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Slovenia receives Safe Travels Stamp

Slovenia is one of the first countries in the world to receive the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). This means that Slovenia's health and hygiene standards are consistent with global health and hygiene protocols for experiencing safe travel. The specially designed stamp Safe Travels, that has been supported also by UNWTO (United Nations World Travel Organisation) will allow travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. More about Safe travel standards: https://wttc.org/COVID-19/Safe-Travels-Global-Protocols-Stamp Standards outlined by WTTC are included into Slovenian GREEN & SAFE label that is communicating responsible travel standards of Slovenian tourism. Through this label the superior hygiene protocols have been highlighted together with sustainable recommendations for tourist service providers and destinations. With all efforts based on safety, responsibility and sustainability, in Slovenia we want to gain our guests' trust in Slovenia as a green and safe tourist destination. More about implementation of the protocols in Slovenia: https://www.slovenia.info/en/stories/five-green-and-safe-reasons-to-choose-slovenia

Sustainable destination for your next meeting or incentive trip

Slovenia caught world's attention when named the most sustainable country in the world in 2017 by United Nations. Out of 100 indicators, Slovenia fulfilled 96! With over 60 % of surface covered by forests, more than 40 parks and reserves, clean and clear waters running from the Alps, Slovenia is a real paradise for all sports in the nature as well as local and authentic activities. With only 20.000 km2, it offers a very diverse landscape, from the high mountains to the Adriatic Sea, mysterious underworld and Pannonian plains. In only a few days you could experience it all! Certification scheme for sustainable travel Slovenian Tourist Board has been introducing good practices in the field of development and implementation of sustainable tourism over the past few years and won several prestigious titles, like First green country in the world, Most sustainable in the world, Best in Europe in the category of sustainable destinations and many others. To achieve that, a strong support was established on a national level. Slovenian Tourist Board has encouraged the entire tourism industry to develop in the direction of being green and sustainable. Green scheme with a certification program and quality standard has been introduced to inspire the efforts of destinations and service providers towards the sustainable development. Today more than 50 destinations, and over 50 accommodations, parks and attractions are promoted under Slovenia green label. To complete the offer as a 5-star destination, the best authentic, green and local experiences based on their individual and sustainable approach have been carefully selected. These creative activities guarantee unique and memorable experiences in various regions around our green Slovenia. Unique experiences for our clients When working on a program for our clients, we let our imagination fly. We want to offer the most exciting, the most amazing experiences that we can possibly think of. From hiking with breath-taking views, kayaking under a high mountain, to a private castle visit or an accommodation in the treetops. But of course, we always listen to our clients and follow their instructions and restrictions. We either suggest adventurous rafting on fast waters, zip line above the rivers or mountain biking through small picturesque villages. There is always time for local product tasting, visit of a winery, a family run fish farm or a local prosciutto producer. For more culture inspired groups, we suggest candlelight castle visits or city architecture tours. For animal and nature lovers, there is also observation of brown bears or demonstration of truffle hunting. And we always try to stay friendly to environment, nature and locals. CSR activities (Corporate social responsibility) Since more and more companies have socially responsible concept integrated in their business operations, a call for such activity is also sought at a travel destination. Special measurements as limited water and food consumption, selection of locally made gifts and avoiding plastic waste is always encouraged. In more depth it can be organised as a charity donation or as a voluntary activity of the participants. Different activities can be suggested in this case, most often they would be related to the industry, the company is coming from. But here are a few general ideas that are available on request: planting of trees, distribution of food, painting of walls, training/educating, recycling, building a garden shed etc. These projects are always addressed individually considering clients' special wishes and goals that need to be achieved. Contact us on mice@kompas.si for more ideas! You can also read about our company’s policies and its sustainability approach.

