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 rooms6934,165
The number of 4* and 5* category hotels829
Destination population8,17143,697
The largest hall in the city (in m2)500 sqm900 sqm
ICCA Index - worldwide
ranking - number of meetings:
325th place /
7 meetings
86th place /
31 meetings
Numbeo Quality of Life Index:3.533.22
Numbeo Safety Index:4.724.75
ACI Airport Connectivity
dubrovnik, croatia
Bled meetings flashpoints: Dubrovnik meetings flashpoints:

Bled Congress Centre
– With 512 seats, the Bled Congress Centre is Bled’s largest convention hall. It boasts a superb, lakeside location in the very heart of the town.Rikli Balance Hotel – With as many as eight function rooms and over 1,000 sq. m of meeting space, the hotel is the largest hotel convention centre in Bled.Grand Hotel Toplice – The five-star hotel has retained the elegant style of the 1930s and is one of Slovenia’s most distinguished hotels.Bled Castle – Special Venue and a unique viewpoint, with beautiful vistas across the lake, the island and the surrounding villages.Bled Island – A charming sight that together with the mighty castle adds to the enduring allure of Bled. The ride in a traditional wooden ‘pletna’ boat to reach it is an adventure in its own right.
Revelin and Lovrijenac Fortress – unique historic venues for a real experience of Dubrovnik.

Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik – set in Dubrovnik’s green oasis of Babin Kuk peninsula with the largest conference facilities in the area

A tour of the Elaphiti Islands (Koločep, Lopud and Šipan) in a replica of the medieval boat Karaka, with lunch and a sunset cocktail included.

Buggy safari – Fun drive with retro cars, learning about the traditional Dalmatian way of life, tasting local products and meeting locals

Lazareti – A Unique New Historic Venue in Dubrovnik, recently completely restored and embellished with modern facilities.

STAY: Rikli Balance Hotel / 4****STAY: Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik/ 5*****

+ As a recognisable brand Bled stands out among other congress destinations in the region. It most closely resembles Dubrovnik, which has caught up with the pre-war congress tempo by taking the right steps. Currently, the biggest disadvantage is the lack of a clear focus towards quality rather than mass tourism. This is most clearly seen in the restaurant, night life and shopping offer. As a result, the current perception of quality is lower than with its largest competitors. In Bled the saying ‘Less is more’ is very true. The potential for the meetings industry is immense, it just needs to be harnessed in the right way.

+ Dubrovnik is a city growing and developing as a result of its meetings industry. It will be a big part of the future of this industry for the entire region, primarily as the most successful Croatian and regional brand on the global meetings market. With no exaggeration we can claim the destination brand of the entire region will hang on Dubrovnik. It will lead the region as the first destination where international and local hotel chains are opening convention centres and performing intensive co-branding. The results are numerous international corporation incentives booking up the season and convention centres opening one after the other.


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