Annual Smartex Trip

TRUSTECH 2018:  Cannes, France

TRUSTECH event dates: 27th-29th November 2018

Smartex trip dates: 26th-28th November 2018



Information and Invitation

Smartex will once more be leading its legendary annual pilgrimage to visit TRUSTECH, again in Cannes on the beautiful Cote d’Azur. 

Because most of you will choose to fly down there, it is important that – in order to get the best prices – you book your flight there as early as possible.  If you wish, we can do this for you.  Richard and Annabel will be travelling outbound from Gatwick to Nice on Monday, 26th November on easyJet EZY8355, departing at 12.55pm, and returning on Wednesday, 28th November on EZY8360 departing from Nice at 9.10pm.  You may of course select flight times, dates or airlines different from these.  From Nice to Cannes is by train, bus (there is a free TRUSTECH shuttle bus service) or taxi.  Cannes railway station is a short distance from the main hotels area.

Here are the salient features of the Smartex trip deal:


We shall be staying at a local hotel.  You should probably reserve accommodation in the vicinity of the TRUSTECH venue.  If you need help with this, contact me.


As always, we shall offer dinner for the evenings of Monday 26th November and Tuesday 27th November.  We’ll let you know when we have chosen a restaurant for the Monday night.

On Tuesday, we shall, by popular demand, return to Le Relais des Semailles in Cannes, about 5 minutes’ walk from the TRUSTECH venue, where last year we had another splendid evening and some serious French food – and wine (new website here).

FREE event passes to WHOLE TRUSTECH event (including the conference)

We are delighted to confirm that, whilst the Trustech organisers no longer offer VIP passes to this event, we have negotiated 20 FREE passes (to be allocated on a first-come first-served basis) to the whole event, including the conference element.  These passes give access to: the Keynotes, the show floor, the main stage where the pitching sessions will be held, and the conference track sessions. 

The price

Mainly because flights are involved, we are pricing our trip in a more modular way, which will also make it easier for you to select a non-standard package.  Each component will have a price and may be selected separately or in any combination.

  • Flights – please make your own arrangements as detailed previously
  • Hotel – please make your own arrangements as detailed previously
  • Restaurant Monday night, 27th November - £50
  • Restaurant Tuesday night, 28th November - £65
  • Smartex has negotiated a special Event Pass with free access to the exhibition and to the conference sessions, representing a saving of up to £800. Our charge for this is £75 for Smartex members and £150 for non-members. This includes our administration fee.
    [Variations on the package can be accommodated at a tailored cost]

Please let us know a.s.a.p. should you wish to reserve a place for yourself and/or a colleague on this trip by completing the booking form here.  To avoid repeated invitations, please also let us know if you cannot join our group.