Today Kongres Magazine has evaluated 15 of the best Convention Centres. Here are the top ten:
1. ICE KRAKOW CONGRESS CENTRE Krakow, Poland
Over 36.000 m² of conference space, an Auditorium ready to host 2000 people, a spacious and multifunctional foyer adapted for activities such as hosting of exhibitions and sponsor and exhibition stands; additionally, the building’s excellent location in the centre of Krakow – these are only some of the assets of the multifunctional ICE Congress Centre.
2. SALZBURG CONGRESS Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg Congress located in the center of the city, is a harmonious synthesis of appealing architecture, state-of-the-art congress technology and historic surroundings. Over 1,200 beds in 4- and 5-star hotels within easy walking distance and the close proximity to the attractions in the historic city center make the location of Salzburg Congress so uniquely attractive.
3. CANKARJEV DOM, Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia’s leading convention centre and a professional congress organiser, is located in the centre of Ljubljana neighbouring all the major institutions of the Slovenian state. The cultural and convention focal point of Slovenia and a place where Slovenian history is happening. One can not imagine Ljubljana today without Cankarjev dom; it and the Slovenian meetings industry were created together. On top of that Cankarjev dom is a perfectly oiled congress machinery, which does not show its age and which after recent renovations is in excellent condition.
4. BRDO CONGRESS CENTRE Brdo, Slovenia
Brdo Congress Centre is part of Brdo Estate. What is necessary to appreciate is what is hidden below the minimalist exterior. The centre is different, Zen-like and exudes elegant luxury. Today the centre is an important player in the field. We rate it as an all-round excellent convention centre, without any serious errors, which at the moment represents the pinnacle in its field.
5. HALIC CONGRESS CENTRE Istanbul, Turkey
The Haliç Congress Center situated along the historical Haliç coast. The Center provides its guests with a peaceful environment away from the hectic city. The Center has hosted many major congresses and special events and provides its guests with an incomparable experience due to its uncompromising quality of service. The Center spans 102.000 m2 and includes an open space of 16.000 m2, comprising four buildings that are interconnected with broad galleries and lounges filled with sunshine and a total indoor exhibition area of 9.000 m2.
6. LJUBLJANA EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention centre is positioned as a mid-sized regional exhibition and convention centre. As a result of a number of past investments and reforms and with the new administration in place they have really lifted the level of infrastructure and come in line with the highest international standards. After renovation, the centre functions in a very fresh and tidy way and gives the impression of a well maintained centre that is the equal of similar centres in Europe.
7. CONGRESS SCHLADMING Schladming, Austria
Congress Schladming stands for modern architecture, environmentally friendly building technology, multi-functional use, gastronomic perfection and state-of-the-art technology, in the heart of Austria. The combination of “days in the mountains” and a diverse recreational offer in a pristine natural landscape lends the desired balance for mind and soul.
8. MESSE CONGRESS GRAZ Graz, Austria
Congress Graz has been a certified ‘Green Meetings’ venue for over two years. Now, for the first time this year, Messe congress Graz is also on board – with three events in 2014. The first one was the gala ceremony for the Congress Awards Graz in May, followed by the congress of the ‘Österreichischen Schmerzgesellschaft’. It goes without saying, Messe Congress Graz believes it is essential to provide responsible and expert services, and to wholeheartedly provide for the wishes of clients in compliance with all environmental criteria.
9. CONGRESS SAALFELDEN Saalfelden, Austria
This multifunctional congress facility can accommodate up to 1800 guests and is situated at the heart of the popular Saalfelden Leogang holiday region. The modern congress centre is particularly well known for its wide range of customisable rooms, and a conference floor that provides fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The glass cube on the top floor of the venue in the Salzburg countryside is surrounded by a patio at a height of 14 metres.
10. CONGRESS UND MESSE INNSBRUCK Innsbruck, Austria
In June 2004 the two companies Congress Innsbruck GmbH and Innsbrucker Messen GmbH merged to one company: Congress und Messe Innsbruck GmbH. By making use of numerous synergies and combining the power of two successful and now unified businesses, they have further extended Innsbruck as an international Congress, Exhibition and Trade Fair destination.
TOP 10 CONVENTION CENTRES 2015
1. ICE KRAKOW CONGRESS CENTRE Krakow Poland 4,88
2. SALZBURG CONGRESS Salzburg Austria 4,87
3. CANKARJEV DOM Congress Centre Ljubljana Slovenia 4,85
4. BRDO CONGRESS CENTRE Brdo pri Kranju Slovenia 4,84
5. HALIC CONGRESS CENTRE Istanbul Turkey 4,83
6. LJUBLJANA EXHIBITION AND CONVENTION CENTRE Ljubljana Slovenia 4,71
7. CONGRESS SCHLADMING Schladming Austria 4,69
8. MESSE CONGRESS GRAZ Graz Austria 4,60
9. CONGRESS SALLFELDEN Saalfelden Austria 4,58
10. CONGRESS UND MESSE INNSBRUCK Innsbruck Austria 4,89