Representatives of the Prague Convention Bureau received the 2016 Top Meeting Destination award at the annual Conventa trade fair in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 18, 2017. The prize is awarded by Slovenian Kongres magazine to the destinations from Central and South East Europe region since 2011, in accordance with the evaluation based on destination’s infrastructure, marketing activities and other indexes. Prague thus follows up on its achievements in previous years: the city occupied the second position in the Meeting Star contest twice, and in 2013 it even won the first prize.
The Kongres magazine expert jury evaluated 68 destinations from 19 countries of the Central and South East Europe region, based on the following criteria: natural and cultural factors, general and transport infrastructure, tourist infrastructure, meetings infrastructure, marketing buzz, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) index, quality of life index, global peace index, and subjective grade. The top grade for each assessed section was 5.
The Czech metropole received the overall destination grade of 4.51 from the expert jury. The overall grade is a result of combination of the following individual grades:
- natural and cultural factors: 4.54
- general and transport infrastructure: 4.59
- tourist infrastructure: 4.90
- meetings infrastructure: 4.65
- marketing buzz: 4.85
- ICCA index: 4.12
- quality of life index: 4.10
- global peace index: 4.25
- subjective grade: 4.61
In the top 5 ranked also: Istanbul on the second place with the grade of 4.39; Budapest on the third with 4.37 points, followed by Athens and Ljubljana.
For the first time, Berlin has claimed the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). International organisations from around the world are increasingly choosing to meet in the German capital. They appreciate the modern hotel landscape, the numerous special venues, and also the city’s unique role as a magnet for science, culture, and innovation.
The new Meeting Guide Berlin provides all event planners with an indispensable tool. Accessible at www.meetingguide.berlin/en, the online tool with around 300 entries makes it possible to find the right hotel, venue, incentive, and service partner – such as PCOs, DMCs, catering and technology companies, suppliers, or mobility partners – for your event in the city of Berlin. The Meeting Guide Berlin includes newly opened hotels like the Riu Plaza near the famous Kurfürstendamm, the 4-star Hotel Titanic Chaussee Berlin as well as modern conference centres like the CityCube Berlin and Estrel Berlin, Germany’s biggest hotel.
The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is your first contact in the city. Established in 2001, the BCO offers comprehensive support for the organization of conventions, meetings, corporate events, and incentives in Berlin. Benefit from an experienced team, free-of-charge agency and reservation services for hotel allocations as well as a vast network of national and international contacts.
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Backed by a 50-plus year legacy of excellence, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
(JQH) represents diverse brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resorts / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. Twenty-three JQH hotels recently earned the TripAdvisor® special Hall of Fame status for being awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for five consecutive years. In addition, 43 JQH properties achieved the 2015 Certificate of Excellence recognition.
Step into a JQH property and you will notice extra touches synonymous with quality, including high-end finishes and select locations with relaxing, full-service spas. As a leading owner and manager of hotels in the United States, JQH also operates more than 5.4 million gross square feet of superb meeting and convention space on-site or within walking distance to its upscale hotels.
Spanning a portfolio of nearly 70 hotels in 24 states, JQH deploys the latest technologies and processes to ensure that meeting planners and attendees’ experience is optimum. On-site banquet services are available to customize any event from large-scale trade shows, cooking demonstrations, and business expos, among others. Award-winning chefs create culinary delights that can enhance every occasion, with healthy options and dietary considerations available, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Congratulations to Heike Mahmoud, CMP, of Visit Berlin, for being named as one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List by Meetings & Conventions Magazine!
In the July issue, M&C Magazine published a curated list of 25 high achieving women in the meetings industry who have helped shape and strengthen our business.
Since joining Visit Berlin in 2001, Heike Mahmoud has helped Berlin double its meeting business, and the German capital currently ranks fourth in the ICCA city rankings.
Mahmoud is also involved with the meetings industry on a broader scale, serving in several positions for European Cities Marketing and the BestCities Global Alliance.
Kudos go out to Jane Schuldt, CIS, CITE, founder and president, World Marketing Group Ltd. and longtime supplier partner of ConventionPlanit.com along with Patricia Farías Barlow, CEM, CEO, Puerto Vallarta Convention Center, a brand new member for being honored by The Convention Industry Council.
“This year’s CIC Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Award inductees represent a global footprint of the meetings, conventions, events, and exhibitions industry and we are excited to celebrate their expertise, leadership, and breadth of achievements. The iconic Hall of Leaders encapsulates a lifetime achievement award, while the Pacesetter Awards recognizes emerging leaders who have made an impact,” said the CEO of the Convention Industry Council, Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP.
The winners will be inducted into the CIC Hall of Leaders for 2015 during IMEX America in Las Vegas this coming October. The CP.com team is proud to be partners with such esteemed colleagues and we value their contributions as leaders in the meetings industry. To Jane and Patricia, Congratulations and ¡Felicidades!