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Programme for CONVENTA 2019 will be available in December.

ICCA Breakfast Session

(for ICCA members, associations, and those interested in learning more about the association meetings market)

The topic of discussion will be “Successful Bidding for International Association Meetings.”

This seminar is designed to provide an introduction to ICCA and the international association meetings sector’s bidding methodology for those in the private sector, including PCOs, DMCs, MICE venues, hotels and venue operators, as well as government organisations. Attendees will gain an insight into the complexity of the international association meetings bidding process by hearing from a variety of meetings industry experts. The goal is to understand how to win more international meetings by identifying and responding to clients’ key strategic objectives.

This event is sponsored by Conventa. All ICCA members, associations, and those interested in learning more about the association meetings market are encouraged to attend. Space is limited.

Language: English

Workshop on Event Moderation

Led by: Hans Etman, Masters of Moderation, The Netherlands

Hans is all about service. And that shows by the way he moderates: calm, open and direct, so that all participants feel comfortable, involved and appreciated.
Out of his sincere feel for customer needs, Hans understands the importance of voicing opinions – but even more so of setting aside differences for team accomplishment. As he intuitively shifts from confrontation to sensitivity, Hans is always goals-oriented.

His approach and personality make Hans the ideal choice for situations that have some ‘bite’ to them: public meetings, reorganisations and hard-to-engage target groups are all in safe hands with him.

Language: English

Employer Brand – How to improve it with corporate events

Led by: Matjaž Jug, ETC Adriatic

About the lecture: Successful employer branding process facilitates the company’s ability in attracting, recruiting and retaining ideal employees. It helps secure the achievement of the company’s business plan. Learn how you can incorporate employer branding to your company’s events.

About Matjaž: Matjaž is owner and CEO of ETC Adriatic, a corporate events company that specialises in the Adriatic region of Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, which has served over 200 companies to date. Matjaž works in tourism for over a decade; he regularly shares his entrepreneurial experience with startups. 

Language: Slovenian

Tea with Reason: Where Are We All Heading?

(And how to get there before everybody else)

Led by: Kevin Jackson, The Experience is the Marketing
Organised by: British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Slovenian Convention Bureau and Conventa

About the lecture: Everyone knows about the Millennials, AI, Robotics, and Innovation. Our speaker Mr Kevin Jackson will decode how you should act and react to ensure your future is bright.

About Kevin: Kevin Jackson has been making his influence felt for several decades. He’s been a significant player with some of the world’s most respected marketing services groups, including Interpublic, Grey and Saatchi. As the Director of Ideas and Innovation at The Experience is the Marketing, Kevin works at the cutting-edge of industry innovation, solving problems and allowing his clients to achieve their growth potential. More >>>

Language: English

Trends in Event Management

Led by: Žiga Novak, Wallnut Grove

About the workshop: Let’s talk about what’s hot in the event management business. We will briefly go through 3 main trends and then go deeper in one option of your choosing. The three main directions are:

  • Unusual venues – how to find and use them for extraordinary events
  • Event design tools – easy and complex tools for conceptualising events 
  • Participatory events – the positives and negatives of activating people

About Žiga: Žiga is an entrepreneur, manager, trainer, speaker and experience designer that specializes in using game, play and experiental design for assessment, engagement, entertainment, motivation and development of human potential. He works primarily as a manager of the Walnut Grove Group, coordinating a core team of 10 people that manage different brands and projects within the business group. He has a background in tourism, event management, media, EU projects, government, international organisations and human resources development.

Language: Slovenian

Grow Your Career and Business with SITE

Led by: Padraic Gilligan, Sool Nua

SITE is a global community of incentive travel professionals, driven to dream bigger and achieve more every day. Whether you are looking to enhance your career, feed and inspire new business or share experiences to help shape the industry, SITE has the resources and tools you need to succeed. Attend this session to learn more about the benefits of getting involved and how to make more business with SITE. We’ll also discuss trends in the incentive travel industry to help you better plan for the future.

About Padraic: With his business partner Patrick Delaney, Pádraic is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a boutique marketing consultancy helping destinations, hotels and venues with marketing, strategy and training for the MICE marketplace. Prior to founding SoolNua, Gilligan was Vice President of Ovation, MCI’s global DMC network and Vice President of Industry Relations at MCI Areas of interest include Workplace Culture, Digital Marketing, Branding, Service Marketing, Regulations in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Measurement and Return on Investment, Defining Value Proposition particularly in the DMC sector, the Business Case for Meetings and Events etc. His interests in these areas and in destinations in general are reflected in his award winning blog which may be accessed on In 2004 he was elected to the International Board of the SITE and served as international President of this global organisation in 2008. He has won many awards including Industry Personality of the Year from in 2009 and Destination Management Professional of the Year from ADMEI in 2012. He currently serves as a Trustee of the SITE Foundation. Pádraic is married to Rita Smyth and together they have 6 grown-up children and 3 grandchildren. He is a passionate supporter of Arsenal Football Club, a performing singer-songwriter and loves cycling his bicycle.

Interaction design for your conference

Led by: Hans Etman, Masters of Moderation, The Netherlands

About the workshop: A conference audience wants to be engaged nowadays. Is a Q&A session enough? Interaction is not just waiting for questions that may never come, but involving your audience from the beginning. In this workshop you will learn in a hands on way to spice up your conference. Easy, accessible and…interactive!

The people in the audience no longer want to sit and listen to speakers for hours and hours. They probably have attended too many boring conferences already. So how can we make our conferences more lively and engaging without losing the focus on the content? The answer is as simple as it is demanding. With all the knowledge and experience in your audience, you have the richest source you can imagine for real content. Combine it with a few top notch speakers and a professional moderator and magic will happen. With the easy techniques that your moderator uses, you can help your speakers deliver their message more effectively, help your delegates to digest their new insights and still keep control over the dynamics and timetable of the program. But your design must be focused on interaction. In this workshop we will look at your conference program or use a standard one and learn where you can plan short interactive moments and what effect they can have. Success guaranteed!

Outcome #1: You will learn why interaction leads to a higher ROI

Outcome #2: You will learn how to use a range of easy interaction techniques

Outcome #3: You will have the chance to get free advice for your next conference

Language: English