Slovenia - End of Corona virus epidemic

Dear Partner, The Slovenian government late on Thursday 14 May 2020 called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first European country to do so, after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks. People now arriving in Slovenia from other European Union states will no longer be obliged to go into a quarantine for at least seven days as was the case from early April. Citizens who show signs of coronavirus infection will still not be allowed to enter the country. A quarantine of at least 14 days will remain in place for people from non-EU states, except for some exemptions including diplomats and people transporting cargo. Citizens will still have to follow basic rules to prevent a possible spread of infection, it is required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, stand at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) apart and disinfect hands upon entering public spaces. Earlier this week the government was withdrawing measures that were restricting air transport in Slovenia. The restrictions are lifted for international air services from both the European Union and third countries. In the past few days the airport has been preparing for the reception of the first passengers and installed necessary safety measures to restart passenger traffic. All bars and restaurants as well as small hotels with up to 30 rooms will be allowed to open next week. Thank you for your trust and for remaining with us. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Stay healthy! Your Kompas Meet Team #STAYALERT #BERESPONSIBLE #STAYHEALTHY

Charming Slovenia: Fun Autumn Incentive Activities

Slovenia is an attractive and active destination year-round. A wide spectrum of sports, cultural, culinary and other activities that it offers includes some activities that can be done throughout the year as well as some that are season-specific and are best experienced in a certain season or even month. Cold winter months draw visitors that are looking for snow-related activities, e.g. snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snow-sledging, followed by a cup of mulled wine accompanied by relaxing crackling of wood from a fireplace. Summer in Slovenia is a bliss for those who love sun-bathing on vibrant beaches or are looking for a refreshing retreat in one of numerous glamping villages, set in the vicinity of the forests and rivers. Springtime is perfect for hikes in the blooming mountains and plateaus, such as Velika Planina plateau or Golica, as well as for bee- and honey-themed experiences through which the participants get acquainted with our rich beekeeping tradition. How about autumn? GRAPE AND OLIVES HARVESTING Early autumn months are dedicated to picking grapes in the three Slovenian wine-growing regions (with 14 wine-growing districts) and olives in the coastal area. Since the earliest times, grape and olives harvests have been established as social events. The winemakers’ and olive oil producers’ families have been joined by neighbours and friends on the occasion, making harvesting a fun sociable event. Have you ever tried it yourself? OFF-ROAD IN THE AUTUMN-COLOURED SLOVENIAN WOODS Slovenia is a green paradise. Forests cover three-fifths of its surface, and it boasts three regional parks, more than 40 nature parks as well as dozen nature reserves. Imagine driving off the beaten path through the endless forests, when all tree leaves have changed their lush green colour for various shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, and brown. If you add a pinch of adrenaline, learning the basic survival techniques as well as fun team-bonding elements, it’s quite clear why this activity is widely popular with incentive groups. TASTE SLOVENIAN PROSCIUTTO, WALNUT DUMPLINGS AND WINE AT AN “OSMICA” All foodies looking for an authentic experience will be excited about the tradition of “osmica” found in the Mediterranean Slovenia. “Osmica” is literally translated as “eight”, but in practice it means that some farms turn into temporary wine bars/shops, serving homemade products. The tradition stems from the past, when farms could sell their surplus wine, homemade ham and other products tax-free for 8 days in a year. The custom has been retained to the present day and is very popular with the locals as well as visitors from Slovenia and abroad. Photo credit: TK Štok, Lisjak, Ptujinfo.com, TuamV Curious to get more ideas about fun activities in Slovenia? Let us know what you are searching for by sending an email to mice@kompas.si. #ifeelsLOVEnia #KompasMEET #KompasDMC #incentive #eventprofs #autumn #activities

Charming Slovenia: Farewell Dinner With a View (part 2)

