Slovenia: Open Arms to New MICE and Business Travel Opportunities

The expansion of Slovenia’s National Convention Bureau alludes to a general trend of business attraction occurring in the country at present, as will be showcased in the next edition of EME Outlook via an exclusive interview with the Slovenian Tourist Board

The Slovenian Tourist Board has strengthened its convention bureau offering, making it easier than ever for MICE organisers to establish events in the country. The convention bureau’s team has expanded, allowing greater levels of planning and administration for new MICE and business partners. 

Slovenia is already an ideal choice for MICE and business meetings. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, it can be accessed from every direction by air, road and rail while its compact size allows meeting planners to create a fully diversified programme all within a single destination. Slovenia is also one of Europe’s greenest countries, offering outdoor activities that range from hiking and biking to golf and watersports.

The National Convention Bureau has created a series of MICE/business packages, focusing on the ‘Four Faces of Slovenia’. These four areas showcase Slovenia’s diverse landscape and outdoor activity offering, making it an ideal location for team building exercises and professional trips. 

The four focus areas are:

-          Meetings in cities - From the vibrant and historical capital Ljubljana, with two congress centres and a number of special venues, to former European Capital of Culture, Maribor offering convention hotels and excellent wine routes. 

-          Meetings in the Alps - A variety of locations including Lakes Bled and Bohinj, Kranjska Gora and the Soca River Valley. Events for up to 500 delegates and a wealth of outdoor activities as well as golf courses with unrivalled Alpine views. 

-          Meetings on the coast and Karst - From the Mediterranean flair of coastal towns such as Portorož and Piran, with events for up to 1,100 delegates, to the underground world of Slovenia’s enigmatic Karst region.

-          Meetings at Thermal Spas - Combine your meetings and events with luxury spas offering traditional thalassotherapy therapies using Slovenia’s health-giving natural ingredients such as saltpan mud and brine.

The expanded National Convention Bureau team will offer a suite of new services including the preparation of tailor-made bid documents and presentation materials, assistance finding and booking suitable venues, and suggestions for social programmes.  

Other services include tailor-made site inspections for international meeting planners, assistance with public engagements, suggested partners for professional cooperation and creation of picture, video and other promotional materials. 

The expansion of the department has already seen significant success with the introduction of events such as the ‘First Ever Ironman Event’ to be held in the country this September along with the International Golf Travel Market in October, 2018.