At the confluence of the Moraca and Ribnica rivers, Podgorica is the capital of the relatively new country of Montenegro (independence came only in 2005), as well as its major cultural, government and economic hub. It is an emerging destination, and meeting venues in Podgorica are in the process of playing catch-up with its new-found status.
Podgorica International Airport (TGD; after its former name, Titograd) has no direct links with North America but does serve several key European cities such as London Paris, Rome and Vienna. It is very close to the center of the city, no more than seven miles.
There are no dedicated convention venues in Podgorica; the city's hotels remain the best bet for meetings. Good choices include the 142-room Crna Gora (slated for a major renovation), which can organize meetings of up to 750 persons and banquets of up to 200; the 70-room City Hotel Podgorica, which has three function rooms for 70, 40 and 15 persons, respectively; 48-room Apart Premier Podgorica, which has conference space for 120 persons; 48-room Best Western Premier Montenegro, which has a meeting room for 80 persons, and Bambis, which despite having only 17 rooms has space for groups of up to 200.
Montenegro is a stunningly beautiful, albeit small, nation with mountains and coasts that often beggar belief. Two jewels are Perast, on gorgeous Kotor Bay; and nearby Sveti Stefan, run by Aman Resorts. Perast contains the Mrshe Palace, which can host events, is able to be rented out in its entirety and sleep 22 persons. There are another 16 "palaces" in Perast, most of which will make you think you've woken up in a fairytale, including the Palazzo Radomiri, which has space for dinners of up to 32 persons and receptions of up to 50. Sveti Stefan, joined to the mainland by a short, thin bridge of land (guarded), has 58 rooms.
Dining venues include Voda u Krsu (on Vladike Danila street and one of five sibling restaurants); Nostalgica, whose name translates to what you think it does; Gossip, and Kraljica Noci. Just outside of town, a good place to try some of the area's unique wines, is the vineyard and winery of Plantaze, which can host tastings, meals and events.