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Events > Conference

The 2019 Tomato News Conference

From the 16/05/2019 to 17/05/2019
The first Tomato News Conference will take place in Avignon on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2019.

This two-day event will be a unique opportunity to mark the 40th anniversary of AMITOM and the 30th anniversary of the first AMITOM congress and birth of the Tomato News magazine, in the city where it was created and is still headquartered.

Provisional program:

Thursday 16 May
  • 9.00 to 9.30: registration
  • 9.30 to 12.30 pm: Session 1
  • 12.30 to 2: lunch
  • 2.00 to 5 pm: Session 2
  • 7 pm to 8.30 pm: wine reception
Friday 17 May
  • 9.30 to 1 pm: Sessions 3 & 4
  • 1 to 2.30: buffet lunch

This page will be updated regularly as the organisation of the event progresses and speakers are confirmed.

If you would like to propose a topic or a speaker for the conference, please contact us at  
Conference registration fees:
  • 750 euros for the first participant from a company which is not a current sponsor or advertiser, or has not already paid to be listed in the Tomato News online Directory;
  • 500 euros otherwise and for any additional participant from the same company.
  The registration fee includes:
  • Conference participation
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 evening wine reception
  • 1 copy of the 2019 Tomato News Yearbook
  • Insertion of the participant's company in the online Tomato News directory until the end of 2019 (+ in the 2019 yearbook directory if booked before 1st April 2019)
Registrations will open in the next few days
A block of rooms have been reserved for conference participants in the Avignon Grand Hotel ****, where the conference will be held, and in the Cloître Saint Louis****, which is located 150m away inside the city walls. 

The room rate negotiated for conference participants is 124 euros (+ breakfast at 11 euros and tax at 2.48 euros per person and per night). We recommend that you book early as availability is limited and this room rate is guaranteed until 15 March 2019 only.

Avignon Grand Hotel ****

The Avignon Grand Hotel is a modern 4-star hotel with a Provencal twist providing spacious rooms equipped with modern technology

Cloitre Saint Louis ****
The Cloître Saint-Louis 4-star hotel is located in a 16th century building and combines historic and modern structures in the eart of Avignon. Initially a Jesuit novitiate, Cloître Saint-Louis was a military hospital until it was renovated to become a hotel and cultural centre in 1991.

An hotel booking form will be avaiaible shortly. In the meantime, you can contact Alexandre Moineau at amoineau(at)
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Sponsorship opportunities:
We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities starting at 2000 euros, with limited availability for exhibition space.
In addition, companies can advertise in the 2019 Tomato News Yearbook, which will be distributed at the conference and during the CibusTec exhibition in October 2019.  

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference or exhibiting at the event, please fill in the BOOKING FORM or contact us at
Avignon, famed for art, was the centre of Christianity during the 14th century and has inherited an extraordinary legacy from this period: chapels, churches, city walls and of course the Palais des Papes and St Bénézet bridge, which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The theatre festival, set up by Jean Vilar, held in the summer, is a global event in the world of live theatre. Thanks to its rich history, heritage and vibrant all-year-round cultural scene, Avignon was elected European city of culture in 2000. Discover the joys of Provençal gastronomy and sample some fine Côtes du Rhône wine – of which Avignon is the capital.

The city located at the crossroads of Provence and the Languedoc, near the Mediterranean, the Camargue, the Luberon and the Alpilles, is the ideal place to stay if you're visiting Provence.
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Getting there:
Avignon is easily accessible by car, train or plane. The Avignon Grand Hotel, where the conference will be held, is situated just outside the city walls, 200 m from the Central train station.
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