We asked the winners of Conventa Academy following question : »What qualifies your project as innovative to receive the Conventa Academy award?«

 “A Key to Ljubljana for Meeting Planners” represents the first city, as well as the most comprehensive destination conference directory produced so far in Slovenia. It adopts the client-friendly one-stop-shop concept and features the key suppliers by applying the criteria of the Slovenian meetings industry standardisation. By further promoting this important Q&D project, it also enhances the destination’s potential to attract and host more international events. The manual’s digital and interactive mini-CD version was created as a content upgrade of the printed one. Following the industry trend of paper-free policy, the interactive edition can be uploaded from the www.visitljubljana.si/meetings website

The Krvavec Eskimo Village provides a new and innovative way to experience the winter countryside, as it offers its guests an unusual winter experience with top-quality comfort and services. Guests spend the night in igloos, enjoy culinary delights and become a part of the winter events or unusual business meetings.
The Eskimo Village will enrapture with its originality and its unforgettable novelties, which is proven by its growing popularity.

The MeetAdria project arose for exchanging experiences, increasing recognisability, providing easier access to global buyers, a more efficient marketing presence at different events (exhibitions, workshops, etc.), networking for global representatives and a more rational division of promotional costs.
The project’s innovative nature lies in us being present as a regional DMC association while our thoughts surpass smallness and borders, giving us a better and more realistic insight into MICE markets.

I received the Conventa Academy Award in the Creative Bid category for my proposal on organising the social event accompanying an exhibition. The example presented featured Conventa and the presentation of Slovenian cuisine and culture. I proposed a cocktail party or finger food as catering for standing receptions, where guests move around the room, socialise and enjoy the food and drinks. The food is presented on buffet tables covered with long white cloths. During the reception, music is provided by the Prifarski muzikanti band playing folk songs, thus preserving the rich Slovenian folk tradition. They are famous for their part singing, tambourine, violin and accordion. This is followed by a DJ playing old hits from the former Yugoslavia.

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