MEETING STAR 2018

Ever since 2010, the Editorial Board of Kongres Magazine has been presenting fresh and interesting meeting destinations to international meeting planners.

Till this day we have presented 84 Meetologues from 23 destinations. Each destination is evaluated based on 75 different criteria that enable fair comparison of the destinations. Meeting organizers appreciate the expertise, value and practicality of this guide through congress destinations.

S – MEETING DESTINATIONS
Destinations that can host up to 500 congress attendees
The results of 2018 evaluation are presented in detail below.

TOP 10 S-DESTINATIONS IN 2018

  • 1. NASSFELD HERMAGOR 4,05
  • 2. BAD KLEINKIRCHEIM 4,02
  • 3. GORIŠKA BRDA 3,87
  • 4. HVAR 3,85
  • 5. KRANJSKA GORA 3,84
  • 6. MALI LOŠINJ 3,82
  • 6. BOHINJ 3,82
  • 7. SOČA VALLEY 3,81
  • 8. LAŠKO 3,78
  • 9. PODČETRTEK 3,77
  • 10. UMAG 3,76

IN THE HEART OF ALPS

4* and 5* hotel rooms 500
4* and 5* hotels 25
Destination population 18,435
Banquet hall maximum capacity 190
Largest hall in the city 340 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 250

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

NASSFELD INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 4.05
Natural and cultural factors: 4.74
General and transport infrastructure: 4.62
Tourist infrastructure: 4.49
Meeting infrastructure: 4.43
Subjective grade: 4.69
Marketing Buzz: 4.23
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 4.68
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.91
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.72

1. NASSFELD HERMAGOR, AUSTRIA  4.05/5


In the last couple of years, the tourist offer of Nassfeld has seen some big investments. More than 26 million euros have been put into the Nassfeld ski resort (together with Pressegger See) in the last two years. The four valleys on the austro-italian border offer 110 kilometers of ski slopes, with 30 modern ski lifts ensuring smooth connections between them. Nassfeld is also famous for its high number of sunshine hours, as the protective effect of the Hohe Tauern mountain range blesses the town with the most sun in the region. This means that there are plenty of options for incentive and team building programmes in nature throughout the year. Natural conditions and a high quality of hotel accomodation positions Nassfeld among the most attractive incentive destinations in Central Europe.

COMPACT INCENTIVE EXPERIENCE

4* and 5* hotel rooms 600
4* and 5* hotels 8
Destination population 1,687
Banquet hall maximum capacity 150
Largest hall in the city 280 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 270

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 4.02
Natural and cultural factors: 4.71
General and transport infrastructure: 4.57
Tourist infrastructure: 4.45
Meeting infrastructure: 4.35
Subjective grade: 4.64
Marketing Buzz: 4.14
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 4.68
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.91
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.72

2. BAD KLEINKIRCHEIM, AUSTRIA  4.02/5


Bad Kleinkirchheim is known across the world for its skiing heritage, as the town is a long-time host of women world-cup ski races. Some might even recognize it for its thermal resort built in the 17th century. Less known is the fact that Bad Kleinkirchheim is an excellent incentive destination sprouting with diverse and exciting offer, which spreads across both the winter and summer season. There’s also no shortage of great accommodations. The incentive programmes range from active sports activities to historical and culinary experiences. A native of the region is also the legendary Franz Klammer with whom you can even go skiing on an exciting winter incentive. What separates the town from the regional competition is a top-notch culinary offer, developed in a different way in every hotel. All of this makes Bad Kleinkirchheim suitable for more demanding incentive groups.

FERTILE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

4* and 5* hotel rooms 88
4* and 5* hotels 5
Destination population 5,757
Banquet hall maximum capacity 130
Largest hall in the city 330 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 200

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

GORIŠKA BRDA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.87
Natural and cultural factors: 4.74
General and transport infrastructure: 4.18
Tourist infrastructure: 4.36
Meeting infrastructure: 4.25
Subjective grade: 4.64
Marketing Buzz: 4.29
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.93
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.49
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.84