The peak of almost every incentive is farewell dinner the night before departure and having a nice view while enjoying an evening is a must. Therefore, we’ve prepared a selection of venues offering outstanding views in various parts of Western Slovenia. The first few ideas were presented in the previous blog post, and here’s more: WORLD’S LARGEST CAVE CASTLE FROM A STONE TERRACE The Slovenian Karst is world-known for numerous mysterious and magical places. The most famous of them are numerous Karst caves, attracting tourists from all around the world, whereas among less visited you’ll find world’s largest cave castle, Predjama castle. The medieval marvel has been perched in the middle of a cliff for more than 800 years, hiding a network of secret tunnels and a cave that has been home to a colony of bats. Dinner on the site can be preceded by a tour of the castle with candles and welcome drinks on the highest castle platform. MAJESTIC PEAKS OF SLOVENIAN ALPS FROM CABLE CAR Culinary pampering with fantastic views of mountain peaks and fresh air – that is what cable car dinner in the embrace of the Slovenian Alps is all about. The gondolas of a Slovenian ski resort Krvavec can be turned into small hovering restaurants, from which the guests enjoy panoramic views of alpine surroundings and picturesque valleys while being spoilt with modern Slovenian cuisine by renowned Slovenian Chefs. A truly unique experience with a Slovenian touch. MILITARY COLLECTION IN THE PARK OF MILITARY HISTORY The Park of Military History developed from old military barracks built by the Kingdom of Italy around 1930 and used also by the Yugoslav People’s Army. The museum centre is one of the largest military-historical complexes in this part of Europe and is an extraordinary venue for an evening event where the guests will be surrounded by tanks and cannons from the Second World War, fighter aircraft and a 19-metre-long P-913 Zeta sabotage submarine. The venue is a perfect choice for history enthusiasts and those on the search for new and outstanding experiences. Photo credit: Postojnska jama, RTC Krvavec, Park vojaške zgodovine Pivka For assistance with arrangements of your event in Slovenia, contact us at mice@kompas.si. More tips and fresh ideas coming up soon … #ifeelsLOVEnia #KompasMEET #KompasDMC #incentive #eventprofs #venue #dinner

Charming Slovenia: Farewell Dinner With a View (part 1)

The peak of almost every incentive is farewell dinner the night before departure. For some, that peak is being pampered at a gala event - extraordinary dining, exquisite wines and fine entertainment, some picture it as a locally themed event presenting the most typical in terms of cuisine, music and service, whereas some are searching merely for a unique experience in the ambience of a special venue. Having a nice view while enjoying the evening is a plus for all. Therefore, we’ve prepared a selection of venues offering outstanding views in various parts of Western Slovenia - here’s the first few: STAR-LIT LJUBLJANA CASTLE HILL FROM ŠVICARIJA Švicarija Creative Centre, located in the peaceful greenery of the biggest and most beautiful Ljubljana park, Tivoli, offers an amazing view of Ljubljana castle, perched on top of a hill above Ljubljana Old Town. The venue was originally a wooden guest house welcoming Ljubljana residents and visitors already in 1835, then it was turned into a hotel that became highly popular with artists and bohemians, and today it provides working and living studios to local artists and residential spaces to international artists. The place is a great choice for a Slovenian themed evening. CHARMING PIRAN FROM ELEGANT VILLA TARTINI A great view of Slovenia’s most picturesque town Piran opens from the terrace of Villa Tartini, nestled in the heart of a lush green park. The place used to serve as a summer residence of the very well-off Tartini family and is supposedly where the world-famous Piran composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini spent his early years. The villa is a perfect choice for a gala dinner, ensuring privacy, luxury and exclusivity, and looking out onto the open sea. BLOOMING VINEYARDS FROM A BOUTIQUE WINERY An organic family winery Rodica is located in the heart of Slovenian Istria and is where top-quality white and red wines are being made thanks to an airy and sunlit terrain. The pleasant ambience of a modern wine cellar built in traditional Istrian style, calming view of the blooming vineyards surrounding the place, and traditional Istrian dishes paired with exquisite wines pamper all the senses and are the perfect choice for those searching for a unique, authentic experience. Photo credit: Vila Tartini, Rodica For assistance with arrangements of your event in Slovenia, contact us at mice@kompas.si. More tips and fresh ideas coming up soon … #ifeelsLOVEnia #KompasMEET #KompasDMC #incentive #eventprofs #venue #dinner

