During the gala ceremony held at the Polish Embassy in Paris, concluding the ICCA Congress, it was announced that Kraków had been elected to host the 61st ICCA Congress in 2022! Winning the honour of hosting the International Congress and Convention Association is a huge success not only for the city of Kraków but also the entire Poland.
This success is the effect of a joint effort of the local tourism industry with Kraków Convention Bureau at the helm, as well as the entire team of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre, Symposium Cracoviense, CMA Concept Music Art, Alwernia Studios, Stara Zajezdnia by DeSilva as well as the hotels Sheraton Grand Kraków, Radisson Blu Hotel Kraków and Park Inn by Radisson Kraków. The involvement of partners from all over Poland who supported Kraków was also invaluable. Statements of support for the event were provided by: the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LOT Polish Airlines, the Polish Tourism Organisation, Poland Convention Bureau, Polish Conference & Congress Associations and MPI Poland Chapter, local Congress Offices from Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław and Łódź, as well as members of ICCA from Poland, including the following companies: Mazurkas Travel, Trade Fairs in Kraków and MTP Group.
The prestigious Hôtel de Monaco hosted representatives of Kraków, delegates of the Congress, President of ICCA James Rees, as well as French journalists. The Polish Tourism Organisation and the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology were partners of this event. Visitors gathered during the gala listened to a letter from the POT President Rafał Szlachta, who stressed that the Poland Convention Bureau, operating within the framework of the Polish Tourism Organisation, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, and also the 20th anniversary of membership of the ICCA. It is a good moment to share with the ICCA delegates our cultural and intellectual heritage, show our Polish hospitality, and present our latest developments, including those relative to tourism and business infrastructure.
The guests had a chance to see a performance by the Cracovia Danza ensemble, listen to musicians Piotr Domagała and Adam Kawończyk, and try specialities of Polish cuisine.