More than 250 specialists from 27 countries participated in three-day EFEA Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
They traveled for the discussion about European meeting industry development - mainly from Belgium, USA, Hungary, Poland, Germany, India and China.
Anna Gorska, the CEO of Gdansk Convention Bureau/Gdansk Tourist Organization and ICCA Central European Chapter Chairperson, for the second time participated in the Forum. The meeting organizers invited Anna Gorska to take part in the session about the usage of new venues created for the purpose of large events. Participants took a closer look on Gdansk experience after the EURO 2012. During the same session, London showed its 2012 Summer Olympics results.
Remaining session's topics were mainly about the usage of new technology and social media in the business meetings preparations; statistics; activities of convention bureaus around the world; hybrid meetings and orderer - contractor relations and cooperation. Forum was very interactive - during all event on walls there were participants's tweets showed.
Anna Gorska: "I believe that Forum is a very proper place for exchange of experience. Rich educational program will guarantee that the Forum development will continue undisturbed."
There was a novelty in this year's Forum edition - talent contest. During 6 minute long presentations. 4 young people used the "pechakucha" technique and showed their visions about the state of business meeting industry in year 2020. Young poeple had a lot to say about business tourism and it's future.