Easy accessibility, world class innovations in IT, medicine and technologies as well as Bratislava’s know-how in execution and manufacturing are key factors that make the Slovak capital exceptional. Noting that Bratislava is also a safe city offering high standard hotels and venues, it is not a surprise that the city is a meeting destination on the rise.

Veitshöchheim/Germany, May 15, 2017

Accessibility
According to many surveys, accessibility is the number one concern for event planners when selecting a new destination. Bratislava scores high here as it is one of the best-connected cities of Europe; the Vienna International Airport is located only 40 minutes away. The city’s own airport is located only 20 minutes away from the city centre and serves as a hub for Rynair. The connections are good: for example a flight from London to Vienna Airport takes only 2 hours, from Brussels 1.5 hours. Flying isn’t your only option, traveling to Bratislava by road and train is also very easy. In the city itself, everything is close and within walking distance which saves a lot of valuable time.

Also important to mention: Bratislava is a safe and secure destination – a fact that plays an increasingly important role for planners in the current time. The number of destinations that can fulfill this demand is not that high as it used to be some years ago. But Bratislava (and Slovakia in general) meets the criteria: According to Numbeo, the safety idex in Bratislava is very high! Safety is clearly a very important issue in Bratislava, proven by the fact that one of the most important conferences on global security is held annually in the Slovakian capital; from May 26-28, the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum brings together many international experts from the realm of security and defence.

Innovation
With international young and smart people gathering in Bratislava, the start-up scene is vibrantly building the city’s reputation as an innovation hub. One example is ESET, an IT security company that offers anti-virus and firewall products. Pixel Federation, founded in the city in 2007, is another great example for innovation. The company develops online games played in over 200 countries! Also Sygic, a company that develops voice guided GPS navigation software, should be mentioned. Known as an automotive hub, Bratislava has also spawned Aeromobil, the makers of the world’s first flying car.
Moreover, Bratislava proves to be innovative in the meetings industry: Sli.do, an online tool for audience engagement has built up from zero to a company with world reputation. With Sli.do, you can make any event interactive, allowing you to create live Q&A sessions, polls, and distribute slides with ease.

Execution
A core feature of Bratislava is the automobile industry. The knowledge available in this field is exceptional. Events related to the automobile industry will discover numerous ties to the city and its booming industry. Global automotive leaders like Volkswagen (producing cars for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, ŠKODA and SEAT, directly in Bratislava), Peugeot Citroën, KIA and Jaguar Land Rover have all opted to locate their massive plants around the city because for them precision, attention to detail and focus are non-negotiable. All in all, 9 global car brands can be found in the city.
The Bratislava Volkswagen production plant that doubles as a conference venue is considered one of the most modern facilities in the world in terms of automation and use of robotics.

About Bratislava Convention Bureau:
The Bratislava Convention Bureau, as a department of the official destination marketing organization, the Bratislava Tourist Board, is a one-stop shop for planners of meetings, incentives, congresses and events who are considering Bratislava as a destination. Providing a full range of services for buyers of MICE, the BTB also co-ordinates, initiates and manages all aspects concerning the development of MICE and business events in our destination.

About tmf dialogue marketing:
tmf dialogue marketing enjoys international recognition as specialists for dialogue marketing in the meetings market. With a unique range of expertise, the company supports leading convention bureaus and destinations as well as top-level suppliers in the development of mutually beneficial relationships with planners. Services include content marketing, market research, communication (marketing, sales and pr) and consulting services. tmf also delivers content and copywriting service for corporations and associations around events and conferences. The agency has offices in Germany and India. tmf newsroom Europe: www.tmf-dialogue.net, tmf newsroom India: www.tmf-dialogue.in. The Experiential Planner – brand in India: www.experientialplanner.com.

Your contact at the Bratislava Convention Bureau:
Nina Erneker
Head of Bratislava CVB
erneker@visitbratislava.com
tel.+421 902 985 805
www.visitbratislava.com/convention/

Your contact at tmf:
Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manger Content & PR
u.kiesel@tmf-dialogue.com
+49 931 9002 114