The City Hall launched a campaign which promotes Katowice as a place for business tourists. Named “Meetings Energy. Katowice MICE” (meetings, incentive, conferences, events), the campaign is based on spending time in such places as Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska, the Beskidy mountains, golf links and stud farms around Katowice, but first of all, is inviting to business meetings in the heart of the City – in “Spodek” and the nearest, future International Convention Center.
During the last conference related to the City Center redevelopment, the Mayor of Katowice, Piotr Uszok claimed that a building permit for the International Convention Center is going to be given in 2009. After that, the City Hall will call for a bid for a prime contractor. The construction works should be finished in 2012. According to the project manager, Janusz Nowak, the ICC will be on time as the total amount of EUR 46 mln for the development is already guaranteed (half of the amount is granted by EU).