MeetingPlanners Russia 2016: the fourth annual edition of the MICE B2B forum in Moscow is getting closer!

After a fruitful and energizing summer time, a new season of meetings, conferences and events is getting to a start.

Always ahead of time, Europe Congress is ready to ride the wave with the fourth edition of its annual event MeetingPlanners Russia, taking place on the 5th and 6th of September in Moscow, as per tradition.

MeetingPlanners Russia will continue and even overcome the success of MCE Central and Eastern Europe Berlin, the first Europe Congress workshop of 2016 that opened the year with sparks, leaving all the participants highly satisfied and ready to make the best out of their newly acquired business contacts.

MeetingPlanners Russia has been created to be entirely focused on the growing Russian outbound market and on various destinations that are ready to welcome it, creating synergy between the Russian and CIS meeting planners and the worldwide providers coming to the Russian capital in order to meet and make business with them, establishing long lasting relations and a solid, profitable network of contacts.

The format of the event itself is entirely built to exceed the participants expectations and to maximise the workshop potential: a mix of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings and coffee breaks, luncheons and cocktail parties ensures the right balance between formal business time and relaxed networking opportunities.

The Renaissance Moscow Monarch Hotel on its side is ready to host the event with its more than 17000 square feet of event place, and with the many facilities and comforts it offers to its guests.

The list of participants to the workshop is also increasing and getting more varied day after day, both on the meeting planners and on the suppliers side: amongst the hosted buyers joining from Russia this year, JSC Eventum Conference and Seminars, Global Air from Kazakhstan, Uniglobe Alliance Avia, PAC Group, Takeda, Imperial Tobacco will be present, as well as companies from the oil industry such as Gazprom StroyTEK and National Oilwell Varco, and pharmaceuticals such as Takeda.

Destinations are also active, with a growing interest in hosting Russian MICE events: Hotels, DMCs and Convention Bureaus are glad to welcome the increasing demand of the Russian and CIS event agencies and corporate planners.

A broad variety of service providers will be showcasing their services and USPs, bringing a bit of their own country to Moscow during the event time: Austria, Spain, Korea, Israel, France, Cyprus, Cuba, Singapore, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Thailand, Armenia and Latvia are just some of the destinations that will be present this year at the MeetingPlanners Russia event. Some of the Convention Bureaus, such as the Vienna Convention Bureau, Jerusalem Convention Bureau and Korea Convention Bureau are returning participants that realised since the very first edition that MeetingPlanners Russia is a tailor-made workshop that matches its hosts requirements and the buyers requests with the suppliers offers, increasing everybody satisfaction.

Europe Congress is also more than glad to welcome newly coming participants, such as the Catalunya Convention Bureau, Pullman Riga Old Town, Opera Suite Hotel Yerevan and Shangri-La Hotels, the latter joining for the first time alongside Singapore Convention Bureau and Tour East Singapore DMC, that are on their side already joining in for the fourth year in a row.

With MeetingPlanners Russia getting closer, sharing some data about the future of the MICE industry might as well give the workshop the extra sparkle: according to the International Meetings Statistics Report by the Union of International Associations, the number of meetings for 2016 will, on average, increase by 11 percent over the next year, and by almost 35 percent over the next five years, making the event industry one of the most active and dynamic to be involved in.