Multi-destination events may not always be the most straightforward events to organise. Numerous elements thrown into the mix in large quantities; from travel, to logistics, accommodation, event programme, communication and more. In addition to the event’s formulae, it is essential to remember that the event shouldn’t solely focus on the destinations, and the delegate has to be able to fully enjoy and engage in the journey in-between the destinations too. Above all, it is fundamental to be organised and keep your delegate at the heart of it all.
This is a guest blog post by Jane Jones, Director of Project Management at drp
From 18 to 19 January 2017, Slovenia and Ljubljana hosted the 9th Conventa. Mostly known as the New European exhibition for meetings, events and incentives, it offers a boutique business experience for buyers who are specifically looking for Central and Eastern European destinations. This year was phenomenal for Conventa. Firstly, it saw the highest number of exhibitors (400) and a record number of international buyers (250), mostly from Europe. Secondly, for the first time ever a group of buyers came from the USA and lastly, a record number of 11 fam trips was organised for international buyers. They had a choice between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Serbia.
This is a truly disruptive MICE exhibition that has build its uniqueness around creativity, innovation and building meaningful connections.
Interlaken is a resort destination in the heart of Switzerland. The little town in Bernese Oberland is located on an alluvial land between lake Thun and lake Brienz and is a getaway to the mountains. Its location and easy accessibility from major airports and business hubs such as Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva, makes it an attractive destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), and the proximity to lakes and mountains offer further incentive and team building opportunities.
When I moved to Heidelberg in October 2016, it was clear to me that I won’t attend events as often as I used to in London. In London, I could attend events every day if I wanted! Educational and networking events, venue showcases and Convention Bureau presentations, and lastly industry association events. All events for #eventprofs who are willing to progress their career and expand their network.
By chance, I chatted on Twitter with Lisa from Ungerboeck EMEA, an event and venue management software provider, based in a nearby city Karlsruhe. I asked whether she knows about any local events for #eventprofs. She recommended me the Karlsruhe Convention Bureau Stammtisch. Stammmtisch translates into English as “regulars’ table”. It is rather an informal get-together group that meets on a regular basis to discuss and network.
Last time I was in Switzerland was in 2012, and I missed all I love about this country! The landscape, nature, the punctuality, reliability, efficiency, the cute Swiss German dialect and food. I studied tourism in Switzerland and got to travel around so know its geography pretty well. What I knew little about was the MICE offer.