ICE Kraków Congress Center again from the Meetings Star Awards
On 24 January, the results of the Meetings Star Award competition were announced during the CONVENTA 2018 Trade Show in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This year, the ICE Kraków Congress Centre was ranked 2nd in the Convention Centres category, scoring 4.90 out of 5. The first place went to Austria Center Vienna with a score of 4.91, beating ICE Kraków by just 0.01 points.
Jurors in the MEETINGS STAR AWARD competition are hidden congress guests who visit congresses held in the so-called New Europe, i.e. Central and Eastern Europe. This is a group of specialists with a minimum of 15 years of experience in the meetings industry and a broad knowledge of the organisation of events whose standards are set by international associations (DIN – Deutsche Industrie Norm, ICCA – International Congress and Convention Association, IAPCO – International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, APEX – Accepted Practice Exchange, AIPC – International Association of Congress Centres, MPI – Meetings Professionals International). ICE Kraków is a member of three such associations: ICCA, AIPC and MPI.
Importantly, the verdict is 100% objective, since it is based on the observations of members of the jury who fill out detailed forms describing the course of the event, rather than on the examination of the competition entries submitted by the centres themselves. The production of the conference is evaluated rather than its substantive contents for which the organisers are responsible. The conference and congress centres as well as hotels with conference facilities which are rated are usually unaware of the presence of hidden congress guests during their events.
The competition is held by the KONGRES magazine – a leading New European meetings industry journal based in Slovenia’s capital. It reaches more than 53,000 specialists (printed circulation: 5,000, digital edition: 38,000), mainly in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Slovenia. For many years, as a member of IMRN (International Meetings Review) the magazine has helped put Central and Eastern Europe firmly on the map of the global meetings industry.
It should be recalled that ICE Kraków was twice named New Europe’s Best Convention Centre in 2016 and 2017. This year’s second place confirms that Kraków is an important location for event organisers, and the organisation of congresses and conferences, which is the responsibility of ICE operator, i.e. the Kraków Festival Office, consistently remains at world-class level.