A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2015 ICCA scale following the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues.

Population: 240.668Population: 95.881
ICCA Country and City rankings 2015: NA for 2015, 2 meetingsICCA Country and City rankings 2015: NA for 2015, 4 meetings
Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2016: 3,80 / 260,69Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2016: 4,20 / 187,89
Sunshine hours: 2.072 per yearSunshine hours: 2.037 per year
Global peace index: 3,87 / 1478Global peace index: 4,07 / 1378
Košice meeting flashpoints:Maribor meeting flashpoints:
1. Hotel Yasmin: Completely renovated in 2009, today it offers designer rooms and a very pleasant congress centre with daylight.1. Mariborsko Pohorje: Pohorje is the green oasis of the Styrian region, offering wonderful natural attractions for incentive programmes
2. Authentic Košice: A funky retro tour in a legendary 1970’s car Skoda 120 through the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past2. The Old Vine House: A temple of wine tradition that honour the culture of wine making and very special venue
3. Tokaj tasting: The winegrowers themselves present the best types of this ancient drink in the wonderful underground cellars3. Regional Museum Maribor: The museum has an excelent central location and is suitable for smaller private events, aswell as bigger celebrations
4. Tabačka: Multifunctional centre can be a unique platform through which you can spice up your event with a dose of diversity and mix it with the urban creative scene.4. The Vinag wine cellar: Maribor’s true oenophile’s treasure trove of underground tunnels stretching for 2.5 km and covering 20,000m²
5. Doubletree by Hilton: The hotel boasts 170 rooms in addition to the largest conference hall in the town for 400 people.5. Escape Room ENIGMARIUM: Fully intertwined with local history combined with high-tech gadgets that will take you back centuries!
STAY: Hotel Yasmin KošiceSTAY: Hotel Habakuk, Terme Maribor

If Bratislava is the capital of the country, then Kosice can be declared its creative centre, one that impresses with vibrant urban zones, positive diversity and an urban transformation of the city throughout layers of history. Košice seems pleasant for the accommodation and organisation of congresses and also seems a very tolerant city. A border location has greatly contributed to that, which has made residents more tolerant, but it is precisely this border diversity that defines the vitality and resistance of the city. The specific local identity gives the city its charm and soul, and it ranks it among one of the most promising Eastern European convention destinations.

Košice is internationally known primarily as a city of culture, and the successful European Capital of Culture project heavily contributed to that. The city is less known on the international conference map, despite the obvious advantages it presents. So the city still has a lot of work to do in the field of branding and all forms of modern communication.

Maribor has everything bigger ones have (only in a smaller format). Compared to other Slovenian Meetings destinations like Ljubljana, Portorož and Bled it possibly has a bit less experience in the field of meetings industry, which it compensates with friendly attitude of suppliers, that give the client a feeling that he or she is wanted.

Maribor is one of the most promising meetings destinations in Slovenia. The city is historically, ethnically and culturally extremely interesting. It gives an impression of familiarity and warmth. Unfortunately the city lacks an attractive story that would also attract foreign event organisers. I have a feeling that the lack of knowledge in the field of meetings industry stems from the influence of the past and industrial thinking. Maribor has everything that is necessary for development. On the other hand people are not fully aware of the potential the meetings industry could have




KOŠICE: 3,98/5