Keeping up Conventions

altSteering the meetings industry in Krakow – Appraisal and monitoring of the economic influence of the meetings industry on Krakow’s economy, using good practice from Switzerland. The importance of Krakow meetings industry appears to be growing with every year. It can be concluded only on the basis of the number of congresses and conferences organized in our city.
As a result of several years of co-operation between Krakow Convention Bureau, Municipality of Krakow with the Cracow University of Economics Foundation and Krakow Festival Office it has been decided to apply for external funds for analysis of actual importance of the meetings industry in Krakow. Prepared project application was on the first position in the ranking of applications qualified for financing. Substantive justification, assumed research methodology and experience of Polish and Swiss partners proved high quality of the venture and reliability of scheduled works.

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Crazy for Culture

What are the common attributes that link Athens, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Avignon? They all start with the letter ‘A’. Check. They are all exciting cities in Europe. Check. And they have all been given the chance to demonstrate their cultural development by delivering a 12-month project dedicated wholly to art and culture through the European Capital of Culture title in recent years.

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Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Umeå is popularly known as the City of Birches, which dates from 1888 and the enormous city fire that devastated large areas of the city. When Umeå was rebuilt, wide avenues with birches planted along them were used as fire breaks to prevent fires from spreading. There are now more than 3000 birch trees in the city centre.

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Castilla La Mancha, the best connection

” when the renowned knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, quitting the lazy down, mounted his celebrated steed Rocinante and began to traverse the ancient and famous Campo de Montiel; which in fact he was actually traversing.”

(DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA, Miguel de Cervantes)

The image of a vast plain comes to mind when we think of Castilla-La Mancha. Its plateau and geographical situation in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula have historically made this region a natural crossroads for transport and commerce between Madrid and the South Coast.

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The Stuttgart Region – Number One in Sustainability, Culture and Conferences

Fascinating and beautiful, cosmopolitan and charming, traditional and future-oriented – the diversity of the Stuttgart Region makes it worth visiting more than once. Its economy and its culture are equally thriving, and one is often interlinked with the other, as in the case with the world-famous automobile brands that are synonymous with the Stuttgart Region (think Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, among others).

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Dresden. Meeting culture

Photography © Sven Döring

The Saxon state capital’s repute as a Baroque art and cultural metropolis is legendary. The enjoyment of art and a love of life not only go hand in hand, but can also be ideally combined with MICE events and supporting event programmes. Word has gotten around – all around the globe: Dresden recorded more than 4 million overnight stays from all corners of the world in 2012; yet another record. Dresden ranks 88th among the ICCA’s rankings of the world’s leading convention and conference cities and No. 8 among the larger cities in Germany, according to the latest Meeting & Event Barometer.

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