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MEETING STAR 2019

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.

SO GOOD THAT WE COULDN’T IGNORE IT!

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S – MEETING DESTINATIONS
Destinations that can host up to 500 congress attendees

2019 S CATEGORY WINNERS

  • 1. KRANJSKA GORA 3,96
  • 2. BOHINJ 3,93
  • 3. NASSFELD HERMAGOR 3,92
  • 4. GORIŠKA BRDA 3,91
  • 5. PODČETRTEK 3,90
  • 5. ROGAŠKA SLATINA 3,90
  • 6. SOČA VALLEY 3,89
  • 7. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM 3,88
  • 8. HVAR 3,87
  • 9. VARAŽDIN 3,86
  • 10. PTUJ 3,85

1. KRANJSKA GORA, SLOVENIA 3.96/5


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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms858
The number of 4* and 5* hotels8
Destination population1,452
Banquet hall maximum capacity300
Largest hall in the city1,200 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity360

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

KRANJSKA GORA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.96
Natural and cultural factors:4.77
General and transport infrastructure:4.61
Tourist infrastructure:4.54
Meeting infrastructure:4.28
Subjective grade:4.67
Marketing Buzz:4.27
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.63
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.95
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2. BOHINJ, SLOVENIA 3.93/5


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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms150
The number of 4* and 5* hotels4
Destination population5,227
Banquet hall maximum capacity112
Largest hall in the city220 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity130

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

BOHINJ INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.93
Natural and cultural factors:4.83
General and transport infrastructure:4.62
Tourist infrastructure:4.32
Meeting infrastructure:4.25
Subjective grade:4.60
Marketing Buzz:4.28
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.63
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.95
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3. NASSFELD HERMAGOR, AUSTRIA 3.92/5


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 high quality of hotel accommodation positions Nassfeld among the most attractive incentive destinations in Central Europe.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms500
The number of 4* and 5* hotels25
Destination population18,435
Banquet hall maximum capacity190
Largest hall in the city340 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity250

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

NASSFELD INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.92
Natural and cultural factors:4.75
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:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.22
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.95
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4. GORIŠKA BRDA, SLOVENIA 3.91/5


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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms88
The number of 4* and 5* hotels5
Destination population5,757
Banquet hall maximum capacity130
Largest hall in the city330 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity200

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

GORISKA BRDA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.91
Natural and cultural factors:4.77
General and transport infrastructure:4.28
Tourist infrastructure:4.40
Meeting infrastructure:4.37
Subjective grade:4.66
Marketing Buzz:4.31
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.63
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.91

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5. PODČETRTEK, SLOVENIA 3.90/5


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-ties 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 the industry has never developed, today this can be considered as one of their advantages. Podčetrtek has great potential in the field of congress tourism. It is an authentic and in many ways a sustainable congress experience.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms250
The number of 4* and 5* hotels2
Destination population3,224
Banquet hall maximum capacity150
Largest hall in the city3,570 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity350

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

PODCETRTEK INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.90
Natural and cultural factors:4.67
General and transport infrastructure:4.45
Tourist infrastructure:4.32
Meeting infrastructure:4.21
Subjective grade:4.69
Marketing Buzz:4.17
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.54
ACI Airport Connectivity Index3.16
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5. ROGAŠKA SLATINA, SLOVENIA 3.90/5


It would be hard to find a more traditional health resort in Slovenia. Most other health resorts, including the neighbouring Podčetrtek, cannot boast such tradition that inspires confidence. In a few years, the place has radically changed its appearance and has excellent congress infrastructure. However, something remains missing – more convention visitors, who were once coming en masse to these places. Rogaška needs congress tourism, as is written into its DNA. It seems that it is currently defying modern times, mainly thanks to the proactive individual hoteliers. To regain a top spot more connectivity will be required, better joint promotion and all of this reflected through the establishment of a Convention Bureau.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms820
The number of 4* and 5* hotels8
Destination population6,856
Banquet hall maximum capacity180
Largest hall in the city350 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity389

