of wanting to support the event but not wanting to go pointlessly, if everyone else was staying away. And after weeks of expecting it to relocate somewhere else, ideally Singapore, and cross-checking who was going and who was not going, we are at last on the move.
It was at the end of April over the bank holiday weekend of the Royal Wedding, when the UK was closed for business but the rest of the world was apparently still working, the Blog received four emails from contacts who had belatedly decided to go. It wasn't a full scale vote of confidence, but it was the beginning of a small scale domino effect.
So now, after all the delay, we are staying at the second-best APIC hotel option, the Hyatt, which is 15 minutes away from the main conference hotel, the Hilton Sea Hawk Fukuoka which is, encouragingly, fully booked. That is the price you pay for dithering, but fortunately plenty of other ditherers have chosen to make their base at the Hyatt, so it is quite convenient for meetings and après-hours events. And how bad can a Hyatt in a hot springs resort be?
(photo Fukuoka: Rex)