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Graz and Ljubljana Go Face To Face

Graz vs Ljubljana

A current comparison of the closest competitors following the Kongres MTLG methodology.

Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2016:3.45 3.32
Numbeo Safety Index:4.524.13
ACI Airport Connectivity Index:3.513.16
Sunshine hours: per year:1,9891,981
The largest hall in the city (in sqm):
6,500 sqm2,456 sqm
The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms:1,8001,775
The number of 4* and 5* category hotels:2219
Banquet hall maximum capacity:2,8001,200
Maximum hall capacity in theatre style:5,5602,200


Being the first to do something is sometimes difficult, and Graz was among the first to develop the branding of the entire destination, subsidies and many other marketing innovations, from which other regional convention bureaus drew inspiration. However, former pupils have caught up and in the field of branding and in some other areas are now ahead of their teacher. A developed infrastructure and year long additional offer helps this, where tradition combines with the present and where everyone can find an offer for their taste, needs and pocket. Environmental responsibility, tidiness of the surrounding areas and infrastructure, cultural infrastructure, the city of design and creative industries are all ideal for the development of the meetings industry. The city, key stakeholders and politics are not lacking in creativity and strategic vision.


Ljubljana has congresses 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 participants). 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 favourable to the meetings industry, while at the same time competitive in terms of price and quality. Ljubljana makes a good first impression and among all regional capitals it also has a very good image that has also been strengthened thanks to the Conventa Trade Show.



1. Congress Graz
A blend of tradition and modernity that is an ideal backdrop for creative communication. The unique location in the historic city centre of Graz, a UNESCO listed World Cultural Heritage site.

2. Stadthalle Graz
Austria’s most up-to-date event location has been creating a stir in the Styrian capital since it opened in 2002.

3. Kunsthaus Graz
Memorable event locations, candlelight dinners, presentations or panel discussions – the remarkable ambience of Space04 and Needle.

4. Helmut List Halle
A former factory hall combined with modern architecture.

5. Joanneum Quarter
The centrepiece of Austria’s first public museum. The underground yet light-filled auditorium, along with the attractive foyer, provide a range of possibilities for events.



1. Grand Union Hall
A wonderful example of an Art Noveau conference hall tailored to the needs of modern congress organisers.

2. The Walnut grove
The venue has an amazing location set in nature. The main attraction of the venue is its ambience, which is best described as ‘eco-chic & vintage’.

3. 2 Convention Centres
Cankarjev dom and the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.

4. The Švicarija Creative Centre
With this new venue one can decide on hosting an event in the middle of the city, yet at the same time be in the middle of a natural setting.

5. The Fashion House
Dedicated to business and social events, this is especially for event organisers looking for a different space to offer creative stories. The venue is a part of the Grand Hotel Union congress and meetings offer, which altogether has 21 halls.

LJUBLJANA: 4.33 /5

A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.