Delegate numbers were up 25 per cent at the recent ICCA Congress in Prague
A total of 1264 delegates from 79 countries met to exchange of the latest knowledge and trends in the industry.
Prague Congress Centre (PCC), the central venue of the Congress, welcomed participants in its newly renovated building.
“Reconstruction of the building and the ICCA Congress preparatory works cost us a lot of energy,” said Lenka Žlebková, sales and marketing director at PCC.
“However, satisfaction of the Congress visitors was a great reward for us. I am sure that they were leaving with positive impressions of Prague and a feeling that they all received a warm welcome and kind approach.”
ICCA president Nina Freysen-Pretorius said this year’s ICCA Congress was 25 per cent larger than ever before with its widest-ever geographical coverage.
“In my presentations during the Congress, I spoke a great deal about our industry’s role in building bridges, the theme of our Congress promotion over the last year: bridges between cultures, across business sectors, between people holding different opinions,” she said.
“These bridges also helped set up new business partnerships, kick-started new dialogues on important issues, and drew the attention of politicians and policy-makers to the vital role of our industry and the impact of international meetings that extends far beyond the obvious expenditure by delegates.
“I believe that not only did our delegates thoroughly enjoy their time in Prague, but that we have left an important legacy for the Czech meetings industry in terms of transferred knowledge, improved skills, and greater political awareness.”