15 CONVENTA MYTHS
MYTH 1: Conventa is the world’s first trade show.
PARTLY CONFIRMED: Conventa is always the world’s first – the first to open the trade show season, that is. It is traditionally organised every January.
MYTH 2: Over the years Conventa has hosted around 2,000 hosted buyers and facilitated 20,000 meetings.
BUSTED: In ten years, Conventa attracted 2.582 international hosted buyers from 48 countries and 1.322 exhibitors from 18 countries of New Europe. Over the years 33.162 one2one meetings have been held during the show.
MYTH 3: Conventa helps meeting planners and meeting providers save money.
CONFIRMED: Only at Conventa can an investment of 55 EUR brings hosted buyers a VIP treatment worth 1.200 EUR, while exhibitors pay only 9 Euros for a lead, which is one-tenth of the price paid by the exhibitors at other major trade shows.
MYTH 4: Conventa accepts only meeting providers from South East Europe.
BUSTED: After Conventa also opened its exhibition floor to meeting providers coming from New Europe in 2015, exhibitors from Poland, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Ukraine and Russia have joined the show.
MYTH 5: Coffee at Conventa is on the house.
CONFIRMED: Conventa invites every guest to a cup of coffee. In 2018, over 3,500 cups of coffee were served. The aroma of coffee will be filling up the room also next year.
MYTH 6: Conventa is a hosted-buyer driven show.
CONFIRMED: Conventa is solely a hosted-buyer driven show where every exhibitor concludes on average 25 One2One meetings with quality hosted buyers.
MYTH 7: The number of destinations at Conventa has not increased over the years.
BUSTED: The number of countries meeting providers come from has doubled over the years.
MYTH 8: Hosted buyers at Conventa are always the same.
BUSTED: At Conventa more than 80% of buyers are new every year.
MYTH 9: The idea of Conventa was a strategic decision made at a partners meeting.
BUSTED: The idea of Conventa was born in a more relaxed atmosphere – not while drinking coffee, but while drinking beer!
MYTH 10: Conventa exhibitor stands are made of wooden crates.
CONFIRMED: Conventa stands are made of wooden crates from naturally dried domestic pine that are re-used each year. It takes around 3,500 wooden crates to set up all of the Conventa stands.
MYTH 11: Conventa strives to be as sustainable as possible.
CONFIRMED: Conventa is fully committed to reducing the negative environmental impacts of a trade show by implementing sustainable practices that add value to every participant and the local community. In 2011, Conventa won the Sustainable Stand Award at EIBTM.
MYTH 12: Hosted buyers and exhibitors are satisfied with Conventa.
CONFIRMED: On a scale from 1-5, average satisfaction of hosted buyers with the show is 4.59. A whopping 88.9 % of exhibitors think investment in exhibiting at Conventa will pay off completely or at least partly. The reputation of Conventa has been rated with 4.52 points.
MYTH 13: Hosted buyers travel short distances to come to Conventa.
BUSTED: The farthest distance a hosted buyer travelled to come to Conventa is 9,212.69 km. To explore the 11h Conventa, a hosted buyer travelled 6,969.50 km air distance.
MYTH 14: It never snows during Conventa.
BUSTED: Conventa loves winter time. Did you know that in Ljubljana the snow is typically at its deepest on January 25, with a median depth of 12.5cm; the depth exceeds 30.9 cm only one year out of ten. The snowiest Conventa was the 5th Conventa.
MYTH 15: MYTH: Once in a while people also fall in love at Conventa.
CONFIRMED: Conventa is a matchmaking platform in every sense of the word. A hosted buyer from Italy who met a buyer from Russia at Conventa 2015 is now getting married to her in Slovenia.