Newsletter – October 2014

Ljubljana among the most reasonably priced European tourist cities

27.10.2014 15:45
Ljubljana was ranked third most affordable European city break destination in a comparative survey of incidental holiday expenses in 20 popular European city break destinations carried out by the Automobile Association of Slovenia in collaboration with its partner associations within the EuroTest consortium of European automobile clubs.

The survey included 20 larger cities in 18 different European countries. The comparison of incidental holiday expenses was based on a shopping basket of 20 products and services usually required by visitors to city break destinations.

The city that did best in the survey was Belgrade, where the value of the shopping basked amounted to €41. Ranked immediately after Belgrade are Zagreb and Ljubljana (€63). The most expensive European cities, according to the survey, are Oslo (€153), Paris, and London.
The shopping basked consisted of the following groups of products and services that may be required on holiday:

  • a guided city tour, a one-day public transport ticket, and tickets to the city’s most popular tourist attractions,
  • health and body care products (such as sunblock, toothpaste, headache pills, etc.),
  • food and drinks offered by restaurants (such as pasta, French fries, beer, cappuccino, etc.),
  • various snacks and drinks (biscuits, water, etc.).

More information is available from the EuroTest website.

Insider’s tip to experience Ljubljana
Explore the city from the river with the wooden river boat Ljubljanica! Watch the video:

Jaguar chose Ljubljana for their new commercial

27.10.2014 15:41
Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, for a few days became the set of a new Jaguar commercial. The piece features a live wild cat, filmed in a private zoo in Oxfordshire, combined with shots of the Jaguar F-TYPE shot on location in the beautiful Ljubljana.

Jaguar’s founder William Lyons once said that the car is the “closest we’ve come to making something that feels alive”. This is where jaguar Land Rover took the inspiration for “Alive”, a new service video which shows the dedication and respect that goes into looking after a Jaguar, as well as the excitement of owning one.

In October, the elegant sports coupe has driven through the center of Ljubljana, BTC and past the World Trade Center buildings. The camera crew added the fog effects and carefully recorded every scene. The commercial is now in post production and will be release to the public in a couple of weeks. For now we can enjoy watching the making of “Alive”.

Bernardin Group with a new MICE video: Enjoy Business, Feel Pleasure

27.10.2014 15:34
St. Bernardin, one of the most important player Mediterranean meeting provider, now offers you a sneak peak at what a business day in Bernarding Group can look like. The brand new promotional video consists of six stories that intertwine business and leisure. A perfect combination for a perfect event. Enjoy business & Feel Pleasure!

Austria Trend Hotel Ljubljana proudly presents event P&G World Cup 2014

27.10.2014 15:25
The P&G World Cup 2014 was organized by Austria Trend Hotel in Ljubljana and was hosted for the first time in Slovenia. In scope of the event, Football World Cup tournament and numerous accompanying social activities were organized for more than 800 participants from 17 countries that attended. 

Austria Trend Hotel professional staff offered a complete service: planning the event, accommodation and meals for all participants, hiring of 6 football fields, organization and execution of the tournament system & game organization, party organization, videotaped it all and put it together in the amazing video capturing the highlights of the event.
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400 British travel agents and journalists loved Ljubljana and Slovenia

27.10.2014 15:21
“Incredible hospitality and professionalism of hosts, the warmth and kindness of the residents, very nice place,” were praises often repeated by 400 participants from meetings industry and journalists, Ljubljana has hosted between 21 and 23 September in the framework of the annual conference of the largest British Tourist Association, ABTA “The Travel Convention 2014”.

The ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) annual conference is the central event of the British association, which emphasises education and business networking, and is considered as one of the largest events of the British tourist industry. The local partners of the ABTA in organisation of the event are the SPIRIT Slovenia – Department of Tourism and Tourism Ljubljana.

