TWO PART Poll for Brazil Biennial READ POST 1 FIRST!

Attendance Brazil Biennial   107 votes

  1. 1. Attendance Brazil Biennial

    • I plan to attend by myself
      12
    • I plan to attend with a spouse/partner
      22
    • I do not plan to attend
      12
    • I attended the Costa Rica Biennial
      18
    • I've attended Biennials, but not CR Biennial
      2
    • I have never attended a Biennial
      23
    • I MAY attend - just don't know yet
      18

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First of all - this poll really belongs in the IPS sub-forum, but I need for it to get maximum exposure, so we'll leave it here for the next several days, and then move it.

Background: The IPS will hold its annual Board meeting in Belize on Thursday 12th of March. The number 1 topic to be discussed will be the next Biennial, planned for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17-24 April 2010. Considering the general economic uncertainty around the world, it's important that we make the right decisions for the next Biennial. The most important, and most difficult, is to anticipate the number of participants. By far, the number one cost of any Biennial is the cost of accomodations, and we need to make sure that we make a reasonably accurate guess when it comes to how many participants to expect. We had about 140 in the Dominican Republic in 2006 and about 185 in Costa Rica in May 2008.

These are the assumptions for the poll: that we will be able to offer early registration just like we did for Costa Rica, with hopefully similar cost structure. For Costa Rica, early registration (prior to 15 Dec 2007) was US$1,225 per person for double occupancy, and US1,725 per person for single occupancy. After 15 Dec 2007, it was an additional US$150 in both cases.

Participants need to be IPS members. If you are not an IPS member and you wish to attend, all you need to do is sign up for an IPS membership ($45), and you are automatically eligible. For parties of 2 or more, only one person needs to be an IPS member, but they all need to be in the same household (i.e. same contact information).

This is a multiple choice poll. Please make TWO choices - first check one of #1, 2 or 3 OR #7 (#7 was added after the polling was underway, so is out of order)

AND then, please check either #4, 5 or 6.

Thank you!

Bo-Göran

And feel free to ask questions, or make comments!

EDIT - added choice #7 - see post 4 below.

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I didn't do the poll, because my answer would have to be maybe, at this stage, and there was no option for that.

Its very tempting....as well as all the palms, it would be worth it just to see the amazing gardens by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

If you've never heard of him, check out this link Burle Marx - he used mostly Brazilian native plants, including lots of palms, in a modernist, abstract style - very cool, one of the masters.

I'd recommend the IPS include a tour of some of his gardens as part of the Biennial.

Cheers,

Jonathan

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Bo,

I voted I plan to attend with a spouse/partner but really I'm not 100% sure. I don't want to skew the numbers as I know this is critical in planning so please take that one vote as a maybe. I certainly want to go but at this time I can't really say for sure.

Thanks,

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Jonathan - I added one more choice, #7, so you (and others who are very uncertain) can vote.

Mike - nobody is 100% certain what they are going to be doing 13 months from now, so I'm just looking for a general direction here. I realize that not everybody who is planning to attend will actually attend. There were a few people who had to cancel at the last minute just before the Costa Rica Biennial for instance.

Only pick #7 if you're just very uncertain!

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Bumping this, but also adding a few comments....

To all who participated in the poll - thank you! :) And, I'd like to see more Forum members add their votes and comments. What I find interesting is that quite a few who never attended a Biennial intend to go to the one in Brazil. That's very promising! Needless to say, most Biennial participants (unfortunately) are not regulars here on PalmTalk (even though we will certainly try to change that...), but the poll here will give us some information, and if enough Forum members vote, we can use it to extrapolate the level of interest for Brazil.

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I'd really like to go, but that's a bad time of the year for me (and my garden!).

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Looking forward to it, hope my plans work out. Price wil be important. :)

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A lot can happen in 13 months...I have planned to attend since seeing pictures from Costa Rica. Unless something happens in the unforeseeable future, I will be there.

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You never know what things will be like next year, especiallly in Brazil. But, at the moment the exchange rate has gotten much better in favor of the USD. I hope to be able to go. At least it will be easier since it is in the country where I live. Although Rio is still a bit aways from here.

dk

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I plan on attending, but price will be the deciding factor.

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I'm going. Already told the JOB, wife and other interested parties where I will be. Looking forward to the city, friends, bromeliads, orchids and more! :drool:

Rob

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As Jonathon alluded to, it depends on the agenda.

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OUCH!

I wish there was some way to say it was a two-part poll, without having to scroll down.

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Dave,

Not sure what you are referring to. I did make it clear in post #1 that it's a two part poll!

Bo-Göran

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Dave,

Not sure what you are referring to. I did make it clear in post #1 that it's a two part poll!

Bo-Göran

Well, yeah, but usually I do the poll first, maybe I'm dumb . . . . .

If you wanna do a two-part poll, maybe say in the header: TWO PART POLL. Or words to similar effect.

Kinda like a freeway sign that should say "dive into the dump next right."

Don't mean to be rude, but the initial post was as clear as, oh, Mississippi Mud. Pie or whatever.

Squish!

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Don't feel bad Dave, I did the same thing.

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Sorry about that - never occurred to me, but I'll certainly keep that in mind next time!

AND I modified the title - thanks for letting me know! :)

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Thanks!

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The Searle's not attend a biennial? Whoaaa...

I wouldn't miss this great event for anything. Not ever been to Brazil before, I really look forward to visiting with Jill and seeing her gardens.

Jeff

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I'll be there for sure. I look foward to meeting people that I follow thier post and going south of Ensanada, Mexico for the first time! See you there, Randy

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Thanks everybody for your responses! It's now 10:38 a.m. Monday morning in Hawaii, and I'll be leaving late this afternoon for Belize, where the IPS will have its Board meeting this coming Thursday (March 12). May not be able to check PalmTalk again after I leave. Even though this poll wasn't perfect (my fault!), it's still very interesting. What I find most surprising is the number of Forum members who have never attended a Biennial, and a good number of those apparently intend to go to Brazil, which is very promising. I may put up another poll after the Belize meeting, and design the poll in a different fashion. If anyone hasn't added their vote yet and would like to do so, please do this within the next 5-6 hours or so. I'll check it again at that time (and then it'll be moved to the IPS sub-forum).

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I will for sure be present in Brazil. After attending my first biennial in Dominican Republic I was sold sold sold.

Very cool topic of course (Palms) , great settings, great people and after the first one you get to look forward to seeing old friends. If you have never been, please do try and go. It is a unique opportunity and a great way to meet very cool palmy peeps in an exotic local. Looking forward to it. Now I need to go sell some plants so I can start my Brazil fund.

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Craig and I will be there. A cost similar to that of the past biennials is good with me, but I don't mind if the accommodations are less than in the past to save on cost.

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I'll be there without a doubt.

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To anyone who cares about palms - Forget the economy. This is a trip you do not want to miss. The memories will remain with all until our days are passed. Don't worry, no one is going to pay your bills while your gone. All your debts will be waiting for you when you get home.

Biennel Brazil 2010 !!!

*You got to be there*

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