WanaJF, Jana kwenye matangazo ya BBC nilisikia wakisema kuwa gharama za kuhudhuria mkutano wa World Economic Forum huko Davos zinaanzia $71,000 hadi $300,000 (kama sikosei) kwa kichwa. Leo katika kubrowse nikaipata hii article: Cost of attending Davos forum? If you have to ask, you cant afford it ANDREW ROSS SORKIN, International Herald Tribune, New York | Wed, 01/26/2011 2:06 PM | Business A | A | A | What is the price tag to be aDavosMan? Chief executives, government leaders and academics around the world are headed to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forums annual meeting this week a heady power gathering that mixes business, politics and Champagne in the Swiss Alps. It is an event that draws a wide range of decision makers, from Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Prime Minister George A. Papandreou of Greece to Bono of the band U2, ostensibly to contemplate how to solve the worlds problems. Of course, much of the week is really about one thing: networking. As the author of The Black Swan, Nassim N. Taleb, described it to Tom Keene of Bloomberg Television, the event was chasing successful people who want to be seen with other successful people. Thats the game. An invitation to the meeting is supposed to be considered an exclusive honor. But for corporate executives, being a DavosMan, or, yes, a DavosWoman, even for just a couple of days, does not come cheap. For the past week, I have interviewed more than a dozen chief executives and other executives who regularlymake the pilgrimage to mingle at a high altitude, to measure the true financial cost for corporations of attending the annual meeting. But beforewe get to the fees for private planes, hotels, a car and driver, there is the all-important ticket. And it is not free. Just to have the opportunity to be invited to Davos, you must be invited to be a member of the World Economic Forum, a Swiss nonprofit group that was founded by Klaus Schwab, a Germanborn academic who managed to build a global conference in the snow. There are several levels of membership: the basic level, which will get you one invitation to Davos, costs 50,000 Swiss francs, or about $52,000.The ticket itself costs another 18,000 Swiss francs plus tax, bringing the total cost of membership and entrance fee to $71,000. But that fee just gets you in the door with the masses at Davos, with entry to all the general sessions. If you want to be invited behind the velvet rope to participate in private sessions among your industrys peers, you need to step up to the industry associate level. That costs $137,000, plus the price of the ticket, bringing the total to about $156,000. Of course, most chief executives do not like going anywhere alone, so they might ask colleagues along. Well, the World Economic Forum does not let you just buy an additional ticket for $19,000. Instead, you need to upgrade your annual membership to the industry partner level. That will set you back about $263,000, plus the cost of two tickets, bringing the total to $301,000. And if you want to take an entourage, say, five people? Now you are talking about the strategic partner level. The price tag: $527,000. (That is just the annual membership entitling you to as many as five invitations. Each invitation still costs $19,000 each, so if five people come, that is $95,000, making the total $622,000.) This year, all strategic partners are required to invite at least one woman as part of an effort to diversify the list of those attending. As part of the strategic partner level, you get access to the private sessions, as well as special conference rooms to hold meetings. And perhaps the biggest perk of all, your car and driver are given a sticker allowing door-to-door service. At the moment, the forum says it is not accepting applications for strategic partner unless the company is from China or India, and it must be one of the 250 largest companies in the world. In fairness, it is worth pointing out that membership at all levels gets you access not only to the meeting in Davos, but also access to at least a half-dozen other meetings held around the world. Membership also gives you access to the forums various research projects. All those costs, of course, do not include the travel-related costs of getting to Switzerland, schlepping around and perhaps holding a dinner or a cocktail party for clients (which is where the real action is, anyway). One large investor is renting a fivebedroom chalet this year just outside Davos for himself and his staff. The cost: $140,000 for the week. A car and driver, which the World Economic Forum will arrange for you, is about $10,000 a week for aMercedes S Class. A first-class fare from New York to Zurich is running at about $11,000. But a private plane using NetJets will cost about $70,000 for a round trip. Helicopter service from Zurich to Davos? $3,400 each way. (The forum provides a free bus service for those worried about environmental footprints.) Of course, many companies have dinners for clients, with dinners on multiple evenings for some firms. At the Posthotel, for example, the restaurant is charging a minimum of $210 a head. A cocktail party for 60 to 80 people for just one hour? That costs about $8,000. Two hours: $16,000. The bigger parties, like one that will be given by Google on Friday night for several hundred people, can run more than $250,000 for the evening. (In years past, Google has flown in the band and bartenders; one year, the company had an oxygen bar.) All these embedded costs have helped make the World Economic Forum a big business perhaps the biggest conference organizer in the world. According to its annual report, it brings in about $185 million in revenue and spends nearly all of it, with almost half of its costs going toward events and the other half toward personnel. But all this spending may soon be going out of vogue. As one participant, the author David Rothkopf, recently wrote on his blog, The entire endeavor is fading for several reasons, all associated with the inadequacy of Davos as a networking forum. He explained, As Steve Case, founder of AOL, once told me while standing at the bar in the middle of the hubbub of the main conference center: You always feel like you are in the wrong place in Davos, like there is some better meeting going on somewhere in one of the hotels that you really ought to be at. Like the real Davos is happening in secret somewhere. My Take: Toka kipindi cha Mkapa hadi sasa JK, viongozi hawa wamekuwa na utamaduni wa kuhudhuria sana huu mkutano. Kwangu mimi naona huu mkutano ni wa gharama mno. 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