On the train from the Zurich Airport to Davos, thinking that it would be a scenic way to get between the two.
I hadn’t really focused on the fact that we need to change trains twice to get to Davos. It is a good thing that I figured it out before I ended up in Geneva! It is also dark at 17:30 and so the view is limited! Who knew?
The World Economic Forum in Davos should be fascinating. For those of us in the property industry, we are not short on conferences. There seems to be a conference on any given day on any topic that you can imagine. I have received more emails recently than I can count on investing in real estate in Colombia. I am expecting to receive notification of a conference on how securitisation can fund the reconstruction of Somalia any moment now.
This is different. First, there will be a limited number of real estate people. In their place will be business, political and cultural leaders from all over the world. Thus the biggest difference will be that the perspective will be broad; not limited to a specific region or aspect of the property industry. Consequently, it should provide us lucky attendees the opportunity to get a multi-dimensional sense for the mood of the world and the concerns and prospects for 2013 (note to organisers: It would be helpful if you held this before I, like many others, had to submit our 2013 business plans).
This is my first time at the World Economic Forum in Davos. I attended one of the World Economic Forums in Cape Town several years ago. It was interesting, but, not surprisingly, presented primarily an African perspective on events. Although a strong African contingent is expected here in Davos, many attendees from Asia, Europe and South America are also expected. Mongolia catches my fancy as I write. I intend to search out some of the Mongolian delegation.
Lots to look forward to over the next few days. You will be hearing from me.
All the best from the second train to Davos (not the last train to Clarksville).