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Lviv Convention Bureau has solemnly started accepting applications for the title of Lviv Honorary Ambassadors from the stage of Lviv National Opera. The success of the Program for 5 years, the challenges of the conference industry during the pandemic and the industry’s orientation to the national market was discussed with Honorary Ambassadors Orest Zub, Yuriy Kosenko, Nikodem Shchyhlovsky, Oksana Lyniv and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi.

The Mayor announced the Program of additional funding of national conferences, which are ready to hold their events in Lviv. He encouraged to submit for the Program for 2020-2022, to involve international experts, to promote Lviv in professional communities, to jointly support the city’s conference industry.

During the live broadcast, the ambassadors talked about the events they managed to attract to Lviv, about the organization of on-line events, about cultural events that attract business tourists, about the resumption of flights to Lviv, which will increase the flow of business tourists. 

Yuriy Kosenko – Deputy Director for Foreign Economic Relations and International Scientific Integration of the SCIVP, Doctor of Biological Sciences, told how he invited the Congress of the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology to Lviv. The process was time consuming. It consisted of many stages: submission of the application, its promotion among other European cities, support of the city authorities, organization of a sightseeing tour for the president of the association. The final decision was made after studying the conference opportunities of Lviv. On the official website, the management of the association announced that Lviv has been elected as the city of the next congress in 2021. This means that 500 scientists will come to Lviv to exchange ideas and experiences, present complex scientific programs. Also as part of the event, international guests will give free lectures for students for one day. 

Orest Zub – traveler, blogger, on-line entrepreneur shared his experience of holding business events in Lviv, talked about the economic effect for the local environment. The on-line entrepreneur encouraged not to cancel events, but to go on-line. In this regard, he developed a guide «How to hold a webinar», which described in detail all the steps of organizing an on-line event. 

Nikodem Shchyhlovskyi – Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIA Baltic Aviation Support told about the crisis in the aviation industry, the losses of airlines by reason of reducing the number of business tourists. He highlighted that in recent years Lviv has been among the leaders in the event industry of Ukraine. As well as Lviv Airport was in the lead in increasing passenger traffic among other airports in Ukraine. The quarantine caused great material losses. But there are also good news. During the quarantine, cargo transportation was implemented at Lviv airport. 

Oksana Lyniv, world-famous conductress, art director of the LvivMozArt International Festival of Classical Music, founder and chief conductress of the Youth symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (YsOU), looked back on the success of the LvivMozArt Festival in 2019. At that time 630 participants from 13 countries visited Lviv, leading media wrote about the event, thousands of music tourists visited various locations of the festival, music critics spoke positively about the city and the organization of the event. She noted that today the quarantine creates difficulties particularly for the cultural and event industry, because it is forbidden to hold mass events, and it is unknown when the situation will change. However, we must look for positive aspects. Lviv already has a good background. People know about the city and the festival. It is included in various organizations and associations, for example European Mozart Ways, which includes only 10 countries.

We remind you that the submission of applications for the title of Lviv Honorary Ambassador 2020-2022 lasts until September 30.

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