Slovenian paradise for summer alpine Incentives

Kranjska Gora is a picturesque alpine town nestled in the Julian Alps at the triple boarder of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Its small and friendly town centre with a few restaurants, shops and hotels welcomes guests from all over the world year-round. In the summer, the place is full of hikers and cyclists, whereas in the winter it becomes a busy ski resort. The beauty of nature as well as its location and infrastructure make Kranjska Gora a perfect destination for active incentives. In the summer edition, these can include hiking, cycling, teambuilding activities in the nature, tasting of the rich local culinary offer and chilling on the shores of alpine lakes, among others. There are numerous possibilities for hiking trips and cycling tours starting in Kranjska Gora and its vicinity. The trails are adaptable to various levels of fitness, so that everyone is comfortable, and the guests are amazed by the richness of nature when the narrow hiking trails and winding roads bring them to hidden waterfalls, scenic alpine lakes and sunny clearings in the middle of the woods with breathtaking views of the mountains. The summer teambuilding activities in the area vary from SUP-ing on alpine lakes, spirit distilling, cooking duels, trying out the steepest zipline in the world, summer sledding, summer sports games, and more. Breaks during hiking, cycling and teambuilding activities are a great opportunity to start exploring the local culinary offer. In the mountain huts the guests are welcomed with traditional homemade liquors with blueberries, walnuts or honey, and they can choose their snack among various typical Slovenian and local dishes. Some of the most popular ones among these are cottage cheese dumplings called “štruklji”, Carniolan sausage and barley stew. For curious foodies, a meal of three countries can be organized. In just a bit more than three hours, the guests visit, explore and enjoy culinary delicacies of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Besides all this Kranjska Gora offers a wide array of beautiful sights that can be included in the itinerary of an incentive trip as part of a morning or evening photo/Instagram tour. The emerald green natural reserve Zelenci, crystal clear lake Jasna, waterfall Peričnik, the Russian chapel and the “Pagan girl” (a face in the cliffs), are just a few of many photogenic and inspirational sights that will spice up the event.

Culinary Incentive in Montenegro

Montenegro, a scenic boutique country on the Adriatic sea that is popular for its gorgeous coastline and rich national parks, is also a great destination for culinary-themed incentives. Its cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, and so the traditional dishes vary from region to region. Through history, the impact of the Italians, the Greek and the Turkish on the country has enriched the tastes of Montenegro through new recipes and ingredients. Colorful restaurants, boutique family wineries and other local businesses will serve you delicious, juicy dishes, prepared from fresh, local ingredients, and quality Montenegrin wines. Gourmets will find numerous authentic culinary experiences when visiting the country, and below you’ll find our top five. Njeguši, a town near Cetinje, is home to delicious prosciutto, pork dried in fresh air coming from the mountains, and tender homemade cheese. These delicacies are best tasted in cozy village restaurants and are served together with homemade bread and Montenegrin red wine. In the vicinity of Lake Skadar National Park there is a family winery that charms its guests with warm hospitality, quality wines and tasty meals prepared “under the bell” (“izpod sača” in local language). While you enjoy juicy meat and vegetables prepared in that traditional manner, the family members will entertain you with countless stories and will make sure that your glass is always full. Close to Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site, there’s an ecological oyster farm, built on the principles of sustainable development, where you can taste fresh oysters directly from the sea - an unparalleled experience for all seafood lovers. Those who wish for a more active culinary experience, will surely appreciate a cooking class on traditional Montenegrin dishes in the kitchen of a local TV-host who, together with her husband, likes to welcome guests in their living room and entertain them with a few touching Mediterranean melodies sung acapella. The last evening of an incentive travel is usually dedicated to culinary pampering in an unusual place with gala setting and entertainment. Imagine taking a carriage ride through blooming lush green vineyards, followed by food and wine pampering in the charming setting of the biggest wine cellar in Montenegro, accompanied by live music … Wish to know more or even experience the tastes of Montenegro? Get in touch with us via mice@kompas.si, and follow our blog for more tips and ideas. #Montenegro #KompasMEET #KompasDMC #incentive #eventprofs

