THANOS magazine

July 10, 2024

Let's meet at FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention!

18-20 September, 2024, Krakow, Poland

Registration deadline is August 31, 2024, or if we reach more than 300 attendees!

In 2024, the stunning Polish city of Krakow will host the 17th FIAT-IFTA Convention and 53rd FIAT-IFTA I.C.D. Annual Meeting. This significant gathering taking place from the 18th to 20th of September 2024 will be supported by the Polish Funeral Association, which is the longest-operating Polish organization in the funeral industry in Poland and national member of FIAT-IFTA as well as the Institute of Funeral and Cemetery Industries. The meeting in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland will be a fantastic opportunity for global business networking among the funeral industry professionals from over 40 countries: Poland, USA, Japan, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, UK, Denmark, Austria, China, Romania, Estonia, Slovenia, Mauritania, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Malta, Hungary, Spain, Tunisia, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Italy, Bulgaria, South Africa, Czech Republic, Turkey, Israel, Portugal, Iceland, Mexico, Nepal, India, Morocco and many more.

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What’s on the agenda?

FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention is going to be an occasion to exchange insights and create new projects during the committee meetings. Here’s an idea of just some of the meetings coming up in Krakow: Heritage Committee discussing projects dedicated intangible funeral culture and cooperation between FIAT-IFTA and UNESCO, Global Education Committee dedicated to develop FIAT-IFTA Global Education Program for funeral professionals, as well as three new committees dedicated to embalming, sustainability and coffin standards.
The FIAT-IFTA meeting will focus on enduring business relationships and the organization's latest developments. There is also going to be time to enjoy and celebrate. When attending the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention, you will witness a very solemn moment - the passing over of the FIAT-IFTA Presidential insignia from Mr. Marek Cichewicz from Poland to Mr. William Wappner from the United States, and the announcement of the new FIAT-IFTA Board. There are three evening get-together events planned: Welcome cocktail reception sponsored by Facultative, Gala Dinner, and Farewell Party hosted by the new FIAT-IFTA President sponsored by Dignity Memorial and NFDA. During the technical visit and sightseeing of Krakow sponsored by Grupo ASV convention attendees will discover the history and monuments of Krakow - a UNESCO-listed former royal capital city,as well as experience distinct flavors of Polish cuisine.
Here’s a sample of just a few of the esteemed speakers we’re expecting to hear from during the conference sessions at the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention: Carl Becker, PhD., D.Psych. Kyoto University School of Medicine, Darrell Simpson, Principal Owner of Graystone Associates, Stefan Schumacher, CEO of PBSGEO. They will be introducing topics related to the future of cemeteries, discussing how to reduce costs and increase productivity in funeral business, as well as the impact of funerals on the grieving, the bereaved and society as a whole.


Special guests

Special guests at the conference taking place during FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention at the invitation of Platinum Partner KLEPSYDRA Group, will be two outstanding Polish sportsmen: soccer legend Jerzy Dudek and prominent athlete Artur Partyka. They will talk about motivation and passion, stress, professional burnout and the lasting foundations of a good life. What can funeral directors and morticians learn from sportsmen to achieve success in their daily work, pick themselves up after failures and simply lead a happy life? Get inspired by sportsmanship, learn the secrets of champions!

Jerzy Dudek is a soccer legend. In the position of goalkeeper he played for the Polish national team and the biggest football clubs in the world - FC Liverpool and Real Madrid. He won the Champions League with his team, and became the hero of the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul. His intervention after Andriy Shevchenko's shot was considered one of the most effective in the history of soccer.

Artur Partyka is one of the world's most outstanding athletes, an Olympian, champion and Polish record holder in the high jump. Two-time Olympic medalist (bronze in 1992 in Barcelona, silver in 1996 in Atlanta), three-time medalist at the world championships in the open stadium. The most successful athlete of the 1990s - in 1992-1998 he stood on the podium of all international championship events in which he participated. Fifteen-time Polish champion. In the peak season of his career, on August 18, 1996 in Eberstadt, he set the Polish record in high jump, which is still valid today, soaring 2.38 meters.


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Modern venue  

The FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention will take place at the modern venue of CKF_13 Fabryczna Conference Center! The elegant and modern spaces of CKF_13 are part of the Fabryczna City complex, one of the most prestigious locations in Krakow in recent years. This complex is like a city within a city! It's situated within the restored buildings of the 1930s-era Vodka Distillery, later known as Destylernia Polmos. This place holds a history that's worth discovering!

