CONVENTA TREND BAR AND BULGARIAN HOSPITALITY
The new Conventa Trend Bar season kicked off in the Bulgarian resort of Varna on 20 February. This year’s first Trend Bar took place within the Black Sea & Balkans Conference World Summit.
The first edition of the event attracted over 80 participants, who enjoyed top-class lectures and unforgettable Bulgarian hospitality. The event manager Teodora Jilkova and her team won a well-deserved round of applause. And most importantly, the Bulgarian meeting industry, now united within the Bulgarian Convention Bureau, seems to be gaining momentum and growing.
Conventa Trend Bars have been taking place for the third year running and, this year, the 17th storey of the International Hotel was once again transformed into a pleasant space where people meet and gain new knowledge. By the end of the season, we will have met more than 500 event organisers from the wider New Europe region. However, we are going to remember the first one for its record attendance.
10 best practice examples in event management
The importance of selflessly sharing your knowledge will only become apparent in the long run but, at any rate, Conventa is the first B2B event that has evolved into a comprehensive marketing platform. In its early days, Conventa was primarily focused on its main event, which takes place every January in Ljubljana (Slovenia). In recent years, this concept was upgraded to include training and particularly highlight the challenges in event planning. That is why this year’s core topic involves 10 best practice examples in event management or, in other words, what we can learn from other people’s mistakes. The lecture given by Conventa co-founder Gorazd Čad is usually upgraded with a lecture by a local expert. This method has proven extremely successful in practice. Individual events also include discussions with stakeholders on how to further streamline event planning. This year, the attendees also functioned as jurors and selected the best event among the 10 finalists. It was precisely that part that showed the extraordinary creativity displayed by our region.
Face-to-face meetings are of great value
“Energetic”, “very useful” and “indispensable” were the most frequent comments made by the participants. Conventa’s task is to enable progress, through creativity and inventiveness, to all our partners, not only those from the largest meeting destinations. That is also why we give careful thought to the choice of our event venues. Despite all the technology, the essence of our industry is face-to-face meetings with our partners. As we always point out at our Trend Bars, we want our participants to be happy, in line with the origin of the word “happening”.
Black Sea & Balkans Conference World Summit
Next year’s Black Sea & Balkans Conference World Summit will take place in Burgas, in a brand-new congress centre. You can find more information on the Summit at https://cwsummit.com/.