IH Directors' Conference 2020

Sydney, Australia
2-5 May 2020

Join us in Sydney, Australia for the IH Directors' Conference 2020!

The IH Directors’ Conference gives those who own or manage International House schools an opportunity to invest time in their own personal development and leadership skills, hear from industry experts and share their own knowledge with each another. It is also a time for celebrating the IH network, highlighting everything we have achieved in the previous year, and informing our strategy for the future.

In 2020, the IH Directors’ Conference will be hosted by IH Sydney in the stylish Pullman Sydney Hyde Park hotel from Saturday 2nd – Tuesday 5th May 2020.

Book your accommodation in Sydney

We have a special rate at the Pullman Hyde Park for IH conference delegates - bookings must be made by 3rd February 2020 to secure this rate. For details of how to book the Pullman and for information about alternative accommodation options please take a look at this document - Accommodation Information 

Pre-Register now

If you are planning to join us, it would be great to hear from you so we have an initial idea of how many people will be attending. If you register your interest by 31st December 2019, there is a chance to win one of 4 Sydney Harbour Bridge Climbs! Ascending the Sydney Harbour Bridge will give you an amazing 360 degree view of the city – something to tick off your bucket list. Find more information about the Bridge Climb here

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Saturday 2nd May - Sydney Tours


Suggested itinerary and flight information

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The team from IH Sydney have suggested the following 2-week itinerary to make the most of the Pre- and Post-Conference Holidays:

  1. Arrive Sydney, Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th April 
  2. Uluru/Ayers Rock Pre-Conference Holiday: Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th April
  3. Study Abroad Conference: Friday 1st May
  4. Workshops and afternoon city tour (including Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb): Saturday 2nd May
  5. IH Directors’ Conference: Saturday 2nd – Tuesday 5th May
  6. Hamilton Island Post-Conference Holiday: Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th May
  7. Return to your home country from Sydney, Sunday 10th May

Information on Pre- and Post-Conference Holidays

As well as a perfect opportunity to learn and share with your peers, you will also have the chance to explore two of Australia’s most beautiful and iconic places. The team in Sydney has prepared two incredible trips for you, and you can choose to go on one or both of the holidays. Tim Eckenfels, Director of IH Sydney, will be your tour guide, and you will all travel together as a group. Please note that the package deal prices quoted for were bookings made by June 30th 2019, however, we will still try and accommodate anyone who wants to join. 

Pre-Conference: Uluru

This 3-day tour of Australia’s famous Uluru/Ayers Rock includes entry to Kata Tjuṯa National Park, tours at sunrise and sunset, and a 3-hour excursion around the Olgas, a fantastic geological marvel. You will also spend a night at the Field of Light where you will be taken to a remote desert location with a majestic view of Uluru as the sun sets. This spectacle should be a must-see during your Australian adventure. 

Trip date: Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th 2020

See the full programme here

Post-Conference: Hamilton Island 

Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef. This holiday includes two cruises – one to Hardy Reef, where activities include an underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible rides for coral viewing and full use of snorkelling equipment and wetsuits, and the other to Whitehaven Beach, which offers blissful seaside relaxation next to azure waters. 

Trip date: Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th May, 2020

See the full programme here


To book your Pre- and/or Post-Conference holidays to Uluru and Hamilton Island:

  1. Please contact directly: Clive Dawkins clived@travelbreeze.com.au or Travelbreeze: +61 4111 08506
  2. In all communication with Travelbreeze, please cc Tim at teckenfels@ihsydney.com.au so that IH Sydney can track all holiday bookings.

For any questions regarding the trips please feel free to write to Tim directly at teckenfels@ihsydney.com.au

Thank you to our great partners Guard.Me Insurance for supporting this event.