Photo credit: Blaž Pogačnik


A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2019 ICCA, Numbeo and ACI scales following the Kongres travelogue methodology – MTLG’s.

The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms1,6103,640
The number of 4* and 5* category hotels1891
Destination population279,7562,106,144
The largest hall in the city (in m2)2,456 m25,110 m2
ICCA Index - worldwide
ranking - number of meetings:
56 / 4.3233 / 4.60
Numbeo Quality of Life Index:170,52 / 3.43121.47 / 2.46
Numbeo Safety Index:75,83 / 4.1771.52 / 3.99
ACI Airport Connectivity
1.170 / 3.183.405 / 4.19
Ljubljana meetings flashpoints:Bucharest meetings flashpoints:
1. Grand Union Hall – a wonderful example of an Art Noveau conference hall tailored to the needs of modern congress organisers.1. Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest – one of the city’s most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks, built in 1914.
2. Ljubljanica River – and its banks offers many possibilities for team building.2. Parliament Palace – the world’s largest civilian administrative building and also with a congress centre.
3. 2 Convention Centres – Cankarjev dom and Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.3. Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest – modern venue in the heart of Romania’s capital.
4. Hotel and Congress centres – all within easy walking distance4. Crowne Plaza Bucharest – 16 Conference Rooms for events of up to 450 persons.
5. Ljubljana Castle – a special historical venue for different types of events.5. Treasure hunt in 100 years old Athénée Palace – discover the fascinating untold story of a 100-year-old Grand Hotel.
STAY: Grand Hotel UnionSTAY: JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

+ Ljubljana is not only picturesque, attractive and friendly to congress guests, but the city has congresses written into its genome. Long before the emergence of the meetings industry as we know it today, in 1821 Ljubljana was already hosting the Congress of the Holy Alliance. In line with its conference and accommodation infrastructure today, 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 sits in the region of the Western Balkans. Ljubljana is friendly and favourable to the meetings industry whilst at the same time being competitive in terms of price and quality. Among all of the regional capitals it also has a very good image.

+ In the field of congress tourism Bucharest is a city of contrasts: great palaces and the latest congress hotels, but on the other hand a poorly recognized brand and an unrelated congress offer. These are the main disadvantages compared to the much more active cities in the vicinity, such as Belgrade and Sofia. Yet at the moment it is certainly the most affordable major European Congress Capital and with little effort you can find everything you need for any kind of event. Even the friendliness of the staff in the hotel and congress sector is better than average. It appears, though, that the city is missing that little bit more energy required to find itself placed alongside the leading cities, and where it actually arrives depends on its situation and the conditions in place for development of its congress industry.

Natural and cultural factors:4.89
General and transport infrastructure:4.69
Tourist infrastructure:4.65
Meeting infrastructure:4.90
Subjective grade:4.70
Marketing Buzz:4.54
ICCA index:4.32
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.43
Numbeo Safety Index4.17
ACI Airport Connectivity Index3.18
Ljubljana Tree City
Natural and cultural factors:4.31
General and transport infrastructure:4.55
Tourist infrastructure:4.59
Meeting infrastructure:4.34
Subjective grade:4.48
Marketing Buzz:3.42
ICCA index:4.60
Numbeo quality of life Index:2.46
Numbeo Safety Index:3.99
ACI Airport Connectivity Index:4.19

And the winner is…


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