3. GORIŠKA BRDA, SLOVENIA 3.87/5


A number of the features of Brda make it special and unique in the wider area. In the first place is its openness to the sea, creating a pleasant Mediterranean climate, followed up by its natural beauty with rich cultural heritage and eco-preserved countryside with exceptional culinary and wine offer, unrivalled in the region. A panorama of hills with a cluster of agglomerations and subdivided farmland and countless terraced vineyards is certainly one of the most beautiful Italian-Slovenian landscape-aesthetic experiences. In the field of tourism-convention offer, Brda is perhaps the future formula of tourism development: “less is more”. The convention fate of Brda and Collio is in co-operation and joint promotion.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

4* and 5* hotel rooms 1,500
4* and 5* hotels 10
Destination population 11,103
Banquet hall maximum capacity 220
Largest hall in the city 370 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 370

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

HVAR INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.85
Natural and cultural factors: 4.88
General and transport infrastructure: 4.20
Tourist infrastructure: 4.63
Meeting infrastructure: 4.46
Subjective grade: 4.69
Marketing Buzz: 4.24
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.65
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.18
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.52

4. HVAR, CROATIA 3.85/5


None of the more than 1,000 Croatian islands has such karma and recognition as Hvar. Definitely a “must” Croatian destination, right behind Dubrovnik. Distance from the mainland gives it a touch of boutique smallness. On the beauty of the island, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden, there is no point in wasting words, since there is no shortage of various urban legends and superlatives. Among other things, it used to be called Austrian Madeira. In Hvar, the urban has been coexisting with the rural for centuries.

GOOD WILL IS THE BEST

4* and 5* hotel rooms 858
4* and 5* hotels 8
Destination population 1,452
Banquet hall maximum capacity 300
Largest hall in the city 1,200 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 360

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

KRANJSKA GORA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.84
Natural and cultural factors: 4.75
General and transport infrastructure: 4.58
Tourist infrastructure: 4.51
Meeting infrastructure: 4.15
Subjective grade: 4.63
Marketing Buzz: 3.96
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.55
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.49
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.77

5. KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA 3.84/5


The most important winter sports centre in Slovenia has among the Slovenian ski resorts the strongest brand, which is known worldwide mainly due to the Cup Vitranc. Slowly and steadily it has also developed a summer tourist offer, which enables the development of congress tourism. Both seasons are now virtually in balance. With the latest changes in the field of hospitality it will surely strengthen its position as an important centre for the implementation of incentive programmes and small conferences. Due to the recognition of the ski jumps in Planica and Vitranc Cup it has a high priority over other rivals in the region. It is an important boutique congress destination for quality mid-size corporate events up to 350 participants.

LOW-CARBON INCENTIVE ISLAND

4* and 5* hotel rooms 1,353
4* and 5* hotels 6
Destination population 8,388
Banquet hall maximum capacity 182
Largest hall in the city 390 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 400

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

MALI LOŠINJ INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.82
Natural and cultural factors: 4.79
General and transport infrastructure: 4.14
Tourist infrastructure: 4.55
Meeting infrastructure: 4.37
Subjective grade: 4.65
Marketing Buzz: 4.15
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.51
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.48
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.53

6. MALI LOŠINJ, CROATIA 3.82/5


Lošinj and Cres are the only Adriatic islands that successfully deal with sustainable tourism and are amongst the more eco-friendly islands of Kvarner. They differ from the more famous Dalmatian isles, with their nature preservation, systematic sustainable development and cultural heritage. All these activities are well managed and present a huge opportunity for sustainable meetings industry in harmony with the capabilities of the islands. The key challenge is the invisibility on the meetings industry radar, lacking the recognisable incentive brands to build the high quality boutique and intimate stories. If local suppliers can develop from these points, they will be able to benefit from the current trends in the industry. I am certain their first clients will be the existing loyal guest of Cres and Lošinj.

HIDDEN SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS GEM

4* and 5* hotel rooms 150
4* and 5* hotels 4
Destination population 5,277
Banquet hall maximum capacity 112
Largest hall in the city 220 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 130

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

BOHINJ INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.82
Natural and cultural factors: 4.83
General and transport infrastructure: 4.59
Tourist infrastructure: 4.26
Meeting infrastructure: 4.21
Subjective grade: 4.58
Marketing Buzz: 4.04
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.55
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.49
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.66

6. BOHINJ, SLOVENIA 3.82/5


The majority of congress guests will be sworn lovers of nature and its aesthetic value. Bohinj is a place that is created for sustainable conference programmes and for active incentive experiences. It is a place where without any hesitation you can drink water from the public water supply and from its clean streams. Even the basic network of thematic paths offers ideas for authentic congress programmes. In Slovenia, the beauty of Bohinj can only be matched by its neighbours across the peaks in the Soča Valley, or in Kranjska Gora.

