MCE Central & Eastern Europe concluded in Zagreb, Croatia


The eighth MCE Central & Eastern Europe was successfully concluded in Zagreb Croatia at hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb.

A total crowd of nearly 150 destinations, MICE suppliers and event buyers made its way to the gorgeous capital of Croatia for 2,5 days of networking, socializing, education but most of all, to get connected during pre-scheduled and match-made B2B meetings. The Europe Congress’ clever forum format and varied program assured high results in a very short time. This effectiveness is much appreciated as it reduces out of office time and increases productivity.

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The forum started on Sunday with a welcome reception at the hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb with welcome addresses by Iva Pudak-Mihajlovic, Manager at the Croatian National Tourism Board, Zlatan Muftic, Director at the Zagreb Convention Bureau, Gordan Susak, General Manager of the host hotel venue and Alain Pallas, Managing Director of Europe Congress.

The evening proceeded to the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb, where Europe Congress offered all participants a wonderful dinner with folkloric and magical entertainment at the hotel’s Emerald Ballroom.

Monday offered the short and sweet presentations of many participating Central & Eastern European destinations. During the opening keynote session all participating hosted buyers were to explore the CEE region. This was followed by the start of the renown B2B meetings. All participants got really to work now, talking and doing business. The day proceeded with social activities, more meetings, a networking luncheon, a marvelous keynote performance by the CEO of the Meetology Lab, Jonathan Bradshaw and more meetings. The busy day program continued with an evening program at the beautiful Mimara museum. Together with Majetic Catering company, the museum itself and other partners the evening and program became a glorious success.

What is the better way to wake up than win prizes? Tuesday morning brought just that in the opening session of the day. More meetings followed, separated just by a well-deserved coffee break. The closing session had already come and praises were offered because of the assistance of all forum partners and the high quality deliverance of the forum by Europe Congress.

Asking Europe Congress’ Managing Director, Alain Pallas about the success he stated: “For us as Europe Congress the forums are only successful if they’re successful to the participants. The selection of the right participants that have interest in doing business together is the key element to succeed in doing so. Of course, the varied event program, the flawless delivering of the forum and securing all meetings to happen as planned are assuring everyone to have a great experience alongside new business partners. We’re pleased with the very positive feedback till so far and will keep on striving to make any of our next forums excel beyond’’.

Europe Congress exceeded expectations once again and will now continue to put together there other two popular forums, MeetingPlanners Russia, on 10 and 11 September in Moscow and MCE South Europe from 21 to 23 October in Thessaloniki.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.