A year of quality breakthrough for CONVENE 2018
The Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius is opening today, 14 February, the 6th edition of CONVENE – Baltic Sea Region Exhibition for Meetings, Events and Incentives. CONVENE is a hosted buyer led event which showcases the Baltic Sea region and gathers the meetings industry professionals under one roof. This event once again testifies to the reputation of Vilnius as a flagship city in conference industry.
This year, CONVENE 2018 played host to 165+ pre-qualified international hosted buyers, who represent international corporations, associations, science, research and event organising agencies. We are proud to have among them such reputable companies as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Peugeot-Citroen, BNP-Paribas, Ecovis, World Association for Medical Law, Oriflame, Eurofedop, Insignia Lifestyle Secvices, Cadillac, MTV Networks Europe, BASF, Qfix, FEPS from the US, Germany, the UK, France, Israel, Belgium, Luxemburg, Russia, Denmark, Italy, India, etc., overall, from 30 countries of the world.
More than 80 companies related to conference organising present their services and products (hotels, agencies, convention bureau, conference centres, specialised service providers, professional event organisers, catering and transport companies, equipment manufacturers from Lithuania and elsewhere).
The CONVENE helps local businesses to open their doors to a huge potential international marketplace, facilitate the development and expansion of the conference segment and attract new customers. It has an enormous economic and scientific potential to contribute not only to the tourism growth but also to encourage interest in the priority industries in Vilnius: finances, biotechnology, ICT, lasers – and to contribute to the development of the knowledge economy’, says Jolanta Beniulienė Head of Tourism & Convention Bureau of Go Vilnius.
The exhibition will include professional B2B meetings, educational programmes, which will invite people to listen to world-class experts and their success stories, see the latest trends, challenges and innovations in the event industry.
Nearly 3.500 bilateral meetings have been scheduled among the participants. They, according to Beniulienė, will result in the next two to four years, in at least 40 events in Vilnius and Lithuania generating sustainable income and making a significant contribution to the country’s economic growth. In 2016 alone, the turnover of international events in Vilnius accounted for more than 7 million euros.
CONVENE is organized by the Vilnius Tourism and Business Development Agency Go Vilnius. The project is supported by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, the State Department of Tourism and the City of Vilnius. Organisational partners: Litexpo, Baltic Travel Group, Baltic Travel Solutions, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Relais & Chateaux Stikliai Hotel, Imperial Hotel & Restaurant Vilnius, Holiday Inn Vilnius, Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Artis Centrum Hotels, Crowne Plaza Vilnius, Comfort Hotel LT.