Poland Convention Bureau was created in 2002 as a department of Polish Tourism Organisation and is responsible for the promotion of Poland as an attractive destination for meetings and business events.
We are the first contact for anyone seeking information on business partners and conference facilities, who is planning to organize association congress or a corporate event in Poland.
Our main goal is to build the image of Poland as an attractive country for organising of all types of business events. We realize our mission through:
participating in international business fairs, which results in gaining new business contacts;
organising study tours for foreign journalists and organizers of meetings and business events, including conferences, congresses, product launches, incentives;
gaining new business events for Poland;
cooperating with foreign media and posting articles and advertisements promoting Poland as a business destination in business press and directories;
cooperating with city convention bureaux;
networking with Polish business sector within Recommendation Program for Professional Congress Organizers, Recommendation Program for Incentive Travel Companies;
networking with the Polish scientific community within Polish Congress Ambassadors Program;
cooperating with international organisations and associations of meeting industry professionals;
collection and elaboration of statistical data on Polish meeting industry, in accordance with the recommendations of international organisations such as ICCA - International Congress and Convention Association and the UIA - Union of International Associations, engaged in similar rankings.
The Polish Tourism Organization is a member of the meetings industry associations: International Congress and Convention Association and Union of International Associations.
ECAI, the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, is undoubtedly one of the most significant events in the field of artificial intelligence in Europe and worldwide. Organized for over 40 years by the European AI association (EurAI), the conference is a meeting place for leading scientists and experts in this field.
Poland went up three positions and was listed 20th in the latest UIA ranking – the International Meetings Statistics Report. In addition, three Polish cities are featured on the list: Krakow, Warsaw and, for the first time, Gdansk. The 64th edition of the report analyses nearly half a million meetings, organised in twelve thousand cities by more than twenty thousand international organisations.
The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe has just concluded its highly productive second annual meeting of 2023. Held in the picturesque city of Luxembourg at the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) and the Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg, the event brought together key players from across Europe's convention and business events landscape.
From 26 to 30 August, Gdańsk hosted the participants of the 37th edition of the CityDNA Summer School. This important event, organised by the City Destinations Alliance, had been acquired for Poland by the Gdańsk Convention Bureau. The four-day training session, aimed mainly at people starting their careers in the MICE industry, not only had a packed agenda but also created an excellent opportunity to establish numerous contacts with representatives of the meetings industry.
We take a closer look at the latest CVENT Travel Manager Report - European edition 2023. What are the key findings from the report, and most importantly, what does it mean for the European and the Polish MICE industry in the near future?
The scientific potential of Kraków’s universities can be used to strengthen Kraków’s position as a place for organising congresses, conferences and international artistic events. Paula Fanderowska, Vice-President of the board of Kraków 5020, on the study of intellectual potential and the importance of cooperation with the academic community in attracting international events.
This September, 25 of the world's best student teams will present their rovers in one of the elite robotics competition finals – European Rover Challenge in Kielce, Poland. Among them, on the largest artificial Marsyard in the world, we will see representations of 12 countries.
Calling all Polish Congress Ambassadors, that is, people actively acquiring international events to Poland! Once again, you can also nominate Polish Congress Patrons, i.e., companies and institutions supporting organised events. The deadline to submit applications is by 15 September 2023.
Łódź welcomed thousands of tourists who celebrated the city's 600 years of history! Manufaktura, Piotrkowska Street, and other attractions in Łódź were bustling with life during the birthday weekend - the number of visitors and event participants exceeded the organizers' wildest expectations.
Another exciting study trip for event planners – Łódź Creates Meetings Vol.2. – is now behind us. For three days, almost 40 event organisers from all over Poland have been visiting Łódź, getting to know its hotels, attractions, venues and various types of activities as well as urban games offered by companies associated with the Łódź Tourism Organisation.
Silesia Convention Bureau is a new member of ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) - the most important international association in the meetings industry. This is another important step in building the image of the SCB consortium as an expert in the MICE industry.
Poland, with its rich history, vibrant culture, and modern infrastructure, has emerged as a thriving hub for the meetings and events industry in Europe. As a testament to its prominence, the country is home to a diverse range of ICCA members, including convention bureaux, congress centres, an airline, and professional congress organizers (PCOs).
On 22-25 June 2023, a fam trip for SITE Poland members took place under the name “Świętokrzyskie Czaruje” (“The Świętokrzyskie Region Enchants”). It was organised as part of the Destination Poland project and a series of study visits entitled “It’s been a while – let’s meet in Poland.” The main goal of the fam trip was to familiarise participants with the potential of the Świętokrzyskie region for the organisers of incentive trips.
What is the International Congress and Convention Association? ICCA can unlock success in the global meetings industry. Gain access to networking opportunities, critical market insights, and educational resources that will elevate your destination and organization's reputation and ensure your team stays ahead in this dynamic landscape.
The 37th edition of the CityDNA Summer School will be held in Gdansk, Poland from August 26-30, 2023. This four-day event is specifically designed for newcomers in the Meetings Industry, offering a comprehensive programme with all the necessary bases for a successful start in a career in this field, while also helping attendees to navigate the current trends and challenges facing the industry.
On 26 June, the 23rd edition of workshops for the meetings and events industry organised by the Belgian platform BBT Online took place in the Royal Library in Brussels. Poland was represented by Aneta Książek from Poland Convention Bureau and Dominika Szulc from the PTO International Office in Brussels. The participants of the event were 120 selected representatives of corporations and associations as well as organisers of business events, including conferences and incentive trips from the Belgian market.
Polish Airports and Poland Convention Bureau invited representatives of the MICE industry and the media for a study trip to the newly built Warsaw-Radom Airport (RDO). Since its opening in April 2023, the airport has already served 15,000 passengers and can handle 3 million passengers a year.
The Michelin Guide and a historic day for Polish cuisine! 3 Polish restaurants have earned Michelin "stars," 7 received the Bib Gourmand, and 39 were recommended. Congratulations to all! This is a major leap forward for Poland's gastronomic scene, proving Poland as a top culinary destination. When planning your next event in Poland this is a must-read.
On 12-13 June 2023, the eleventh edition of the Meetings Week Poland conference was held in Warsaw, with a focus on innovative solutions and the role of cooperation in the meetings industry. Organised by the TUgether Meetings and Events Industry Council and the Polish Tourism Organisation, the conference was an educational and professional platform for experts from all over Poland, enabling the exchange of valuable experiences.