conference at the unique
multifunctional Gong auditorium

Why Ostrava? Stories of many Czech e-commerce agents began in this very town.
Websites of such big players like Alza, Astratex or Parfums started off here. And what’s more, this is our home.

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What is the Gong

The multifunctional Gong auditorium is one of the few places around with unmistakable atmosphere. Thanks to a careful built-in construction, the large gas container from 1924 has been transformed into a one of a kind social centre in the Lower Vitkovice area. Instead of 50 000ccm of high-gas, the former gas storage facility can now hold up to 2000 visitors.

The gas container is divided into four floors – each of them will become part of the Shopexpo venue.

  • 2500m2 of conference room
  • 2000 visitors
  • 300 parking spots
    (free parking for conference participants)

Gong floors

Gong floors

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Hall, stalls (expo) coffee shop,
reception, 2x info points
1 100 m2




small hall (585 m2)
6 training rooms



900 m2
dressing room



main hall (1505 seats)
5x screens with rear projection
stage 475 m2

how to get to us

all roads lead to shopexpo

  • by train from Prague, included in the ticket price, the train station is only a stone’s throw away
  • take the D1 to Ostrava,
    300 parking spots
  • to and from Gong by taxi
    (with a discount)
  • by public transport
    from anywhere in Ostrava
  • by plane to Leos Janacek Airport

by car or a bus

If you really do not like travelling by train, use the fast wheels of your car or the slower ones of the bus. In Prague take the D1 motorway towards Brno and at Brno, turn towards Ostrava. Parking right beside the conference venue is free (included in your ticket). If you take a bus from Prague, you will enjoy a scenic and long road trip across the Czech countryside. We recommend this 6 hour long journey to those who love watching nature go by outside the window and sleeping in the means of transport. Get on the bus at Florence Bus station and take it to ÚAN in Ostrava.

From  D1 to Gong

From the direction of Frýdek-Místek


by a special train

We have commissioned a Leo Express train solely for the event. In the morning of the 4th June 2015, this train will depart from Prague main station (Praha hlavní nádraží) to its destination Ostrava-Střed. To take this conference Leo Express train all you need is your Shopexpo ticket. In 3 hours, you will arrive comfortably and completely free of charge to us in Ostrava. Moreover, you will have time to meet others and chat with the people from the field.


by public transport in Ostrava

You can take Ostrava public transport anywhere, to Gong included. Get off at the Vítkovice vysoké pece stop, this is the destination of all your public transport journeys. You can look up connections on your own or use our smart guide.



  • significant discounts
    on accommodation
  • discounts on taxi from your hotel
    to the Gong venue and back
  • carefully selected hotels
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Best Western

Modern, comfortable hotel with easy accessibility to the Gong venue. The accommodation price includes: bed and breakfast, entrance to the fitness centre and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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  • abundance
    of food
  • outside
  • wine
  • our very own
    special beer
  • cakes from
    Ollies patisserie

abundance of food

All food and drinks in the Gong venue are included in the price of the ticket. Taste local specialities, the timeless classic sausage or a piece of grilled meat at the evening barbecue. Salads, sides and other vegetables are included, of course. :)



tea and coffee

Coffee is essential. That’s why we have prepared several coffee standpoints, where you can have your favourite coffee made. The caffeine will be kept flowing by the family-run coffee roaster Laura Coffee and others coffee wizards. For hard-core tea lovers we are preparing a stand with exquisite tea. The beverage offer will be rounded off with the usual soft drinks. You can treat yourself to a piece of cake from the famous Ollies patisserie.



great beer and wine tasting

Pure water from the Beskydy Mountains, Moravian malt and Czech hops – we will use these basic ingredients to brew a unique “conference” beer in Beskydy brewery.  You won’t be able to find this beer anywhere else.  And those of you who do not like beer will be invited to a wine tasting with a professional wine expert..

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