Successful edition of Association Days 2019

March 2019

2019 Association Days - EurekaMice

Bologna and Ferrara served as a framework for the event organized by EurekaMice

Two eventful days for the 6th edition of Association Days 2019, the only b2b Mice event dedicated to association’s congress. The workshop has been organized by EurekaMice in collaboration with Bologna Congressi and Bologna Convention Bureau.

On Friday, March the 1st, participants took part in two seminars at Savoia Hotel Regency, one dedicated to exhibitors, and the other to the over 50 buyers: presidents and managers of scientific medical societies and associations with scheduled events in the short or medium term.

Savoia Regency Hotel
Savoia Hotel Regency

The buyers’ seminary, coordinated by Laura Faggiotto, was focused on presenting new solutions for conferences and associations events. 6 speakers took on the floor, among them Carla Solari of ItaliaConvention.
In particular:
Elif Unal of Turkish Airlines introduced the new promotion studied by the airline for those who travel for conventions.
Mojca Gobina Mravlj by Bernardin Hotels showed the opportunities that Slovenia and the hotels offer for a convention, also for free-time activities.
Carla Solari illustrated how the magazine and the directory of ItaliaConvention can be a useful tool for training and information for meeting planners, and how ItalybyEvents may be a helpful inventory of events and museums all over Italy in order to plan an unforgettable, “Italian” free-time.
Enrico Jesu presented the less well-known Venice Lido, the only island reachable by big trucks and voluminous structures.
Brenda Lee Fabbro of PromoTurismo Friuli Venezia Giulia talked about the new programs for Trieste that in 2020 will become the European City of Science and will host ESOF – the EuroScience Open Forum.
Nicola Pala provided information regarding Sardinia and, in particular, about the chances to organize meetings in Cagliari.

Ferrara Castle - photo: Nicola Jannucci
Ferrara Castle – photo: Nicola Jannucci

For the evening, Association Days moved to the stunning Castello Estense in Ferrara where participants were welcomed with flag-wavers, music and Renaissance dances.

On the second day (Saturday, March the 2nd), Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi in Bologna held b2b meetings where all suppliers presented the novelties of their venues and made arrangements for quotations and future events.

This is how Giancarlo Leporatti, chairman of EurekaMice, commented this 6th edition:
“This format, dedicated to the demand of association meetings, satisfy the needs of a very particular market. Those needs are very specific both in terms of organization and in terms of budget. For this reason, also exhibitors are meticulously selected  to meet associations’ requirements.”

Alessandra Marin, Director of Association Days, highlighted that “… in these years Association Days has become an important business opportunity but also a moment of gathering and sharing experiences among Scientific Medical associations that can meet in person.”

See you at Association Days 2020!