EPICENTRE OF INCENTIVE INSPIRATIONS

4* and 5* hotel rooms 155
4* and 5* hotels 4
Destination population 16,537
Banquet hall maximum capacity 100
Largest hall in the city 300 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 425

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

SOČA VALLEY INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.81
Natural and cultural factors: 4.84
General and transport infrastructure: 4.44
Tourist infrastructure: 4.49
Meeting infrastructure: 4.12
Subjective grade: 4.67
Marketing Buzz: 3.97
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.55
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.53
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.53

7. SOČA VALLEY, SLOVENIA 3.81/5


In the narrow micro-region the Soča Valley is currently not facing increased competition. On the Italian side in Friuli Venezia Giulia, incentive tourism is underdeveloped and the development of the product in Brda and Nova Gorica is also at the beginning stages. A more serious competition is in Istria and neighbouring Carinthia, as well as within the wider Slovenian Julian Alps. The main advantage of the destination is a developed incentive product, gastronomy and preserved natural and cultural heritage, which is unequalled.

BEER AND CONGRESSES

4* and 5* hotel rooms 390
4* and 5* hotels 4
Destination population 3,416
Banquet hall maximum capacity 280
Largest hall in the city 538 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 490

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

LAŠKO INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.78
Natural and cultural factors: 4.54
General and transport infrastructure: 4.46
Tourist infrastructure: 4.23
Meeting infrastructure: 4.22
Subjective grade: 4.54
Marketing Buzz: 4.02
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.91
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.40
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.50

8. LAŠKO, SLOVENIA 3.78/5


Laško is first and foremost a spa destination, because the main motive of going there are the two spa and thermal centres. In the future it will remain so. In the past five years, however, much has been done in developing congress tourism and enriching the offer and it is today surprising how much Laško can offer to congress guests beyond its traditional tasty beer. Everything from one of the best Slovenian cuisines to an exceptional cultural and historical heritage together with the possibility of organising green meetings. In making this breakthrough Laško has very quickly become much more competitive to the more established meeting industry destinations.

THE SUCCESS STORY

4* and 5* hotel rooms 250
4* and 5* hotels 2
Destination population 3,224
Banquet hall maximum capacity 150
Largest hall in the city 3,570 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 350

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

PODČETRTEK INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.77
Natural and cultural factors: 4.52
General and transport infrastructure: 4.37
Tourist infrastructure: 4.25
Meeting infrastructure: 4.16
Subjective grade: 4.63
Marketing Buzz: 4.00
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.55
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.54
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.67

9. PODČETRTEK, SLOVENIA 3.77/5


The smallest place in our analysis is big in its offer and an example to all of us involved with tourism. Once a remote and poor community, in the 60-ies of the last century focused on tourism. Its epicentre is a thermal spring, around which a success story was created. At every step the locals you meet, be it a wine-grower, a caterer or a priest, will let it be known that you are welcome.There are few places where the only driving force of the economy is tourism. Because in these places industry has never developed, today this can be considered as one of their advantages. Podčetrtek has a great potential in the field of congress tourism. It is an authentic and in many ways a sustainable congress experience.

DOOR TO THE ADRIATIC

4* and 5* hotel rooms 1,200
4* and 5* hotels 15
Destination population 4,718
Banquet hall maximum capacity 350
Largest hall in the city 400 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity 350

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

UMAG INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2018  
DESTINATION MARK: 3.76
Natural and cultural factors: 4.35
General and transport infrastructure: 4.38
Tourist infrastructure: 4.47
Meeting infrastructure: 4.05
Subjective grade: 4.39
Marketing Buzz: 3.64
ICCA index: 1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.87
Numbeo Safety Index: 4.73
ACI Airport Connectivity Index 2.70

10. UMAG, CROATIA 3.76/5


Among the competing congress destinations, Umag even a year ago would be easily overlooked, but today it is already hosting the most demanding events such as the most important Microsoft event Windays. This proves that the destination is profiled as a congress and especially incentive location. To the good functioning a great desti- nation management contributes a great deal, which in a form of a clusterfrom 2010 is promoted under the brand “Colours of Istria”.