Poland Convention Bureau was created in 2002 as a department of Polish Tourist Organisation and is responsible for the promotion of Poland as an attractive destination for meetings and business events.
We are the first contact for anyone seeking information on business partners and conference facilities, who is planning to organize association congress or a corporate event in Poland.
Our main goal is to build the image of Poland as an attractive country for organising of all types of business events. We realize our mission through:
participating in international business fairs, which results in gaining new business contacts;
organising study tours for foreign journalists and organizers of meetings and business events, including conferences, congresses, product launches, incentives;
gaining new business events for Poland;
cooperating with foreign media and posting articles and advertisements promoting Poland as a business destination in business press and directories;
cooperating with city convention bureaux;
networking with Polish business sector within Recommendation Program for Professional Congress Organizers, Recommendation Program for Incentive Travel Companies;
networking with the Polish scientific community within Polish Congress Ambassadors Program;
cooperating with international organisations and associations of meeting industry professionals;
collection and elaboration of statistical data on Polish meeting industry, in accordance with the recommendations of international organisations such as ICCA - International Congress and Convention Association and the UIA - Union of International Associations, engaged in similar rankings.
The Polish Tourism Organization is a member of the meetings industry associations: International Congress and Convention Association and Union of International Associations.
Each year Poland Convention Bureau Polish Tourism Organisation, in cooperation with regional convention bureaux and recommended organisers of congresses and incentive travel, gathers data on the organisation of meetings and events in Poland.
The Polish meetings sector was showcased at the Meeting Matters industry workshop held at Villa Empain in Brussels for more than 70 association representatives (planners of conferences and congresses) from the Belgian market.
In 2017 1.7 million tourists from more than 200 countries visited the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, an increase of 9% in comparison with the year before. Last year also saw more than 350 cultural, art and scientific events held in the underground chambers. The Salt Mine has 9 rooms at its disposal, available for all types of meetings for up to 600 participants. The list of satisfied customers includes, i.a. members of the Paris-based International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Avocats: UIA) and representatives of the Orlando-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
Poland Convention Bureau Polish Tourist Organisation (PCB POT) arranged the holiday meeting of the industry. Staged at the Polish Vodka Association seat at the Lumen - Złote Tarasy office building, the 12 December event featured a presentation of certificates of recommendation to professional congress and incentive travel organisers.
On 5-7 November 2019 the whole global doping community will be looking at the International Congress Centre in Katowice. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) selected the city to host the World Conference on Doping in Sport
A familiarisation trip for 7 representatives of the Italian meetings industry was held in Warsaw on 22-24 September. Arranged by Polish Tourist Organisation in Rome, Poland Convention Bureau PTO, Warsaw Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, Westin Warsaw Hotel and Bristol, The Luxury Collection Hotel, as well as a coordinator of the trip – Poland Concept DMC (part of ICP Group), the event was devised to introduce the guests to the capital’s offer and business potential.
Convention Bureau – Wrocławhas been carrying on the local Wrocław Congress Ambassador’s Program for years. The Members of the Program attract congresses, conferences and symposia to the city. Due to this, Wrocław can present its conference and congress potential on the European and global arena. Among the members of the Wrocław Congress Ambassador’s Program, such personalities can be listed: prof. Waldemar Banasiak, Paweł Kowalczewski, prof. Mirosław Kutyłowski, prof. Andrzej Milewicz.
A familiarisation trip for 12 representatives of the UK meetings industry was held in Warsaw on 7-9 April. Arranged by Hilton Worldwide, Poland Concept DMC, Warsaw Convention Bureau and Poland Convention Bureau Polish Tourist Organisation, the event was devised to introduce the guests to the capital’s offer and business potential.
The Poland Meetings Impact 2015 study showcased the economic contribution of the meetings industry. The organization of meetings and events in 2015 generated 1% of GDP and an economic input at the level of 26 billion PLN.
The goal of the study implemented as part of the Wpływ ekonomiczny przemysłu spotkań na gospodarkę Polski – Poland Meetings Impact 2015 (The Economic Impact of Poland’s Meetings Industry - Poland Meetings Impact 2015) project was to define the economic significance of the meetings and events held in Poland and demonstrate their economic contribution.
In the third quarter of 2019 at the Ławica airport will be opened Moxy hotel (120 rooms). It will be managed by Chopin Airport Development. This is the fifth hotel that belongs to the Marriott International brand and the seventh project in the ChAd portfolio.
The second edition of 4 Design Days at the International Congress Centre in Katowice attracted even greater interest than last year.
It was attended by nearly 25 thousand guests - 5 thousand from them were hosted buyers; two days for professionals and 20 thousand visitors on the weekend 18 and 19 February.
Over 3000 European and international psychiatrists and experts will visit the capital of Poland for 4 days in April 2019, in order to exchange their knowledge and discuss the issues of mental healthcare. The EPA Congress is organised annually in different European cities and every year a number of destinations apply to host this event. In 2016, EPA took place in Madrid, Spain and the next edition will be held in Florence, Italy. Poland will be hosting this congress for the first time, in EXPO XXI Warsaw.
We are pleased to invite you to propose candidates for the title of Honorary Polish Congress Ambassador. This is an award for people who actively promote Poland as a place for meetings and conferences through their activity in international associations.
As each year, the Poland Convention Bureau of the Polish Tourist Organization organizes the national stand for the international IBTM World exhibition in Barcelona (D70) to be held on 29 November 2016 – 1st December 2016.