Budapest has been enjoying a growing popularity of large international association and corporate events, exhibitions. HUNGEXPO, the city’s largest multifunctional venue has taken its share of the growing MICE business.
This year the venue has already hosted some prominent events like the European Selection of Bocuse d’Or in conjunction with SIRHA Budapest in May. The competition event was a huge success attracting 6000 visitors in two days. The UEFA European congress also took place in May. The year started with two large corporate meetings: AIA, the Hong Kong based insurance company celebrated its biannual overseas incentive conference with 1600 guests from Asia, just a week later KIA held its Pan European Dealer Convention in Budapest for 2700 key partners from across the continent.
2017 is going to be an equally busy year for HUNGEXPO. The major international events for next year are well into the project preparation phase already, while there are numerous events in the pipeline.
World Seed Congress 22-24 May
The International Seed Federation (ISF) together with the Hungarian Seed Association will organize and host the ISF World Seed Congress 2017 in Budapest. ISF has represented its members' interests since 1924 and is widely regarded as the voice of the global seed industry. More than 1500 seed industry professionals are expected to gather to discuss the global issues facing the seed industry. The plenary session will be accompanied by an exhibition of 40 stands and a trading floor on more than 5000sqm. The congress was held in Uruguay in 2016.
The congress at HUNGEXPO will be accompanied by a golf tournament in the countryside and several social events in some extraordinary venues of Budapest.
World of Coffee 13-15 June
The Irish EventHaus Ltd. is the organizer on behalf of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), an enormous network of coffee lovers and industry professionals across more than 90 countries worldwide.
Spaces used: Hall G, F on 13.000sqm total for 150 booths (4-80sqm) Expected attendance: 8000 from worldwide over three days.
SCAE and World Coffee Events (WCE) have announced details of the five competitions that will be hosted at World of Coffee Budapest in June 2017: World Brewers Cup, World Latte Art, World Coffee in Good Spirits, World Cup Tasters and World Cezve/Ibrik all set to feature at SCAE’s annual speciality coffee event. Hosted over three days, each championship will highlight the skill and craft required to be a leader in that discipline, with the last day reserved for the finals as the best of the best go head-to-head in their attempt to be crowned the next World Champion.
Budapest was in competition with Amsterdam, Berlin, Leipzig, and Munich for the 2017 exhibition. Earlier events: 2016- Dublin 2015-Göteborg, 2014-Rimini
European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) 29 June- 1 July
EFTTEX - European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition is organised by EFTTA, the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association. The Association was established in 1981 in London with the purpose of support the tackle trade industry to promote sport fishing, international business and environmental issues.
The exhibition was organised first in 1981. 2016 RAI Amsterdam was the host and next year it will return to HUNGEXPO Budapest again after 2009. Spaces used: Hall G, F on 13.000sqm total which is a 15% expected growth of the expo. Exhibitors expected: cca 150-200. Estimated/expected number of visitors: 3000pax during the 3 days. This also would result a 15% growth due to the immense attraction and great access of Budapest.
Exhibition side events: The Best New Product showcase. All visitors can vote on their favourite product for the Visitor’s Choice Award. The winners are announced on the Gala Dinner.
The Annual General Assembly is open to all members and non-members of EFTTA, here the latest on EFTTA activities and ideas can be heard.
For product trials a 20 meter long stretch of water, the Casting pool will be set up for those interested in fly fishing and want to test the waters.
HUNGEXPO’s progress seems to be unstoppable as there are numerous large international events confirmed for the following years as well. Budapest has been gaining more and more attention of not only leisure tourists but among event organizers also, thus the Hungarian capital is unquestionably getting back on the map.
Even though the recent terrorist attacks in Europe had influenced the old continent’s popularity in a negative way, Hungary is still not affected and is considered one of the safest countries also proven by receiving the remarkable 22nd rank of the Global Peace Index in 2015.