ABTA is the second largest tourist association in the world, which started its path in 1950, and includes over 1.200 companies, 5.000 branches of tourist agencies and about 900 travel organisers. The size of the association is confirmed by the fact the ABTA members conduct over 90 % of the so-called package organised travels to and from the Great Britain.
The conference took place between 22 and 23 September 2014 at the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, while the Sunday, 21 September, was spent in getting to know the destination. Trips to Bled and Postojna, guided tours of Ljubljana and sports activities, such as playing soccer at the Vič Gerbičeva sports park were organised.

Around 400 participants attended the conference, among them 25 journalists of leading British professional and general media from the field of tourism – the media partner of the event was the Telegraph.

Petra Stušek, the acting Managing Director of Tourism Ljubljana, stated on the event: “The British market is one of the primary markets for the Ljubljana tourism and that is why we are very excited to host the event with the most important representatives of the British travel industry in Ljubljana. One of the most important goals of the Tourist Destination Development Strategy of Ljubljana 2014–2020 is raising recognition, and this high level professional meeting is in harmony with the set goals. Since 2014 the number of British visitors to Ljubljana has increased swiftly due to the arrival of the low-cost airline. They also rank first in arrivals and accommodation, but in the last years the number is falling. Here in Ljubljana we arranged for the participants to experience an authentic, unique Ljubljana’s urban atmosphere and loads of entertainment with a pinch of culture in their leisure time. We expect to strengthen of Ljubljana’s position as a so-called city break destination and enforce our quality and new, imaginative tourist products.”

After the successful event, Elaine Dellar, Director of the production agency Dellar Davies, complimented the collaboration between the organizers and the host city:  “We’ve always known that the secret to a successful Convention is when the hosts, ABTA and Dellar Davies work in harmony together to make it one seamless experience. It’s rare that the understanding of each other’s goals is such that it is possible to achieve this, but I knew from our first visit to Slovenia and Ljubljana that we had a mutual understanding of what makes an event great. All of us at Dellar Davies are very pleased to have had the chance to work with you all to bring this year’s Convention to fruition, and to such a successful conclusion.”

Another press launch for Slovenia

27.10.2014 15:20
Intours DMC is proud to have been working with Skoda again. This summer Intours DMC had a press launch for the new Skoda Octavia Scoot focused on the French journalists. The route took the participants onto a special trail showing them the fantastic landscape of north-western Slovenia and emphasizing the ecological elements. 

The locations were all specially selected for the client and Intours DMC was happy that they were able to offer them accommodation in the new Garden Village in Bled.  The houses on trees and over the small creek have been a huge surprise and a great attraction for the first time visitors to Slovenia.

They have managed to prepare the programme that included several “WOW- elements” and surprised even the staff who were to Slovenia before. At Intours DMC they strive toward offering all of their clients individualised programmes and emphasizing the small details that make events such as press launces or any other event a success.

The 11th FIAPAC Conference – “Task sharing in Abortion Care”

27.10.2014 15:18
The 11th FIAPAC conference held from 3 to 4 October 2014 at Cankarjev Dom Congress Centre Ljubljana attracted 500 delegates from all over the world with a focus on Europe. This is the only international meeting for health care professionals working in the field of abortion care and contraception. And as such is under of abortions opponents’ spotlight who had interfered with fluid and peaceful conduction of the meetings in the past.

Cankarjev dom had taken precautionary measures seriously and the protests were kept at the safe and peaceful distance. The exciting programme, planned for the FIAPAC 2014 meeting, was well preformed and the congress was a success. Ms Breda Pečovnik, the Congress and Events Management Dep. Director at Cankarjev dom commented: “We would like to say that we are impartial venue, where everyone is welcome to express their views.”
International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) is an organization of professionals working in the field of abortion and contraception. During the international Conference “Abortion Matters” in Amsterdam 1996, the need for a federation of professionals in the field of abortion and contraception became obvious. Therefore FIAPAC was founded on Jan-25-1997 with the aim of providing a platform for all practical and ethical aspects of unwanted pregnancy and abortion.

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