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in 1905 in an elegant Art Nouveau style, the hotel features 327 comfortable rooms divided between historic and more business-focused buildings. The Grand Union Hall, the main function room for the hotel, accommodates up to 800 delegates, ensuring that guests this year will be treated to both space and luxury. Should you find yourself fatigued from a busy day of fraternising, the hotel also boasts an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness centre and a massage parlour for those who wish to recuperate in style. Partnership The main theme of this year’s AMP will be the notion of partnership, while individual sessions are set to encompass topics such as the sustainable development of cities, the contrast between emerging and established travel destinations – with Ljubljana a notable example of the former – and a whole host of new ways to approach negotia18

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tions within the MICE industry. Among the speakers for this year are the CEO of ICCA, Martin Sirk, Jane Cunningham of Bestcities Global Alliance, Christophe Schewe of IFALPA, as well as a variety of local talent including but not limited to Lucka Kajfez Bogataj from the University of Ljubljana and Ana Ros, Head Chef of Hisa Franko, an internationallyrenowned restaurant and reportedly the place where Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms. The status of Ljubljana as a destination for the future cannot be underestimated, with both The Guardian and Rough Guides listing it as one of the top cities to visit back in 2016, and, with its designation as the ‘Green Capital of Europe’ that very same year, it would appear that ICCA have chosen their venue with utmost care. Moreover, with its relatively low cost of living and abundance of affordable services, the city is an ideal location for those of us with an eye on the budget.

Valencia Aside from lovely Ljubljana, the remainder of the summer is set to be something of a globe-trotting affair, with conferences scheduled for Mexico, Kenya, Jordan, China and Thailand before ICCA returns to Europe for their second European Client/Supplier Business Workshop of the year, this time in Valencia, Spain from the 27th-29th of September. An historically agrarian and provincial city, Valencia has in recent years become something more akin to a regional and cultural capital, with rapid urbanization and one of the busiest ports in all of Europe contributing to its current standing as Spain’s third largest city overall and one of the many tourism hotspots to be found in the country. Taking place at the Feria Valencia, one of the oldest and most acclaimed event venues dating back to 1917, the

International Conferences Summits & Conventions 01-2018  

100 Recommended European Congress Locations The Conference Venue Allocator Published in cooperation with IMEX Frankfurt.

International Conferences Summits & Conventions 01-2018  

100 Recommended European Congress Locations The Conference Venue Allocator Published in cooperation with IMEX Frankfurt.

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