With a focus on collaboration, seven convention bureaux representing the cities of Florence, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, Lyon, Rotterdam, Salzburg and València have joined forces to create the EU CVB Network. This collaborative convention bureau network was formed with a strong belief that by working together and generously sharing knowledge, experiences and best practice, both destinations and clients would benefit.
The EU CVB Network introduces itself is now presenting these benefits to top players of the industry through virtual events. Its first joint event took place in Brussels in March 2020, attended by many Brussels-based association representatives, whereas on 4th February 2021, the EU CVB Network hosted a Virtual Happy Hour for a group of Professional Congress Organisers.
‘’The EU CVB Network has provided great opportunities for me to exchange ideas and share experiences with other associations. The Network also opens new ways for me to get to know other locations better, to have a direct contact and built-in trust. It saves me a lot of time and communication in the research to find a suitable destinaton and venue for our events. The Network builds on experience and the destinations support each other without competing. The CVBs and convention centres are already informed about our association from past events in an EU CVB Network destination and can build their offer on it and, at the same time know what our focus is. For me as an event organiser, that is a big plus,’’says Melanie Decker, Director Events & Exhibitions at Parenteral Drug Association Europe.