Maja Pak, Director of Slovenian Tourist Board
“The Conventa trade fair has greatly contributed to the recognition of Slovenia as place to hold congresses and business meetings. Conventa has been placed on the European congress map as a ‘must-go-to’ event, where more than one hundred providers of congress services from South East Europe exhibit to clients from across Europe. As an international business exchange, Conventa has become one of the key business events of Slovenian tourism, which places Slovenia at the top of professionally staged events and thus strengthens the image of the country as an excellent host of important business and tourist events. There is no doubt that this event, which for a long time has reached beyond the borders of Slovenia, is the most important business and international tourist event in Slovenia’s congress sector! ”
Petra Stušek, Managing Director of Tourism Ljubljana
“We are proud to say that Conventa now stands for a high-quality and efficient business platform topped by informal networking opportunities between hosted buyers, exhibitors and other meeting industry players in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Throughout this time we have strived to support Conventa’s growth and development, since we recognise it as one of our most important marketing projects at the destination level, by which both Ljubljana and Slovenia are strengthening their brands and presence on the international meetings industry market, and even wider.”
Sandi Kovačevič, General Manager at Hotel Cubo
“I love the format (small and boutique with a personal touch, just like our hotel) – we met such a great range of buyers in such a short period of time. The buyers are experienced and the meetings are relevant, dynamic and straightforward. I’ve been part of Conventa from the beginning and the event is more productive than I could ever imagine it would become. The networking and social programme are amazing and getting better every year. With helpful, friendly staff, very high standards of organisation and excellent activities, this is the best MICE event in this part of Europe. Definitely worth the time out of the office!”
Marko Guček, CEO GoOpti
“Today business and leisure travellers demand unexplored and picturesque destinations to be reachable in a hassle-free and care-free way. GoOpti is a professional marketplace for transfers on middle- and long-distance routes between airports and cities, regardless of the number of travellers. GoOpti offers innovative solutions in road passenger transport for event management companies to bring visitors to events in distant places. Even more: GoOpti is not just a transport provider, it is a unique counselling and executive partner taking transport organisation to a higher level for different types of travellers.
It is not the destination that makes our travel unforgettable, but the experience. Visitors coming to events from many distant airports can be too hot to handle for an event organiser, but with GoOpti visitors find their event more accessible and have greater experiences. Flexibility and professional service make tourism interesting and enhance its growth. We are here to make every event an experience that is hard to forget.”
Maja Vidergar, CD Congress Centre
“The CD Congress Centre Ljubljana has formed an important part of Conventa from the very beginning. We strongly believe that new Europe is a fresh destination and can bring an added value to the well-established world of meetings’ destinations. As a pioneer of the congress industry in Slovenia CD is a remarkable venue, a PCO with international references and over 35 years of experience, that can significantly contribute to Conventa’s success. We are proud that the CD Congress Centre is the venue hosting Conventa’s networking dinner and awards ceremony on 20 January. And, no less importantly, it is a venue where the legendary after-party, a relaxed event running into the late-night hours, is organised. Before Conventa 2016 starts, please allow us to wish you much success with the forthcoming event, in the hope that it might boost your business results and bring new friendships.”
Dada Jerovšek, Director at Kaval Group
“The Kaval Group represents a culinary story with seven restaurants, cafes, a pastry shop, pasta production, confectionery production and catering services in Ljubljana. We have TOP Slovenian Chefs, such as Igor Jagodic from Archer Restaurant at Ljubljana Castle, and at Conventa we will be presenting catering services suitable for congress events.”
Jernej Osterman, Managing Director, Austria Trend Hotels
“In Austria Trend hotel Ljubljana we are proud to bring to this year’s Conventa the new services that we are offering in our hotel. We opened a highly modern sports centre with fitness Gym 24 and a sports clinic. Gym 24 is open 24/7 and spreads out across 1,200m2. It is equipped with the most modern sport equipment and a 30metre sprint track. In the Global Sports Clinic we are offering medical treatment and consulting for managers and hotel guests.”
Jerneja Kamnikar, General Manager at Vivo catering
“Conventa, a junction of congress tourism in Southeastern Europe, is a very important link in the promotion of Slovenia as a congress destination. It is a combination of business and networking among people in one place and at the same time the opening up of new opportunities for the discovery of new and attractive destinations. These are increasingly sought out by meeting organisers. With our Centre of innovative solutions D125 in Ljubljana, Vivo takes part in Conventa and shapes it from the very beginning.”
Sarah Skavron, Knowledge and Events Executive, IMEX Group
“I am at Conventa to run the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum (FLF) – this is a one day event that will inspire and engage current students from South-East Europe to become part of our industry and return to Conventa as industry professionals in the next years. I really enjoy the concept and the atmosphere at Conventa and I am also going to interview previous FLF participants here who have started successful careers.”
Iztok Bricl, Director of Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre
“The GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre and Conventa have been connected from Conventa’s very beginnings; its predecessor took place at a tourism fair organized by the GR. We are among the founders of Conventa, and it is returning to the GR in 2016 the eight time in a row. In addition to the exchange, we are hosting several other events comprising the accompanying programme of Conventa. We are glad and proud that we have opened our door for Conventa throughout these years as its partner and that it has become recognizable also thanks to our imaginative sustainable exhibition elements composed of wooden crates which have received quite a few international awards. Let me remind you of the slogan which presented the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre at the 2015 exchange: ‘Just like birds, meeting industry professionals know no borders; they migrate to their nesting destinations. And they know why they keep coming back’.”
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