ZAGREB, June 5, 2019 – The Zagreb Fair and the Celje Fair from Slovenia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of cooperation and understanding, which marked the opening of an international conference, “Exhibition Industry – Disruptor or Disruptee”, at the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre.
The document was signed by Zagreb Fair director Dina Tomšić and Celje Fair Management Board chair Franc Pangerl.
Noting that the global exhibition industry amounted to around 167 billion euros, Tomšić said that in the past three years the exhibition industry in Croatia had almost been invisible.
“After 11 years of negative business results, the Zagreb Fair has started to achieve positive results. We are only halfway to the industry’s recovery and its full recovery requires investment in digitisation, new competencies and a new congress centre,” said Tomšić.
Pangerl said that he expected the two fairs and countries to step up their cooperation. “We plan to hold meetings at our autumn fair. We hope for good cooperation at our energy fair in April next year. We have several good global projects which are financially interesting and we can share all of that through cooperation on successful projects,” said Pangerl.
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, who attended the conference, said that a new congress centre would be built on the premises of the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre, which would be revamped.
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