The AsiaPacific 2010 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the large tonnage, high grade porphyry (± high sulphidation overprint) copper-gold deposits of the Asia Pacific region, from Mongolia in the north, through the Southeast Asian archipelago to Australia in the south.
This is a technical tour to precede the major NewGenGold 2011 Conference to be held in Perth, Western Australia from the evening of 21 to 23 November, 2011.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 3 or more days up to the full tour as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the tour, assembled in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, by 6:30 pm on the evening of Sunday 10 October, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The tour technical program ended in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on the evening of Tuesday 26 October, 2010.
For those who took less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of their registration. Alternate start and/or end points included Manila in the Philippines, Mataram or Timika in Indonesia, or Port Moresby in PNG.
Each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point, and from the end point of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
PGC arranged all surface travel and booked all scheduled airline flights between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
The Tour Fees included the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left, all costs associated with the tour, namely development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, seminars/workshops, venues, technical translators/geologists, expert consultants time & expenses, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for scheduled airline flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour were an additional charge. Air fares were charged at cost, and paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
The Tour Fees and Air Fares had to be paid to PGC by the due date specified on the invoice (which was usually 14 days after the date of the confirmation letter), but not less than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration, fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
All accommodation reservations for each participant between the start and end dates/times of their tour were made by PGC. However, all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their own meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers cover the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were also provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street and e-mail address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed bring were their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques, ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Tour places were limited. Consequently it was advisable to register early to guarantee a place.
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