BRATISLAVA – MTLG 2017

BRATISLAVA – MTLG 2017

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MEETOSLAVIA

One of the smaller and very likable European capitals is compact and you can explore its beautiful parts by foot. The old town is closed for traffic.Administrative and economic centre of Slovakia is currently a fast growing Slovakia’s congress brand. Bratislava is a modern city with a developed congress infrastructure with key international hotel chains such as Sheraton, The Luxury Collection by Starwood, Crowne Plaza, Radisson Blu, Austria trend hotel and Falkensteiner. The offer is surprisingly rich and very colourful and includes a number of interesting special venues. We are all impressed with Slavic spirit influenced by Germanic organization. As the new centre of European automotive industry, as it is considered for European Detroit, pins great hopes on the presentation of new cars as one of the specializations. All this is packed into affordable yet very effective and attractive package.

DID YOU KNOW?
Before it’s contemporary name, Bratislava was mostly known by its German name, Pressburg, as it was long dominated by Austrians and other German-speakers. The name Bratislava, which had been used only by some Slovak patriots, became official in 1919.

MTLG INDEX / 2017 EDITION

DESTINATION CAPACITY

  • The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms: 5,094
  • The number of 4* and 5* category hotels: 73
  • Banquet hall maximum capacity: 600
  • The largest hall in the city: 2,500 m2
  • Destination population: 432,801
  • Maximum hall capacity in theatre style: 2,500

MTLG CATEGORY

L– MEETING DESTINATIONS

Destinations that can host up to 2000 attendees.

Check out the new MTLG categorization for 2017 here.

WHAT'S HOT IN 2017

1. 53rd Bratislava Music Festival (15. Oct 2017 – 30. Nov 2017)
Organized for the 53rd year, Bratislava Music Festival is one of the most important and most prestigious international festivals in Slovakia. It showcases some of the best world-renowned orchestras, conductors, soloists and local artists.

2. Bratislava White Night (1. Oct 2017 – 15. Oct 2017)
White night is the largest and most visited festival of contemporary art in Slovakia. It is one of the most beautiful autumn events in Bratislava, where you can experience an untraditional artistic walk through the night city, full of experiences and new perceptions.

3. Bratislava Jazz Days(20. Oct 2017 – 22. Oct 2017)
The international jazz festival Bratislava Jazz Days is a traditional 3-day event full of jazz and it’s many genres, from traditional to the very modern. Every year it hosts world famous names like Jack de Johnette, Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy and many more.

4. Bratislava Christmas Market (26. Nov 2017 – 22. Dec 2017)
The Christmas market in Bratislava has a long tradition and is a great place for people to get together, eat some traditional dishes or maybe do some shopping. Over 100 booths on the Main square, Františkánske square, Courtyard of the Old Town Hall, Hviezdoslavovo square and Primacial square are open each year.

5. Hyperloop (by 2020)
Hyperloop is a futuristic transportation project allowing passengers to travel at the speed of sound – around 1200 km/h. The Hyperloop company announced that the first ever cities to be connected are Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest. While it currently takes 1 hour to get from Bratislava to Vienna by bus or train, we should be able to cover this distance in 8 minutes by 2020.

A. Natural and cultural factors: 4.38

City of four rivers defines the Danube river with its tributaries and with the mighty Renaissance castle above the intimate and compact old town. Although is in the shadow of the more notorious cities Vienna, Budapest and Prague it still offers rich experience. Modern metropolis, the centre of cultural and artistic life with rich architectural heritage creates high eventful diversity.

B. General and transport infrastructure: 4.84

The infrastructure has in the recent years became better. Bratislava is practically in the suburbs of Vienna and has many advantages with its strategic location. A big potential represents airline accessibility with two airports in the courtyard of the city. Vienna is a major regional aviation hub, but the local is attractive for low-cost carrier. Relatively good quality of life. Public transport is organized with German precision. No problem with the safety.

C. Tourist infrastructure: 4.79

The city centre is full of pubs, restaurants and shops. Thanks to the mad New Year’s and other parties, Bratislava has acquired the title Partyslava. The hotel offer includes the best-known hotel chains. 11 hotels fall under the categorization of 4 stars and 5 hotels under the categorization of 5 stars. In the last few years, Bratislava has become a new European tourist hub. It currently offers 17.500 hotel rooms.

D. Meetings infrastructure: 4.67

In addition to the large convention centre Incheba Expo Arena and a completely new conference hall Slovak National Theatres, the holders of the congress offers are international hotel chains which all have superbly equipped conference centres. Many special venues like Eurovea city centre are the ideal choice for larger and scenic demanding events.

E. Subjective grade: 4.71

Slovakia is one of the most dynamic countries of Central Europe. With all the friendly people you feel very welcome and just like at home. Slovaks take hospitality and beer very seriously.

F. Marketing buzz: 4.73

BRATISLAVA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2017 
DESTINATION MARK: 4.20
Natural and cultural factors: 4.38
General and transport infrastructure: 4.84
Tourist infrastructure: 4.79
Meeting infrastructure: 4.67
Subjective grade: 4.71
Marketing Buzz: 4.73
ICCA index: 3.52
Numbeo quality of life Index: 3.08
Numbeo Safety Index3.80
ACI Airport Connectivity Index3.51

BEST INCENTIVE IDEA

Bratislava Post-Socialist City Tour
A funky retro tour in a legendary 70’s Czechoslovak car Škoda or a crappy 8-seater van Škoda 1203. The journey will take you through the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past as well as recent transformations in Bratislava. You will visit a vast concrete housing estate area, the Soviet monument Slavín, abandoned factories, riverside developments, 1930’s bunker line, the former Iron Curtain border zone and loads of communist architecture. Local insight guaranteed!

COMPARISION WITH THE REGION

Bratislava is an undiscovered European congress capital which is slowly and steadily penetrating into the congress market. It represents a novelty for the international congress market which impresses due to the kindness and sympathetic outlook of the city centre, but also because of the not excessive commercialization. Bratislava has long lived in the shadow of neighbouring Vienna and Prague but today, fresh and full of new energy invites international congress organizers. It is close to them mainly due to a more personal congress experience – the city is very friendly for the congress organizers and participants.

COOL MEETINGS

Bryndzové Halušky – Halušky, is one of the most popular national dishes of Slovakia. This hearty meal is made of potato dough noodles or dumplings (halušky) with sheep cheese (bryndza) cooked bacon sprinkled on top, and some versions have sausage. Easily speaking, halušky is similar as Italian gnocchi.

GET IN TOUCH

Bratislava Tourist Board / Bratislava Convention Bureau
Primaciálne námestie 1
814 99 Bratislava
Slovakia

Ms. Nina Erneker,
E: erneker@visitbratislava.com
T: + 4219029858056,
www.bratislavaconventionbureau.com

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A long time congress tourism addict, Gorazd has many years' experience in creating, planning and organizing large congress projects in cooperation with some of the most respected institutions in the region. He is an accomplished advisor for marketing success in corporate events and congress centers and the owner of Toleranca marketing agency. Gorazd has established himself as the founder and editor of Kongres Magazine and the co-creator of Conventa Trade Show.

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