Q: What trends do you think we will see in meetings and events in your city in the next 12 months?
The city of Split is experienced in hosting many congresses, seminars, symposiums, conferences, science conferences, incentives and team buildings, held throughout the year. Split has many advantages for developing Congress tourism, such as a good geographical position, good infrastructure, experienced professionals as well as the natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage, suggesting that Split has the conditions in place to become a large convention centre.
Q: How is your city positioned as a meeting destination today and what are its positive attributes that are often overlooked?
There are nearly 200 conferences and meetings held in Split annually, organised to a high level. Alongside the mentioned advantages that Split offers for congress tourism, we have also to point out the good location of the conference hotels, most of which are just 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre. Split is also very convenient for the meetings industry because it has a wide range of venues and sites for conferences and related events and a diverse gastronomic offer. The city and the surrounding area is suitable for pre- and post-congress tours and programmes for accompanying persons.
Q: How hard is it to get the message out about all that your city has to offer?
The city of Split, besides all the facilities necessary for Congress organisation, has also many additional offers. We especially emphasize the numerous events that take place in the unique atmosphere of the ancient Diocletian’s Palace. This “living monument”, as we call it, will offer every visitor a memorable experience. Information about the congress offer and additional activities are on our web site – www.visitsplit.com – and is also promoted through numerous tourism fairs, tourist agents and journalists. You can also get information about Split at the offices of the Croatian Tourist Board.
Q: How do you see the relationship between the meetings industry and the tourism industry?
The Meeting industry and the tourism industry are an excellent complement. A well-developed tourism industry in Split offers many additional activities and services to Congress guests. Convention destinations whose offer is not developed for the tourism industry, long-term, will not satisfy all the demands of modern convention guests. Split has the possibility to develop both forms of tourism.
Q: Tell us something that might surprise meeting planners about your city?
In order to discover all the features and benefits of having meetings in Split, we would like to invite all meeting planners to come to Split and see why it is the Winner of: “The best City Break Destination” and “All Year Destination” in 2015, chosen by the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian tourist board.