Within the complex, you'll find the modern four-star Mercure Fabryczna City Hotel (the main recommended hotel for convention participants), as well as a residential area with all necessary infrastructure. There's also a gastronomic passage with top culinary concepts (restaurants featuring regional, Italian, Asian, and vegetarian cuisine, a city brewery, a cocktail bar, and a café). Additionally, there's a modern multimedia Vodka Factory Museum (you can visit it, but pre-registration and additional payment is required). You can also relax in the gym, pool and wellness center. Fabryczna City complex is well connected to the main railway station, Kraków-Balice International Airport, and the Krakow Old Town. 

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Start networking now!

Are you an attendee of the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention? Don't wait to download the official FIAT-IFTA Krakow 2024 app and complete your profile. Be at the center of events, start promoting yourself and networking even before we meet in Krakow! In the app you will find your convention ticket and many useful tools helping to promote yourself and your company, as well the tools which allow you to fully enjoy your presence at the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention in Krakow like meeting planner, business cards, chat (works like the well-known Messenger or Whatsapp), wall (works like Facebook), agenda, downloads, venue maps. Check it out for yourself!

The app can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play and App Store. It is available in Polish and English. Login to the app will be provided when registration is complete.

After you register, don't forget to download the FIAT-IFTA Krakow 2024 app and complete your profile in it! Start networking before the meeting in Krakow begins!


Registration deadline

Please remember that the application deadline is August 31, 2024, or if we reach more than 300 attendees. Registration is possible on the official website of the event Please choose your tickets carefully, there are 5 variants to choose from (details are given in the ticket description). Additional tourist program is included in one of the variants! Payment for registration can be made by direct bank transfer or by credit card.

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Please choose your tickets carefully, there are 5 variants to choose from (details are given in the ticket description). Additional tourist program is included in one of the variants!

Payment for registration can be made by direct bank transfer and by credit card.

Members and all professionals registration includes access for conference and all FIAT-IFTA meetings, event catering and invitation to the Welcome Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner, Farewell Party, technical visit and sightseeing of Krakow old city on 20th September 2024. 

Accompanying guest registration includes invitation to the Welcome Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner, Farewell Party, technical visit and sightseeing of Krakow old city on 20th September 2024. Conferences and FIAT-IFTA meetings are not included. 

Optional Tourist Program on 21st September 2024 includes visit WIELICZKA Salt Mine and AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU Museum. Lunch is included.


Remember to book your hotel

Krakow is a city vibrant with numerous events and frequented by tourists, so it's worth taking care of your accommodation as soon as possible! If you don't book your hotel early we can't guarantee accommodation close to the Convention! There are two hotels recommended: Hotel Mercure Krakow Fabryczna City and Hotel ibis Styles Krakow Center. Each of them has prepared a special limited-time offer for convention attendees. Hotel Mercure Krakow Fabryczna City offers special rates valid until August 16, 2024, number of rooms is limited and Hotel ibis Styles Krakow Center guarantees a 10% discount, when the special discount code is used during the booking process. All details are available on the website:

We are looking forward to seeing you in the magical city of Krakow soon!

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About city of Krakow

Krakow is a magical, royal city. It used to be the former capital city of Poland until 1596. Today, the seat of Polish Kings stands more majestic than ever, beckoning visitors from around the globe to witness its timeless allure.
Overflowing with legends, priceless historical architecture and art, as well as fabulous leisure and entertainment options, Poland’s historical capital, whose entire Old Town and historic center and the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, captivates and enchants visitors at first sight. It’s really not hard to see why. During the FIAT-IFTA 2024 Convention you will have a chance to discover this stunning city!

About Poland

Poland is a fascinating country at the geographical, cultural, business crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. With a total area of 312,679 km² (120,728 sq mi) it’s the ninth biggest country on the continent. The Polish population is over 38,5 million people. The capital city is Warsaw (around 2 million inhabitants) standing on the longest Polish river, the Vistula. The official language is Polish, and the Złoty serves as the official currency, subdivided into 100 groszy.
Geographically, Poland is located in Central Europe, bounded by the Baltic Sea to the north and two mountain ranges to the south, the Sudetes and the Carpathian Mountains.
Poland shares its borders with seven countries: Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Oblast (Russian territory) to the north.
Historically Poland’s roots go back over 1,000 years. Strategically located in the heart of Europe, have been marked by periods of independence as well as periods of domination by other countries. The country was sorely tested during the Second World War. After its end, it remained part of the Soviet bloc for decades. A new era began when Poland became an EU member in May 2004, five years after joining NATO and 15 years after the end of communist rule. Nowadays, Poland is considered one of the most economically stable and fastest-growing countries in the world and has a strong position on the map of business-friendly places.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the magical city of Krakow soon!

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