Global Gateway FAQs

  • What are the benefits of joining a delegation trip?

    • We plan everything, which gives you more time to focus on building relationships and growing your business  
    • Curated industry introductions   
    • Organized site visits to help you understand the local supply chain  
    • Prearranged meetings with industry decision makers and government officials  
    • Potential speaking opportunities 
    • Registration to renowned international offshore wind tradeshows and conferences
    • Invite-only receptions and dinners  
  • What is included in the delegation fee?

    • Your Global Gateway registration includes trip organization, conference registration, conference exhibit booth costs and meeting room space, graphics promoting all delegates, curated meetings, introductions, local transport, pre-departure marketing support, and the potential for a speaking opportunity.  
    • NOTE: Participants are responsible for international airfare and lodging expenses – the Network ensures hotel block discounts at recommended hotels.  
  • What are the additional costs?

    • International flight  
    • Lodging (at a discounted rate) 
    • Hotel transportation to and from airport (arrival / departure only) 
    • Meals not organized as part of the agenda. Organized meals include: all breakfasts, opening and closing day dinners, conference day lunches (conference dependent).
  • Is there funding available to help me pay for the trip?

    Yes! You can fund your Global Gateway delegation trip through a grant from the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). This program from the U.S. Small Business Association assists small U.S. businesses with the large up-front costs associated with expansion into international markets. STEP offers grants that may help fund your participation in the Global Gateway delegation trips. For a full list of states that participate in this program and what is included, click here

  • Do I have to stay at the official delegation hotel?

    We recommend you stay with the delegation group throughout the tour dates for logistical convenience as well to benefit from the discounted lodging rates and ensure your comfort and safety

  • How do I book my hotel room?

    Once you have registered for the delegation trip, you will be sent a link to book your room. 

  • How is the shared U.S. Offshore Wind Pavilion booth organized?

    The U.S. Offshore Wind Pavilion is a large booth in a central location on the exhibit hall floor. It will include your company logo on the booth graphics with a QR code where attendees can learn more about you. We also provide literature racks where you can place marketing materials. Counter booths are available on a first come basis for an additional fee.

  • What should I bring to the conference?

    To make the most of your conference experience, we encourage you to bring business cards for individual meetings, booth meet-and-greets and networking events as well as marketing materials for the booth. The Network will provide business card holders for all delegates. (NOTE: no pop-up banners are allowed.) We will provide you with a guide on how to make your time at the conference and booth most valuable. 

  • When do I have to arrive and when can I depart?

    Please arrive prior to the welcome reception for the trip. We recommend you arrive early to get acclimated before the program begins. You can depart following the final dinner on the last day of the trip.

  • What if I want to arrive earlier or stay later?

    You are welcome to arrive earlier and stay later. We can help you organize an extended hotel stay

  • Is in-country transportation organized?

    Domestic flights (that are part of the trip itinerary) and buses are organized by the NetworkHowever, we do not organize transportation to and from the airport when arriving/departing from the trip. 

  • Can I bring additional staff? What would that cost?

    Yes, you can bring additional staffAdditional staff are charged the same participant fee and are responsible for airfare, lodging, and any meals not included on the agenda. 

  • Am I able to organize meetings on my own?

    Yes, you may organize meetings during your free time on the trip. We encourage you to organize meetings during your free time at the U.S. Offshore Wind Pavilion during the conference

  • Am I expected to attend all organized visits, meetings, and receptions?

    Yes, The Network takes special effort to curate an agenda with key site visits, meetings, and invitation-only receptions to meet delegates needsIf you are unable to attend a portion of the delegation, please let us know as soon as possible.  

  • How do I best prepare for the delegation trip?

    The Network team will set up one-on-one calls with each delegate to go over expectations, what you want to get out of the trip, and any questions. Prior to departure, we organize a check-in call with all delegates to discuss the itinerary, things to know before you go, and how to prepare for the trip and conference. We also provide you with a briefing book prior to departure that includes bios, addresses, daily agendas, as well as emergency information.  

Get in Touch:

If you are interested in participating in Global Gateway, please contact Bettina Geissbuehler, who is the Network’s director of business development and global outreach by submitting a form on our contact us page. 

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