Croatia has made a major contribution to the development of modern civilization and has left a lasting imprint on its foundations. The great inventor Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia. Without him modern civilization would look substantially different than it does today. And it was from Croatia that two symbols of the business world, the fountain pen and the tie, were presented to the world. It was as if these things put Croatia on the road to developing its meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) industry, for which there are many other compelling arguments. Scientists, innovators, and artists from this country have made major contributions to modern society, and either independently or as part of a team, they have explored the possibilities for further progress, united in their desire to make the world a better place. Croatian athletes have also been successful in team and individual sports, and by winning medals have pushed boundaries and contributed to the development of the sporting spirit and world sport.
With 10 sites under the protection of UNESCO, eight national parks, 11 nature parks, and many other examples of an outstanding cultural and natural heritage, Croatia is in the eyes of many people the most beautiful European garden. It is readily accessible by plane, modern highways, and by sea. The country is also investing heavily in security, which is another of its great advantages.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the country is the choice of many congress organizers, for business meetings and team-building and incentive programs because here they will have all of the conditions for success. At the same time, there is also a stimulating environment here for strengthening unity and cooperation, and an atmosphere that promotes ecological awareness and sustainable development.
Three beautiful cities are the leaders of the MICE industry in Croatia: the capital city Zagreb with its unique atmosphere; one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Dubrovnik; and Opatija, once a trendy Austro-Hungarian health resort. These three cities also have congress offices, organized by their respective tourist boards, whose purpose is to be the link between offers and demands, to organize inspection trips, to publicize and promote offers, and in general to improve and guarantee the quality of the offer for conferences.
In addition to these three leaders of the MICE industry, we should mention the Istrian cities of Rovinj, Poreč, Umag and Pula; the Dalmatian cities of Zadar, Šibenik, Vodice, Split, and Makarska; and in the continental portion of the country Osijek and many others that are making rapid strides in the market for congresses. This commitment is evident in the number of new or newly-renovated hotels that they have, which include very well-equipped conference halls for large, plenary sessions and for smaller meetings.
• The most Googled destination in the world in 2016 • Close to all european cities • Excellent flight connections • 1244 islands, islets, stacks and reefs • 6.278km coastline • Untouched nature • 8 UNESCO sites and 14 Elements on the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage • Exceptional eno-gastronomy • Numerous open-air festivals • Locations of making of ”Star Wars”, ”Game of Thrones”, ”Crossing Lines”, ”Winteou” and many more
…and few more interesting facts:
• Orson Wells shot his adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” in Zagreb. • Jules Verne set the plot of his novel “Mathias Sandorf” in the town of Pazin. • Alfred Hitchcock claimed that “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world” • Lord Byron christened the city of Dubrovnik “The Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Jasmina Bilać is the owner and manager of ProConventa, an event agency, specialized in planning and organization of all types of events, from incentive trips, large conferences, through corporate receptions to various workshops, educations and team bulding programs in Croatia and the region. Jasmina has been organizing events for 15 years and specializes mainly in professional associations, national and international, mostly in the fields of construction, finance, medicine and pharmacy, as well as all major events involving demanding technical production. She is an active member of the Croatian Meeting Professionals Association, one of the first holders of the CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings & Events Specialist) certificate. She is also a member of the work group, lecturer, mentor and one of the authors of the manual for the certification process, She writes articles for professional and business journals. Her favorite topics are global trends in the meeting industry with a focus on technology and green meetings.
We take the time to understand your company’s goals and objectives in order to create an experience that will connect your target audience with the message you wish to convey. We are detail-oriented, knowing the importance of a prompt response and accepting the responsibility for the success of your event. Our creative staff will produce memorable events with distinctive themes, moderate business events that coincide with your corporate messaging or a unique grand opening that appropriately dazzles and delights. ProConventa is also proud to be the first in Croatia to offer our clients hi-tech solutions to enhance audience engagement and increase the quality level of their events. As technology continues to advance at exponential rates we are experiencing it in the MICE industry as well. Following trends and educating ourselves in technological sense allows us to make the most out of the events we organize.