In only 8 years, Conventa attracted 1.974 international hosted buyers from 46 countries and 1.037 exhibitors from 17 countries of New Europe. New records are broken every year as each Conventa tops previous editions. Expectations are high also for the 9th Conventa opening the meetings season of 2017.
From the outset Conventa has strived to connect the region and encouraged the growth of Central and South East European meetings industry. The hard work put into the project over the years, the decision to remain a boutique show and the personal approach Conventa swears by, has placed the show among the top European events for the meetings industry.
In recent years the results of the teamwork put into the organization of the show have been showing immensely. In the beginning of 2016, Maja Pak, Acting Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board, asserted: “The Conventa trade show has greatly contributed to the recognition of Slovenia as place to hold congresses and business meetings. Conventa has been placed on the European congress map as a ‘must-go-to’ event, where more than one hundred providers of congress services from South East Europe exhibit to clients from all across Europe and beyond.”
Feedback the organizers get with satisfaction surveys is priceless and helps them improve and fine-tune the show each year. The results of the last survey showed that 89,6 % of hosted buyers attending the show thought their participation absolutely met their expectations. On a scale from 1 to 5 their overall satisfaction with Conventa was rated with 4,59, while the reputation of Conventa got 4,52 points. One of the hosted buyers wrote: “A great show where you meet the movers and shakers of Central and Eastern Europe and the right people who are shaping the right experiences that allow us to design a great travel journeys for our esteem customers.”
More than two thirds of exhibitors generated 1-5 business leads, while 17,8 % of exhibitors gained 6-10 business leads. Eighty percent of exhibitors will very likely exhibit also at Conventa 2017 and almost all (97,8 %) would recommend the show also to their colleagues. The survey results have been confirmed also with the following statement: “Conventa trade show is improving every year and exceeds our expectations. We are attending every year as an exhibitor and will continue so also in the future.”
The business year of 2017 will start in January with the 9th Conventa that has already confirmed another record has been broken. The previous number of 7 fam trips has been raised to 11. Hosted buyers coming to Ljubljana to experience the best and friendliest trade show in New Europe thus have the possibility to choose to visit one of the meetings destinations from 4 different countries.
We can’t wait to see what other results the new edition of the show will bring!