SUBVENTIONS FOR CONFERENCES IN NEW EUROPE
For more than 20 years Janusz has been involved in the congress and congress industry and since 2008 he has been in his position as Director Convention Bureau Katowice in Promotion Department Katowice City Hall, where he has been involved in projects such as EU Project Coordinator for “International Congress Centre in Katowice” with a 300 million budget and “Conducting the promotional campaign of business tourism product Katowice” with a 2 million Budget.
Previously he worked as Sales Director at Expocentres Eastern Europe Ltd and Expomedia Group branch office Katowice, Director of trade fairs at the International Katowice Fair responsible for sales of 100,000 sq.m for 500,000 pax./year, and Marketing and Sales Manager of the Provincial Park of Culture and Leisure responsible 300,000 sq.m.
Q: Does your city have any strategic subvention plan for conferences?
After prior verification the City of Katowice can purchase a set of promotional services that have been proposed by event organisers.
Q: What kinds of subvention does your city offer and for what kind of events?
The set of promotional services may be purchased in cases of congresses, conferences, fairs and other business events, as well as cultural and sporting events.
Q: What is the most important aspect when applying for a subvention?
The event space in Katowice, pax number, duration of the event in Katowice and the budget of the event.
Q: Are subventions the latest big thing in the meeting industry or should they be considered as the very last option for the destination to win an association meeting?
For second tier cities some kind of additional help for event organisers can strengthen their position when in competition to win an association meeting.
Q: Tell us something about your latest success story and subvention from your city?
In this year alone the city of Katowice has to date attracted 28 events in such a way.