A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2014 ICCA scale following the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues.

Population: 16,696Population: 14,294
ICCA Country and City rankings 2013: NAICCA Country and City rankings 2013: NA
Mercer Quality of Living 2013: NAMercer Quality of Living 2013: NA
Sunshine hours: 2,388 per yearSunshine hours: 2,409 per year
+ The world’s media has for some time been putting Istria on the map for being amongst the best lifestyle destinations, not to mention the best wine and gourmet destinations too. It seems that the hotel revolution in Poreč also isn’t ready to stop just yet. Every year there are new hotel openings and the relay race of them coming on stream switches between Valamar and Plava Laguna, two of the leading hotel providers in the region. All the way from the tourist resorts of Lanterna to the Green Lagoon (Zelena laguna), there is enough by way of capacity for organising high quality events. The capacity is matched by special venues and rich surroundings, with huge potential for incentive programmes The congress centre on Saint Nikola island is Poreč’s newest acquisition and helps put it on the congress map. Larger events can be organised in the Žatika multifunctional sports hall, which is an architectural gem. The congress offer is getting better, and at a rapid pace. An excellent tourist offer in one of the most recognized Croatian tourist destinations is a good base for expanding the season, namely into the field of corporate incentive stories. In our opinion, alongside sport and cuisine, congress tourism is going to be one of the key tourist products of the future.+ When “Red Bull Air Race”, the Formula One for the air, chooses you for its venue, then you know that you are certainly an attractive and charming tourist destination. This is also shown through the beautiful transformation of industrial heritage into functional halls for the most demanding events that occurs each year at the renowned Weekend Media Festival. With all this Rovinj is becoming a trendy and modern congress destination, which will soon be a serious competitor to the more renowned Croatian congress destinations. When a destination has drivers who have clear goals and who look at congress tourism strategically, then in a short time it is possible to achieve a lot; it is possible to revitalise old factory premises and build a superior conference hotel. In doing this, Maistra in Rovinj has undoubtedly left its mark. Taking into consideration Rovinj’s geographical location as one of the closest Mediterranean congress destinations for Central and Western Europe, the future of the industry here is guaranteed. A convention bureau is the next natural step, one that would know how to step out of corporate governance of the destination and be able to serve as an attorney of the meetings industry, through which the forecasts of Mayor Sponza that Rovinj will be more exclusive than Dubrovnik can at some point be realized.
Poreč meetings flashpoints:Rovinj meetings flashpoints:
1. Villa Polesini - The restored Villa represents an elegant and exclusive venue for the organisation of elegant weddings, business meetings and gala events. 1. Cap Aureo Conference Centre - the best-equipped regional conference centre that is comprised of 20 halls, the largest seating up to 650 people, while the total capacity of all of the auditoriums is almost 2,000.
2. Hotel Laguna Parentium - The recently renovated hotel with rooms ideal for all types of conferences.2. Hotel Lone - the first 5* design hotel in Croatia is a unique, extraordinarily well designed and fantastically located hotel.
3. Valamar Isabela Island Resort - on the Saint Nikola island, with 334 rooms and a small congress centre.3. Adris Exhibition & Convention Centre - the former tobacco factory complex. Main auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,800 and the second largest hall can accommodate 1,100 delegates.
4. Hotel Valamar Diamant - Enjoying a prime position on a tranquil, pine-covered coastline and with professionally designed and superbly equipped conference rooms.4. Red Bull Air Race World Championship - gathers the world's best pilots who combine speed, precision and skill to operate exceptionally fast and manoeuvrable planes.
5. IUSTITIA - incentiveshow is the best proof that Poreč tells its story primarily with its rich history and cultural heritage. Programme that introduces you to the soul of the old Poreč and the life of its inhabitants.5. SPACIO - The batana ride across the peninsula, dinner in old tavern, musicians singing old fishermans songs... An impressive way to represent how fishermen and farmers used to live in Rovinj.
STAY: Valamar Isabella Island resortSTAY: Design hotel Lone
FINAL MARK: 3.76/5FINAL MARK: 3.95/5

Poreč: FINAL MARK; 3.76/5

Rovinj: FINAL MARK; 3.95/5

ROVINJ: 3.95/5

FROM Meeting planners, FOR Meeting planners

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