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  • 68 meetologues of New Europe
  • 19 countries
  • 400 new features and attractions from destinations for 2016

The Editorial Board of Kongres Magazine has completed the evaluation process of meeting destinations, which has been carried out continuously since 2010.

With travelogues we literally cross the boundaries of space and time and absorb specific knowledge about meeting destinations. Each travelogue is an experiment of an objective interpretation of the current situation through the eyes of our reporters.

We are bold enough to claim that we were the first to develop a sub-genre of the meeting travelogues – meetologues – in which we discover and analyse new meeting destinations based on extensive field research. We want to get as close as possible to real-life situations, which is why our reporters use a special matrix that we have called the ‘Experiential Index of Meeting Destinations’. This is a reference system that we have used from the outset and it offers the framework to make a real comparison of the destinations over time. To ensure this is done fairly, properly and professionally, we are committed to the actual conditions, truthfulness, verifiability and objectivity. Each year we have therefore revised the grades and meetologues to supplement them with current information that we receive from the field. In 2015 we have reconfigured the data to reflect the current classification of the ICCA scale and the data available on quality of life (Numeo).

From our very first meanderings with Meetologues right up until today, we have accumulated a total of 68 of them. Given this large number, they have had to be classified into comparable categories and in doing so we took into consideration various criteria, including the size of the city:

1. Cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants are large country or region capitals

2. Cities with 15,000 – 150,000 inhabitants are medium-sized and smaller regional meetings centers

3. Cities with less than 15,000 inhabitants are smaller tourist destinations that have developed a congress product

Awards will be granted to the Top Destinations at Conventa networking dinner and award ceremony held at CD Congress Centre.

And the Best Destinations of 2016 are:

TOP 10 NATIONAL MEETING DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION:SCORE:
1. PRAGUE4.51
2. ISTANBUL4.39
3. BUDAPEST4.37
4. ATHENS4.18
5. LJUBLJANA4.17
6. BELGRADE4.15
7. ZAGREB4.14
8. BRATISLAVA4.13
9. KRAKOW4.12
10. WARSZAW4.11

TOP 10 REGIONAL MEETING DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION:SCORE:
1. DUBROVNIK4.33
2. SALZBURG4.26
3. KLAGENFURT4.12
4. VILLACH4.10
5. PIRAN3.93
6. MARIBOR3.84
7. ZADAR3.82
8. RIJEKA3.77
9. ŠIBENIK3.76
10. UDINE3.75

TOP 10 TOURIST TOWNS MEETING DESTINATIONS

DESTINATION:SCORE:
1. OPATIJA4.05
2. SCHLADMING
4.04
3. BLED4.03
4. PORTOROŽ4.02
5. ROVINJ4.01
6. KRANJSKA GORA3.96
7. VYSOKE TATRE
3.95
8. SAVINJA VALLEY3.94
9. SOČA VALLEY3.93
10. HVAR ISLAND3.92

Absolute winners from OLD and NEW EUROPE are:

DESTINATION:SCORE:
1. VIENNA4.94
2. PRAGUE
4.51
3. EDINBURGH4.40
4. ISTANBUL4.39
5. GLASGOW4.38
6. BUDAPEST4.37
7. DUBROVNIK
4.33
8. SALZBURG4.26
9. ATHENS4.18
10. LJUBLJANA4.17

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