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March 9, 2015

South East Europe: How Do Istanbul and Prague Compare for Meetings and Events?

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A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2013 ICCA scale according to the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues.



Population: 1.257.000

Population: 14.160.467

ICCA Country and City rankings 2013
11th place

121 meetings

ICCA Country and City rankings 2013
8h place

146 meetings

Mercer Quality of Living 2013


Mercer Quality of Living 2013


Sunshine hours: 1902

Sunshine hours: 2421

+ The spirit of Central Europe is in the best way caught in this beautiful city, which is an excellent convention destination because of its cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, liveliness and a tireless nightlife. What is the secret of the Prague congress tourism? What are they doing differently? It is a combination of circumstances and wise development policies. Elegantly and sustainably they are working to be among the top ten European congress cities.

Prague has for a long time not been an Eastern European gem, but a true European tourist metropolis with a diverse and comprehensive offer, luxury hotels and sometimes too high prices. If we look at the position of Prague regionally, Prague will not take primacy in the region over Vienna, but it certainly has all the conditions to remain for a long time the first congress destination among East European capitals.


+ Throughout history Istanbul has been at the crossroads of civilisations and some sort of a meeting point. It offers its congress product through seductive orientalism. Congress facilities are too many to set out here, but the city is easily capable of hosting the largest congress events.

The main advantage of Istanbul is that it reorganised its meetings industry and took advantage of its strategic location at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. This is further complemented by exceptional air accessibility, since 50 airlines fly into the city daily.

Cosmopolitan Istanbul has come back in full shine and has become one of the top global congress cities. The destination is back in the limelight and is the new global success story.

We believe that the meetings industry of Istanbul will be the new congress success story, for it has already fulfilled almost every condition and at the same time it is still relatively inexpensive.

Prague meetings flashpoints:

1. Hotel Yalta - a modernist hotel

2. Dragonboating - rowing competition with dragon boats on the Vltava river

3. Tower Park Prague - crazy venue with a beautiful view of the city

4. Beer Tour - meet typical Prague pubs with a century of tradition

5. Driving with tanks - the taste of socialist times for real men





Istanbul meetings flashpoints:

1. Hilton Bomonti - one of Europe's largest convention hotels, which is setting new Hilton standards here

2. Basilica Cistern - unusal gala diner in the largest underground cistern in the world

3. Tea time a la Turca - a memorable enjoyment of drinking tea is unforgetable experience for your conference guests

4. Club scene at Bosphorus - a club with the most beauutiful views of the Bosphours Reina, Sortie, Suad and Super Club

5. Santralistanbul - a special venue in the restored electrical central

STAY:  Four Seasons  Prague

STAY: Ciragan Palace, Kempinski Istanbul





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