Martin Sirk, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) CEO, has visited Gdansk in northern Poland, for a site inspection ahead of the city’s bid to host the association’s 2017 Congress.
The visit was organised by Gdansk Convention Bureau and follows the city being shortlisted for the 2017 Congress during last year’s event in Shanghai.
Gdansk is competing with Prague (which lost the bid battle with Kuching for the 2016 event) and St Petersburg (Russia).
Sirk visited the AmberExpo Exhibition and Convention Centre, the proposed main venue for the ICCA Congress, and attended a press conference with local and national media, where he was asked about Congress goals, previous events and other ICCA activities.
Final bid submissions are to be made by 1 May, with bid presentations for the ICCA Board of Directors on 18 May in Frankfurt, with the final decision being announced just before IMEX.
Andrzej Bojanowski, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk had noted that the city had a new airport terminal, a new convention centre and held 7,000 business meetings in Gdansk and the surrounding Region in 2013.
Gdansk also presented four venues for engaging in the Congress social programme: the Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the PGE Arena and the Gdansk Shipyard Centre.
ICCA’s future Congress destinations are:
- 2013 Shanghai, China
- 2014 Antalya, Turkey
- 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2016 Kuching, Malaysia.
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