One of the novelties of the 11th Conventa Trade Show was the Conventa TV studio, where one of our journalists did on-the-spot interviews with some of the participants and partners of Conventa. Interesting 5-minute videos were created, posted on Kongres Magazine’s Youtube channel.
People loved the idea, so we decided to carry out some more. The Conventa Talks format was born and at the 15th General Meeting and Assembly of the Slovenian Convention Bureau, numerous interviews with key players of the regional meetings industry were conducted.
Conventa Talks: Igor Jagodic
Igor Jagodic, Chef at Kaval Group’s Strelec Restaurant and one of the best chefs in Slovenia, who told us what you need for a 5 star culinary experience and how he wants the guests to feel when they are leaving Strelec.
Conventa Talks: Sandi Kovačevič
Sandi Kovačevič, General Manager at Hotel CUBO and CUBO Diners golf course Ljubljana, who told us what the ultimate goal with the Cubo Group is, what was his best event idea this year and where he sees Slovenia’s meetings industry in five years.
Conventa Talks: Jurriaen Sleijster
Jurriaen Sleijster, President & COO at MCI, who told us how he got into the meetings industry, what it takes to be a good event manager and his opinion on the future of the meetings industry globally.
Conventa Talks: Jure Jezeršek
Jure Jezeršek, Business Director at Jezeršek Catering, who highlighted the positives and the negatives of the Slovenian meetings industry, told us what his favourite thing about working in the catering business is and how their family-run catering business operates.
Conventa Talks: Dada Jerovšek
Dada Jerovšek, owner and CEO of Kaval Group, who told us what her favorite thing about working in the catering business is, what has been her most memorable event and what food trends will we see in Slovenia in the future.
Conventa Talks: Helena Kotolenko
Helena Kotolenko, Conference & Event Manager at Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, who told us more about differentiates Best Western hotels from the competition, what trends she is seeing in the Slovenian meetings industry and what is the most challenging thing about her business.
Conventa Talks: Ana Božič
Ana Božič, Sales Manager at Dekon.SI, who told us why meeting planners should choose Slovenia, what are some of the biggest challenges she is facing in her sector and how she defines the difference between an “event” and an “experience”.
Conventa Talks: Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney, Managing Partner at SoolNua, who told us more about what are Slovenia’s strong points as a meeting destination, what advantages it has for incentives and what keeps him up at night in terms of digital communication and marketing.
Conventa Talks: Janette Škorc
Janette Škorc, Head of Convention sales at InterContinental Ljubljana, who told us more about what differentiates InterContinental Ljubljana from everybody else, what challenges they are facing and what her best event idea was last year.
Conventa Talks: Matjaž Žnidaršič
Matjaž Žnidaršič, Assistant Director of Sales at Sava Hotels & Resorts, who told us more about what are some of the highlights of Sava Tourism this year, how their numbers are looking and what advice he would give to his younger colleagues.
Conventa Talks: Miha Kovačič
Miha Kovačič, Head of the Slovenian Convention Bureau, who told us more about how a convention bureau finds the perfect partnership, what makes an innovative MICE leader and what role does new technology play in the MICE business.
Conventa Talks: Jan Oršič
Jan Oršič, Head of Convention Bureau at Ljubljana Tourism, who told us more about what lies behind Ljubljana’s MICE growth, the role of Convention Bureaus and what keeps him up at night…in terms of destination marketing.