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News from the Austrian Convention Industry

IBTM World Barcelona 2017

Austrian National Tourist Office with 48 Partners at IBTM World 2017

The 30th edition of IBTM World, a leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry, took place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017. The Austrian National Tourist Office was present with 48 Austrian Partners – Convention Bureaux and Destinations, Venues, Event Locations, Hotels, DMCs & PCOs as well as traffic carriers.

The next IBTM World will take place from 27 – 29 November 2018 at Fira Barcelona Gran Via.

IBTM World

Convention4u 2018 takes place in Burgenland

For the first time in 2018 Burgenland will host the Convention4u from 2 to 3 July 2018

For two days meeting professionals from the Austrian convention industry are going to discuss the challenges and current trends of the industry.

Austrian Convention Bureau

Convention Burgenland

Chill & Grill at Hernstein Palace

Convention Bureau Lower Austria celebrates the end of summer at conference hotel Palace Hernstein

160 clients enjoyed preparing their dinner at their very own cooking and grill stations in the beautiful gardens of Hernstein Palace, former hunting seat of the Habsburgs. Adi Matzek, two times BBQ world champion and a native Waldviertler, moderated the successful event. More than 15 top convention partners looked after the wellbeing of the guests who enjoyed an exclusive tour through the historical location and the magical atmosphere at the lake of the palace gardens.

Edith Mader, head of Convention Bureau Lower Austria, and Christoph Madl, general manager Tourist Office Lower Austria, welcomed the guests: ‘There is a reason why client events like ours gain more and more popularity’, said Mr Madl. ‘In times where we have to communicate digitally most of the times, more emphasis is laid on personal interaction and networking.’

Convention Bureau Lower Austria

Salzburg Convention Bureau: Growing Demand

Salzburg has become an important destination in Austria for international congress and meeting organisers. According to Salzburg Convention Bureau, the number of meeting inquiries from international clients shows a plus of 10% and is still increasing. This is of utmost importance for the regional economy: Delegates stand out due to their above-average value creation.

Last year the providence Salzburg listed more than 219,500 participants at large and several days’ congresses – a 5,7% increase. Next to congresses and seminars Salzburg hosts many international corporate meetings in 2017. The German Software AG hosted their international User-Group-Conference in Salzburg City – and an event of the search engine giant Google also took place in Salzburg. Both companies’ events were held in the city of Salzburg as well as in the mountains surrounding the city.

Salzburg Convention Bureau


Away match for Upper Austria at Allianz Stadion in Vienna-Hütteldorf

Right on time for the kick off, Convention Bureau Upper Austria and its team of 11 partners welcomed their guest to an exclusive networking event at 6 pm on 27 April at the new Allianz Stadion in Vienna Hütteldorf.

At the beginning, communication expert Markus Kroner outlined the gameplay in his keynote speech “Heartbeat of Sales”. Then, the guests were split into teams and met the partners from Upper Austria in a series of “speed dates”.

As the final whistle blew after 90 minutes, the guests were so amazed by the wide range of products Upper Austria had to offer for meetings, incentives Events and Christmas parties that the game had to go into extra time.

Highlights of the match


Austria's Meeting Industry Grows Steadily

For the eight consecutive year, the Austrian Convention Bureau (ACB) and Austrian National Tourist Office presented the positive results of the Meeting Industry Report Austria (mira). ‘The results are not surprising as Austria has a unique and versatile range of products, for large national and international congresses as well as for smaller seminars and events’, confirms Petra Stolba, CEO of the Austrian National Tourist Office, at the mira press conference at InterContinental Hotel Vienna. ‘Together, professional hosts and service providers strengthen the national meeting industry and contribute to ist steady growth.’

mira 2016 (report only available in German)

Rediscover Vienna

Vienna Convention Bureau presents the new image film: Rediscover Vienna and its numerous possibilities as a meeting destination.

Watch the video