It’s been a while - let us meet in Łódź

The latest fam trip in the “It’s been a while - let us meet in Poland” series was staged on 14-15 December under the title of “Łódź - the last unexplored city”. Held by Poland Convention Bureau in cooperation with Łódź Convention Bureau and the Site Poland association, the event was intended to introduce incentive travel organisers and clients to the potential of Łódź to.

While organisers are familiar with the conference side of Łódź and its mixed-use venues for major events, this time we focused on sites whose unique character or theme make them the perfect match for hosting incentive trips and events. Subject matter connected with an entrepreneurial mindset, industrial boom, the cinema, art, design and street art inspired us to develop corresponding incentive programmes and team building trips for future use. Special mention is due to the remarkable enthusiasm, expertise and dedication of the Łódź Tourism Organisation and Convention Bureau team who prepared our agenda”, said Grażyna Grot-Duziak, President of SITE Poland, participant of the trip.

The fam trip was to a large degree intended to showcase the offer of Łódź that is deeply embedded in its entrepreneurial and film identity. As a result, there was no shortage of post-industrial venues and tours of palaces of renowned factory owners. I am very glad to see Łódź continuously grow, with successive grand launches of tourist attractions and hotels in the plans. After a successful site inspection, we are particularly looking forward to the opening of Łódź Orientarium in the city zoo. An area of more than 7.5 ha will be adapted for advanced pavilions, aviaries and enclosures. Expected to be launched in mid-2021, the investment has been divided into entrance/conference and exhibition sections. What is particularly noticeable is that the Łódź industry perfectly adapted to the demand for online conferences - Scena Monopolis and the studios in DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź and in EC1 are among the many examples of adjusting to the new reality. The day-and-a-half stay was staged under strict sanitary regime and featured its share of surprises: a mini jazz concert in the Wytwórnia Club performed by artists representing the Brava Gente management agency and a tasting session of Łódź craft beers arranged by Browar Piwoteka in the interiors of Museum of the Factory. We enjoyed a highly hospitable experience at Puro Hotel Łódź Centrum, which provided us with accommodation and restaurant services. Finally, tours of the Museum of the City of Łódź and the Stare Kino apartment hotel were also on the agenda. When coming back to Warsaw, our guests emphasized the great setting of Łódź as an incentive to stage one-- or two-day events in vicinity of the capital. They were also in awe of the diverse offer of ‘the last unexplored city’, spotlighted by the first-rate cooperation of the whole industry working together as part of the Łódź Tourism Organisation”, emphasized Aneta Książek, Head of Poland Convention Bureau POT.

Each year organisers of incentive trips show greater interest in Łódź. The city offers more and more hotels distinguished by an appropriately high standard along with a rising number of unique event spaces and tourist highlights. The days when Piotrkowska Street and Manufaktura complex were the main must-sees of Łódź are long gone, as our guests definitely learnt during the latest fam trip”, said Robert Zintera, Manager of Łódź Convention Bureau. “Thanks to the highly successful cooperation with Poland Convention Bureau POT and the Site Poland association, we managed to showcase some of the impressive potential of Łódź, enabling our guests to explore a significant part of ‘the last unexplored city’”.

Due to the nationwide restrictions, the programme of the stay and its implementation was scheduled in such way as to ensure compliance with top hygienic safety requirements. The guests were travelling on a suitably-sized bus disinfected by ozone treatment, following the capacity limit of 25%. Hotel meals were served directly in guest rooms. The trip participants were moving around in small groups, wearing face masks and using hand disinfectants.

The next trip in the “It’s been a while - let us meet in Poland” series is planned to take place in spring in cooperation with Lublin & Region Convention Bureau.

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