Slovenia, hidden gastronomic gem in Europe

In last October, Slovenia was awarded the official title of the European Region of Gastronomy 2021 (the same year as its presidency to EU). This title is a big recognition for Slovenia and everybody that has been working on country's recognition as a unique 5 star experience destination. Gastronomy has been defined as one of top leading tourist products in the strategy of Slovenian tourism with the focus on sustainability and this title will greatly contribute to its promotion and reputation. Slovenia, not even 30 years old, had been part of different large empires over the past centuries and as such it had been influenced by all these foreign cultures as well as their food. Turks, Austrian-Hungarians, French, Italians, Germans, Yugoslavs, they all left their traces in Slovenian gastronomy before leaving this region. But over the last decades Slovenian chefs have rediscovered Slovenian basic foods and on its base they have elevated Slovenian cuisine - local, high quality and authentic. Their original but also traditional plates caught attention of the gastronomy minds around the world and Slovenia is becoming one of the hidden culinary gems in Europe still to be discovered. Slovenian food that has been long known as »peasant food«, has recently with fresh local and organic ingredients become a real hit and its chefs have become the new stars. Chef Ana Roš, that first appeared at Netflix's Chef's Table, became World's Best Female Chef in 2017. Janez Bratož and JB restaurant was listed among the World's 100 best restaurants on San Pellegrino's list. Among the Jeuns Restauraters and Chaine des rotisseurs we will find chef Igor Jagodic from restaurant Strelec and chef Bine Volčič from Monstera in Ljubljana, chef Tomaž Kavčič from Gostilna pri Lojzetu, chef Uroš Štefelin from Vila Podvin and many others from different corners of Slovenia.They will guarantee you high quality, upscale comfort food with local produce prepared in a new, modern and innovative approach. Contact us for a sample culinary tour in Slovenia.

Belgrade, new incentive destination in 2019

Belgrade or Beograd, the white town, as called in Serbian language, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It became the capital city of Serbia already in 1405. Built on the confluence of two rivers, Sava and Danube, it is here that the modern and the traditional meet. Kalamegdan, the city's fortress, offers a spectacular view of the city and of both rivers with their lively riverbank's life. Skadarlija, in the heart of Belgrade, is the old bohemian district, today mostly visited by tourists to experience live ethno music performances and to taste traditional Serbian dishes. Not far away, on Sava banks, Savamala, developed as the first neighbourhood outside the fortress walls, is today a new cultural and urban centre of Belgrade. Here you will find places used for exhibitions, festivals, but also for meetings, workshops and other activities. Venues for special events can be found at more traditional Royal Palace or Kolarac foundation, as well as at Ada Ciganlija Peninsula or Ušče Tower hall. Belgrade top hotels also offer spacious meeting halls with exciting areas for welcome receptions, gala dinners or similar events. At Hilton hotel you can organise an event at the terrace on top floor of the hotel or within the inside court. You can privatise a rooftop restaurant and its park view terrace also at Metropol hotel, while the Hyatt hotel will seduce you with its monumental staircase and a small indoor stream. With the biggest congress centre, Crown Plaza hotel will surprise you with a lovely terrace just outside the main restaurant, that can be turned into a private party area. Besides the originality of Radisson Blu Collection Old mill hotel (hotel was built on the spot of an old steam mill, its architecture has been kept and its story can be seen all over the hotel), hotel offers a special non-traditional meeting room where you can organise a meeting using a brainbox as microphone together with colorful armchairs for more relaxing type of work. Their daily lounge that includes a small meeting room can also be privatised and as such it offers a specious and secluded area, perfect for a more private reunion. In the centre of Belgrade, we find boutique hotels, with smaller number of rooms, but with a lot of character and as such very suitable for incentive groups. #KompasMeet #MeetinSerbia #Incentiveidea #eventprofs #serbia #belgrade

