December 2012
PCB's future events
“Prague InSpires” Trip France
On December 7-9, PCB will organize “Prague InSpires” Trip for 6 hosted buyers from France. During two exiting days, participants will experience the best of Prague as a congress destination.
EFAPCO´s 2013 General Assembly Meeting
General Assembly Meeting of EFAPCO (European Federation of the Associations of Professional Congress Organizers) will take place in Prague on January 18-19, 2013. One of EFAPCO`s main priorities is to develop the organization as a “European Observatory” for the international meetings industry, encouraging all members to communicate more actively, more professionally and especially more “officially”.
MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference
On January 28 – 30, PCB will be attending the MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference in Montreux, Switzerland. PCB will represent Jitka Kolarova (email: jitka.kolarova@pragueconvnetion.cz).
3rd edition of MCE CEE takes place in Budapest in February 2013 - A quality-end event focusing on Central & Eastern European MICE destinations
Budapest, the Hungarian capital - being a perfect example for an inspiring meeting destination by itself - is scheduled to host the 3rd MCE CEE Event organized by Europe Congress from 10 to 12 February 2013. The successful event concept is explained easily: handpicked planners from leading European agencies, corporate companies and large international associations discover the increasing number of fine quality conference and incentive facilities in Central and Eastern European destinations. Pre-scheduled meetings combined with lectures and networking events help to establish business relationships. The event commits to high quality standards and fills the niche of a smart, exclusive and thoroughly considered networking event for the MICE industry. More info here.
Congress calendar
The complete list of past and future congresses held in Prague can be found here.
New PCB members
Prague Convention Bureau has recently welcomed two new Gold members - AvantGarde Restaurant in the category of Restaurants and Catering, and hotel Barceló Praha in the category of Hotels.
Hotel Praha
Hotel Praha
What is hapenning in Prague
Christmas Markets in Prague
Not long now till Christmas, if any proof is needed then the arrival of the Prague Christmas Tree in Old Town Square on Saturday December 1 reminded us of how close the festive season is. The Christmas Markets officially started the same day. If you have never been to Prague’s Christmas Markets make sure you experience them this year. Here is a list of the more popular Christmas Market spots along with their opening times.


Grand Restaurant Festival 2013
Following a successful third festival, which attracted more than 22,000 guests, the event is now being extended throughout the Czech Republic. More restaurants are participating and the festival will run for a longer period: 15 January – 28 February 2013. The Grand Restaurant Festival is held directly inside selected TOP 100 establishments included in Pavel Maurer’s Grand Restaurant guide. People will be able to choose sumptuous delicacies for bargain prices. The festival motto is “Eat Smart!” A new feature of this unique gastronomic celebration is the promotion of local ingredients, organic produce, and eco-farms who work with festival restaurants. You can also look forward to special “Mňam Packages,” “Mňam Buses," and "Mňam Trains.” Sales began on 1 December 2012. More here
Did you know that ...
...the real heart of Prague lies on the so-called Prague meridian
Prague Meridian (14 ° 25'17 "east longitude) passes through the Old Town Square, near the monument of John Hus. It is marked by a long metallic strip and a different type of pavement. From 1652, it was used to determine time in Prague. Originally, the meridian was located near the no longer existing Marian Column which cast shadow on the meridian, thus determining the noon.
...Prague’s highest building offers a unique venue
The so-called Prague Rocket, the 216 m high TV tower located in the heart of Vinohrady, creates a unique panorama of Prague. This city dominant offers a 360 ° prospect with thematically solved capsules, restaurant, bistro and bar, and a six-star suite – One Room Hotel, situated 66m above the city. The TV tower is also popular for its “Babies”, ten giant fiberglass statues of babies climbing the tower up and down. These were created by the Czech artist David Černý and were installed on the tower in 2000.



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Diplomat Hotel Prague – the best place for your meetings in 2013
Diplomat Hotel Prague

The 4-star Diplomat Hotel is located in Prague’s diplomatic centre, close to the historic city centre. The high standard of quality and the convenient location make the Diplomat Hotel Prague the ideal conference and venue place in town. A dedicated professional team is looking forward to tailor make events and conferences.

The large conference and event centre consists of 22 meeting rooms for up to 1,050 people with a total of 1,600 m² of conference space as well as a 2,000 m² exhibition area.

