Porto is first addition to network of 'compact' European cities

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EU CVB Network Pictured (from left to right): Heidi Strobl (Salzburg), Ilenia Pasi (Firenze), Ulrika Scoliège (Gothenburg), Faustine Maugat (Lyon), Mariana Sousa (Porto), Jan Orsic (Ljubljana), Maaike Hamann (Rotterdam) and Manuel Ferris (Valencia). Photo Credit: EventPoint International/Porto CVB

A network of convention bureau representing smaller European cities has welcomed its first new member since it was founded in 2020.

Porto CVB has become the eighth member of the EU CVB Network, which was set up during the pandemic as a vehicle for sharing best practice and knowledge.

In a model of 'coopetition', the seven foundingmembers - Florence, Gothenburg, Ljubljana, Lyon, Rotterdam, Salzburg, and Valencia – compete for association meetings, but believe that they can be ‘stronger, more effective and add more value for clients’ if they work together.


None of the cities – except for Ljubljana – are capitals, and all have centrally located meeting facilities.

Luís Pedro Martins, Porto & North Tourism board president, said: “Although perfectly aware that they all compete, almost always, for the same goals, the founding members of the EU CVB Network know that, by working together and sharing knowledge and experiences, everyone benefits and prospers. This is also the state of mind of the Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau and that is why we have been making efforts to integrate this network. We are very proud to have been the first CVB to join the EU CVB Network after it was created and we are certain that this collaboration will help to highlight Porto and the North as one of the main destinations within non-capital cities and will also strengthen our position in attracting association events.”


Jan Orsic, head of Ljubljana Convention Bureau, said: “Porto ticks all the boxes, is perfect for us, because geographically it fits, in terms of values it fits and when we look at events that go to Porto, a lot of them we share among us. It is a great addition. We are very conservative with expanding the Network because all the members have to be active. We bring our knowledge together and when we meet it makes us much better, much stronger, much more interesting for clients”.


Porto was officially announced as a member of the EU CVB Network at IMEX in Frankfurt. 

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