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April 16, 2012

Annual Assembly of the Slovenian Convention Bureau

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The Slovenian Convention Bureau hosted its eighth Annual Assembly between 28 and 30 March 2012. The sponsors and hosts of the largest annual event of the Convention Bureau were Sava Hotels Bled and Tourism Bled with partners. 


The annual report of Slovenian Convention Bureau for 2011 was presented as well as a draft programme for 2012, followed by a presentation of international businessman Marko Podkubovšek from MP Global Consultants titled: Slovenia as a MICE destination – a view from a global perspective and a roundtable titled Slovenia – Congress destination, moderated by Vito Avguštin from Dnevnik. 


The roundtable hosted the opinions of: Marjan Hribar, general director of Directorate for tourism and Internationalization at the Ministry for the Economy, Robert Vuga, executive director of Adria Airways Tehnika, Bogdan Lipovšek, director of Grand Hotel Union and Hotel Lev, Tomaž Krušič, director of Intours and Marko Podkubovšek, MP Global Consultants. The opening address was delivered by Fedja Pobegajlo, executive director of Sava Hotels Bled, Janez Pfajfar, Mayor of Bled and vice president of the SCB Council Gorazd Čad from Go.Mice. 


This year the Convention Bureau enriched the programme with a brainstorming workshop “How to make successful stories”. On the second day of the assembly the participants had the possibility to shape incentive products, congress events and scientific – professional meetings in groups. The stories were all about Bled as an alpine MICE destination. The starting points for the creative workshops were introduced by Eva Štravs Podlogar, director of Tourism Bled. 


This year’s meeting was enriched by a fun relaxing afternoon activity which took place in Straža na Bledu. The participants got to know the culinary delights of Sava Hotels Bled and enjoy an evening event at Bled Castle. At the same time the event was an amazing opportunity for networking of over 60 members of the bureau and other guests. 


At the assembly the election of six new members of the Council of the Slovenian Convention Bureau from 2012 to 2014 were carried out and certificates awarded to the members who finished their re-certification.


Marjan Hribar introduced the opinion of the government to the resolution “Congress Slovenia” which was prepared by Slovenian Convention Bureau and its members. He highlighted the importance of the meetings industry for the Slovenian economy. As one of the conclusions of the round table we can highlight the establishment of a group, which would influence the development of this important industry in Slovenia. The steps will be defined at the next meetings of the SCB Council.


The members had the opportunity to deepen their relationships with the colleagues from the meetings industry, establish new friendships and get to know Bled as a congress and incentive destination. At the assembly the formation of the Congress Destination Bled was formally introduced.


The sponsors Sava Hotels Bled and Tourism Bled with local partners made sure that the participants got to know Bled in a new light and remember it as a wonderful congress destination.


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