• 1,887 HOSTED BUYERS FROM 47 COUNTRIES
  • 1,048 EXHIBITORS FROM 17 COUNTRIES
  • 17,079 ONE2ONE PRESCHEDULED MEETINGS

The development of Conventa:

2007

  • The first trade show hosted 35 exhibitors and 40 hosted buyers
  • First ‘Simex’, predecessor of the Conventa show
  • Development of One2One system for pre-scheduling meetings

2008

  • 50 exhibitors and for the first time over 100 hosted buyers
  • Decision to expand the project across borders
  • First catalogue: Meet in SEE

2009

  • 82 exhibitors and for the first time over 157 hosted buyers
  • The launch of the Conventa brand
  • Over 3,000 One2One meetings
  • The start of ‘Academy Conventa’

2010

  • Exceeding 100 exhibitors
  • 266 hosted buyers
  • Conventa starts to recognise outstanding achievements by granting awards
  • The launch of the Meeting Services spot

2011

  • 23 % more exhibitors from 9 SEE countries
  • 271 hosted buyers
  • The launch of the Conventa Wild Card programme
  • Conventa Hall of Fame award granted for the first time
  • 2,232 billateral talks
  • Conventa wins Sustainable Stand Award at EIBTM
  • Introduction of ‘Eco Day’ and ‘Eco Village’
  • Conventa hosted first IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum

2012

  • 142 exhibitors
  • 10 SEE destinations presented at the show
  • Conventa TV – broadcasting live for the first time
  • The launch of the Conventa mobile site
  • Conventa hosts Meeting Star Awards for the first time

2013

  • Expanding the borders – Turkey joins the Conventa exhibitors
  • Hosting the SEEPCO meeting
  • Celebrating the 5-year anniversary – Conventa give me five!
  • Inside award granted for the first time at Conventa
  • Introducing Conventa mingling

2014

  • The largest number of international meeting planners in the history of the show (over 200)
  • The highest quality hosted buyers (62.78 % were rated as good or excellent by exhibitors)
  • Introduction of 6 Es (Experience, Engagement, Education, Emotions, Energy and Entertainment)
  • Congress destinations presented in the highest number so far (12)
  • A record number of pre-arranged meetings (3,158)
  • The best and most extensive educational programme offered (3 days overall)
  • First Conventa Ambassador

2015

  • Record number of hosted buyers (279)
  • 146 exhibitors
  • 3,365 One2One meetings
  • For the first time Conventa invites emerging destinations of New Europe
  • Congress destinations presented in the highest number so far (15)
  • Adding another E to the mix
  • Introducing Conventa Valley
  • Exhibitors at Meeting Services Spot get their own One2One system
  • More media partners than ever

2016

  • Conventa Best Event award for the first time
  • SITE conference – Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
  • New partnership with Turkish Airlines
  • Record number of participants from New Europe
  • New Conventa Coffee corner provided by the Bernardin Group

2017

  • Record number of exhibitors (149), first time from Krakow, Lviv, Košice
  • 95 % of hosted buyers are new and they come from a record number of different countries (35)
  • Record number of fam trips (11)
  • Experts’ Corner transformed in Experts’ campfire
  • New sustainable ways of green transportation of Conventa guests