Conventa, a specialized fair of congress and incentive offers, was held in Ljubljana from the 18th to the 19th of January for Central and South-East Europe and there were 145 exhibitors and more than 300 organizers of business trips, of which 178 foreign organizers, from the European and American markets, and the rest were organizers of business travel in the region.
On Wednesday, the 18th of January there was an award ceremony for the best congress destinations, according to a survey by the professional congress magazine "Congress", in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. Dubrovnik was declared the best in the category of Top 10 regional congress centres, and overall, the best congress destinations were Prague, Istanbul and Budapest, while Dubrovnik, although a much smaller destination than its competitors, was positioned in fourth place.
The Marketing Director and Founder of the specialized fair Conventa, Gorazd Chad, said that this year the congress and incentive fair Conventa in Ljubljana gathered a record number of exhibitors and organizers of business travels, and that it is estimated that at the fair over 4,000 business meetings were held . Mr. Chad is sure that the Conventa fair will greatly affect the course of the upcoming conference season.
Congress mystery shoppers used various criteria in order to rate destinations, from natural factors, then transport infrastructure and also the tourist infrastructure as well as conference facilities. Subjective rates of the destinations were also important, as well as the marketing score. An important factor in evaluating was the quality of life index, and also the global peace index, which increasingly affects the overall assessment.
Dubrovnik has once again proved a successful world tourist destination, ranking in the top of the in the congress industry in Europe, and as the best in the region.