Where to have the 2014 reunion?

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  • November 27, 2012 22:43
    Message # 1147477
    Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
    We just wrapped up the Ottawa 2012 Joint SUTA/SUA reunion, but it is already time to think about the next reunion.

    The reunion has been held 3 times in Canada, 2 times in the USA and 2 times in Europe so far.

    Selection of each region has a series of pros and cons; what is the optmial choice for 2014? Shouldn't we open the discussion to our members?

    Please feel free to comment!

    Last modified: November 30, 2012 09:20 | Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
  • November 29, 2012 15:12
    Reply # 1148890 on 1147477
    I think we may consider following criteria for optimal choice:
    1- Easier VISA process
    2- Travel cost for young alumni
    3- Organizing Team

    Meanwhile, according to my recent poll on Linkedin Sharif Group I found below options:
    1- Toronto
    2- London
    3- Istanbul
    4- Dubai

    In my view, the best selection could be ISTANBUL.
  • November 30, 2012 08:57
    Reply # 1149428 on 1147477
    Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
    Thanks for sharing the results of that poll ... would you mind telling us more about it (number of respondents, and number of votes for each city)?
  • December 01, 2012 02:37
    Reply # 1150012 on 1147477
    It was not a formal poll, So as I remember about 70 people share their idea.
    I think it's not hard to guess the result of any formal poll. (any option in north america will be ranked One)
  • December 03, 2012 10:57
    Reply # 1151179 on 1147477
    Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
    A city in Turkey was on the short list last time (competing with Ottawa); however, the lack of significant SUTA membership presence in Turkey played against that bid.

    When running a reunion and conference such as ours, there are lots of activities that should be dealt with, by a strong and coordinated local committee, and we couldn't see having such a committee in place in Turkey. Of course, this may change by having new members showing up from Turkey.

    Dubai is a bit different, as we already have a strong local committee there.

    Another problem with both Dubai and Istanbul is that as you can guess, having the reunion there, we will most probably have hard time attracting large number of people from North America.
  • December 07, 2012 14:29
    Reply # 1154618 on 1147477
    Please consider the weather of the location you choose for reunion as well. If it would be held in summer like previous years, Dubai is not a good choice. 
    I'm in Ireland, and prefer London, but you know that the UK embassy has been closed , and members cannot apply for visa from Iran. 

  • December 07, 2012 15:36
    Reply # 1154677 on 1147477
    Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
    That is correct; 
    If the 7th SUTA Board of Directors chooses Dubai for the next reunion, they should most probably change the date either to the preceding Nowruz time, or the following Christmas time.
  • December 09, 2012 01:02
    Reply # 1155429 on 1147477
    Comparing Istanbul with Dubai, I see merits in Istanbul as:
    1. Better weather in the summer time,
    2. Less cost (my assumption)
    3. Potential for more participants from Iran and abroad,
    4. Better accessibility, eg: cheap flights from Europe, even by car or bus from Europe and Iran.
    Of course, all depends on having active members in Istanbul to help to organize the event.
  • December 14, 2012 09:13
    Reply # 1159897 on 1147477

    All mentioned above are important to consider.

    It is also wise to look realisticly at other factors as attraction points for our members.

    - Facilitating visa process by SUTA is a big factor for attracting many people living in Iran.

    - Cost is too high for most students no matter which city is choosen.

    - Mid age members are usually very busy with their life, job, family, kids,...

    - From experience, the next age group are probably the biggest hope to have the courage (visiting old friends), time and be able to afford it.

    - Having said that, most of this group may be satisfied after joining a few events and finding their own friends.  They probably are not that interested anymore to joining the same repeatative program. 


    Lets make a difference!

    Why not having the event on a cruise, for example in Europe, which is close to our members in Iran.  It could serve three purposes:

    - joining the event.

    - oppurtunities to have more fun and real vacation at the same time and expenses. Even mid age group will enjoy such a vacation with their kids.

    - visa process for attending a cruise tour is usually much easier than entering a country itself. 


    Most cruises have two days "at sea" which is a perfect time to manage the event. They usually facilitate booking a hall or meeting room for group events.

    A travel agancy can take care of that part when dealing as a group.


    All the best,





    Last modified: December 14, 2012 09:16 | Mehri Mansouri
  • December 14, 2012 23:29
    Reply # 1160307 on 1147477
    Bahram ZahirAzami (Administrator)
    Nice suggestion (the cruise)!
    Certainly something that the next Board should evaluate and poll the membership about it.
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