The facts and figures are in following the sixth edition of CONVENE, and the numbers reveal that the Baltic Sea Region’s leading exhibition for meetings, incentives and events has once again lived up to its reputation as an invaluable platform for B2B networking, destination promotion and knowledge sharing.
The sixth edition of the event saw a record number of participants over the course of the two-day event, including 163 Hosted Buyers from 30 countries who took part in some 2,871 pre-scheduled appointments with 86 Exhibitors representing 11 countries. That averages out to about 33 pre-scheduled appointments per Exhibitor.
From the Hosted Buyer perspective, 99% of them rated CONVENE 2018 as meeting their business expectations. The pre and post-CONVENE familiarisation tours of Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga, Tallinn, Gdansk, Helsinki and Espoo were also very highly rated, and certainly had a big impact on individual experiences.
For many CONVENE Hosted Buyers, it wasn’t just a simple ‘yes’ when answering whether or not the event met their expectations, either; many of them elaborated on their impressions and expressed their enthusiasm about the quality of suppliers they encountered. Barbara Hickernell from the US-based Engineering Conferences International called the event, “A very effective use of time to discover an area that we had not previously considered.”
Similarly, Martin Gaisford of ADP Events Management and Production in the UK said, “I thoroughly enjoyed CONVENE 2018. Many valuable new contacts and suppliers met, and friendships made! I came away with new ideas and possibilities for future events and clients.” Matthias Klebinger of groupsolutions in Germany echoed this sentiment, saying “A fantastic show with great suppliers! We will certainly be coming again in 2019!”
Commenting on the survey results and participant feedback, Jolanta Beniulienė, Director of CONVENE says, “Our team is excited to have delivered another successful event marked by unique networking and learning opportunities. We hope to take this momentum into CONVENE 2019 and continue the evolution of our tradeshow as well as the Baltic Sea Region’s meetings and events industry.”
The 7th edition of CONVENE, organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, will return to the LITEXPO Exhibition and Congress Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania on 13-14 February 2019. Early Bird Exhibitor registration is already open, and runs until 1 July.