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On 20 May 2022, Ljubljana’s Lily Novy Garden played host to the first informal gathering of Slovenian Congress Ambassadors this year. In the morning, ambassadors and project partners could convene and network while experiencing the hidden gems of Portorož. The event was organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board, Portorož Tourist Board and project partners.

The Slovenian Ambassador programme currently connects 67 ambassadors, internationally-acclaimed individuals, who co-create Slovenia’s success as a meeting destination by hosting global events in Slovenia. At the helm of the campaign is the Slovenian Convention Bureau, supported by the Slovenian Tourist Board, in cooperation with six destination clubs and project partners. Regardless of the challenges the meetings industry endured during the past two years, all participants were unequivocal in their belief that live gatherings are pivotal for the industry. In addition, the event showcased how events can foster the development of international connections and partnerships.

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The first meeting in 2022 took place in an inspiring ambient

The purposes of the convening of Slovenian Congress Ambassadors were to seek new solutions in event organising as a response to current trends and deepen connections.

In-person gatherings are crucial, considering they enable authentic connections among ambassadors. Moreover, they facilitate knowledge exchange between colleagues from academic and scientific circles, institutions and partner projects who are active in various sectors of the meetings industry and, not least, deepen cooperation with the Slovenian Convention Bureau. The attendees exchanged trailblazing ideas, trends and propositions regarding potential future congresses and events hosted in Slovenia. The Slovenian Convention Bureau presented its supporting mechanisms for all who wish to organise international events in Slovenia.

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“One of the key goals of the Slovenian Congress Ambassador programme is to improve Slovenia’s competitiveness in the internationalisation of science and economy. At the same time, it aims to ensure a highly-effective structure to fulfil these goals,” said Tadeja Pivc Coudyser.

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Attendees who participated in the morning programme on Slovenia’s Coast took a ride in oldtimers from Koper to an olive grove in Strunjan, where they could revel in the bewildering views of Izola and its surroundings and relish a champagne tasting. Following the jaw-dropping views, the attendees visited the Olive Mill Lisjak, where they tasted olive oil, local dishes and wines. The venue has become a sought-after location for hosting an array of events.

Kaval Group, led by Pen Restaurant’s chef Mojmir Štiftar, prepared an unforgettable culinary experience in the afternoon.

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All Slovenian Congress Ambassadors connected within the programme are presented here.

The gala ceremony, where the honourable titles of Slovenian Congress Ambassadors in 2022 will be awarded, will take place on 28 September at Ljubljana Castle. Set to gather the leading Slovenian Congress Ambassadors, the event will offer an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing success stories.

Photo highlights from the event can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/38hhYeH.

Further information regarding the event is available at: http://www.congress-ambassador.si.

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Get in touch

To learn more about the Congress Ambassador Programme, contact:

Azra Botonjic
Slovenian Convention Bureau
T: +386 30 312 612
E: azra.botonjic@slovenia-convention.com
W: https://www.congress-ambassador.si/en/