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October 7, 2014

South East Europe: Belgrade Vs. Warsaw

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Current comparison of the closest rivals on the ICCA scale 2013 according to the methodology of Kongres travelogues - meetologues.




Population: 1.34 million

Population: 1.72 million

ICCA Country and City rankings 2013
44th place

52 meetings

ICCA Country and City rankings 2013
34th place

65 meetings

Mercer Quality of Living 2013

135th place

Mercer Quality of Living 2013

84th place

+ Belgrade is an authentic, open and hospitable congress destination with soul. It features a plethora of floating restaurants and clubs, plus lively riverbank promenades. The city has a good basis for the development of the meetings industry, with a large convention centre, the Belgrade Fair, numerous convention hotels, a long tradition and very reasonable prices. Belgrade bases its congress story on a rich culture at the crossroads of East and West, the central position in South-East Europe and a vibrant social life.


Belgrade is a city on the rise and a rough congress diamond that has enormous development potential. Once it improves its infrastructure and handles the entire meetings sales chain it can be placed geo-strategically side by side with world congress capitals.


In short, the zeitgeist of Belgrade is best summed up by writer Momo Kapor: “Belgrade is a low-budget New York.”

+ Warsaw is a modern city, which impresses congress organisers with its exceptional congress offer and a wide selection of hotel accommodation. Among the 30,000 hotel rooms you will find as many as 10 five-star hotels.


The general opinion about Warsaw is that the city is a modern one, but also boasts a historical centre that is UNESCO heritage protected. In addition, the quality of life in the city is visibly improving from year to year. A number of new investments that are changing the face of the city are also very noticeable.


Due to the developed congress infrastructure Warsaw is becoming an increasingly important location for congresses of international associations. Large and high-profile international events, such as the UEFA Euro 2012 and the EU Presidency, have contributed a lot to its promotion, as has the fact that it is the capital of a new EU Member State.


A modern, interesting and urban convention destination attracts more and more organisers who are tired of traditional European cities.


Belgrade meetings flashpoints:

1. Crowne Plaza - new 416-room hotel with meeting space for up to 800.

2. The Royal Compound - a palace built in Serbian-Byzantine style in 1924.

3. Skadarlija - The most evocative part of Belgrade packed with traditional restaurants.

4. Tito's Train - Journey back in time on board President Tito's famous Blue Train - art deco style hotel on wheels.

5. Sava Centar - Serbia's prime convention facility with 16 meeting rooms.

Warszaw meetings flashpoints:

1. MT Polska Trade Fair & Congress – 10,000 m2 of exhibition space for over 6,300 people.

2. Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre – with 12 halls and a large hall for 1,850 participants.

3. Zamek Krolewski – Warsaw’s royal castle which dates to the 14th century and has interior space for up to 300 persons and outdoor space for up to 1,500.

4. Fabryka Trzciny - Arts Centre, which is in a revamped factory in Warsaw's arty Praga district.

5. Polish Vodka tasting - Vodka Incentive! Taste a small shot of the pleasure of Polish alcohol firmly rooted in Polish tradition.

STAY: Hotel Metropol Palace

STAY: Le Meridien Bristol





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