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MTLG – Overview Of The Best Meeting Destinations 2020

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 over 100 Meetologues from 25 destinations. Each destination is evaluated based on 75 different criteria that enable a fair comparison of the destinations. Meeting organizers appreciate the expertise, value and practicality of this guide through congress destinations.

The results of the 2020 evaluation are presented in detail below.


4 CATEGORIES

XL – Destinations that can host more than 2,000 congress attendees
L – Destinations that can host up to 2,000 congress attendees
M – Destinations that can host up to 1,200 congress attendees
S – Destinations that can host up to 500 congress attendees

XL MEETING DESTINATIONS

1. VIENNA 4.75
2. COPENHAGEN 4.71
3. ZURICH 4.70
3. MUNICH 4.70
4. PRAGUE 4.66
5. AMSTERDAM 4.65
6. EDINBURGH 4.62
7. BERLIN 4.61
8. BARCELONA 4.60
9. PARIS 4.57
10. ATHENS 4.53

THE BEST NEWCOMER OF THE XL CATEGORY IN 2020

AMSTERDAM – MTLG 2020
From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. Amsterdam might be famous for its canals and cobblestone streets, but the city is also the ideal conference destination for every occasion. The destination is easily accessible and has more than 500 venues.

SMART MICE CITY

4* and 5* hotel rooms20,588
4* and 5* hotels187
Destination population1,897,491
Banquet hall maximum capacity2,320
Largest hall in the city4218 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity15,898

1. VIENNA, AUSTRIA 4.75/5


There are cities in the world which can prove quite stressful for congress participants, and then there is Vienna. From first-hand experience I can confirm that the city is easy to get around, pleasant and enjoyable and already belongs among the so-called ‘smart’ cities of today.

L MEETING DESTINATIONS

1. ZAGREB 4.49
2. TALLINN 4.47
3. LJUBLJANA 4.46
4. HAGUE 4.44
5. BRATISLAVA 4.41
6. SALZBURG 4.37
7. KRAKOW 4.33
8. THESSALONIKI 4.32
9. GRAZ 4.23
10. VENICE 4.22

THE BEST NEWCOMER OF THE L CATEGORY IN 2020

HAGUE – MTLG 2020
You have certainly heard of The Hague – it is always in the news due to the work of numerous international organizations and companies which headquarter in this city. But The Hague is, in fact, the perfect business event destination.

WHITE ZAGREB TOWN

4* and 5* hotel rooms3,209
4* and 5* hotels30
Destination population804,507
Banquet hall maximum capacity1,600
Largest hall in the city1851 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity5,000

1. ZAGREB, CROATIA 4.49/5


A great congress future awaits Zagreb. It is well established in the international congress market and in addition to Ljubljana and Belgrade, it represents the future backbone of the continental meetings industry of the region. All three cities are progressing steadily on the charts of developed meetings destinations; the final breakthrough of the entire region is intertwined and dependent on the marketing of major regional congress cities in the international market.

M MEETING DESTINATIONS

1. DUBROVNIK 4.38
2. SAALFELDEN 4.14
3. OPATIJA 4.13
4. PORTOROSE 4.11
4. SCHLADMING 4.11
5. BLED 4.09
6. ŠIBENIK 4.08
7. ROVINJ 4.07
8. KLAGENFURT 4.06
8. SPLIT 4.06
9. VILLACH 4.05
10. TIVAT 4.01

THE BEST NEWCOMER OF THE M CATEGORY IN 2020

SAALFELDEN – MTLG 2020
Often, things that are hidden are much more interesting. The same can be said about the tourist destination of Saalfelden Leogang. The destination swears by sustainability and strong connections between tourism, agriculture, forestry and trade.

PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC

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4* and 5* hotel rooms4,272
4* and 5* hotels29
Destination population42,615
Banquet hall maximum capacity700
Largest hall in the city900 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity1,200

1. DUBROVNIK, CROATIA 4.38/5


Dubrovnik is the flagship of regional tourism and is commonly the first association of meetings organizers we meet daily. It is the closest in the region to renowned Mediterranean convention destinations Cannes and Monte Carlo, and it will be even closer after the completion of the convention centre. So far the centre is successfully replaced by modern and well-equipped centres at hotels such as Dubrovnik Palace, Excelsior, Bellevue, Grand Villa Argentina, Importanne Resort, Dubrovnik President, Valamar Lacroma and Radisson Blue. Well-developed is the entire conference infrastructure including destination management and creative agency scene. The city is safe and one of the tourist icons of the Adriatic and justifiably the most painted tourist skyline with unprecedented experiential diversity for conference guests.

S MEETING DESTINATIONS

1. BOHINJ 4.02
2. KRANJSKA GORA 3.99
3. PODČETRTEK 3.98
3. NASSFELD 3.98
4. GORIŠKA BRDA 3.97
4. HVAR 3.97
5. MALI LOŠINJ 3.96
6. ROGAŠKA SLATINA 3.95
7. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM 3.94
7. VIPAVA VALLEY 3.94
8. NOVA GORICA 3.93
8. SZOMBATHELY 3.93
9. PTUJ 3.92
9. SOČA VALLEY 3.92
10. VARAŽDIN 3.91

THE BEST NEWCOMER OF THE S CATEGORY IN 2020

VIPAVA VALLEY – MTLG 2020
This until recently virtually unknown Slovenian destination is gradually being discovered as a hidden tourism gem, and social media is abuzz with rave reviews. The media too has picked up on the hype about the Vipava Valley. Much has been written about the exquisite local wines and the fine gourmet offering.

HIDDEN SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS GEM

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4* and 5* hotel rooms150
4* and 5* hotels4
Destination population5,277
Banquet hall maximum capacity112
Largest hall in the city220 m2
Theatre style hall maximum capacity130

1. BOHINJ, SLOVENIA 4.02/5


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.

HOW TO EVALUATE AND DEFINE ‘THE BEST’

FROM Meeting planners, FOR Meeting planners

Key to MTLG evaluation criteria 2020

Every year the editorial board of Kongres magazine aims to further refine the Meetologue methodology in order to assure the most authentic score reflecting the genuine situation of destinations.

Destination evaluations are based on thorough analyses of different criteria. They have developed from interviews and surveys with over 1,200 event organisers from across Europe, work that showed us that destinations are comparable and helped us to form a unique model of evaluation. A mixture of factors that we have been evaluating since 2010 can affect the entire meeting experience for both meeting planners and participants.

WHAT IS NEW EUROPE?

The answer to this question is something of an unsolved conundrum. A clear definition of New Europe doesn’t exist, the most general definition being that these are the countries of Eastern Europe that was once behind the Iron Curtain. Technically this means 24 countries of Eastern Europe, adding Greece and Turkey to them. In our Editorial, we include the fresh, energetic and lesser-known European destinations to New Europe.