Around Gdansk in 2 days
Gdansk Convention Bureau had the pleasure to arrange a study tour for a group of 4 people, including representatives of a travel agency, a large financial corporation and a medical association. The aim was to attract even more individual and business tourists to Gdansk.
Our guests came from near and far. Margarete Grimus, administrative secretary of the ESFH (European Society of Hemapheresis), arrived from Austria. Established in 1984, the ESFH is an association of entities, such as large pharmaceutical corporations, and scientists from the field of blood medicine. It conducts research, publishes reports and ensures patient safety. Due to its dynamic growth, the ESFH holds an increasing number of meetings.
Our guests from Finland included Eduardo Ygot and Mylene Fajanela. Originally from the Philippines, they represented the Helsinki branch of Sunbee Tours & Travel, an international operator of individual and business tours with more than 20 years of experience and a rich haul of prestigious awards. With its agencies throughout the world, the company has a portfolio of over 70,000 individual customers and more than 6,000 business clients.
Michael Chow, PhD, from Provident Global Capital Group Hong Kong, had the longest journey to make. Mr. Chow is marketing director at one of Hong Kong's largest financial groups. His department is responsible for organizing some 50 to 60 events a year, including meetings and conventions for employees at various levels, with the group employing more than 5,000 people. The company is now looking for new attractive destinations for its events, mainly in Europe.
On the first day, Wednesday 26 April, our guests had the opportunity to visit the most popular tourist spots in Gdansk by taking the classic tour of the Main Town and Old Town. This was a prelude to the busy next day. On Thursday, we visited the major conference venues: AmberExpo, Energa Stadion Gdansk, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the European Solidarity Centre and the Gdansk Shakespeare. They also saw a demonstration of local amber processing and visited one of the city's finest hotels.
“I have organized large-scale seminars and conventions for our association for many years. Our members increasingly want to know what particular destinations can offer besides transportation, conference venues and attractive prices. In other words, they want to know if there will be a chance to see something interesting and wind down after a hard conference day. To me, Gdansk seemed like a perfect place for this right away”, said Margaret Grimus.
Eduardo Ygot emphasized the value of “unique venues”: “This makes any meeting more attractive”, Eduardo pointed out, and said we would visit Gdansk with the first group of customers from his agency in August. “I'm delighted, and I'm sure they will be, too. It seems that long-term cooperation has just started here”, added Eduardo.
Our guests were unanimous in their praise of Polish hospitality and cuisine. The visit was a result of GCB establishing new contacts at Convene Vilnius last February.