The Most Influential People of New Europe's Meetings Industry 2020

On 14th December 2020, the annual voting for the most influential people of New Europe concluded. The list of influencers was viewed by a record number of 9.430 readers, while 2.606 of Kongres Magazine’s readers cast their votes.

Since 2014, Kongres Magazine has been giving centre stage to the most influential people of New Europe’s meetings industry. When we prepared our first-ever list of influencers, our guidance was the following mindset. Would you decide to build a house without an architect or professional construction workers? The price you would have to pay for the amateur approach would be significant. Likewise, this applies to event organisation, one of the fields of expertise, where everyone seems to be an expert.

Thus, we decided to set structured criteria and requirements for nomination. Our list of influencers differs from similar competitions, as nomination has to come from a third party and not candidates themselves. We want the influencer list to be of help when you start organising events again, serving as a trustworthy directory of MICE professionals. This project is not a competition, but a serious platform that you can rely on. All nominees that were part of the voting process are presented in alphabetical order below.


Candidates were assessed on the following key criteria:

• Achievement of financial and other multiplier effects in the meetings industry in 2019/2020 that were significantly above the average;
• Implementation of the most demanding improvements and innovations in their field, including successfully implemented projects that marked the year 2019/2020 as a special one;
• Help in enhancing the reputation and visibility of the meetings industry in 2019/2020;
• Innovations that facilitate the work of meetings organisers, or have shown the direction for the future.

Based on the criteria, we prepare the list and invite readers of Kongres Magazine to vote. The voting lasts for a month (this year from 13th November to 14th December 2020). In each category, we highlight five influencers with the most votes, while the rest of the nominees are presented equally according to alphabetical order. Each year, colleagues that received less than 2% of all votes are excluded from the list. The 2% was set as the threshold for being placed on the list (52 votes in 2020).

The selection is prepared by the editorial board of Kongres Magazine, consisting of five members. The editorial board ensures a comprehensive overview of nominations and oversees voting results. Thereby, the editorial board assures voting credibility. On request, individuals have the possibility of examining the selection results.

In the upcoming days, you will be able to follow the results of the voting on Kongres Magazine’s web portal. We will publish two categories each week:

  • TOP Destination Representatives
  • TOP Meeting Agencies (DMC, PCO)
  • TOP Hoteliers and Venue Representatives
  • TOP Meeting Service Providers – CATERING
  • TOP Meeting Service Providers – TECHNOLOGY
  • TOP Meeting Innovators – MARKETING
  • TOP Creative Event and Live Marketing Agencies


The first category is dedicated to the most influential representatives of convention bureaus and destination organisations. The list has already been published!

In the next few weeks, you will learn more about 210 individuals, who are living proof that the meetings industry is creative and capable of major breakthroughs.

We would like to sincerely congratulate the winners and all of the nominees on their impressive achievement and pledge to further develop and evolve the project in the following years.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2021,


Gorazd Čad
Editor in chief


We are inviting you to provide your suggestions for the most influential people in 2021.

If you know a person, who is an important industry shaper, nominate her/him in the submission form below. All suggestions will be reviewed by our editorial board and added to next year’s list if they’re in accordance with the criteria.

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