EUROPE – The successful hosting of minor events are essential for bringing major events in the future, said Prof Vladimír TesaÅ™ at the Prague Convention Bureau’s (PCB) networking breakfast.
On 19 June, the bureau invited potential congress ambassadors within PCB’s Ambassador Programme to the , to discuss Why and how to get an international congress to Prague.
TesaÅ™, head of the department of Nephrology at the 1st MedicalFaculty of the Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague, shared his experience in organising international scientific congresses, events and conferences with guests.
“When bidding for a congress or conference, it is essential that the destination have not only a quality conference center, infrastructure and services at a very high level but, above all, the candidacy should be supported by an expert who has a good position within the international community in the field,” he said.
“If you are successful, it takes at least 10 years to establish contacts in the international sphere. Also, our way to the successful organisation of ERA-EDTA Congress in 2011 was not easy and short.”
It is important to have some historical continuity within the field and the subsequent transfer of an imaginary baton to successors, he added, which is not always easy.
“The way to obtaining great results in major international conferences goes through the successful hosting of minor events that will attract opinion leaders to the destination. They are essential for bringing the major event in the future,” said TesaÅ™.
The event was organised in cooperation with the Czech Convention Bureau, with the support of Prague Airport, and held under the auspices of the Deputy Mayor of Prague, Václav Novotný.
According to PCB, the aim of such events is to positively motivate these professionals to get actively involved in the work of international associations and make efforts to bring some of the world or European conventions within their industry to Prague.
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