Paul Kennedy to help Convene exhibition for the Baltic Region

Convention Bureau, Lithuania, is taking the initiative to join regional
forces in the Baltic Sea Region and has launched the first regional
exhibition for meetings, events and incentives.

will take place 13-14 February 2013 at LITEXPO in Vilnius, the
Lithuanian capital. Paul Kennedy MBE, has been appointed as the event‘s strategic advisor. Kennedy has also been a strategic advisor for the Slovenia-based south-east Europe MICE event, Conventa, and is also advising Centaur on their new Meetings Show UK project.

is planned as an annual two-day event, with organisers prepared to full
host 120+ senior buyers from Europe. They anticipate 100 exhibitors
including convention bureaus, hotels, conference centres, special
venues, DMCs, PCOs, specialist suppliers from Lithuania and six other
countries of the region (Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Sweden and

The event will also be supported by a major professional education programme and a series of business networking events.

will also facilitate a number of familiarisation trips to Lithuania and
neighbouring destinations that wish to host the international buyers
attending the event.

Beniulien, Director of Vilnius Convention Bureau, says: “The global
meetings industry business is changing. Regional co-operation has become
increasingly important. We need to acknowledge that the Baltic Sea
Region is still ‘undiscovered’ and has a lot to offer. Launching
Convene, we give the opportunity for international buyers to learn about
the impressive range of meeting facilities on offer in this culturally
rich and diverse region.”

Kennedy MBE says: “Like many industry professionals I knew relatively
little about this region. Those attending the tradeshow will be likewise
impressed on the regional offer and Vilnius as gateway to the region
will surprise and delight the international buyers attending the event.”

website has been launched and two companies were appointed
to partner the Vilnius Convention Bureau in the management of the show.
AIM Group Baltic (part of AIM Group International) will be a core
technical organiser and Baltic Travel Group will manage all aspects of
the ground handling and evening networking events.

Semprebene Buongiorno, Vice-President of AIM Group International says:
“Our company is proud to be part of the Convene. We will give all the
support to our local team to make the event successful platform for
education, networking and business opportunities.”
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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