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Ljubljana Convention Bureau is preparing for the spring and summer seasons of scientific, professional and business events. Similarly to last year, events are being continuously postponed or cancelled. The situation on the international market remains uncertain for the meetings industry.

Numerous important international B2B events have already been postponed by event organisers to the second half of the year. Among them, the premier regional business tradeshow Conventa has been rescheduled to August. The event has, since its inception, become the central meeting point for organisers and providers in the region. Instead of 23 and 24 February, as originally planned, it will take place on 24 August together with the Conventa Crossover conference.

Organisers also postponed the date of the largest European business exchange IMEX Frankfurt – from April to the period from 31 May to 2 June. The meeting of the renowned SITE association, which works in the field of motivational travel and is scheduled to host Dublin at the end of January this year, has also been postponed. The organisers have not yet announced a new date.


Major events in late spring and early summer

The Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will host the Velo City cycling congress from 14 to 17 June, which should have been organised in Ljubljana already in 2020, but has been postponed. The central theme of this largest cycling congress in the world will be “Cycling the change”. The Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference of the EERVC (from 4 to 7 May) and the conference of the EADV, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (from 12 to 14 May) are also expected to take place at Ljubljana’s largest venue.

The 17th European Congress of Psychologists, which will take place from 5 to 8 July in Cankarjev dom, also remains confirmed; it should have been organised in 2020, but it was postponed. The ESPN Medical Conference (June 22-25) and the PAGE Social Science Event (June 28-July 1) will also take place in the summer.

In May, Cankarjev dom will also host a prestigious business event of the international branch association ICCA, intended for representatives of international scientific-professional associations and congress centres: “Clients-supplier business workshop – international venues”.

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Uncertainty surrounding attendee numbers

Attending scientific, professional, and business events this year will depend on the epidemiological situation in individual European countries in the coming months. For the Velo City Congress, however, the preliminary numbers are very promising: the organisers expect at least a thousand participants.