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9th Conventa welcomes more than 500 meetings professionals

//9th Conventa welcomes more than 500 meetings professionals

Today, the 9th Conventa, New Europe exhibition for meetings, events and incentives opened its door.
This year, a boutique trade show focusing on personal touch will present some records – the highest number of meetings providers attending the show as exhibitors, hosted buyers coming from a record number of different countries from around the globe and a record number of fam trips organized for international buyers. In 2 days, Conventa will host 149 exhibitors from 15 different New European countries who will present its offer to 171 international meetings planners and around 100 regional and Slovenian meetings planners.

Conventa has been connecting the meetings industry of New Europe for nine years. From 2009 to 2017, the show has hosted 1.887 hosted buyers from 47 countries and 1.048 exhibitors from 17 countries. It has been described by many meetings industry professionals as the must-go-to event that every year commences a new business year.

Miha Kovačič, exhibition director and director of Slovenian Convention Bureau, announced: “The 9th edition of Conventa is setting new standards and opening new horizons. Like never before, we are overwhelmed by interest for participation from clients. Welcoming hosted buyers from 35 countries is a new record. Not to mention that 95 percent of clients are new. Many are coming from really far away looking for something new and still undiscovered. They were able to choose among eleven Conventa fam trips that are uniting the region of New Europe. Truly amazing!”

Gorazd Čad, co- organizer of Conventa and Editor-in-Chief of Kongres magazine explains: “For the organization of a sales meeting you will spend on average at least 60 minutes, with no time invested in market research and other time invested in finding customers. According to the survey, Conventa saves you on average at least 60 hours of valuable time that would otherwise be spent searching for contacts and organizing meetings with potential new clients. “

Next year Conventa will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The meetings floor at GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre will be hot again from 24 to 25 January 2018.

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Main Partners about Conventa

“On a global scale Conventa Trade show represents the key event in the field of business or B2B meetings between providers and buyers of business events.
This year, Conventa is held for the 9th time and each year the event gains an even stronger reputation among a targeted audience of professionals. Simultaneously it also represents a meeting point of more than hundred meeting providers from Southeast European region and buyers from the entire Europe and around the globe – for the first time this year also from United States of America.
Conventa is one of those key meeting events in Slovenian tourism that are contributing to Slovenia’s reputation of being a sustainable oriented country. At the same time the show is placed at the very top of professionally executed events. Abroad, Slovenia is more and more recognised as a great host of five star adventures in the field of business and congress tourism, while the professionally organized trade show Conventa is helping greatly and reinforcing the reputation. Due to the impact Conventa has on a global scale, the collaboration with Slovenian Tourist Board is of key importance. Also in the future we will continue to draw special attention to congress and business tourism since it has great effect on the entire tourism industry, builds reputation of the tourism profession at home and abroad, has great multiplying effect, congress and business guests contribute to the capital influx of foreign guests and last but not least, congress and business tourism contributes to the sustainable development of Slovenian tourism. With Conventa trade show we confirm that at a time of increased digitalisation, personal meetings between providers and potential buyers remain indispensible.”
MSc. Maja Pak, Managing Director, Slovenian Tourist Board

“I am pleased our city is hosting already the 9th Conventa business event, an important meeting point for the exchange of ideas and initiatives in the field of business tourism traditionally marking the beginning of a new year. In the past years the trade show significantly contributed to the strengthening of Ljubljana’s place on the map of top destinations for business meetings and fortifying ties between partners from different corners of the world.”
Zoran Janković, The Mayor of the city of Ljubljana

“As the host destination and partner of Conventa, we regard that this important regional meetings industry business event has firmly established itself on the European market and developed beyond a »classic trade show« format.
With its concept and personal approach Conventa now stands for a complete experience: a high-quality and efficient business platform topped by informal networking opportunities between hosted buyers, exhibitors and other meeting industry players in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It also showcases the wide array of possibilities for holding meetings and events in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the wider area of Central and Southeast Europe, which still has untapped potential on the international market.
Ljubljana Tourism therefore considers Conventa as one of its most important marketing projects at the destination level, by which both Ljubljana and Slovenia are continuously strengthening their brands and image abroad. And in 2018, it’s party time, with Conventa turning 10!”
Tatjana Radovič, Congress Manager, Ljubljana Tourism/Convention Bureau