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

ROGASKA SLATINA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.90
Natural and cultural factors:4.66
General and transport infrastructure:4.47
Tourist infrastructure:4.32
Meeting infrastructure:4.28
Subjective grade:4.69
Marketing Buzz:4.10
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.54
ACI Airport Connectivity Index3.16

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6. SOČA VALLEY, SLOVENIA 3.89/5


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. 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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms155
The number of 4* and 5* hotels4
Destination population16,537
Banquet hall maximum capacity100
Largest hall in the city300 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity425

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

SOCA VALLEY INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.89
Natural and cultural factors:4.84
General and transport infrastructure:4.45
Tourist infrastructure:4.54
Meeting infrastructure:4.12
Subjective grade:4.67
Marketing Buzz:3.97
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.63
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.91

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7. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM 3.88/5


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 a 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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms600
The number of 4* and 5* hotels8
Destination population1,687
Banquet hall maximum capacity150
Largest hall in the city280 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity270

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.88
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:3.79
Numbeo Safety Index:4.22
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.95

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8. HVAR, CROATIA 3.87/5


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.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms1,500
The number of 4* and 5* hotels10
Destination population11,103
Banquet hall maximum capacity220
Largest hall in the city370 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity370

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

HVAR INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.87
Natural and cultural factors:4.89
General and transport infrastructure:4.22
Tourist infrastructure:4.65
Meeting infrastructure:4.48
Subjective grade:4.70
Marketing Buzz:4.24
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.53
Numbeo Safety Index:4.48
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.52
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9. VARAŽDIN, CROATIA 3.86/5


The city lies 81 km north of Zagreb, Croatia, and only 40 km from Ptuj, Slovenia. Varaždin is well connected as it lies right next to an important traffic route on the way from the port of Rijeka to Budapest. A city of approximately 47,000 inhabitants is friendly from a traffic point of view. You can easily reach all the city’s attractions on foot, and this makes it especially pleasant. Namely, between 1767 and 1776, the city was the capital of Croatia, and many palaces and buildings were built at that time, that still make an impression on us today. The many stories told by the buildings contribute to the interest and the symbols of angels, which can be found on many buildings, add charm to the city.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms250
The number of 4* and 5* hotels15
Destination population46,946
Banquet hall maximum capacity150
Largest hall in the city300 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity400

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

VARAZDIN INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.86
Natural and cultural factors:4.64
General and transport infrastructure:4.58
Tourist infrastructure:4.63
Meeting infrastructure:4.03
Subjective grade:4.52
Marketing Buzz:4.06
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.50
Numbeo Safety Index:4.48
ACI Airport Connectivity Index3.19
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10. PTUJ,SLOVENIA 3.85/5


Ptuj is located in the northeast of Slovenia, 30 km from Maribor and 140 km from Ljubljana. Ptuj is the oldest Slovenian town and with the oldest wine cellar in Slovenia, while on the other hand, Terme Ptuj is one of the youngest Slovenian spas. Despite this, doctors attribute beneficial effects in the treatment of rheumatism to their thermal waters. A well-preserved castle with the old town centre and a wide riverbed of the river Drava give the seal of the city to Ptuj.

The number of 4* and 5* hotel rooms210
The number of 4* and 5* hotels5
Destination population17,972
Banquet hall maximum capacity250
Largest hall in the city418 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity300

INDIVIDUAL GRADES

PTUJ INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2019 
DESTINATION MARK:3.85
Natural and cultural factors:4.76
General and transport infrastructure:4.62
Tourist infrastructure:4.66
Meeting infrastructure:4.16
Subjective grade:4.58
Marketing Buzz:4.11
ICCA index:1.02
Numbeo quality of life Index:3.53
Numbeo Safety Index:4.48
ACI Airport Connectivity Index2.58

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