Serbia, new meeting destination to discover in 2019

Situated in Southeast Europe, in the centre of Balkan peninsula, in Danube river basin and Panonian plains, Serbia is an ancient as well as a contemporary destination, with rich, centuries long history. It is also an exciting new meeting destination and an unique option for fun and adventures. For centuries, Serbia has been on the crossroads of various civilizations, like Byzantine and Roman, Ottoman and Austrian empires. And so forth Serbian culture is a fusion of multicultural customs, flavours, music and architecture. Visitors will have plenty of opportunities to experience this diversity through simple visits, workshops, teambuildings and tastings. There are many traditional must-try Serbian dishes, that you should not miss. Among them rakija, a famous brandy, served as an aperitif, offered before the start of a traditional meal in Serbia. Rakija is made from pears, plums, apricots and quince, often served with a starter kajmak cheese, smoked and cured meats, as well as oven baked beans. Serbia offers excellent wines as well. Eight wine producing regions and over 50 varieties of vine offer opportunities to taste exceptional wines, walk through vineyards and get to know more about wine making in Serbia. From the cultural point of view you can admire numerous medieval monasteries and churches, dating from the 12th century onward. They contain many fine frescoes and icons reflecting Serbian heritage through their saints and sovereigns. Lakes, rivers and mountains in the Western Serbia offer numerous opportunities for hiking, cycling, skiing, white river rafting and also birdwatching. You can also experience classic cars, speedboats, ethno villages and old train rides. But when we are talking about meeting and events, Belgrade, Serbia's capital, is definitely the most important place to be in Serbia. With the population of one and a half million, only half an hour from its international airport, it is in Belgrade, where the Serbian tradition meets the modern. Modern 5* and 4* hotels, international chains like Hyatt, Hilton Radisson Blu, Holiday Inn, Falkensteiner, small and unique boutique hotels, Belgrade fair ground with 40 hectares and the biggest congress centre in Serbia make possible to host conferences and meetings of different sizes. Modern and tradition meets also in the centre of town, where you can enjoy the ethno music and traditional meal at Skadarlija in the heart of the city or look for international cuisine at Savamala and in New Belgrade. Read more about different options for your business groups in Belgrade in our next blog post! #KompasMeet #MeetinSerbia #Incentiveidea #eventprofs #serbia #belgrade

Slovenia, winter incentive destination

Most of the business groups decide to travel in spring or autumn to enjoy the mild warm weather and the lovely scenery. But why not try Slovenia in winter? With beautiful scenery, snowed up high mountains, hills and valleys, Slovenia is a destination to explore also during winter months. If your hotel is in Ljubljana, Slovenian capital, your first ski resort, Krvavec, is only half an hour drive away. With ski slopes from 1500 m to 2000 m altitude, it offers also fun activities during winter and summer. Combination of several Olympic disciplines, like snowbiking, sledging, biathlon, hockey or snow golf can be organised for groups. Meals are served on the nearby »beach« or in the hotel where you can also spend the night.
Private parties with a concert or night sledging can also be done if you have still some energy left in the evening. Driving further North towards the Alps, we find more resorts that also offer winter activities. Besides alpine skiing, you can try biathlon at World known biathlon centre on Pokljuka plateau or explore the surrounding areas snowshoeing. On Soriška planina you will love snow rafting, while in Kranjska gora you will do your best to build a real igloo. Dog sledding or even zip lining in Planica from the highest ski jump is only a few minutes drive away. Low on energy you deserve a short rest, but not too long. Ice ring, night walk with torches or night sledging is on your menu later on. Treasure hunts and other team-building are not to be forgotten as well. Whatever sport you choose to try, the idea is to have fun doing it and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We will be there to take care of the food, drinks and not to forget the party, so you will not miss anything. Contact us for a sample winter incentive program in Slovenia for groups. Link to our winter program sample #KompasMeet #MeetinSovenia #Incentiveidea #eventprofs #winter #winterinslovenia

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