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Social Events
GM Budapest 2009

Get ready to experience Budapest, where the Chain Bridge brings together the cities of Buda and Pest. ICMA’s social events will give you a wonderful opportunity to experience this wonderful city to the fullest. The costs for these unique social events are included in the General Meeting registration fee (except for the Gala Party which is charged separately). Make sure to sign up for the social events when registering.

Wednesday 11 November
Welcome Reception & Dinner


The Intercontinental Budapest, is where we will be enjoying the Welcome Reception and Dinner. Join us in the conference foyer for the Welcome Reception where we will be welcomed with a typical Hungarian wine, Tokja. We will be treated to a delightful dinner buffet allowing for a great atmosphere to connect with ICMA members, new and old.

Thursday 12 November


Thursday evening we will head to Ferenciek Square, located in the heart of Budapest, to try the best Goulash soup in all of Hungary. Don’t worry – there will be a full 3 course Hungarian meal served along with a bit of local entertainment, to ensure we have fantastic evening while enjoying the local flavour. An evening not to be missed!

Friday 13 November
Free Time

After full days of learning, networking and the like, we give you a chance to relax and explore a bit more of this amazing city. The Intercontinental hotel is a located right on the Danube where there are many diverse riverside restaurants to enjoy. A great chance to continue to network and/or meet up with old friends!

Saturday 14 November
Gala Party at Gundel – Hosted by Inform Media


Budapest’s most famous and fanciest restaurant, Gundel, founded in 1894, is the location of the Budapest Gala Party. During the 1939 New York World Fair, the NYT stated ” The Gundel Restaurant at the Fair promotes Budapest more effectively than a full shipload of tourist brochures could ever do.”

Gundel was reopened in 1992 by the Hungarian-born, George Lange, owner of one of New York’s finest restaurants Cafe de Artistes and his business partner Ronald Lauder, son of Estée Lauder. The have returned Gundel to its former glory featuring the aristocrat Hungarian dishes of the past with a lighter healthier version.

We will enjoy a splendid ride up Andrassy Ut, the street the locals call the Hungarian Champs-Élysée, and enjoy the magic of Hero’s Square all lit up before arriving at Gundel. Nothing but the best for the ICMA members and delegates!

Tickets for the Gala Party are separate from the General Meeting registration.