A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2013 ICCA scale using the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues.

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Population: 792,875Population: 755,546
ICCA Country and City rankings 2013: 79th place, 32 meetingsICCA Country and City rankings 2013: 79th place, 32 meetings
Mercer Quality of Living 2013: 98Mercer Quality of Living 2013: NA
+ Zagreb generally makes a good impression on the visitor. It is a great small place in terms of accessibility and transport. For a foreigner, the first impression is certainly one of being Central European. Generally, the city is safe, clean, comfortable and friendly to congress participants. The good ratio between price and quality is especially attractive; this has a positive impact on the competitiveness of the destination. As its main advantage, we would highlight the compactness and high quality of hotel accommodation, which combined with the cultural and historical heritage, is the formula for success. Everything is seasoned with the right dose of metropolitan character and friendliness of the locals.+ Of all the Polish cities Krakow is the one with the greatest soul and is the one most fraught with history. Being the main tourist city it has excellent conditions in place for the development of congress tourism and with the construction of the new convention centre it has also received a real affirmation of this. In Poland Krakow will be the destination of the new generation, which will soon be recognised as a high quality, compact and most versatile meetings destination due to the cultural heritage, new meetings capacities and because of its huge scientific potential. The activities of the Convention Bureau are a good indicator of what the destination is capable of and what expectations it can meet. Krakow’s recipe is successful and a case of good practice for other, more traditional central European destinations.
ZAGREB meetings flashpoints:KRAKOW meetings flashpoints:
1. Emerald Hall - probably one of the most beautiful congress halls of the region with Orient Express old times glamour 1. ICE Kraków Congress Centre - brand new Congress centre with a view of the Wawel
2. Old Tram Incentive – incentive story on a nostalgic tram ride2. Krakow Opera - modern building opened in 2008 with three halls, the largest one for 760 people
3. Sheraton Zagreb – a classic hotel convention centre of the highest level3. Folwark Zalesie – a large conference complex on a hill, 25 km from the centre of Krakow
4. Croatian State Archive – one of the most beautiful special venues of the region4. Wielliczka Salt Mine - event chambers located over 100m deep in the mine can host from 40 to 600 people
5. Gourmet Zagreb - exploring the culinary delights found in the historic Croatian capital through its farmers markets and gourmet spots.5. Under the wings - the Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego offers its new building and hangars for 100 to 900 people.
STAY: Esplanade HotelSTAY: Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow
FINAL MARK: 4,32/5FINAL MARK: 4,37/5