The variable conference rooms with spacious foyer have a capacity for up to 400 people. Perfect working conditions are guaranteed thanks to climate control and state-of-the-art audio-visual and multimedia technologies, broadband internet access, electronic screen navigation and simultaneous interpretation facilities.

Hotel guests and conference attendees will enjoy the service of the restaurants Loreta, CD and Katsura with exquisite coffee breaks, a balanced business lunch or a gourmet dinner.

Extra services such as a business centre, 24/7 Grab&Shop, car rental, a hairdresser and a beauty studio add to the convenience and comfort of the hotel.

Have a look on our latest conference special offers at www.diplomathotel.cz.

For more see member profile here.
Palác Žofín
Palác Žofín

The neorenaissance Žofín Palace, one of the most notable architectural treasures, can be yours! Žofín Palace is used for important social events, conferences, concerts and balls. The Large Hall at Žofín regularly hosts the most prominent personalities from business, politics and the arts in this country and abroad. Agentura NKL Žofín, s.r.o. can organise everything for you to the highest professional standards. Today anyone who wants to hold an important event at the very highest level chooses Žofín Palace.

In 1835, when Václav Novotný decided to build the first brick building on Slavonic Island (or Dyers’ Island as it was then called), he had no idea that the one-storey neoclassical building named after the mother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Princess Sophie (or Žofie in Czech), would become one of the most important cultural and social centres in Prague and the Czech Lands as a whole. In 1884 the municipality bought the whole island, including Žofín, and over the next two years it converted the building into the present neorenaissance palace with richly decorated interiors and fine halls that have now been part of Czech (and not only Czech) culture for the last 150 years. On 5 November 1882 the first performance of Smetana’s My Country in its entirety took place at Žofín, and four years previously, on 17 November 1878, Antonín Dvořák had held his first concert here. The hall at Žofín also hosted performances of Zdeněk Fibich’s works; Berlioz, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Wagner all appeared here, and Jan Kubelík made his debut here. Žofín was also a venue for balls and dances. The first was held on 3 February 1841 and two years later the writer Božena Němcová danced here, and Žofín was visited by the poet Jan Neruda and other figures from Czech history.

For more see member profile here.
Hotel Century Old Town Prague
Hotel Century Old Town Prague

UNIQUE CHARM IN THE HEART OF PRAGUE

Hotel Century Old Town Prague is part of the Mgallery collection of boutique hotels operates by Accor.

The hotel is situated in the heart of the city, Just minutes away from the Old Town Square and famous Municipal House.

The Hotel occupies the former premises of the Worker’s Accident Insurance Company, where Franz Kafka worked for 14 years.

You can be confident of sharing a truly delightful experience with partners, clients and friends at our hotel. All the rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with the most modern facilities you expect from four star property including free WiFi connection.

Our 3 meeting rooms and can be turned into one large room accommodating up to 90 persons in theatre style. All our meeting rooms are equipped with the most up-to-date and offers the benefit of natural daylight.

Our experience and dedicated employees will make sure that your stay, or event will be unforgettable.

For more see member profile here.
Past Congresses
European Investment Conference

From 18th to 19th October, Prague Marriott Hotel hosted the largest conference in the financial sector - ČR CFA Institute European Investment Conference – organized by CFA institute and CFA Society Czech Republic. The conference attracted more than 300 investment professional from all over the world. Discussions and lectures focused on the development of private asset management in the next 20 years, the future of Euro, forces changing the face of Europe and world, opportunities for investors and much more.

CFA INSTITUTE
WPA 2012

Four years ago, the Czech Republic became the first post-communist country which hosted an international psychiatric congress organized by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the most significant organization in this field associating 137 national psychiatric societies from 130 countries of the world. This year, from 17th to 21st October, Prague again had the honor of hosting the international congress of WPA. The world meeting of psychiatrists in Prague Congress Centre focused, among others, on the aspects of approach, quality and humane care in psychiatry and and mental health. More than 2,000 respected psychiatrists from 85 countries of the world came to Prague to discuss this hot topic. The congress was held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Parliament Mrs. Miroslava Němcová, Minister of Health Mr. Leoš Heger and the Mayor of the City of Prague Mr. Bohuslav Svoboda.

WPA 2012
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