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Krakow has been selected as the host city for the 61st ICCA Congress in 2022. Krakow is a place to explore centuries of history alongside jewels of modern architecture. Each year the easily accessible city welcomes many important cultural and academic events, as well as business meetings.

Delegates will meet at ICE Krakow Congress Centre, the business and cultural flagship of the city. Conveniently located in the centre, it has hosted many world-class and diverse events such as the 41st session of the UNESCO World Committee and the annual Open Eyes Economy Summit.

The bidding for hosting the Congress was multi-stage and detailed and began in the spring of 2020. The very development and submission of the city’s offer during the uncertain times of the pandemic was a huge challenge. It is worth mentioning that during the selection phase, two virtual inspections were performed. For the first inspection that lasted almost five hours, 4 films were produced in a record short time – over 30 entities from the MICE industry were engaged and the entire presentation was broadcast live from a virtual studio. Thanks to the professionalism and cooperation of all partners operating at the host committee, we finally managed to beat our competitors – Athens and Bangkok.

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Collaboration has been key to Krakow’s continued growth and success. For example, the Krakow network brings together nearly 400 people, representing almost 200 entities and consists of 5 educational groups led by group leaders. Krakow Future Lab is the group whose main objective is to bring the meeting industry closer to the new technology industry.

“Krakow clearly demonstrates a commitment to two of ICCA’s core values: working together and embracing innovation. For this reason, the city was an obvious choice for next year’s congress. 2022 ICCA delegates can anticipate a seamless meeting experience that blends a world-class venue with cutting-edge event organisation,” said ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath.

“The ICCA Congress will contribute to the development and consolidation of the MICE industry throughout Poland.”

2022 will be a great time for the Polish meetings industry to celebrate. Next year, the Krakow Convention Bureau will celebrate its 18th birthday and will have the opportunity to present its maturity and readiness to host events at the highest level. 2022 also marks the 10th anniversary of Kraków joining the group of ICCA members.

“We are sure that the ICCA Congress will leave lasting traces in the city, and its influence will be mutually reinforcing. If we make good use of the opportunities the Congress provides, it will also contribute to the development and consolidation of the MICE industry throughout Poland,” adds Izabela Błaszczyk, Director of the Krakow Festival Office, Operator of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre.

“The hosting of ICCA Congress in Krakow is the result of the city’s consistent policy in developing business tourism. This is another milestone in fulfilling the strategic vision, which was initiated by the establishment of the Krakow Convention Bureau, and then by the opening of three large facilities in 2014: ICE Krakow Congress Centre, TAURON Arena Krakow and EXPO Krakow,” says Elżbieta Kantor, Director of the Tourism Department of the Krakow City Hall.

Find out more about Krakow and Poland here.