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A RECOGNISABLE TRADEMARK AWARDING THE BEST OF THE BEST

Since its inception, the Meetings Star Award (Congress Star) has become a recognisable trademark inside the meetings industry and one of the few awards based on comprehensive criteria and standards. The award is awarded by Kongres Magazine and Conventa to the best congress destinations, hotels and congress centres in New Europe.

Every year we choose the best of the best in two main categories:

A: THE BEST MEETING DESTINATIONS 2020
B: THE BEST MEETING HOTELS AND CONVENTION CENTRES 2020

THE BEST MEETING DESTINATIONS 2020

XL MEETING DESTINATIONS

Destinations that can host over 2,000 congress participants
The first category features the largest European meeting destinations which have exceptionally developed congress infrastructure and excellent aviation links. These destinations are mainly important aviation hubs.

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Photo Credit: Wien Tourismus/Christian Stemper

WINNING DESTINATION

VIENNA – score 4.75

There are cities in the world which can prove quite stressful for congress participants, and then there is Vienna.

2020 XL CATEGORY WINNERS

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

L MEETING DESTINATIONS

Destinations that can host a maximum of 2,000 congress participants
Congress infrastructure and aviation links in these destinations allow the organisation of congresses for up to 2,000 participants.

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WINNING DESTINATION

ZAGREB – score 4.49

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.

2020 L CATEGORY WINNERS

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

M MEETING DESTINATIONS

Destinations that can host a maximum of 1,200 congress participants
This is probably the most heterogeneous category. The general conclusion is that this category is dominated by regional centres and larger tourist towns.

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WINNING DESTINATION

DUBROVNIK – score 4.38

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.

2020 M CATEGORY WINNERS

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

S MEETING DESTINATIONS

Destinations that can host a maximum of 600 congress participants
In this category, smaller tourist towns prevail, where meeting activities are supplementary in the low tourist season.

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WINNING DESTINATION

BOHINJ – score 4.02

Bohinj is a place that is created for sustainable conference programmes and for active incentive experiences. In Slovenia, the beauty of Bohinj can only be matched by its neighbours across the peaks in the Soča Valley, or in Kranjska Gora.

2020 S CATEGORY WINNERS

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

We also compare and reward destinations in New Europe. The rating scale of the best is:

THE BEST DESTINATIONS IN NEW EUROPE

1. PRAGUE 4.66
2. ATHENS 4.53
3. WARSAW 4.50
4. BUDAPEST 4.49
4. ZAGREB 4.49
5. TALLINN 4.47
6. LJUBLJANA 4.46
7. BRATISLAVA 4.41
8. DUBROVNIK 4.38
9. KRAKOW 4.33
10. THESSALONIKI 4.32
10. ISTANBUL 4.32

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Photo Credit: Prague Convention Bureau

THE BEST MEETING HOTELS 2020

Till this day, we have evaluated 472 hotels and 41 congress centres (181 or 35,28% of hotels and congress centres have acquired the certificate of excellence). Being placed among the best is a great achievement. Congratulations!

BEST MEETING HOTELS between VENICE and BAKU, and MUNICH and ISTANBUL

Meetings Star is a quality evaluation system which gives a simple and clear answer about the services of individual providers as it is based on the Hidden Congress Guest gradings. This year the methodology, trusted by meeting planners since 2008, has been upgraded with a system of certification.

In each category hotels have been classified into three sub-categories according to the number of points achieved in the hidden congress guest’s evaluation:

GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60

ABSOLUTE WINNERS IN INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES OF EVALUATION FOR 2020

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PARISI UDVAR HOTEL, Budapest, Hungary
Category A – City Meeting Hotels, score 4.96

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HOTEL REGENT PORTO MONTENEGRO, Tivat, Montenegro
GRAND PARK HOTEL, Rovinj, Croatia
Category B – Resort Meeting Hotels, score 4.96

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HOTEL ARTE SPA & PARK, Velingrad, Bulgaria
Category C – Spa Meeting Hotels, score 4.87

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SUNROSE 7 – HERITAGE BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
Category D – Boutique Meeting Hotels, score 4.95

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AUSTRIA CENTER VIENNA, Vienna, Austria
Category E – Convention Centres, score 4.95

KEMPINSKI PALACE, Portorož, Slovenia
Category F – The Best Slovenian Big Meeting Hotel, score 4.90

SUNROSE 7 – HERITAGE BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
Category G – The Best Slovenian Boutique Meeting Hotel, score 4.95

More information

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