Published on : Friday, December 1, 2017
From 12th to 15th November, the Prague Congress Centre was bustling with people. The ICCA International Congress Association chose Prague as the 56th destination of its congress, and 1,264 congress industry experts from 79 countries from around the world came to Prague. In the history of this prestigious congress, it was a record-breaking event, and the PCC was given a tremendous chance to present itself as a top congress venue. The next few years could generate billions of revenues, as the successful congress will bring new events based on the very positive personal experience of delegates.
The Prague Congress Centre had been preparing for the congress, which was organized by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners very carefully. The reconstructed premises, the new corporate identity, the digital navigation system and, in fact, the revival of the whole building had laid a solid foundation for the preparation of a successful event that was of great importance not only to the PCC but as well to Prague.
ICCA – the International Congress and Convention Association – represents the world’s leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,000 member companies and organizations in more than 90 countries worldwide.
The 56th year has broken the latest record. 1,264 delegates in Prague overtook the attendance of the 50th Congress held in Leipzig in 2011 with 1,023 attendees. Prague Congress Centre was able to welcome delegates in a modern, top-quality and comfortable environment. Redesigned cloakrooms on the ground floor, the newly built information kiosk, renovated toilets contributed significantly to delegates comfort, the digital navigation system helped the delegates with orientation in the building as well as in the congress programme. Investments also went to renewal of an existing facility. In the Congress and Forum Halls, floor coverings were replaced and seating furniture was repaired. In addition, new scenic and classical lighting and high-tech audio-visual technology was installed. In the corridors, the ceiling and lining were changed and the lighting was replaced by more efficient LED lights. Approximately 180 Wi-Fi points and 2,000 data sockets were installed throughout the building, making the building fully covered with high-speed internet. Modernization of the building and equipment was accented by a change in its visual style. A brand-new logo and corporate identity has provided the PCC with an optimistic and playful style of a place that is open, friendly, welcoming and easy to reach, where people like to meet, exchange experiences, learn and enjoy themselves. A warm and relaxed atmosphere remained during the whole congress. Congress delegates could use a café, relaxation areas and a tech zone.
Thomas Deleveaux, Executive Director of European College of Sport Science (ECSS) expressed his congratulations to Roman Ray Straub, CEO a Lenka Žlebková, Sales and Marketing Director to the excellent management of the event “Thank you so much for having us with you at a fantastic ICCA event. We were genuinely amazed by the changes you have made possible in only one years’ time. We look forward to bringing our people, the ECSS family, to Prague in the summer of 2019 for ECSS Prague 2019. “