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Friday, January 15, 2016

FFI World Conference 2016 Update! Welcome to Marrakesh!

FFI World Conference: September 16 to 19, 2016


Undecided on attending the 2016 Conference? Frequently asked questions - answered!

In 2015, TripAdvisor released a list of the most popular travel destinations in the world , and Marrakesh took the No. 1 spot!  Come see for yourself what makes this intoxicating city so very special, and join your FF friends from all around the world at our 39th annual World Conference.


The FFI World Conference will take place at the Kenzi Farah hotel in the fashionable L’Hivernage district, within walking distance of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina. Relax by the pool, sample traditional Moroccan cuisine in the hotel’s restaurants, enjoy the hammam spa, and gather with friends at the piano bar for live music every night. The discounted price of 1300 Moroccan Dirham per double room per night includes a breakfast buffet. Each guest room is air-conditioned with satellite TV, Wifi access, a minibar and private bathroom.


The Conference Fee of $375 USD includes: our World Bazaar; three plenary sessions with speakers, entertainment and coffee breaks; a belly-dancing class; two lunches at the hotel; our popular gala banquet; and workshops on Friendship Force related topics and topics of local cultural significance, such as cooking and argan oil production.

Additional Options include: accommodation at the Kenzi Farah Hotel with breakfast; seven different half-day tours; an opportunity to see the sunrise by hot air balloon; pre- and post-conference tours around the country; and pre- and post-conference homestays in Morocco, Egypt and South Africa. All options are available for an additional fee.


FFI’s mission is accomplished in many ways, one of which is home hospitality. Another is by bringing our annual conference to places where we have something to learn as well as something to share.  By having this year’s conference in Morocco, with its predominantly Muslim population, we have the unique opportunity to learn more about the people and the culture at a time when greater understanding and acceptance are critical to the world.  In the coming months we’ll be looking for ways to pursue our mission through our activities in Marrakesh, and we hope that you will join us in Morocco for this very special and necessary endeavour!

Online registration is now open! Click the link at the top of the page to reserve your spot in Marrakesh!

Next year is the 40th anniversary of Friendship Force. There’s lots to celebrate and be thankful for, so come join us in England for our 2017 FFI world conference, with post-conference programs all around Europe. Conference events will be at the luxurious Midland Hotel in Manchester, August 25 - 27 (on-site registration on August 24). Further details will be announced this September.


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