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

Population: 279.756Population: 492.680
ICCA Country and City rankings 2015: 64 place , 41 meetingsICCA Country and City rankings 2015: 35 place , 67 meetings
Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2016: 4,20 / 187,89Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2016: 4,40 / 203,32
Sunshine hours: 1.712 per yearSunshine hours: 1.380 per year
Global peace index: 4,07/ 1378Global peace index: 3,14 / 1830
Ljubljana meetings flashpoints:Edinburgh meetings flashpoints:
1. Grand Union Hall - a wonderful example of an Art Noveau conference hall tailored to the needs of modern congress organisers.1. EICC - Edinburgh International Conference Centre - located in the city centre annually hosts more than 200,000 congress guests.
2. Compact size - Once delegates are in the city no transfers are really needed, as most of the meeting venues, hotels and points of interest are central and at a walking distance.2. The Caves - a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge.
3. Two Convention Centers - In the wider region, no city of Ljubljana size or even a tad larger, can offer two larger, flexible and efficient convention centers (Cankarjev dom and Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre).3. The Royal Yacht Britannia - Berthed in the historic port of Leith, she is now one of the world’s most prestigious corporate event venues.
4. Ljubljana Castle - special historical venue for different types of events4. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - it offers rare and exclusive single cask, single malt whiskies from 132 Distilleries. Private function suites can accommodate up to 50 guests.
5. The city with a green soul - Ljubljana received the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2016. In recent years Ljubljana has been completely redesigned with sustainability in mind.5. World Best Cities Global Alliance - Edinburgh is a founding member and the only city from United Kingdom in the association.
STAY: Grand Hotel UnionSTAY: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Ljubljana has events written in its genome. Long before the emergence of the meetings industry, as we know it today, in 1821 Ljubljana hosted the Congress of the Holy Alliance. The city is picturesque, attractive and friendly to congress guests. According to its conference and accommodation infrastructure, Ljubljana belongs to the group of capitals suitable for medium-sized and smaller meetings (up to 2.500 partici- pants). It is positioned side by side with the new EU member states and geographically in the region of the Western Balkans. Ljubljana is friendly and favorable to the meetings industry while competitive in terms of price and quality at the same time. Among all regional capitals it also has a very good image.

Edinburgh is a top destination, which is blessed with outstanding cultural and historical heritage. The destination is in its mature phase, with a fully developed congress infrastructure and excellent destination management. Four universities and numerous centers of excellence in science and art related to the Edinburgh Science Triangle are a guarantee for further successful development of the destination. Congresses and events are a part of a scientific breakthrough and further development of the city, as it stimulates numerous multiplier effects. The key stakeholders in Edinburgh are aware of this and this message should also be transmitted as an example of best practice in new European destinations.




Edinburgh skyline



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