Meetologue 2015

MEETOSLAVIA

One of the smaller and very likeable European capitals is compact and you can explore its beautiful parts by foot. The old town is closed for traffic. Administrative and economic centre of Slovakia is currently a fast growing Slovakia’s congress brand. Bratislava is a modern city with a developed congress infrastructure with key international hotel chains such as Sheraton, The Luxury Collection by Starwood, Crowne Plaza, Radisson Blu, Austria trend hotel and Falkensteiner. The offer is surprisingly rich and very colourful and includes a number of interesting special venues. We are all impressed with Slavic spirit influenced by Germanic organization. As the new centre of European automotive industry, as it is considered for European Detroit, pins great hopes on the presentation of new cars as one of the specializations. All this is packed into affordable yet very effective and attractive package.

DID YOU KNOW?
That Bratislava is one of Europe’s youngest capitals (since 1993) but with lots of historical wealth.

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DESTINATION GRADE

4,23

QUALITY MEETING DESTINATION
Marks:
5 excellent meeting destination
4 quality meeting destination
3 recommendable meeting destination
2 average meeting destination
1 passable

NATURAL AND CULTURAL FACTORS Grade: 4,23

City of four rivers defines the Danube river with its tributaries and with the mighty Renaissance castle above the intimate and compact old town. Although is in the shadow of the more notorious cities Vienna, Budapest and Prague it still offers rich experience. Modern metropolis, the centre of cultural and artistic life with rich architectural heritage creates high eventful diversity.

GENERAL AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE Grade: 4,38

The infrastructure has in the recent years became better. Bratislava is practically in the suburbs of Vienna and has many advantages with its strategic location. A big potential represents airline accessibility with two airports in the courtyard of the city. Vienna is a major regional aviation hub, but the local is attractive for low-cost carrier. Relatively good quality of life. Public transport is organized with German precision. No problem with the safety.

TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE grade: 4,44

The city centre is full of pubs, restaurants and shops. Thanks to the mad New Year’s and other parties, Bratislava has acquired the title Partyslava. The hotel offer includes the best-known hotel chains. 11 hotels fall under the categorization of 4 stars and 5 hotels under the categorization of 5 stars. In the last few years, Bratislava has become a new European tourist hub. It currently offers 17.500 hotel rooms.

MEETINGS INFRASTRUCTURE grade: 4,28

In addition to the large convention centre Incheba Expo Arena and a completely new conference hall Slovak National Theatres, the holders of the congress offers are international hotel chains which all have superbly equipped conference centres. Many special venues like Eurovea city centre are the ideal choice for larger and scenic demanding events.

SUBJECTIVE grade: 4,29

Slovakia is one of the most dynamic countries of Central Europe. With all the friendly people you feel very welcome and just like at home. Slovaks take hospitality and beer very seriously.

MARKETING BUZZ grade: 4,16

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What do you think about when you hear the word Dalmatia? Summer, vacaton, sailing… some might add Dalmatian dogs, perhaps prosciutto, maybe even Severina. Well, know you can also put Zadar in mind by it’s meetings industry tourism. It may not be as well organized as in Duborvnik, but the place is very attractive and the remarkably positive buzz is why corporate organisers are so impressed. The city’s tourism authorities now have to seriously think about establishing a convention bureau for Zadar in light of events such as this years’s promotion of the BMW Tourer.

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BEST INCENTIVE IDEA

BEST INCENTIVE IDEA
Speed boat at the Danube river –  Enjoy the views of Bratislava and its surroundings from a totaly different perspective,  during an adrenaline sightseeing cruise. Refresh your event in Bratislava with an exciting adventure.

COMPARISION WITH THE REGION

Bratislava is an undiscovered European congress capital which is slowly and steadily penetrating into the congress market. It represents a novelty for the international congress market which impresses due to the kindness and sympathetic outlook of the city centre, but also because of the not excessive commercialization. Bratislava has long lived in the shadow of neighbouring Vienna and Prague but today, fresh and full of new energy invites international congress organizers. It is close to them mainly due to a more personal congress experience – the city is very friendly for the congress organizers and participants.

COOL MEETINGS

Bryndzové Halušky – Halušky, is one of the most popular national dishes of Slovakia. This hearty meal is made of potato dough noodles or dumplings (halušky) with sheep cheese (bryndza) cooked bacon sprinkled on top, and some versions have sausage. Easily speaking, halušky is similar as Italian gnocchi.

WHO TO CONTACT

Bratislava Tourist Board / Bratislava Convention Bureau
Primaciálne námestie 1
814 99 Bratislava
Slovakia

Ms. Nina Erneker,
E: erneker@visitbratislava.com
T: + 4219029858056,
www.bratislavaconventionbureau.com

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