Registration for accompanying persons can only be done together with the participant's registration. In the on-line registration form participant and accompanying person can select the social events and tours they would like to attend.


Monday, 29 July, 2019
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Arrival of participants and check-in in the hotels
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Registration of Congress participants and accompanying persons in the Grand Hotel Union (Conference centre)
  • 20:00 - 22:30 Opening of the Congress, welcome addresses by Mr. Janez Oset, the President of the Slovenian Hop Growers Association, presentation of the Congress programme and Welcome Dinner in the Grand Hotel Union


Tuesday, 30 July, 2019
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast in the chosen hotel
  • 09:00 - 16:00 Excursion to Bled, departure from Grand Hotel Union Business (uHotel)
  • 17:00 - 17:20 Guided walk from the Grand Hotel Union to the Union Brewery (Meeting point: Grand Hotel Union Business - detailed information will be given at the bus on return from Bled).
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Union Experience - visit of the Union Brewery and Museum of Brewery
  • 19:00 - 22:00 Dinner in the Union Brewery with the music entertainment (D.J.)
  • 22:00 Guided walk to the Grand Hotel Union Business (uHotel)
  • 22:30 Guided walk to the Grand Hotel Union Business (uHotel)


Bled lake is one of the top attractions in Slovenia, called also the Alpine pearl. At the one-day tour we will take you to its small island by a typical »pletna boat«. You will have a chance to ring a wishing bell in the Church of the Assumption. When returning to the shore, we will have a short walk along the lake. We will have a lunch and try also "kremšnita", the traditional Bled custard cream cake. For the end of our trip we will take you up to Bled castle, one of the most spectacular castles in Slovenia, perched on a sheer cliff high above the lake.


Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast in the chosen hotel
  • 09:00 - 17:00 Excursion to Celje, departure from the Grand Hotel Union. Visit of the Celeia museum, Celje Castle, Roman Necropolis and The Pekel Cave
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Guided walk through the streets of Žalec
  • 17:30 - 18:30 visit of the Fountain of Green Gold and beer tasting
  • 18:30 - 23:00 Networking dinner and live music programme at the Fountain of Green Gold, welcome address by Mr. Janko Kos, the Mayor of Žalec Municipality
  • 22:00 - First bus transfer to the Grand Hotel Union Business (uHotel)
  • 22:30 - second bus transfer to the Grand Hotel Union Business
  • 23:00 - Last bus transfer to the Grand Hotel Union Business


Celje is a city of experiences! It opens up a magnificent vault of historical, cultural, tourist, recreational and culinary riches. After a short stroll through the old city centre, we will look into the archaeological exhibition site in the cellars of the Princely Palace. We will continue to romantic, enticing, magnificent, but also dark and frightening – the Celje Old Castle. A stop for a lunch top will be the town of Šempeter from where we will continue to Roman Necroplis - almost 2,000 years ago, an immensely important Roman road passing through Šempeter, connecting Roman towns Aquilea, Emona, Celeia and Poetovio. And finaly we will look into the karst underground cave Pekel. The 1159-meter long path through the cave is easy and well maintained.


Thursday, 1 August, 2019
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Breakfast in the chosen hotel
  • 09:00 - 10:30 free time
  • 10:30 - 13:00 IHGC General Assembly, welcome address by the representative of the Republic of Slovenia & Award Ceremony, Grand Hotel Union (Conference centre)
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in the Grand Hotel Union
  • 14:45 - 17:00 Guided tour of Ljubljana with the visit of Ljubljana Castle (meeting point at the lobby of the Grand Hotel Union Business - uHotel)
  • 20:00 - 23:00 Gala dinner with music entertainment, Grand Hotel Union

Dress code

  • Dress code during the congress is casual.
  • Official Opening on 30 July: business / smart casual
  • Gala dinner on 1 August: elegant


Friday, 2 August, 2019
  • Departure to the post-congress tour (optional)