The meetings industry destinations of New Europe are full of energy. They believe in themselves. They know what they want. New Europe can only be understood once you feel its positive spirit of infinite possibilities.

MTLG 2016 will stimulate you and renew your congress energy. Can you afford not to be part of MTLG 2016?

Dear readers,

Since 2010 we have been evaluating congress destinations of New Europe to be able to show meeting planners the real potential to hold events, incentives, conferences, meetings and congresses at these destinations. For the 2016 edition we have collected 63 independent reviews done by mystery meeting planner in a form of meetologues. We are especially proud of the new meetologues that include Green Karst, Schladming, Košice, High Tatras, Tirana, Upper Savinja Valley and Subotica, while the old meetologues have been reviewed and up-dated.

This special issue has been enriched with some of Kongres magazine’s best read columns. In the Off The Beaten Mice Track you can read about Trieste Tram “El Tram De Opicina”, The Union Experience, Nikola Tesla Experience, Tatre Sherpas, A Tokaj Adventure, An Incentive For The Heart and Padre Craft Beers.

The Voice From The Top comes from Nina Erneker, Head Of Bratislava Convention Bureau and Iveta Ninajova, Managing Director Visit Košice. We also had a Quick Talk With more than 15 destination leaders. We asked them about the trends in the meetings industry, what meeting planners would be surprised to know about their city and how do they see the relationship between the meetings industry and the tourism industry. We sat down for an in-depth interview also with Tatjana Popović Dimitrović, Director of Tourist organization Podgorica and Zoran Užar, Hotel Manager at Navis Hotel.

Also don’t miss in this issue 10 countries to watch, top meeting hotels, meetings myths about Prague, Dubrovnik and Soča Valley as well as Face2Face city battles between Prague & Istanbul and Ljubljana & Belgrade. We asked our Kongres truth teller: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best land of them all?”…and got the answers. Find out the ranking of the key destinations in the region.

Lastly, we gathered fresh news about Conventa, the most hospitable trade show we know and news from Ljubljana that you can find in the section titled Inside Ljubljana.

We hope you will enjoy the new Planners’ Guide. Next up is the new Incentive Guide!

I wish you a pleasant reading,

Gorazd Čad,
Editor-In-Chief of Kongres Magazine

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