The standardisation of Meetings Industry suppliers in Slovenia is intended, amomg other, to simplify and shorten the Client’s venue- or event organiser finding process. In a transparent way, the Client can get a clear insight into who is offering which service, as well as a better overview of the quality of comparable services offered by individual providers.
There are similar standardisation models to be found in Europe, though not as extensive in structure, or serving merely as recommendations for suppliers. The preparation of the Slovenian Meetings Industry standardisation, a project lead by the Slovenian Convention Bureau and supported by the expertise of the GO.MICE company, was based on existing standards and recommendations from the business tourism field as provided by DIN (Deutsche Industrie Norm), ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers), APEX (Accepted Practice Exchange), AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres), MPI (Meetings Professionals International) and other Meetings Industry associations.
The Ljubljana Tourist Board / Convention Bureau has been actively involved in this important project and the majority of the local suppliers, that are members of the Slovenian Convention Bureau, have proven their quality by passing the certification process. The Meetings Industry standards in the respective categories are highlighted in the detailed descriptions of individual suppliers within the “Planning an Event” section.
The Meetings Industry standards have been first implemented in spring 2008 with a validity of three years. Some among the suppliers have passed the certification process in more than one category.
Category A: LOCAL OR REGIONAL CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (CVB)
Category B: PROFESSIONAL CONGRESS ORGANISER
Category C: DMC AGENCY
Category D: EVENT AGENCY
Category E: CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION CENTRE
Category F: CONVENTION HOTEL
Category G: HOTEL WITH CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Category H: OTHER CONGRESS SERVICES
Category I: SPECIAL VENUE
Categories A to D and category H are congress service providers, while categories E to G and category I are function space or / and accommodation providers.