MikeDT, I'll be flying into HK. It looks like right now flights into SZX are just too expensive. It sounds like it's easy enough to catch a cab from the Fuyong ferry terminal. And that's just 5 min from the SZX airport, I guess. I'll be sure to take a regulated cab and not an indie. And given my short stay, I think I'll be hanging at the hotel by the pool reading magazines until the conference starts. I have no energy to venture into a huge busy city (my medium-sized busy city is tiring me out these days). I get in one day, the next is registration and relaxation, day after that is my talk, then another day of the conference, then leave. In and out.
And, actually, the organization problems are from our end. Not my agency, I should note. We're in a support role as technical specialists who will go to meet with government officials and (in my case) give speeches at a conference.
And Joffrey, we only have so much money in the travel budget. Spending too much looks bad and in all seriousness means someone can't go somewhere else. Why spend a ton of money on this trip if it means 5 other trips can't be made. But we're getting the other agency to pay for my and a colleague's plane tickets and hotel rooms, so that's good. And the price difference is pretty huge from what my secretary tells me.
This whole pain in my ass better lead to invitations to speak in better places, like Copenhagen or Barcelona. That's my hope.