2023 Annual Congress

24 – 27 September

Hotel Melia Sevilla

Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

A valid badge is required for entry to all DistriPress Annual Congress sessions, including social networking events.



Sunday, 24 September

16h00 – 18h00
> Merger Proposal voting registration*
> Delegate badges collection for non-Hotel Melia Sevilla delegates at Melia Sevilla, Level -1

19h30 – 19h40 Shuttle buses depart from Melia Sevilla to the Welcome Event

20h00 – 22h00 Welcome Event at Hacienda El Vizir (Dress code: Casual, recommended flat shoes)

22h00 – 22h30 Shuttle buses return to Melia Sevilla


Monday, 25 September
08h00 – 08h30 Merger Proposal voting registration*

09h00 – 12h30 General Assembly and Forum:  Melia Sevilla Level -1
> General Assembly: Presentation by WAN-IFRA  followed by Merger Proposal vote*
General Assembly Agenda here*

Coffee Break

Forum Session 1
Investment and opportunities in European publishing by:
Carolyn Morgan | Managing Consultant | Speciall Media
How are European publishers diversifying and developing their business, and where are they focussing investment? Trends from recent surveys and case studies.

Forum Session 2
Harnessing the Power of AI for the Press Industry: Facts, Myths and the Future by:
Alexandru Ginsca | Head of Data Science | BearingPoint
Moderator: Carolyn Morgan | Managing Consultant | Speciall Media
We have witnessed in recent years a boom of Artificial Intelligence applications across all industries driven by scientific breakthroughs, increases in computing power and the availability of massive troves of data. Given the lightning speed of development, it is often difficult to make sense of what AI can and cannot do for your line of work and what AI’s most impactful contributions could look like.
In this talk, we aim to shed light on the impact of recent advancements in AI for the Press industry, with a focus on Press distribution. Stemming from personal experience and in-depth knowledge of the field, we will provide insights on the current state of developments and offer blueprints for a future where AI can work to your advantage.

Forum Session 3
Customer-led Retailing: How print and digital can collaborate by:
Krifka Steffey | Director of Merchandise, Newsstand & Media |  Barnes & Noble, Inc. and
Ranj Begley | Chief Content Officer & UK MD | Readly UK
Moderator: Carolyn Morgan | Managing Consultant | Speciall Media
What data can retailers gather about how customers browse and prefer to consume content? How can this insight be used to develop new product formats? And how can the digital and print distribution channels collaborate to grow sales?

12h30 – 14h00 Lunch (Business Meeting hall opens at 13h30)

14h00 – 18h00 Business meetings at Melia Sevilla


Tuesday, 26 September

08h30 – 18h00 Business meetings at Melia Sevilla


Wednesday, 27 September

08h30 – 15h00 Business meetings at Melia Sevilla

20h00 – 21h30 Farewell event at Justa y Rufina


* For eligible members only


Explore more about the beautiful city here

Restaurant recommendations here

Who can attend

The Congress is open to DistriPress members and non-member companies.


Event Format

The DistriPress Congress has a strong history of connecting its members in the Business Meeting Hall as well as during social events and informal gatherings over 4 days.

For over 66 years, the annual DistriPress Congress has brought together businesses from across the globe who are engaged in the publishing, production, marketing, distribution and sales of newspapers and magazines.  Our objective is the sharing of experiences, and business development through networking.

  • Badges collection – delegates can collect their badges at the Congress main hotel at the designated hours (please refer to the Programme for details)
  • The DistriPress Forum – kicks off event proceedings on Monday morning with a half-day agenda during which delegates hear from speakers and panels about industry developments and global themes impacting members
  • Business Meeting Hall and Expo –the central meeting hall houses the Expo stands and the Business Meeting tables.  Delegates meet clients and service providers from around the world in pre-arranged time slots, during which they discuss their mutual business and explore new opportunities. The Expo runs alongside the Business Meetings. Exhibitors are encouraged to showcase their products and services to attendees, the exhibition stands form an integral part of the Meeting Hall.
  • Business Meeting Tables – tables will be arranged for our Distributor members. Publisher and Service Provider members are welcome to attend these tables with meetings scheduled in advance.
  • Delegate List – the first list will be announced via email from welcome@distripress.org and through our website’s Members’ area at the end of the first month after registration opens. Further updates will follow every two weeks.


DistriPress has a proud history of sponsorship support from its members, for which it is most appreciative.  Sponsorship allows the Association to continue to deliver a memorable annual experience for its delegates.

There are numerous ways in which member companies can showcase their brand and contribute to Congress – and it doesn’t have to break the bank!  Options include, but are not limited to –

  • Sponsor’s logo on Congress bags, branded Congress bag contents such as pens and notebooks, advertising on the DistriPress website, sponsorship of the Forum presentations and topics, contributions to evening events or goodie bag items.
  • All sponsor logos will be included on event signage and DistriPress event communications.

Please talk to the DistriPress management team about how you can get involved.


  • Delegate Pass Types/ Pricing
  • Pricing for 2023 before 21% Spanish VAT:
    Member Early Bird CHF1450 | Member Regular CHF1850 |
    Non-Member CHF2850 |
    Junior Member CHF495
  • The Junior Member pass type is newly introduced in 2023 for member companies whose staff are under the age of 32 and are attending the Congress for the first time
  • Registration acceptance is subject to DistriPress’ final confirmation
  • Each delegate pass includes full access to the Congress programme: welcome event, business forum, business meetings, farewell event and lunch throughout the Congress.
  • All purchases of Congress delegate passes will have additional local VAT added at the point of payment.  This will be detailed on the invoice which will be issued once your registration has been completed. The invoice will include the DistriPress VAT number which members should use when submitting VAT refund claims.
  • Early Bird delegate passes apply to DistriPress active members only.
  • All registrations must be paid prior to the start of the event.
  • Welcome Event tickets for the delegate spouse are available for purchase.
  • 50% refund will apply if cancellation is made before 31 August. No refund will be made after this date except in the case of certified illness with proof of medical certificate.