Nik Račič, Director of the Croatia Convention Bureau
Q: What does Conventa mean to you?
Conventa is a quality MICE industry trade show that is especially important for the countries of Central and South-East Europe.
Q: Can you share a really memorable experience from Conventa that is hard to forget?
There were plenty of such moments, from planning Conventa to the successful realization of the project, but the most important experiences of all are the people, my dear friends and excellent professionals – the Conventa organisers Miha Kovačič, Gorazd Čad and Tatjana Radovič. I will never forget a single moment of when I received the Hall of Fame award when it was first established.
Q: Conventa is celebrating its 10th jubilee in the upcoming year – for you what is Conventa’s message to the MICE industry?
The ten-year jubilee is the best confirmation of Conventa’s success. In my long-term managerial career I have witnessed many attempts to organise MICE trade shows around the world, but only a small number of them have managed to survive. Conventa’s message is primarily to offer quality rather than quantity: a smaller number of quality buyers is always a better choice.
Q: How do you see the impact of Conventa on the region?
Conventa has positioned itself as an important trade show for the area of Central and South-East Europe with a regular place on the MICE events calendar. The establishment of the Slovenian Convention Bureau and the launch of Kongres magazine were important pre-conditions for the Conventa’s successful organisation. I am proud that I was able to provide friendly assistance as a previous director of the Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau. I see Conventa as a child that has grown up strongly and wisely, especially given the fact that in 2014 the Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau (up to that time a well-known brand of the Croatian and European MICE industry) was unfortunately closed due to an irresponsible decision. I am hoping for a better future and a return of the Croatian Convention and Incentive Bureau, as I strongly believe that it will have a positive impact on the future of MICE and the development of Conventa and Kongres magazine due to several exhibitors coming from Croatia.
Q: If Conventa were a dish, what would it be and why?
If IBTM World in Barcelona is a starter and IMEX in Frankfurt is the main dish, then Conventa is a great dessert!