Q: The readers of Kongres magazine chose you as one of the most influential people in the South East European Meetings industry. What does this recognition mean to you?

It is quite surprising, because I represent East Bohemia Convention Bureau – just a small convention bureau working in Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic. Maybe it is a sign, that if you are active, you can be seen in many place and people get to know about you. I am also glad that in connection with me Eastern Bohemia is also promoted.

Q: If you look back at the 2016, what would you say were your major achievements?

There are many beautiful and high standard venues in our region and I appreciate that we can promote them and help them to organize their events. In spite the fact that our region is suitable for mid-sized or smaller event for domestic organizers, I am sure that we can also satisfy many event organizers from abroad, mainly neighboring countries like Slovakia, Poland, Germany or Austria.

Q: 3. 2017 – New Year, new plans, new business objectives?

Our region is very easily reachable by all means of transport, what is more, there is also an international airport (now under reconstruction). One of our aims to keep promote it in this way. We also want to help Pardubice International Airport to be seen for example as a reserve airport for Prague (distance to Prague is just 100 kilometers). It could attract region for MICE organizers from abroad.

Q: Which event are you looking forward to attend next year and why?

Our main target is ITB Berlin. The reason is that this trade fair combines elements of MICE event but we can also promote our region from the regular tourism point of view. Our convention bureau works under Destination Management Company Eastern Bohemia, which do classical destination management of the region. So it is good to attract this for traveling public too and all together we can achieve just during ITB in Berlin.

Q: Which trends do you believe will shape the meetings industry in 2017?

Safety is the basic. These days it is getting more and more important. In this context I´d like to say that Eastern Bohemia presents really safe destination in the middle of Europe.

Q: What is your wish for 2017?

I´d like to wish all my colleagues in MICE segment many realized events without any obstacles and many satisfied clients. For all then, a lot of love and understanding from their families, relatives and friends. And please consider Eastern Bohemia as a region open also for you. Have a successful year 2017.