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Madi Travel Market Prague 6 – 8 November 2007

( The MADI Agency is offering a traditional Hosted Buyers Programme for tour operators and travel agency operators involved in tourism in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. The hosted programme for foreign buyers will be held for the 6th time this year at the MADI Business to Business Travel Workshop in Prague. To qualify for the hosted buyers program, delegates must participate at least in the seminar and the incoming workshop.

Hosted buyers are welcome to participate in any event at the MADI
Travel Market (optional workshops, etc.) free of charge, join the sightseeing tour of Prague, plus one/two day excursions to the regions of the Czech Republic and tickets to the Theatre and Concerts and the Gala evening. For further details or email href="">

Franz Joseph Haydn

2009 will be the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn and plans are afoot across countries in Central Europe to ensure that the world remembers and celebrates the Father of the Symphony and the crucial role Haydn played in composing for the string quartet Sonata and Concerto.

Although born in Austria, and commemorated at the Eisenstadt Museum in Burgenland, Haydn spent much of his life in Hungary at the Esterhaza Palace in Ferlod (The Hungarian Versailles). Prince Esterhazy, a patron of the musical arts, ensured Haydn was fully employed and took him under his wing. The restored Rocco Palace has regular concerts in the summer months and this year alone five Haydn concerts will be performed. Haydn’s principal works were 104 symphonies 84 string quartets, 125 Chamber works and Oratories. Most notable “The Creation “and “The Seasons.

As details of events unfold we will keep our readers updated as there will be musical celebrations across the region, particularly in Hungary and Austria. Other Central European countries are also expected to take part in commemorating the role Haydn played as the corner stone of the classical period of music which flourished in Central Europe.

Viennese Nights

From June until September Vienna comes alive at night in the City Hall Square where every evening is transformed into a hot spot for classical music fans and late night revelers with great food and free film screenings. Giant screens with the illuminated City Hall as a backdrop show classical hits from operetta, dance and concert performances.

The popularity of this film festival is such that in 2006 560,000 people enjoyed the summer evenings with music on the silver screens and with the added attraction of culinary delights. More

Slovak Royal Towns

Bordejov, Kezmarok, Levoca and Star Lubouna are the four Slovak Royal towns that have joined to gether to ensure that visitors fully understand and can enjoy the amazing historical wealth these towns have to offer. Architecture that spans Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo Classical design. Castles and Churches that display a unique heritage from medieval times. All set in the beautiful country side of Slovakia, with Spas and the Tatra mountains close to hand.
KPMG Golf Business Forum
Delegates of the Golf Business Forum were unanimous in their verdict that the 2007 event held at the Hilton Budapest Hotel in Hungary was the best yet.
Have a look at this year’s GBF video and pictures and see how CECTA played a major role.
GBF 2007 video
GBF 2007 photo album
The two-day event brought together over 260 major stakeholders in the business of golf, including developers, investors, master planners, designers, tourism officials, golf course managers, suppliers and operators from over 40 countries. Or click on the link on the home page of

Budapest airport

A new rail service has been opened between Budapest Ferhegy airport and the city centre. By train the city can be reached in thirty minutes.

Polish National Tourist Office

The PNTO have a new president Mr. Wladyslaw Majka who is based in Warsaw. On a recent visit to London Mr. Maika met with CECTA and discussed how the two organizations can benefit from an even closer working relationship to grow tourism to Poland.

Hungarian National Tourist Office

The Hungarian tourist office in London has a new Director Adam Ligeti and a new trade relations manager Mark Kincses.

Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia

Slovakia also has a new Commercial Councilor Dusan Novotny. We wish them all good luck in their new endeavors.


We welcome to CECTA membership this month Detone sre a Bratislava based destination Management Company. Detone specialize in F.I.T. and group tourism in Slovakia and Bratislava. They offer a wide range of tourism products for their clients including Thematic Packages focused on Slovak history and culture. For full details of all their products click on

CENTRAL EUROPE is a haven of historic cities, towns and villages, from castles and chateaux to spas and vineyards interspersed with rivers, lakes and mountains. It offers a rich heritage of music and culture and the warmth and hospitality of its people ensures a special welcome for visitors.

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Thomas Steinmetz
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